Postpartum in Traditional Chinese Medicine


The first 30 days of postpartum is known as the confinement month and is absolutely essential according to ancient Asian traditions dating back 2,000 years in the Han Dynasty. Mothers post childbirth are cared for like queens to ensure proper recovery. They are encouraged to rest and eat warm nourishing food in order to accelerate womb healing, replenish blood lost during childbirth, strengthen their overall bodies, and prevent postpartum health problems.

Eating nutritious food and getting sufficient rest is critical in preventing future ailments including postpartum depression, arthritis, and thyroid problems. It also helps ward off premature aging and sagging skin. Moms are pampered day and night so all they do is eat, rest, breastfeed, and sleep. No household chores and absolutely no work is permitted for 30 days.




Right after delivery, you lose substantial amount of blood, which sets you up for deficiency of Qi and blood according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi means energy flow throughout your body. Qi is the basic energy for your life. Not having sufficient Qi and blood which is the essential life force energy of your body makes your body more vulnerable and susceptible to various ailments, including chronic tiredness and fatigue. In a lot of cases the deficiency of Qi and blood is the main cause of postpartum depression.




In eastern cultures, mothers of pregnant woman continue to pass down generation after generation the importance of taking care of your health after childbirth. After delivery, new moms are encouraged to stay in bed and do nothing but feed the baby, eat nourishing foods, and rest for one month. They are not allowed to do work of any kind so that they have the opportunity to regain their Qi and blood after the great demands placed on them during childbirth. During this time her mother, mother-in-law, or hired confinement lady stays with her and does everything for her. This includes cooking nutrient dense meals, helping with breastfeeding, washing the dishes, going grocery shopping, changing the baby, washing the baby, and washing her clothes. All the resting mother does is feed her baby and rejuvenate her health.




It is imperative to take care of your health and well-being during the postpartum period to prevent Qi and blood deficiency. One of the leading reasons for postpartum depression is insufficient Qi and blood, so it is imperative to take care of your health post childbirth.




There are many indicators of Qi and Blood deficiency during your postpartum period:  


1.   Low appetite


2.   Loose stools or constipation


3.   Undigested food in stools


4.   Overly fatigued and tired


5.   Constantly worrying


6.   Difficulty losing weight


7.   Cold hands and feet


8.   Pale complexion


9.   Foggy mind


10.   Weak muscles


11.   Weak voice and reluctant to speak


12.   Sweating with little exertion


13.   Dizziness when getting up


14.   Heart palpitations


15.   Insomnia


16.   Dry skin


17.   Hemorrhoids


18.   Forgetfulness


19.   Dry hair


20.   Losing excessive amount of hair


21.   Feeling depressed


22.   Weak pulse


23.   Pale and flabby tongue with teeth indentations on the edges




In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your Spleen is responsible for the creation of Qi by working with the stomach to convert food you consume into valuable energy. The Spleen function in this context is different from the way that the Spleen organ is viewed in Western medicine. The Spleen in Traditional Chinese Medicine is responsible for creating Qi that is essential to sustain your daily energy, along with creating blood. The Spleen is also in charge of holding all of your organs in place. When your body is recovering from childbirth, your Spleen Qi is extremely weak. If you add sleep deprivation and excess activity to that already weakened Spleen, along with improper food consumption that is cold and raw, it will aggravate the disharmony. The Spleen Qi helps create blood and when the Spleen Qi is weakened, you will have less blood, thus leading to blood deficiency. The symptoms of Qi and blood deficiency often mirror symptoms women experience when dealing with postpartum depression. Therefore, it is absolutely critical that you nourish and replenish your body post childbirth to prevent the devastating symptoms and potential diseases caused by Qi and blood deficiency. 


0 #2 anna82 2015-03-02 17:45
0 #1 anna82 2015-02-25 17:15
I can recommend African Mango, it helped me a lot.

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