July 12, 2023
Neuropathic pain (NP) is a chronic condition that occurs due to an injury or disease of the somatosensory system. Generally, Neuropathic pain affects 7%–10% of the world's population and its prevalence is likely to increase with ageing, cancer survival and other chronic disease. The currently available drugs used for the management of NP are inadequate due to poor efficacy and tolerability. Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders are comorbidities that characterize about 34% of patients with Neuropathic pain, extensively affecting the patient's quality of life. However, there are no effective and safe treatments that can deal with the symptoms and comorbidity of Neuropathic pain. An increasing number of patients choose alternative medicine to relieve the symptoms of various pathological processes, including pain and aromatherapy, consisting in the medicinal uses of essential oils extracted from aromatic plants, is one of the most used. Several clinical studies have reported that massage or inhalation with selected essentials oils reduced symptoms associated to pain and anxiety.