Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov;134(11):1349-52. “Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata”

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Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov;134(11):1349-52.
Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata.

Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD.

Department of Dermatology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Scotland. ad.ormerod@abdn.ac.uk

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* Arch Dermatol. 1999 May;135(5):602-3.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of aromatherapy in the treatment of patients with alopecia areata.

DESIGN: A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of 7 months’ duration, with follow-up at 3 and 7 months.

SETTING: Dermatology outpatient department.

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PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-six patients diagnosed as having alopecia areata.

INTERVENTION: Eighty-six patients were randomized into 2 groups. The active group massaged essential oils (thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood) in a mixture of carrier oils (jojoba and grapeseed) into their scalp daily. The control group used only carrier oils for their massage, also daily.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Treatment success was evaluated on sequential photographs by 2 dermatologists (I.C.H. and A.D.O.) independently. Similarly, the degree of improvement was measured by 2 methods: a 6-point scale and computerized analysis of traced areas of alopecia.

RESULTS: Nineteen (44%) of 43 patients in the active group showed improvement compared with 6 (15%) of 41 patients in the control group (P = .008). An alopecia scale was applied by blinded observers on sequential photographs and was shown to be reproducible with good interobserver agreement (kappa = 0.84). The degree of improvement on photographic assessment was significant (P = .05). Demographic analysis showed that the 2 groups were well matched for prognostic factors.

CONCLUSIONS: The results show aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. Treatment with these essential oils was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone (P = .008 for the primary outcome measure). We also successfully applied an evidence-based method to an alternative therapy.

PMID: 9828867 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Source URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9828867






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One Response to “Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov;134(11):1349-52. “Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata””

  1. Lara Says:

    I had Alopecia Areata or better known as SPOT BALDNESS. After some research online, I came across a treatment called NT SPOT BALDNESS. After having tried everything modern medicine could offer. I decided to opt for a different treatment regime.

    I ordered with a sceptical mind and it took me by surprise when fine hair started growing at the spot. Within roughly 50 days the spot had became barely noticeable. It was unbelieveable but I would suggest anyone with spotbaldness to try this treatment.

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