Asian Medicine Wisdom for Postpartum Care, Part 2
Since postpartum and mental illness is somewhat common, it is important to protect women who have just given birth. Some simple ways to provide emotional support (if not severe):
- Warm broths= esp. a bone broth
- Nourishing and warm foods
- Red Berries- good for the heart and emotions, especially Hawthorne berry
- Fish oils and Vitamin B
- Community is important!
- It is important to have referral system set in place for more severe situations.
*Mother Roasting is done by burning moxa (which comes from the Chinese mugwort plant) close to the mothers lower abdomen and low back. This plant has a deeply healing and warming effects on the whole body- unlike any other. The heat relaxes and softens emotions, strengthens and tonifies the organs, stops bleeding, relieves pain and builds immunity. It benefits the mother and the baby: healthy mom= healthy baby. It is a good idea to call in an acupuncturist to perform the Mother Roasting. Ideally, the Mother Roasting should be repeat 5 times within the first 2 weeks postpartum.
If unable to use moxa, because the mother is sensitive to smoke, etc, then hot rice packs, cloth, water bottle can be used. These approaches will help to warm the mother, but are not as powerful as the moxa.
Caution: It is important to call in an acupuncturist or herbalist to perform the Mother Roasting. If using moxa on your own, please make sure that moxa is completely put out post-use. Do not use moxa on mother who has an infection and/or true heat signs (red eyes, red tongue, irritated, etc), or if the mother is very dry and/or having night sweats.
*If a woman had a difficult labor, is extremely depleted, or is having issues postpartum this is a great time to have her see an acupuncturist and herbalist to help resolve these issue and to strengthen her body.
Yasmin Spencer LAc, DAOM, Dipl. OM
427 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501
*Coursework with Raven Lang: The Art of Obstetrics (helping women through all phases of childbirth and postpartum).
*Coursework at Five Branches University: Gynecology, TCM Dietetics, etc.