There are very real benefits in using Chinese Medicine during a pregnancy and during the postnatal period to prevent disharmonies from developing. Women in the post-natal periods are very prone to suffering deficiencies of qi, blood and yin. Deficiencies can cause problems such as post natal depression, persistent uterine bleeding and feeding difficulties or insufficient lactation.
A one- off treatment called “mother warming” given around day 5 post-birth, is a moxa technique to warm the women’s abdomen and lower back area and is used to energise women and aid in their recovery. This is then followed by 30 days of tonification (sometimes 100 days in needed), seen as necessary to rebuild the qi and blood lost through pregnancy and childbirth. If a woman is breastfeeding, taking Chinese herbs to tonify qi and blood throughout this period is encouraged.