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Aromatherapy and massage for antenatal anxiety: Its effect on the fetus

Aromatherapy and massage for antenatal anxiety: Its effect on the fetus

Bastard, Janet and Tiran, Denise (2009) Aromatherapy and massage for antenatal anxiety: Its effect on the fetus. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 15 (4). pp. 230-233. ISSN 1744-3881 (doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.06.010)

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Abstract

Antenatal anxiety has been linked to maternal hypothalamic pituitary–adrenal axis changes which can affect fetal development and may have lasting effects on the child's psychological development. Treatments for anxiety have hitherto focused on psychotherapy techniques or antidepressant drugs but these do not always effect long term improvement. Aromatherapy and massage have successfully been used to produce significantly greater improvement in reduction of anxiety. Midwives may highlight anxiety in some of the mothers in their care and can incorporate the holistic approach of aromatherapy and massage into their practice. However, further research is required to establish the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of aromatherapy and massage in the antenatal period.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] This is a reprint of an article orginally printed in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2006, Pages 48-54 [2] 108 references in full article but not included here.
Uncontrolled Keywords: aromatherapy, massage, anxiety, pregnancy, fetus
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:19
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7851

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