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Basic Mechanisms and Evidence Based Clinical Use, 1st Edition

Edited by Giacinto Bagetta, Marco Cosentino, Tsukasa Sakurada

CRC Press

461 pages | 71 B/W Illus.

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Recent clinical studies have demonstrated an impact of aromatherapy on the control of symptoms associated with human diseases not fully controlled by conventional therapy. Aromatherapy: Basic Mechanisms and Evidence Based Clinical Use provides an up-to-date compilation of background scientific information that advocates the application of currently developed clinical studies on the effects of aromatherapy to the treatment of human diseases such as mild, stress-induced mood disorders, infectious diseases, and age-related disturbances.

The book encompasses all aspects of successful clinical use of aromatherapy, including phytochemistry, technology, and clinical trials. It outlines a rational basis for clinical translation of aromatherapy for treating human diseases in need of safer therapies. It also describes evidence-based use of aromatherapy in controlling clinical manifestations of severe diseases for which conventional therapies often fail, such as managing agitation and aggression associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Containing a wealth of references and a thorough presentation of knowledge on essential oils and aromatherapy, this book is a valuable resource for students, researchers, clinicians, and policy makers in health care systems. It details the current clinical uses of aromatherapy while promoting further clinical development in areas where therapy is lacking.

Table of Contents

Historical Notes on Essential Oils and Aromatherapy with Special Reference to Bergamot Essential Oil

Alfredo Focà and Maria Carla Liberto

The Olfactory System: From Odorant Molecules to Perception

Simone Pifferi and Anna Menini


Taxonomy, Morphology, and Physiology of Aromatic Plants: A Botanical Perspective

Salvatore Ragusa

Phytochemical Components of Aromatic Plants and Factors Influencing Their Variability

Giancarlo Statti

Aromatic Plants: Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Approach

Candida Vannini and Marcella Bracale

Extraction, Sample Preparation, and Analytical Methods for Quality Issues of Essential Oils

Paola Montoro, Milena Masullo, Sonia Piacente, and Cosimo Pizza

Technological Aspects of Essential Oils

Maria Chiara Cristiano, Donato Cosco, and Donatella Paolino


Essential Oils Exploited in Cytotoxicity Studies for Translation into Safer and More Effective Cancer Therapeutics

Rossella Russo, Maria Tiziana Corasaniti, Giacinto Bagetta, and Luigi Antonio Morrone

Phototoxicity of Essential Oils

Michele Navarra, Marco Miroddi, and Gioacchino Calapai

Essential Oils: Fragrances and Antioxidants

Rosalia Crupi and Salvatore Cuzzocrea


Aromatherapy and Neurotransmission: Behavioral and Neurochemical Studies

Luigi Antonio Morrone, Laura Rombolà, Diana Amantea, Maria Tiziana Corasaniti, and Giacinto Bagetta

Rational Basis for Research and Development of Essential Oils in Pain Trials

Laura Rombolà, Luigi Antonio Morrone, Chizuko Watanabe, Hirokazu Mizoguchi, Tsukasa Sakurada, Laura Berliocchi, Maria Tiziana Corasaniti, Giacinto Bagetta, and Shinobu Sakurada

Pain Relief by Local Peripheral Injection of Beta-Caryophyllene through Cannabinoid 2 Receptor

Soh Katsuyama, Takaaki Komatsu, Giacinto Bagetta, Shinobu Sakurada, and Tsukasa Sakurada

Essential Oils, the Immune System, and Inflammation

Franca Marino, Raffaella Bombelli, and Marco Cosentino

Antimicrobial Effects of Bergamot Essential Oil: From Ancient Medicine to Modern Research

Alfredo Focà and Maria Carla Liberto


Aromatherapy for the Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

Luca Cravello and Carlo Caltagirone

Aromatherapy in Dementia and Dementia-Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Sergio Fusco, Francesco Corica, and Andrea Corsonello

Therapeutic Applications of Aromatherapy in Pediatrics

Samaneh Khanpour Ardestani, Cecilia Bukutu, and Sunita Vohra

Aromatic Plants and Essential Oils in the Treatment and Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Neda Mimica-Dukić, Natasa Simin, Ivana Beara, Dejan Orčić, Marija Lesjak, Marina Francišković, and Emilija Svirčev


Regulatory Issues in Aromatherapy

Gioacchino Calapai

Pharmacovigilance and Phytovigilance for a Safe Use of Essential Oils

Alfredo Vannacci, Alessandra Pugi, Eugenia Gallo, Fabio Firenzuoli, and Alessandro Mugelli

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Epidemiology of Their Utilization

Anna Loraschi and Marco Cosentino

About the Editors

Giacinto Bagetta, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy

Marco Cosentino, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

Tsukasa Sakurada, Daiichi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka, Japan

About the Series

Clinical Pharmacognosy Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General