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Energy Modalities and Aromatherapy 

Energy Modalities and Aromatherapy
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Energy Modalities and Aromatherapy
Author(s):

Luann Jacobs

, Mary Kendell

, Yael Flusberg

, and Alice Berg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0007
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date: 19 October 2019

This chapter covers energy modalities and aromatherapy. The first part introduces subtle energy and biofield therapy as a complementary therapy for senior patients to stimulate innate healing forces and promote health and relaxation. Biofield therapies combine the use of touch and intention to help the older patient mitigate symptoms and improve functional status. They are safe and have no unwanted side effects. Reiki, internal qi gong therapy, and aromatherapy can be taught for self-care, further empowering the healing process and increasing exposure to the modality. Essential oil use can be an effective option or adjunct in the treatment of many geriatric health care needs. Advantages of using essential oils include flexibility in delivery methods, low cost compared with many prescription medications, and a high safety profile when used properly.

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