Aromatherapy as Treatment for Postoperative Nausea: A Randomized Trial

@article{Hunt2013AromatherapyAT,
  title={Aromatherapy as Treatment for Postoperative Nausea: A Randomized Trial},
  author={Ronald Hunt and Jacqueline A. Dienemann and Harry James Norton and Wendy L. Hartley and Amanda Hudgens and Thomas Stern and George W. Divine},
  journal={Anesthesia \& Analgesia},
  year={2013},
  volume={117},
  pages={597–604}
}
BACKGROUND:Postoperative nausea (PON) is a common complication of anesthesia and surgery. Antiemetic medication for higher-risk patients may reduce but does not reliably prevent PON. We examined aromatherapy as a treatment for patients experiencing PON after ambulatory surgery. Our primary hypothesis was that in comparison with inhaling a placebo, PON will be reduced significantly by aromatherapy with (1) essential oil of ginger, (2) a blend of essential oils of ginger, spearmint, peppermint… Expand
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