Aromatherapy in labor - Dr. Shilpa Donga
Dr. Shilpa Donga, BAMS, MD-Ayu, PhD-Ayu, Gujarat, India - Qualified as MD (Ayurved) & Ph.D. (Ayurved) in the subject of Prasutitantra & Streeroga (Gynec & Obs.) from Institute for Postgraduate teaching and research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar. She is presently working as a Professor, at the Department of Prasutitantra & Streeroga, Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) (Institute of National Importance), Jamnagar with more than 20 years of experience in the field of Prasttantra & Streeroga. She has guided more than 30 PG Scholars and 5 Ph.D. Scholars. She has published many research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Abstract: Aromatherapy, an ancient art, is used for the prevention or treatment of various human pathologies to relieve pain, treat anxiety and depression, insomnia, fatigue, etc. It may be administered through the skin (massage), inhalation, compresses, baths and oral administration. It’s believed that certain smells may cause hormone and enzyme responses in the body, and lead to various beneficial effects. Using aromatherapy in the care of women has a long history since the ancient period. Ayurvedic system of medicine also offers the use of aromatherapy during labor to relieve pain and anxiety and to accelerate labor contractions.