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Aromatherapy for PTSD: A review of the literature and case reports

March 18 6pm

Florian Birkmayer MD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder with growing prevalence and incidence that causes significant disability and suffering worldwide. While advances have been made in the understanding of PTSD and effective psychotherapeutic treatments have been demonstrated, the pharmacological options for PTSD have been mostly ineffective and contribute to the disease burden by causing side effects and learned helplessness as well as disempowering clients who struggle with PTSD. Aromatherapy is the use of specific plant extracts, called essential oils, for health, wellness and treatment of a wide range of conditions. The human olfactory system is deeply linked to the limbic system, which has been shown to be dysregulated in PTSD. Essential Oils have profound, rapid effects on the limbic system. Essential oils are extremely safe and have shown great promise as a holistic approach to relieving symptoms, restoring balance in and empowering clients with PTSD.

Florian Birkmayer, M.D. founded the Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and addiction medicine as well as seminars and workshops on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation and continued self-development. This approach has been inspired by C.G. Jung’s ideas about Individuation, which is the journey of the limited ego to the Higher Self. His emphasis in holistic psychiatry is on Equine-assisted therapy, person-centered psychotherapy and holistic medication management
including aromatherapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.

He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. He was invited to be a full member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


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Please call 505 720 4115 or email thebirkmayerinstitute @

Fee: $20