Asian Medicine Wisdom for Postpartum Care, Part 1
*The postpartum mother and baby are strengthened, nourished, and protected by a warm and breeze free home! If the house is breezy be sure to seal window’s, or take other preventative measures. Encourage the mom to stay inside at home for as long as is possible to protect her and to rebuild her strength.
- Bone Broth Soup is wonderfully nourishing and is high in minerals. Cook on low heat for 12-24 hours if possible.
- Vietnamese recipe for Pho: add star anise, fresh ginger, and cinnamon to be simmered with the bone broth. These herbs are warm in nature.
- Conjee: Replenishes fluids and is strengthening to the digestive energy and therefore to the body. Conjee is essentially a rice soup. Make rice with 2-3 times the amount of water. Add veggies, meat, and spices as desired- to taste. Try not to add fried foods or dairy. “The Book of Juke” has many Conjee recipes.
- Strengthening Foods are: root veggies, chicken-builds energy, beef- builds blood (esp liver), red foods nourish the blood, warm nourishing foods. *It is very important to avoid raw, cold, and or frozen food
- It is wonderful if friends can rotate bringing meals that are scheduled ahead of time (before the birth). This is important for community building. Receiving support from family and friends help nourish the new mom.
- Nettles and red raspberry leaves help to build the blood and minerals.
- If ice was put on the perineum during labor: warm ginger tea soaks can help to reestablish healthy circulation.
…To be continued in Part 2:
Yasmin Spencer LAc, DAOM, Dipl. OM
1460 G Street, Arcata, CA 95521
*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.