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3 06, 2019

CURRENTLY RECRUITING: Aromatherapy for Children with ASD Study

2019-07-11T10:34:43-05:00June 3rd, 2019|

The Franklin School of Integrative Sciences' Research Team is conducting a clinical trial on essential oils for anxiety in children with autism. THE STUDY “THE EFFECT OF AROMA  ON ANXIETY AMONG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM“ PARTICIPANTS: NOW RECRUITING Your child may qualify if his/her are: age: 6-11 years old at enrollment diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder do not have mast cell activation syndrome do not have a history of adverse response to essential oil inhalation If you have any questions, reach Dr. Jessie Hawkins directly: j.hawkins@franklininstituteofwellness.com     Disclosures: Clinical trials conducted by the Franklin School of Integrative Health [...]

10 11, 2018

Bergamot Essential Oil for Anxiety: A Meta Analysis

2019-07-11T14:36:30-05:00November 10th, 2018|

Essential oil inhalation is used to treat anxiety in many populations. While multiple clinical trials on this approach exist in the scientific literature, findings often conflict. Effect sizes in these studies vary dramatically and some studies do not find that inhalation of bergamot essential oil for anxiety is effective. To address this issue, the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences' research department conducted a meta-analysis on bergamot and anxiety. The Study "Bergamot Essential Oil for Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis" Methodology A meta-analysis is used to provide more precision and details on the effects of a treatment. This is a useful approach when [...]

10 08, 2018

Commonly Misinterpreted Research Terms

2019-07-03T13:35:22-05:00August 10th, 2018|

Scientific terminology can be one of the greatest inhibiting factors when it comes to reading and understanding research studies. While scientists may be writing in English, many of the terms scientists use have definitions that differ from culturally accepted definitions used in everyday language. This leads to a great deal of confusion and misinterpretation of scientific findings. After all, if a scientist says that researchers manipulated a variable in a controlled study that produced significant negative findings, you may assume these researchers lack ethics and secretly altered a study so that it produced a large but bad outcome. In reality, [...]

9 05, 2018

NOW RECRUITING: Essential Oils in Pregnancy

2019-07-11T09:30:03-05:00May 9th, 2018|

The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences’ research team is conducting a clinical trial on the use of essential oils in pregnancy. Our research team is studying the effects of essential oils on nausea, vomiting, and overall quality of life. This study is for women in the first trimester. THE STUDY “THE EFFECTS OF AROMATHERAPY ON MORNING SICKNESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN EARLY PREGNANCY“ PARTICIPANTS: NOW RECRUITING We are now recruiting for a research study on essential oils in pregnancy. If you live in the United States, are in your first trimester, and are interested in participating, we [...]

14 01, 2018

CURRENTLY RECRUITING: Essential Oils and Anxiety Among Children with Autism

2018-11-10T12:48:23-05:00January 14th, 2018|

Essential oils are frequently used to address symptoms associated with an autism spectrum disorder but essential oils for autism have yet to be fully evaluated for efficacy. There is little in the scientific literature to indicate which oils are suitable and what effects can be achieved. To evaluate the effects of essential oils on anxiety scores for children with autism spectrum disorders, the Franklin Institute of Wellness' research team is conducting a clinical trial. The Study "The Effects of Aromatherapy and Scent Memory on Anxiety Scores Among Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder" Participants: Now Recruiting We are now recruiting participants for [...]

14 01, 2018

Essential Oils for Fatigue Caused by Hypothyroidism

2019-06-27T20:39:52-05:00January 14th, 2018|

This clinical trial, conducted in 2017, evaluated the effects of essential oils for fatigue among women who have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms of hypothyroidism among women, reducing overall quality of life. Even with hypothyroid treatments which successfully replace thyroid hormones and reduce the risks of adverse outcomes from hypothyroidism, many women continue to report reduced quality of life with fatigue being a common complaint.  While essential oils have been found to increase stamina and boost energy levels among male athletes, aromatherapy has not been studied for its potential to reduce fatigue among women with [...]

14 01, 2018

Aromatherapy for Preprocedural Anxiety Among Pediatric Patients w/ ASD

2019-06-27T20:39:52-05:00January 14th, 2018|

While essential oils have been found in the scientific literature to reduce preprocedural anxiety in patients when administered prior to a scheduled medical procedure, no study has evaluated essential oils for autism. The potential for these effects on preprocedural anxiety among pediatric autistic patients is uncertain due to the way in which autistic children experience sensory stimuli. Because children with autism spectrum disorders tend to be hypersensitive to sensory experiences, essential oils which have been found in the scientific literature to reduce anxiety may not be suitable. To evaluate the potential for suitability and efficacy of essential oils on preprocedural anxiety among [...]

14 01, 2018

Study Finds Significant Threat of Herb-Drug Interactions During Pregnancy

2018-08-29T17:14:40-05:00January 14th, 2018|

According to a recent study, over 1 in 5 pregnant women are taking both prescription drugs and self-prescribed herbal supplements, many of which are known to pose a risk of interactions leading to adverse health outcomes. Because pharmaceuticals are prescribed by a care provider and herbal supplements are typically self-prescribed, the risk of interactions is significant without guidance from a professional who is knowledgeable in the risks posed by these interactions. During pregnancy, these risks become much more serious. Researchers sought to quantify the threat posed by herb-drug interactions in this cross-sectional study. These findings underscore the importance of seeking independent [...]

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