Post-partum refers to the time after childbirth. Post-partum care is too often forgotten as Mother’s primary concern is now her child. Restoring Qi and balance in the body is so important and our Post-Partum treatments are designed to do just this.
Following childbirth a women’s condition is very vulnerable and much care should be taken to eat well and rest. Unfortunately in our western society the trend is for women to leave their beds shortly after childbirth and even go back to work only days after this vulnerable time.
Because of the demands of childbirth much blood is lost during and after labour. This leads to deficiency of blood, chronic tiredness and fatigue. The immune system is susceptible to disease and complications such as Post Natal depression can arise. There is so much emphasis on what women should and shouldn’t do during pregnancy, but there is very little information about care after childbirth. A mother needs to be healthy in order to look after her new baby.
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, childbirth is seen as a deficiency of QI (Vital Energy) and Blood. Organs such as the Spleen (producer of blood), the Liver (stores blood) and the Heart (commander of blood) are all deficient as a result of blood loss. This can cause disharmony in the body.
Signs and Symptoms of Qi and Blood Deficiency include:
- Tiredness, fatigue
- Pale skin, complexion
- Weakness of limbs
- Dizziness, light-headedness
- Poor appetite
- Blurred vision
- Poor memory
- Loose stools
- Pale tongue
- Weak pulse
If lost Qi and Blood is not replaced it can lead to serious complications that may manifest immediately or years later. It may even affect a woman’s ability to fall pregnant again.
Specially formulated Chinese Herbs as well as Acupuncture are effective methods to restore Qi and blood and an integral part of Chinese Medicine. We encourage all women to book in for a Post partum treatment after childbirth to restore their Qi and Blood and restore their energy and vitality again.
There are also a number of things that you can do at home to help restore balance to the body. See our Fact Sheets and Forms page for more information on Post Partum.