Postnatal Acupuncture Treatment
4 to 5 days after giving birth it is advised to carry out a ‘mother warming’ treatment to helps the mother recover and restore energy.
There are many things that can be experienced in the 6 weeks, post childbirth. Acupuncture is able to help with the following sypmtoms:
- Abdominal cramps or afterpains
- Persistent uterine bleeding
- Night sweats
- Problems with breast feeding
The concept of adequate rest to ensure women completely recovered from childbirth is an important part of traditional societies – Asian and Indian families take this very seriously. It involves the idea that it will take women at least a month to fully recover from childbirth, sadly an idea not necessarily widespread or even encouraged in western society. Usually partners or relatives will help out for a week (two weeks if the women are really luckily), then, for most women its back to “normal”. We are encouraged to be running around, back in the gym and doing everything that other women do, but this is not realistic. Many women do seem to initially cope but will find that months later they are exhausted and can't seem to shake it off.
Mother Warming can help the new mother have more energy and feel rejuvenated and is a great way to gently aid recovery from childbirth and restore energy. It involves gently warming the acupuncture meridians that run through the lower lower back and abdomen. It utilises a Moxa stick to warm acupuncture points for 5 – 10 minutes until they feel pleasantly warm.
Moxa is a dried herb called mugwort and is burned over the needles to warm them or used directly above the skin, over the acupuncture points. Moxa has an influence on the energy of the body and has the ability to circulate and nourish Qi and Blood and has a beneficial effect on a woman’s energy.
This treatment can give relief and aid healing to any tender areas and help tone the uterus.
Ideally, acupuncture treatment is also given once a week commencing from 2 weeks postpartum for a total of 3 weeks to promote stamina and an efficient recovery.