Home, Field, Clinic, or Operating Room:
Exploring Clinical Applications of Essential Oils
-by Dr. Paul Winterton, MD
“The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in the western medical tradition.”
We have all experienced join pain and muscle aches, regardless of our age and activity level. The causes range from simple aches following exercise to debilitating pain from a serious accident, surgery or chronic illness.
Alleviating these symptoms and treating the source of pain is sometimes a challenge for the practicing orthopedic surgeon. In addition to desiring confirmation of a particular diagnosis and treatment plan, patients following a slip and fall, or with chronic bone and joint illness are often desperate for relief from pain and stiffness.
Essential oils, have become a frontline therapeutic modality for me in my practice. Their powerful anti-inflammatory effects can be utilized in many athletic and clinical settings. Whether at the finish line of a marathon, in the clinic seeing patients for injuries, or conducting preoperative evaluations and postoperative follow-up, essential oils are a mainstay of treatment in my orthopedic practice.
When patients arrive at my clinic, they are immediately introduced to oils as they inhale the ultrasonically diffused aromatic compounds in my lobby and every exam room. The antiviral and antiseptic properties of essential oils have been demonstrated in many laboratories and provide excellent cold, flu and infection prevention for my patients and employees. In the exam room, every patient is a given a therapeutic warm, moist towel compress with essential oils, followed by an application of anti-inflammatory rub on the area of tenderness of post-operative incision site. I also recommend capsules of essential oils to take internally.
In the locker room or on the field, I instruct the chiropractic physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers in application of anti-inflammatory essential oil rubs. They have also utilized ultrasonic (Phonophoresis) and electronic (Iontophoresis) devices during massage to improve penetration, absorption, and distribution of the essential oils. The symptomatic relief has been wonderful for my patients, and certainly reflects well on me as their physician.
Finally, patients can treat themselves and their families with essential oils as they become acquainted and comfortable with their topical, aromatic, and internal applications. Use of essential oils in the home, in tandem with healthy lifestyles, can be a powerful preventive measure for avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room or clinic.
The CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) oils procured and distributed by doTERRA are the only essential oils that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in western medical tradition. Every product has been harvested from its unique environment, meticulously processed and analyzed for its therapeutic purity and potency. This is extremely important to me as a physician. We trust manufacturers for traditional, FDA approved, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, that every pill in the bottle has the same concentration of medicine. Likewise, ever time a patient leaves my clinic with a sample of oil, I need to know that the purity and potency is the same in every bottle.
I look forward to working more closely with my musculoskeletal colleagues regarding the clinical applications of essential oils, and hope to expand their use at home, on the field, in the clinic, and in the operating room.
Paul W. Winterton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, and a member of doTERRA’s Scientific Advisory Board. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and completed his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1998. Following residency, he completed two fellowshops at The Institute For Bone and Joint Disorders in should and knee reconstructive surgery/sports medicine, as well as foot and ankle reconstruction in Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, Dr. Winterton serves on the Board of Councilors for The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a strong proponent of the practical use of essential oils and dietary supplements in the home, as well as in the traditional western medical clinical setting, particularly with regard to bone and joint well being.