The Science of Scents - Amy Taketomo
Amy Taketomo, MS (Chemistry), Florida, USA - BA (Chemistry), University of California at Irvine. MS (Chemistry), University of California at Riverside. Tenured and Adjunct Chemistry Instructor at Hartnell College (24 years, retired). STEM courses taught besides Chemistry included health effects of environmental pollutants and toxicology. Air Quality Regulator (15 years, retired). Ayurvedic Practitioner Graduate with Honors from MMI College of Ayurveda (2008). NAMA member for 14 years and Professional Ayurvedic Practitioner. 3rd Level Reiki Practitioner (14 years). Holder of American and European patents.
Topic: The Science of Scents: A Brief Chemical and Physiological Perspective on Aromatherapy
Abstract: Many traditional healing practices, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, have included aromatherapy and herbology in their techniques for treating health conditions. Western medicine also has included and continues to expand the role of aromatherapy in its treatments of conditions. This presentation is a brief review of some of the Western aspects of aromatherapy - how are scents detected by our bodies, absorbed, and activate different systems. As time permits, we will also see how similar and different the Western approach is to some aspects of traditional healing practices.