We are pleased to announce that our new President Peter Malton has chosen Abscent as his chosen charity of the year. Abscent are a charity set up to help those who have lost their sense of smell and work to help these people with smell training.
Smell training has been demonstrated in over a dozen scientific studies to be of benefit for people who have lost their sense of smell after a virus or injury. It used to be thought that it was only for people who had some natural recovery already and so could experience some smell messages. Now its known that if people start training immediately after the virus has cleared or the injury has taken place, they can improve their chances of smell recovery. This goes for post-viral and head injury patients.
Smell training is not a cure, but a way of amplifying recovery. Every time its done, you are stimulating the olfactory nerves that help you smell. And this is what encourages them to heal. As Nancy Rawson, cell biologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center says “I think that the most important message is that smell training is not a far-fetched notion. It is based on years of learning how the olfactory and nervous systems work, and specifically, how nerve cells — and especially olfactory nerve cells — are generated or maintained . Think of it as physiotherapy for your nose.
If you would like to know more about the work of Abscent and make a donation please follow the link: https://abscent.org/smelltraining