Postpartum Recovery Using Natural Medicine
Having a baby is a life-changing experience. It affects you not only physically, but also plays a big part in your emotional health.
We have put together this article to help you understand how Chinese medicine can help you recover after giving birth. We will look at what happens to your body during and after labour, how Chinese medicine can help, and which foods to eat to promote smoother and faster postpartum recovery naturally.
What Happens to Your Body During Labour?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a woman’s body loses a significant amount of qi (vital energy) during the process of giving birth. Although labour is a natural event for women, it can be very draining and it is crucial that this lost energy is restored.
As well as losing qi, your body also loses a large amount of yin, yang, and blood during labour. This leads to deficiencies which may cause physical or emotional problems if they are not resolved. In many cases, hormonal imbalances can also arise after labour and these also need to be addressed.
One of the most common questions that gets asked is how long would it take for me to replenish my deficiencies? The answer to this question will differ from person to person and depends on how well your body coped with labour.
What happens to Your Body After Giving Birth?
After suffering from bleeding during labour, many women experience blood and qi deficiency. Recovering from this is a long process as you have sacrificed much of your energy to bring new life into the world. It is also common to suffer from hormonal imbalances after giving birth, and it may take anywhere between six months and two years for your health to be fully restored.
In China, it is traditional for women to stay home for a month after giving birth to aid them in their recovery. Of course, this is not practical for everyone, but Chinese medicine can still play an important role in postpartum recovery.
How Chinese Medicine helps with Postpartum Recovery
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to help women recover after giving birth. It uses natural herbs which nourish the blood, qi, yin, and yang as well as promoting hormonal balance.
Herb for when your body loses blood during the labour process
Dang Gui (Female Ginseng)
One of the best herbs for nourishing the blood is Dang Gui (Chinese angelica). This herb is sometimes known as ‘female ginseng’ thanks to its immense benefits for women’s health. Dang Gui is a herb used in Chinese medicine to enrich the blood, promote blood circulation and modulate the immune system.
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Herb for when your body loses energy during and after pregnancy
Dang Shen (codonopsis root)
A herb that is a great source of energy (qi) and blood is Dang Shen (codonopsis root). This herb is probably most known to people for its ability to boost energy. Foods and herbs that reinforce energy in the body, benefit the spleen, liver and kidneys aiding a smooth delivery and aftercare.
Herb for when your hormones are imbalanced after pregnancy
Tao Ren (peach kernel) and Hong Hua (safflower)
Ingredients such as Tao Ren (peach kernel) and Hong Hua (safflower) are traditionally used to correct hormonal imbalances. To this day, the kernel in the seed – Tao Ren is believed to be the most powerful herb in improving circulation and is commonly used to treat amenorrhea, menstrual pain, as well as postpartum abdominal pain.
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Foods to Help Postpartum Recovery
During postpartum recovery, you need to pay special attention to your spleen and stomach, aka your digestive organs. In Chinese medicine, your digestion is responsible for transforming food into qi, blood, yin and yang. Therefore, by supporting these organs with nourishing, easy-to-digest foods, you can greatly enhance your recovery after labour.
Chinese Medicine puts a huge emphasis on food – going by the popular proverb: ‘You are what you eat‘. The idea of healthy eating in TCM varies from the western idea of healthy eating. In Chinese medicine, food is essentially viewed as medicine, food is used to nourish your body and fix any imbalance that may occur internally which block the free flow of Qi.
Some of the best foods for postpartum recovery include:
- fish soup – this is a good source of protein and yin energy
- lamb or beef soup – these nourish the blood, energy, and yang
- vegetable soup – one of the best sources of yin energy
Some of the best foods for restoring hormone balance include:
- tofu – benefits yin and qi energy
- black mushrooms – these nourish yin, yang, and qi
- green vegetables – a great source of qi and yin
- aubergine – replenishes yin and blood
- radish – aids digestion and benefits qi
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.