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April 06, 2007


Features - Aromatherapy and Stress Management in Dermatology


Aromatherapy, the ultimate stress-relieving therapy, offers fantastic potential for sufferers of many skin disorders in the hands of a professionally trained therapist. Two of the main tenets of the therapy - touch and aroma - have been shown to directly and positively affect skin health. Due to the close connections with the nervous system, human skin is acutely sensitive to emotional states, reddening for example as a result of embarrassment. Clinical observations have identified psychological stress as either precipitating, aggravating or prolonging many skin diseases and the psychosomatic aspects of many disorders have been researched in recent years.


It has been shown that psychological stress can disrupt recovery of the skin following damage to it. Interestingly, the use of sedative drugs has been shown to prevent this delay. It has also been demonstrated that some odours with sedative effects have a similar action. So, for aromatherapists using odorous plant materials - essential oils - the use of sedative oils can be used in those conditions that are aggravated by stress. Suggested oils include:

精神的ストレスが皮膚への障害を引き起こして皮膚の回復を乱すことになることが示された。興味深いことに、鎮静剤の使用はこの回復の遅れを予防することを示した。また、鎮静作用がある一部の匂いには同様な作用があることを示した。それで、匂い物質の植物原料― 精油 ― を使用しているアロマテラピストにとっては、鎮静作用精油の使用はストレスによって悪化したこれらの症状に用いることができます。推奨精油は下記になります。

• lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) :ラベンダー
• Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis):ローマン・カモミール
• marjoram (Origanum marjorana):マジョラム
• sandalwood (Santalum album):サンダルウッド
• vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) :ベチバー

There is evidence that stress causes inflammatory responses in the skin. At the same time there is a simultaneous decrease in anti-inflammatory reactions, thus worsening inflamed skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Stress may also lead to increased histamine release, resulting in skin itchiness and the notoriously distressing "itch-scratch cycle". Although itching can be a sign of specific disease and may be said to be an innate defensive mechanism for the body, all too often in skin diseases, itching seems to have no particular beneficial role but greatly adds to the psychological distress, not least because it seriously disrupts sleeping patterns.


psoriasis :乾癬
eczema :湿疹、アトピー性皮膚炎

Using targeted aromatic formulas for controlling itching can have a profound effect on the quality of life for sufferers where itch is a clinical feature. Classic anti-inflammatory essential oils are indicated:


clinical feature 臨床所見

• lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) - this not only has an established reputation as an effective anti-inflammatory, it is also proven to have an inhibitory effect on histamine release.


調べ物をしていたらこの文献に出会い翻訳したくなり途中まで訳しました。著者のJanetta Bensouilah は英国のアロマセラピストで現在、アロマセラピーのカレッジ レーワースセンターのコース・コディネーターでAromadermatology - aromatherapy in the treatment and care of common skin conditionsの共著です。エビデンスに基づいたアロマセラピーを実施してる方です。次回は続きを翻訳するつもりです。


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