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)Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Additional Information:|| This is a reprint of an article orginally printed in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2006, Pages 48-54  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
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
School of Health & Social Care > Family Care & Mental Health Department
|Last Modified:||13 Jun 2012 12:07|
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