Although every woman takes special care of themselves during pregnancy, few truly understand the importance of post-natal care. Any mother that has gone through pregnancy will know that a woman’s body goes through tremendous changes after childbirth. Immediate care must be administered to replenish the loss of nutrients from giving birth and regulate her blood and Qi circulation to prevent harmful long-term impacts on health. This is especially so during the first four weeks after childbirth, also commonly known as ‘the confinement period’ as mothers’ bodies are most vulnerable then. During this time, it is essential for them to pay attention to resting and nursing themselves for faster recovery. Here are three core reasons why post-natal care TCM treatments from MOH-registered TCM specialists such as Sin Kang TCM in Singapore are beneficial in helping them do so.
During childbirth and breastfeeding, mothers lose a large amount of blood and Qi, which depletes their vitality due to an overworked spleen, emotional distress, and blood or tissues not cleared during delivery. This is why many mothers experience fatigue, loss of appetite, indigestion, incontinence, and even poor breast milk production. At its worst, blood and Qi stasis may even cause blockages in the heart meridian to trigger post-natal depression, insomnia, dull complexion, and prolonged discharge of lochia (otherwise known as vaginal bleeding after birth).
Our mothers deserve the best post-natal care treatment after all they have been through in bringing a new life into this world. This is why women experiencing blood and Qi stagnation are advised to seek out trained experts at acupuncture clinics as acupuncture is done by inserting very thin needles into specific spots along the meridian channels to stimulate natural flow. For mummies who are afraid of needles, getting massages on acupressure points from a reputable Chinese acupuncture center like Sin Kang TCM can also achieve similar results as acupuncture. Both TCM treatments are effective for clearing blockages and correcting Yin Yang imbalances caused during pregnancy and the childbirth process.
TCM treatment is based on the concept of Yin and Yang balance. They serve as the foundation for understanding a person’s health, the diagnosis, and what treatments to apply. According to TCM theories, women are considered more Yin in nature, but they become more Yang during pregnancy because the presence of a baby in the womb makes their bodies warmer with more active blood circulation. However, as they complete the childbirth stage, the sudden loss of blood and Qi coupled with inadequate rest and nourishment after the process can make them empty and cold, resulting in Yin deficiencies. Such deficiencies can typically affect blood flow, the liver, heart, spleen, and kidneys.
To address the Yin Yang imbalance during post-natal care, TCM treatments in Singapore often include a combination of Chinese Tuina massages, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and changes in lifestyle to recalibrate the body until a balance is achieved.
As any mother would know, navigating breastfeeding is already a challenging experience when you constantly have to feed your baby every few hours. But it can be even more challenging for some mothers due to stagnation of Qi after childbirth, which consequently prevents milk from flowing down the ducts and out of the nipple. Lactation disorders can come in the form of low milk supply and poor milk flow. This is a result of the mother’s body constitution being affected by:
Instead of relying on western medicine such as Metoclopramide or Domperidone to improve milk production, TCM advocates a more natural form of assistance – Chinese Tuina massage treatment. Tuina is an ancient form of Chinese massage that focuses on balancing a person’s energy system. It can also be an effective form of lactation massage to help regulate the flow of breast milk and improve the secretion of breast milk by reactivating Qi and blood circulation in the breast. Much to the relief of every mummy, Tuina is also known to bring hormones back to pre-pregnancy levels, reduce lochia, contract the uterus and assist in body slimming.
TCM offers effective post-natal care treatments that address the root of the problems and nurses a woman back to the pink of health in a natural way. Looking after a newborn is already a demanding experience, so mothers deserve to recover in the most comfortable way possible. Rejoice mummies, because acupuncture, acupressure, Tuina lactation massage and herbal medicines are all traditional remedies that can produce incredible results for post-natal care.
For more information about TCM post-natal care treatments, contact Sin Kang TCM for an appointment. Sin Kang TCM Clinic is a MOH registered TCM with over 20 years of experience.