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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Nov;33:170-176. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Oct 10.

Effects of a massage-like essential oil application procedure using Copaiba and Deep Blue oils in individuals with hand arthritis.

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1
dōTERRA International, LLC, 389 S. 1300 W. Pleasant Grove, UT, 84062, USA. Electronic address: tbahr@doterra.com.
2
dōTERRA International, LLC, 389 S. 1300 W. Pleasant Grove, UT, 84062, USA.
3
SouthTowne Orthopaedics, Draper, UT, 84020, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Existing research suggests that both massage and essential oils may have analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. We investigate the benefits of the AromaTouch Hand Technique® (ATHT), a procedure that combines a moderate pressure touch with the application of essential oils to the hand, in individuals with hand arthritis.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

Thirty-six participants with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and/or chronic inflammation received ATHTs with either a 50/50 preparation of Deep Blue® and Copaiba oil or a coconut oil placebo twice daily for 5 consecutive days. Changes in maximum flexion in finger and thumb joints, items from the Arthritis Hand Function Test, and hand pain scores were evaluated.

RESULTS:

Participants treated with the essential oil preparation required significantly less time to complete dexterity tasks and showed about 50% decrease in pain scores, increased finger strength, and significantly increased angle of maximum flexion compared to subjects treated with coconut oil.

CONCLUSION:

The ATHT with Copaiba and Deep Blue may have ameliorative effects on hand arthritis.

KEYWORDS:

Anti-inflammatory; AromaTouch Hand Technique; Aromatherapy hand massage; Arthritis; Beta-caryophyllene; Essential oils; dōTERRA

PMID:
30396617
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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