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Ultimate postpartum recovery

One aspect about modern medicine that is completely lacking awareness is women's bodies post childbirth. In most heritages around the world, the new mother rests for minimum 40 days post childbirth in order to recover what has been depleted, both physically and mentally. In TICM, we call it sitting the month.

Childbirth requires the largest amount of Blood and Qi (energy) expressed at one time. It is a beautiful yet traumatic event for the body that is actually quite revitalising if those substances are properly replenished. Afterwards, the new mother is left depleted in both areas (Blood and Qi). These are the two substances that supply our life force, our vitality, our wellness. For women, we know why Blood is so important. Without proper replenishment almost every symptom can be traced back to Blood and Qi deficiency.

Immediately after childbirth, there is an empty cavity in the body where the baby once was. The new mother's body is open to receiving pathogens, especially wind and or cold. If she catches wind, the tradition states that it will cause future ailments and prevent the body from properly recovering. These symptoms include joint pain, arthritis and hip pain that can develop quickly or several years down the road.

One way to strengthen the body postpartum is with the ancient formula that I call mobility formula. This herbal combination recharges the body postpartum, alleviates postpartum ache and pains and strengthens the entire body. Mobility formula's meaning it reduces cold and dampness in the joints and tendons, tonifies Liver and Kidney and replenishes Qi and Blood.

It helps with stiffness and numbness in the joints and body, lumbar pain, knee and joint pain, decreased mobility from weak Kidney and Liver function, the organs governing childbirth, inflammation and poor circulation.

Mobility formula helps to strengthen weak legs, relieve soreness in the back, warm cold hands and feet, prevent bone loss and muscle weakness, recharge the body postpartum, help conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic back pain, and sciatica.

Mobility formula: Du Huo, Sang Ji Sheng, Du Zhong, Niu Xi, Qin Jiao, Fu Ling, Rou Gui, Fang Feng, Chuan Xiong, Dang Shen, Dang Gui, Bai Shao, Shu Di Huang, Gan Cao.

Du Huo disperses wind cold and dampness from the Lower Jiao, bones and sinews, vitalises the vessels and alleviates pain.

Du Zhong tonifies the Kidneys, Liver and strengthens sinews and bones.

Sang Ji Sheng expels wind dampness, strengthens sinews and bones tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin and nourishes the Blood.

Niu Xi invigorates Blood, strengthens the sinews and bones, benefits the joints and nourishes the Liver and Kidney Yin.

Qin Jiao expels wind dampness and relaxes the sinews.

Fu Ling promotes urination, resolves dampness, strengthens the Spleen and harmonises the Middle Jiao.

Rou Gui warms the Kidneys, strengthens Yang, strengthens Ming Meng Fire, disperses deep cold, warms and unblocks teh channels and vessels to open the lower back and alleviates pain.

Fang Feng expels wind cold and dampness, and alleviates pain.

Dang Shen invigorates Spleen and Lungs functions so that Qi is replenished, promotes the production of body fluids.

Chuan Xiong invigorates Blood, moves Qi, expels wind and alleviates pain.

Dang Gui tonifies, invigorates and harmonises the Blood, disperses cold and alleviates pain.

Shu Di Huang is for Qi, Blood and Yin deficiencies.

Gan Cao tonifies the Middle Jiao and moderates and harmonises the harsh properties of other herbs.

Note: the above is what I prescribe to my new mothers, however, your own doctor will prescribe herbs to match your own individual requirements as in TICM, one shoe size does not fit all. Also, I broke down how the herbs so you can see how herbal medicine works in TICM and what their indications and functions are.

Important note: I shall be attending the birth of a very special patient next Tuesday and I am so excited. Last September she came to me for fertility treatment. She was not having periods for 6 months since coming off the pill and she was not getting pregnant. After investigations she discovered multiple cysts on her ovaries caused by the pill. I removed the multiple cysts through hijama, gave her instructions of when to have sexual intercourse and then she came back to me in December with the best news that she is pregnant. She came to me at 36 weeks as our baby was breech so we turned baby around with moxibustion. She is now 40 weeks, doctors want to induce her using hormones, but she will stick with me and I shall naturally induce her with a combination of acupuncture and hijama. Then we will end up with a beautiful healthy baby girl ❤️❤️❤️

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