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Your sense of smell can be powerful. Capable of triggering everything from headaches to memories, according to integrative medicine expert Dr. Lisa Corbin.
"A lot of people will say, 'Oh, I remember my grandma when I smell rose pedals,' and that will take them back to a place where they're more relaxed."
Aromas go beyond the nose and even your brain. What you smell has the capability to affect your entire body.
That's why at UCHealth's The Center for Integrative Medicine in Stapleton, doctors and therapist will sometimes ask patients to consider complimenting their treatment with aromatherapy.
Dr. Lisa Corbin is the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine.
"Anything that can help calm and relax the patient is just good medicine," Dr. Corbin said.
Doctors say people can often dismiss aromatherapy because it's largely commercialized. However, aromatherapy is much more than the lotions you see at body fragrance shops. Dr. Corbin says there can be real, physical benefits.
Aromatherapy can be as convenient as body lotion with fragrances like chamomile, lavender or mint. But in the world of complimentary medicine, there are hundreds of fragrances claiming to help with everything from hair loss to sex drive.
At the Center for Integrative Medicine, it's often recommended for those dealing with more than physical pain.
"I think it's worth a try for pretty much anything but more than that, if whatever is going on is impacted by their mental well being, the best use of aromatherapy would probably be there," Dr. Corbin said.
For example, someone who is experiencing anxiety or depression in addition to physical pain, may consider aromatherapy.
Doctors say it's important to note that aromatherapy should not be considered an alternative way to relieve pain but something you should ask a doctor about adding to your current treatment.