Our goal at Blossom Clinic is to help you get pregnant and have a healthy baby. But we’re also here for you after you give birth! We are thrilled to offer Postpartum Acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine, we say how a woman treats her body in the first 30 days post-birth can affect her health for the rest of her life. We use Postpartum Acupuncture and Moxa to strengthen the new mother’s qi.
We do a special therapy called “Mother Warming” which utilizes acupuncture and an herb called moxibustion. We can also provide lactation support post-birth.
During pregnancy, a woman is giving her resources to her growing child. Then the reserves of qi (lifeforce) and blood are further expended during childbirth. From a Chinese perspective, because her body has been taxed and emptied through the birthing process a new mother is more vulnerable to wind, cold, or damp invasions. On the positive side, it is a prime time to rebuild and presents an opportunity to reset her constitution if she takes care to nurture herself along with her new child.
Postpartum treatment focuses on warming and “tonifying” the new mother. Think of it as relighting the pilot light. The optimal time to start reintroducing heat is five to seven days after birth as long as there is no infection. In many cultures, warming techniques are used as routine care after birth. This may include hot stones, water bottles, warm oils, or fires.
In Chinese Medicine, moxa, or mugwort, is burned above the belly and low back to reintroduce substance into the lower abdomen. Moxa is significantly strengthening as it has the ability to reach into all the acupuncture channels and meridians.
Postpartum acupuncture, in particular, can offer several benefits for new mothers. Here are some of the potential benefits:
- Hormonal balance: Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal levels after childbirth, which may aid in the recovery process. It can support the body in re-establishing hormonal balance, potentially alleviating postpartum symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, and depression.
- Pain relief: Many women experience various types of pain postpartum, such as back pain, perineal discomfort, or breast engorgement. Acupuncture can provide pain relief by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. It may help reduce discomfort and promote a faster recovery.
- Stress reduction: The postpartum period can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. Acupuncture sessions can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it may enhance the production of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters associated with well-being.
- Enhancing milk production: Some women may face challenges with breastfeeding and low milk supply. Acupuncture may help stimulate milk production by increasing blood flow to the breasts and balancing the body’s energy pathways. It can also address other related issues like clogged ducts or mastitis.
- Hormonal regulation for breastfeeding: Acupuncture may help regulate the hormonal changes associated with breastfeeding, such as prolactin release. It can potentially aid in establishing a steady milk supply and promote lactation.
- Postpartum depression support: Acupuncture has been found to be helpful in managing postpartum depression. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it may help rebalance the body’s energy and regulate neurotransmitters associated with mood. It is often used as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments for postpartum depression.
It is important to note that while acupuncture can offer potential benefits, individual experiences may vary. It is advisable to consult with a qualified and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in postpartum care to determine the best approach for your specific needs. Additionally, informing your healthcare provider about any complementary therapies you are considering is always recommended.