Bad Ideas: Aromatherapy for PTSD


Gates touted possible treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during a meeting with the wives of servicemen at Fort Riley, Kansas, when one woman asked him to explain why chiropractic and acupuncture therapies were not covered under her military health care plan.

“We have an experimental unit … treating soldiers with PTS (post-traumatic stress) and using a number of unorthodox approaches, including aroma therapy, acupuncture, things like that, that really are getting some serious results, and so maybe we can throw that into the hopper as well,” Gates said.

via Pentagon tries aroma therapy to ease combat stress | Reuters.

Yes. Let’s use non-proven psuedo scientific garbage to treat real illnesses. Good idea. Except that it’s not.

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