TCM For Confinement
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), labour and birth take a toll on a woman’s energy reserves (“qi” and blood). Therefore, new mums are immunologically and physically weaker. Thus new mums are more prone to invasion by wind, cold, dampness (a mixture of climatic factors regarded as pathogens).
As a new mother, you need your general physical health restored during confinement (also known as the “lying-in” period). TCM emphasises on prevention of illness, hence confinement practice aims to improve and aid the mother’s recovery to minimise occurrence of post-natal conditions in the future.
The confinement period is a crucial time for new mothers to take adequate rest and nourishment strengthen and restore balance in the body so mums are able to resume daily activities and bond with their child.
To help new mothers restore their health, TCM advocates individualised approach and syndrome differentiation to postnatal care. TCM can assist with immediate recovery after childbirth for problems such as persistent bleeding, night sweats, depression and the general recovery for a new mother. Difficulties with feeding, insufficient lactation, blockages and mastitis can be supported with TCM.
Supplementing postnatal nourishment with herbs and traditional medicines cannot be generalized as every individual differs in body constitution, physique, and the delivery process varies in each and every case. It is best to consult a qualified TCM practitioner, especially if one would like to take herbal tonics/ herbal medication.