Original FIW Research

The APICHS Study

If you have a child aged 2-15 years old, we want to hear from you! The Franklin Institute of Wellness, in partnership with the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, is conducting a cross-sectional study about the use of personal care products with children. Participation involves completing a secure online survey once for each child you have who is 2-15 years old. The survey will ask some general questions about your child's health and then several questions about the products you use with this child in your home. These products range from laundry soap to sunscreen to body wash and include everything [...]

2019-02-21T18:15:17-05:00February 21st, 2019|

Elderberry Meta-Analysis

Elderberry syrup has become a household staple during the cold and flu season, but research identifying its effects remains sparse. To address this gap in knowledge, the FIW Research team conducted an elderberry meta-analysis. This analysis evaluated the effects of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) on the severity and duration of upper respiratory symptoms. This analysis included 180 participants and also evaluated how factors such as flu vaccination status and the underlying cause of upper respiratory symptoms may impact the supplement's efficacy. The Study "Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) supplementation effectively treats upper respiratory symptoms: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled clinical trials." Methodology Because [...]

2019-01-22T10:09:42-05:00January 22nd, 2019|

Ginger for Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a traditional food-based preparation which has been used in multiple studies to treat nausea and vomiting from a wide range of causes. It has shown to be beneficial at treating morning sickness, post-operative nausea and vomiting, and many studies have found that it prevents or reduces the severity of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. However, the findings from studies on ginger for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) are mixed, with some studies revealing that its effects are minimal or even detrimental. Ginger is administered both as an essential oil via inhalation and as a dietary supplement via ingestion [...]

2018-11-10T17:54:19-05:00November 10th, 2018|

Bergamot Essential Oil for Anxiety: A Meta Analysis

Essential oil inhalation is frequently used to treat anxiety in multiple populations. While multiple clinical trials on this application exist in the scientific literature, findings often conflict. Effect sizes in these studies vary dramatically and some studies do not find that inhalation of bergamot essential oil for anxiety is effective. To address this issue, the Franklin Institute of Wellness research department conducted a meta-analysis on bergamot and anxiety. The Study "Bergamot Essential Oil for Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis" Methodology When there are not many large studies on a topic, or when studies on a topic begin to find conflicting results, a meta-analysis [...]

2018-11-10T17:30:10-05:00November 10th, 2018|

CURRENTLY RECRUITING: Essential Oils for Morning Sickness

The Franklin Institute of Wellness’ research team is conducting a clinical trial on the use of essential oils for nausea, vomiting, and overall quality of life among women in early pregnancy. THE STUDY “THE EFFECTS OF AROMATHERAPY ON MORNING SICKNESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN EARLY PREGNANCY“ PARTICIPANTS: NOW RECRUITING We are now recruiting for a research study on aromatherapy in early pregnancy. If you live in the United States, are in your first trimester of pregnancy, and are interested in participating, you are invited to learn more. You may qualify if you: are pregnant are between the ages of 18 [...]

2018-11-10T12:21:53-05:00May 9th, 2018|

CURRENTLY RECRUITING: Essential Oils and Anxiety Among Children with Autism

Essential oils are frequently used to address symptoms associated with an autism spectrum disorder but essential oils for autism have yet to be fully evaluated for efficacy. There is little in the scientific literature to indicate which oils are suitable and what effects can be achieved. To evaluate the effects of essential oils on anxiety scores for children with autism spectrum disorders, the Franklin Institute of Wellness' research team is conducting a clinical trial. The Study "The Effects of Aromatherapy and Scent Memory on Anxiety Scores Among Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder" Participants: Now Recruiting We are now recruiting participants for [...]

2018-11-10T12:48:23-05:00January 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Essential Oils for Fatigue Caused by Hypothyroidism

This clinical trial, conducted in 2017, evaluated the effects of essential oils for fatigue among women who have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms of hypothyroidism among women, reducing overall quality of life. Even with hypothyroid treatments which successfully replace thyroid hormones and reduce the risks of adverse outcomes from hypothyroidism, many women continue to report reduced quality of life with fatigue being a common complaint.  While essential oils have been found to increase stamina and boost energy levels among male athletes, aromatherapy has not been studied for its potential to reduce fatigue among women with [...]

2019-04-08T20:20:40-05:00January 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Aromatherapy for Preprocedural Anxiety Among Pediatric Patients w/ ASD

While essential oils have been found in the scientific literature to reduce preprocedural anxiety in patients when administered prior to a scheduled medical procedure, no study has evaluated essential oils for autism. The potential for these effects on preprocedural anxiety among pediatric autistic patients is uncertain due to the way in which autistic children experience sensory stimuli. Because children with autism spectrum disorders tend to be hypersensitive to sensory experiences, essential oils which have been found in the scientific literature to reduce anxiety may not be suitable. To evaluate the potential for suitability and efficacy of essential oils on preprocedural anxiety among [...]

2018-11-10T13:19:01-05:00January 14th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Probiotics for Colic: What Works and What Doesn’t

Probiotics and colic are a common natural health team, but recent studies have suggested that probiotics for colic may not be ideal. The research team at the Franklin Institute of Wellness addressed this question head-on to get the facts about when probiotics can reduce crying–and when they actually increase crying time among newborns. Background Colic is a catch-all term that refers to frequent crying among newborns. To meet the proper definition of colic, the infant's persistent crying and fussing cannot be explained by any other health condition, so if a baby cries but has another diagnosis, it is not technically colic. Colic [...]

2018-08-29T17:12:36-05:00August 31st, 2017|Tags: |

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