Impact of music therapy of the extracellular status of endocrine markers in pregnant women- A review
Keywords:pregnancy, musictherapy, childbirth, psychoneuroendocrinology, stress
Pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation are connected to the physical and psychological well-being of women and the infant after delivery. Taking into consideration the need to build evidence for music therapy, this review explains the mechanism from the bio-psycho-immunological dimensions of stress and its consequences for women during pregnancy, labour and post-partum. The use of music as a correlate to stress and its consequences during the perinatal, prenatal, and postnatal process of pregnancy has been in research for more than 5 decades, yet there is no concrete understanding in that direction. India is culturally and musically rich with many traditional healing systems. Bringing them into the Music has an inside out effect and can be included in the mind-body concept. This paper discusses music in the Indian context that connects the body & mind as well as the traditional uses of music from a therapeutic view, and finally, the need for further research to bring forth evidence-based music therapy within healthcare.