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Adverse effects of aromatherapy: A systematic review of case reports and case series.
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PMID:  22936057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aim: This systematic review was aimed at critically evaluating the evidence regarding the adverse effects associated with aromatherapy. Method: Five electronic databases were searched to identify all relevant case reports and case series. Results: Forty two primary reports met our inclusion criteria. In total, 71 patients experienced adverse effects of aromatherapy. Adverse effects ranged from mild to severe and included one fatality. The most common adverse effect was dermatitis. Lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil and ylang-ylang were the most common essential oils responsible for adverse effects. Conclusion: Aromatherapy has the potential to cause adverse effects some of which are serious. Their frequency remains unknown. Lack of sufficiently convincing evidence regarding the effectiveness of aromatherapy combined with its potential to cause adverse effects questions the usefulness of this modality in any condition.
Paul Posadzki; Amani Alotaibi; Edzard Ernst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of risk & safety in medicine     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1878-6847     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Risk Saf Med     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100907     Medline TA:  Int J Risk Saf Med     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, UK.
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