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Clinical Aromatherapy and Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (PONV)

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) can be crippling in patients who have undergone even the most minor surgeries.  And in certain patient populations, it can be even more devastating -- children are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of post-op nausea, both physically and emotionally. PONV is an undesirable side effect of anesthesia for more than just reasons of discomfort.  It can also be detrimental to patient recovery, frequently resulting in longer hospital stays, which can be a financial and emotional burden to families, as well as an operational issue for hospitals. Previous research (Hunt et al.) has demonstrated promising...

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Ascents® Teams with Cleveland Clinic for Pediatric Pain Study

Posted by Mark Kohoot on

When many people think of aromatherapy, they conjure up the idea of pleasant-smelling oils, sometimes released into the air by diffusion, other times applied to the skin in diluted or undiluted form.  Unfortunately, general beliefs regarding the efficacy of aromatherapy seem to hover somewhere between useless and something only hippies would use to treat real medical problems. Therefore, it is often surprising to those who haven't experienced the benefits of clinical aromatherapy that it is not only effective, but also scientifically studied and clinically backed.   Ascents® clinical aromatherapy is honored to be involved in important research regarding the use...

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Dental Fear and Anxiety

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

Dental anxiety can feel truly alienating.  Those who have never experienced dental fear may think it’s “silly” or an overreaction, and brush off those fears as something easily overcome.  But the truth is, an excruciating fear of the dentist affects 5-8% of all individuals. People who experience this intense dental anxiety never visit the dentist, no matter the situation.  They will endure terrible pain and illness just to stay out of the dentist’s chair.  An additional 20% only see their dentist when it cannot be avoided; in other words, during a true dental emergency or other urgent matter. Dental anxiety...

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Treatments for Insomnia

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

Insomnia is a disorder that affects an individual’s quantity and quality of sleep.  Those with sleep disorders frequently have trouble falling and/or staying asleep.  Although every person is unique and requires a different amount of sleep in order to function optimally, most adults still need between seven and eight hours to live their best and healthiest lives.    Insomnia is a complicated medical condition as its causes are many and varied. As such, treatment options for insomnia cover a wide range of different modalities, from psychotherapy to pharmaceuticals.  Natural treatments for insomnia are generally utilized first, and include making lifestyle...

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New Year's Resolutions + Wellness

Posted by Shannon Eggleton on

The New Year hasn’t yet dawned, and still advertisements, commercials and websites are shouting in bold, capital letters about New Year, New You -- in other words, New Year's health resolutions.  But the truth about wellness is that it requires year-round dedication, and the most effective changes are often less sweeping and more manageable.   Yes, that’s right. Manageable.   A goal to diet and lose 50 pounds, if needed, can be an excellent way to achieve better health; but in reality, unless that 50 pounds is whittled down in manageable bits, and attended to daily, it will likely never...

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