Many approaches have been ever proposed to diminish the pain related to post-cesarean procedure, and new research shows aromatherapy could be added to the roster of pain-relieving methods.

This study aimed at evaluating the effect of lavender essence on post-cesarean pain. In a single-blind clinical trial, 200 term pregnant women with planned elective cesarean sections were recruited in a 12-month period of time, according an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.

The women were randomized in two 100-patient groups. One group received lavender essence while the control group received a clinically neutral aromatic material.

Although pain decreased in both groups, “the amelioration of pain was significantly more prominent in the [aromatherapy] group” compared with the control group at half hour, eight and 16 hours after the first intervention, the press release noted.

“In conclusion,” the investigators wrote, “aromatherapy by using lavender essence is a successful and safe complementary therapy in reducing pain after CS.”

The research was conducted by investigators with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Taleghani Hospital, Tabriz, Iran and was published in the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences.

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