- The Impact of Olfaction on Seizures 1h 36min
The Impact of Olfaction on Seizures
What You'll Learn
- The impact olfaction has on brain waves and epileptic circuits
- How aromatic compounds affect epileptic circuits
- How aromatherapy can be used to impact seizures
Our sense of smell is emerging as an important indicator of neurologic health and highly pertinent to the practice of aromatherapy. In this course, Dr. Jillian Stansbury presents emerging research that suggests olfactory pathways may be involved in the initial pathology of many central nervous system diseases.
A decline in olfaction is now associated with neurodegenerative diseases and may be the harbinger of central nervous system disorders. Olfactory auras often preceded seizures and both folkloric and modern literature report that inhalation of aromatic compounds can both trigger as well as abort seizures.
This course will focus on the fascinating research on olfaction and brain waves, as well as aromatic plants, and specific molecules being explored for their impact on reflex seizures and other types of epilepsy.
Please Note: this course was originally recorded for an event called AromaSummit; as such, you may hear mention of this event during the presentation.
Dr. Jillian Stansbury is a licensed naturopathic physician with 30 years experience, specializing in women’s health, fertility, PCOS, adrenal and thyroid disorders, and endocrine imbalances. She also treats immune and allergic disorders, and chronic disease including diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease, as well mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.
Dr. Stansbury served as the Chair of the Botanical Medicine department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and remains on the faculty. Dr. Stansbury enjoys keeping up with the latest research in natural products chemistry and sharing the developments with other health professionals, as well as delving deeply into traditional and folkloric wisdom on the uses of plants as foods and medicines. Dr. Stansbury compiles her research and presents some 10-20 original research papers at medical conferences each year, and has published numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Herbs for Health and Healing, and PCOS Health and Nutritional Guide. She is the author of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals - a comprehensive herbal formulary text based on her decades of research and clinical experience (published by Chelsea Green).
Dr. Stansbury is also an ethnobotanist and has conducted field studies in the Peruvian Amazon for over a decade, living and studying with the Wachiperi, Matstigenka, Bora, and Yagua communities for many years, as well as studying Andean plants. She has created photo, video, and herbarium archives of the plants that she has learned and has published several books on this material as well, including Stung by the Rainbow, and the Mystical and Medicinal Plants of the Andes and Amazon. She leads ethnobotany field courses for nature, adventure, and plant enthusiasts in the Iquitos and Manu regions of the Peruvian Amazon each July 20-30, and winter holiday. Email Dr. Stansbury for more information at [email protected].