Aromatherapy as a safe and effective treatment for the management of agitation in severe dementia: the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Melissa.

@article{Ballard2002AromatherapyAA,
  title={Aromatherapy as a safe and effective treatment for the management of agitation in severe dementia: the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with Melissa.},
  author={Clive G. Ballard and John T. O'Brien and Katharina Reichelt and Elaine K. Perry},
  journal={The Journal of clinical psychiatry},
  year={2002},
  volume={63 7},
  pages={553-8}
}
BACKGROUND Behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia are frequent and are a major management problem, especially for patients with severe cognitive impairment. Preliminary reports have indicated positive effects of aromatherapy using select essential oils, but there are no adequately powered placebo-controlled trials. We conducted a placebo-controlled trial to determine the value of aromatherapy with essential oil of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) for agitation in people with severe… CONTINUE READING
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