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Aromatherapy Randomization of Pain Management in Adults

January 27, 2020


The goal of this study is to determine if aromatherapy is effective for pain management in adults. Rosa damascena oil will be used in the trial to control isolated acute back pain, compared to an almond oil placebo.  The aromatherapy process will be done with both essential oil concentrated Rosa damascena and almond oil administered via a soaked cotton ball 20-30 cm from the patient’s face.


Study Information

This trial is aimed at treatment and is enrolling 60 subjects. The study began on December 11, 2017.


Inclusion Criteria


  • Age 18 or above
  • Seen and attending or resident physician
  • Isolated back pain or sciatica
  • Pain lasting less than 2 weeks
  • Pain between lower scapular borders and gluteal folds
  • Patient maintains capacity and is interested in participating


Exclusion Criteria


  • Pregnant patient, minor, or inmate patient
  • Patient lacks decision making capacity
  • Patient is delirious, demented, altered, intoxicated, or agitated
  • Patient allergic to Ibuprofen or NSAIDs
  • Patient unable to demonstrate understanding of experiment by teach-back method
  • Patient below age of 18
  • Physician, clinician, or investigator concern for underlying etiology other than isolated back pain or sciatica
  • Patient already received narcotics or requires immediate standard pain control
  • Patient demonstrated neurologic deficit or radicular symptoms
  • Patient does not wish to be studied
  • Patient endorses allergy to almond, roses, or perfumes
  • Patients with pain lasting greater than 2 weeks



This study is taking place at the Stony Brook University Hospital Emergency Department, Stony Brook, New York, United States, 11794. 


Sponsors / Collaborators

This study is sponsored by Stony Brook University.

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