The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Lack of evidence for aromatherapy in dementia

     That’s the conclusion by reviewers from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in Kent, UK.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search revealed 11 studies of aromatherapy on the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia.

    And, the results.

    • The aromatherapy oils tested, method of administration, and outcome measures varied widely across the studies.
    • Most of the studies included few patients and were designed in such a way that made interpretation of the findings difficult.
    • Available studies reported positive and negative consequences for people with dementia, as well as their caregivers.

    The bottom line?
    Evidence of effectiveness of aromatherapy in people with dementia is scarce. And the safety of commonly used oils is “virtually unexplored.”

    12/17/08 22:40 JR

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