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The effectiveness of aromatherapy and reflexology in neurodegenerative disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis



Rawal, Raj;

Armstrong, Megan;

Read, Joy;

Chesterman, Elizabeth;

Walters, Kate;

Schrag, Anette;

Ambler, Gareth;

(2022)

The effectiveness of aromatherapy and reflexology in neurodegenerative disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Neurodegenerative Disease Management


10.2217/nmt-2021-0056.

(In press).

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Abstract

Many neurodegenerative conditions are chronic disorders and result in a range of debilitating symptoms, with many people turning to complementary therapies. A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted to investigate the evidence on effectiveness of aromatherapy and reflexology on all neurodegenerative conditions. We identified nine eligible studies (total sample n = 504 participants) all of which were on multiple sclerosis only. A meta-analysis was conducted including data from six studies, which demonstrated no significant benefit of aromatherapy/reflexology; however, the sample sizes were small and of low quality. This systematic review confirmed that it is not possible to draw conclusions regarding the effectiveness of reflexology and aromatherapy in multiple sclerosis. Larger high-quality studies are required to test these widely used therapies.

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