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Negative Effects and Risk of Raindrop Therapy

Updated on November 29, 2011

Raindrop therapy is regarded as a type of aromatherapy which makes good use of the healing advantages of herbs in their extracted form along with the massage therapy. The technique of using essential oils is an ancient old practice of the Egyptians many centuries ago.

The scented oils contain both vitamins and minerals that can help in boosting the immune system of the patient. They are also beneficial when it comes to treating the physical and emotional conditions of the body due to their many healing properties. Some of these oils are anti septic, analgesic, anti viral, anti microbial, antibacterial, anti parasitic, anti inflammatory, anti fungal, anti oxidant and many more. Because of these beneficial properties, essential oils have garnered too much spotlight and popularity that is why many types of massage therapy have incorporated them with their techniques.

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Raindrop therapy also includes risks, contraindications and side effects on the patient. Several reports regarding the practice of this therapy pointed out the high level of risk with the use of undiluted essential oils. These special oils should be used at their proper diluted level in order to avoid medical problems on the patient. There are nine different types of essential oils used in raindrop therapy. Although many people perceive them as natural and safe, they can be as harmful as chemical products when used incorrectly and on larger doses. There is a standard level of dilution level for each type of oils. In the case of this aromatherapy, it uses the undiluted form directly on the skin of the patient. Although the practice of the therapy only uses few drops with each oil, the concentration of the oil can be toxic to the skin which causes irritation and allergies that can worsen depending on the type of skin the patient have. Pregnant patients who are planning on trying this aroma therapeutic massage should consider going to their doctors as most of the oils used during the therapy should not be used during pregnancy.

Only Trained Professionals Should Perform Raindrop Therapy

The practice of raindrop therapy without the formal schooling should be avoided at it poses too much risk on the patient. The bodywork which focuses on the spine of the patient is not something of light concern. The spine is regarded as the foundation of the upper body and should not take any damage as it may affect many parts of the body including the brain. Wrong manipulation of the spine may result to the body being paralyzed. Incorrect therapy can also worsen the poor posture of the patient in some cases. In addition to that, there are groups that are condoning the use of raindrop therapy as it has more risks than benefits.

Several studies were conducted regarding the benefits and effects of the massage therapy aside from the use of undiluted essential oils. The results were of no significant value to the progress of the patient being treated. Contradicting to the claim that it can improve posture and help individuals with paraspinal conditions, the therapist doesn't have the educational background and ability to perform such therapy.

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      Lola 22 months ago

      I recently had raindrop therapy and one week later my back went out , I'm not sure if these is related in anyway but I will say I have had not had my back to ever do this before .

      The therapy was administered by a professional .

      I will not be getting anot her treatment.

      This is only my experience and I don't need attacked by oil folks for sharing .

      I only know how this has worked out for me . Client beware .

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      Ios 2 years ago

      Scam the founder is a quack certified by a mail order diploma the Lakota do not wish to be associated with his name or brand. And the oils are more expensive than certified organic.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The benefits surrounding the use of pure essential oils from Young Living far outweigh the risks. YLEO is not required to carry FDA labeling, they do it voluntarily. Pharmaceuticals are synthesized to emulate the properties of natural substances such as essential oils. Only the oils have the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier in order to efficiently and safely administer their healing properties. The side effects of oils are nominal to non-existent whereas some side effects to pharmaceuticals can be deadly. It's common sense to avoid the riskier treatment.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      Thanks this was interesting to read.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      too funny when people go on rants like the guy below

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Wow.. I have never heard of it before so this is interesting. Angel blessed.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of raindrop therapy before. Thanks for the introduction.

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      This article is strictly from 3rd party reports about the risk of Raindrop Therapy. We also have had articles written that talk about the benefits of Raindrop Therapy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a blatant attempt at misinformation about the safety and use of essential oils and Raindrop Therapy! Clearly this author also has no experience and knowledge about the numerous clinical studies and usage practices of pure therapeutic grade oils that have a track record of safety second to none! The journals of toxicology clear show that pharmaceuticals and synthetic drugs are 100% toxic and natural substances are extremely safe with proper usage and a very small percentage chance of minor side effects. This article mentions that essential oils are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, etc and this has "garnered too much spotlight and popularity"? This is an amazing benefit of essential oils that makes them much safer and much more effective than a pharmaceutical. How can there be too much spotlight? There is not enough! Having a background in the medical field and pharmaceuticals I can tell you the level of toxicity in anti-viral and anti-fungal drugs is worse that the illness and the use of antibiotics has led to an epidemic of antibiotic resistant bugs that make you 6 times more likely to come out of a hospital with a deadly infection that going in! Bacteria can not develop resistance to an essential oil by its nature and therefore is our best hope for health and wellness today. Do not be deceived by the pharmaceutical propaganda that we see daily on our airwaves! The same is true for Raindrop Therapy as to safety and efficacy. This article states "wrong manipulation of the spine may result to the body being paralyzed." Raindrop Therapy does not involve any manipulation as a chiropractor would do. This is just an attempt to scare people from this very subtle therapy that only involves gentle application of oils to the spinal area with minimal massage. Of course oils may need to be diluted to prevent skin irritation and this precaution is always indicated and taken by people who are trained to do Raindrop Therapy, which is generally a licensed massage therapist. And finally there are numerous studies and testimonial evidence showing efficacy and safety of this technique. There are also numerous chiropractors and other health practitioners that use essential oils in their practice and do have the educational background to indicate the benefits of essential oils to posture and paraspinal conditions.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I am one of those "many people" that thought there wasn't a risk with the overuse/misuse of essential oils. Good to know. Thanks!