Background: Complementary itoms (CI), Traditional therapies (TTs), and Alternative therapies (ATs) use is common. ATs and
TTs are used singly or with modern medicare for prevention, treatment as complementary therapy (CT), even during pregnancy
globally. Their use seems to have increased, even in developed countries, with little recorded evidence of reasons for use, efficacy,
and side effects.
Objectives: To know types of complementaries or CT used by pregnant women and reasons for use.
Material Methods: Present study was carried out. by interviews of 1200 women with predesigned tool in postnatal wards a day
after delivery. More rural women delivered, but were equalized, 600 rural, 600 urban.
Results: Use of CI/CT was reported by 11.4% rural,11.2% urban women. Most frequently used item was Kesar (3%) during
pregnancy, Coram seeds (2%) during labour, Aniseed (0.75%) and Coram seeds (0.75%) in postpartum. period with no difference
weather rural or urban, less or more educated or of any, economic class. Those with physical symptoms were more likely to use
CT/CI. Primigravida used for having natural birth. Six percent used CI postpartum for better lactation, elevated mood, prevent
postpartum depression. CI were given to baby too, Honey was most commonly used for religious belief, source of energy, and to
increase immunity of newborn too. Massage was universal.
Conclusion: CI/CT were used during pregnancy, labor, postpartum in wards, labour room without service providers knowing.
Health professionals of modern medicine need to ask. Many of CI used were harmless, may be helping. Community based research
is needed Institutes of Health (NIH) now has a division dedicated to the investigation of alternative and complementary therapies. (https://www.nccih.nih.gov/).