The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Lavender scent lowers dental anxiety

    Researchers from King’s College in London report (page 163) “Lavender could … be used as effective ‘on-the-spot’ anxiety reduction in dentists’ waiting rooms.”

    First, the details.

    • 4340 dental patients were assessed for their level of anxiety while waiting for a scheduled dental appointment.
    • They were then randomly assigned to exposure to lavender odor or not.
    • Anxiety was assessed using the brief State Trait Anxiety Indicator, and generalized dental anxiety using the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale.

    And, the results.

    • Both groups showed similar, moderate levels of generalized dental anxiety.
    • But when exposed to lavender odor there was significantly lower anxiety vs the control group.

    The bottom line?
    Lead author Dr. Metaxia Kritsidima said: “The anxiety experienced by these patients once they get to the dentist is stressful not only for them, but also for the dental team. Working under a state of increased tension may potentially compromise their performance, as well as lengthening appointment times. This is why finding a way of reducing dental anxiety is really important.”

    9/14/08 16:43 JR

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