Train the Brain to Regain Ability to Smell and Combat Anosmia

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How Humans Smell: Structure and Process

Approximately 1,000 genes code for olfactory receptors, a discovery brought to light in 1991by Linda Buck of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and fellow laureate Richard Axel of Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Loss of Smell

Airborne particles or trauma can disrupt the functionality and structure of the inner nose, and thus debilitate the sense of smell.Deviated septums are common afflictions at varying extents. Almost everyone has a very slightly uneven septum, which occurs when the area separating the left and right nostril is not right in the middle, favoring one side or the other. For those with light versions of this, the most this would mean is brief moments of uneven breathing through the nose in the morning when noses function at their worst.

Researching a Resolution

There are many causes of persistent anosmia and many degrees of anosmia itself. But a prolonged inability to smell anything presents unique hurdles when navigating ways to amend it. These challenges drove researchers to find out how to help those with anosmia.

The Smell Training Regimen

To represent each of the four main fragrances, Hummel’s study utilized four essential oils for participants to sniff. They were:

  • Rose for flowery
  • Lemon for fruity
  • Cloves for spicy
  • Eucalyptus for resinous
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