Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Postpartum Recovery


The following are just some of the many conditions that acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese Medicine can be used for treating women postpartum:

Immediately following natural labour or Caesarean section:
-Pain due to episiotomy and/or tearing of perineum, surgical scarring after C-section, spinal headache, coccyx pain due to injured/broken tailbone (Note: acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be safely used with pain medication in many cases and also to help reduce dependency on pain meds. Please consult a qualified health professional with experience in this)
-Hemorrhoids
-Blocked ducts in breast, breast engorgement, mastitis
-Insufficient lactation
-Incontinence of urine or feces
-Constipation
-Postpartum cramping (after pains)
-Prolapse of uterus
-Postpartum anxiety, depression
-Carpal tunnel syndrome

The sooner the conditions are addressed, the better. However, good results can still be achieved when treated for the first time several weeks postpartum and well into the first year post partum.

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2 responses to “Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Postpartum Recovery

  1. I think Mia might need some of this! do they have acupuncture for sheep?.. c

  2. Hi Celi. Yes, in fact, some veterinarians are trained to perform acupuncture on animals, including sheep. (I have performed acupuncture on my own dogs with great results and satisfied reports from them 🙂 Traditionally in Chinese Medicine and other cultures which practice postpartum care, after a mother has given birth, the resulting loss of blood and energy requires that she be given “warming” treatments (using moxibustion, a cigar-like stick which can warm the local area – in this case the lower abdomen and lower back) and be kept warm with blankets or additional sources of heat. This can help restore the mother’s heat in her body and resolve concerns such as weakness, hemorrhaging, lower back and abdominal pain, leg stiffness, and prolapse of uterus. It is also essential to replenish lost bodily fluids and properly nourish her so she can regain her strength and recover optimally.

    I understand that sheep normally eat hay and grass. When they are pregnant or nursing, do they have more grain in the feed at all? Perhaps your vet can tell you what foods are best for a nursing ewe and stick to this for her as well for the same recommended duration. Even though she is not nursing, her body has experienced significant change in the last few days and she will need more energy now. I am not sure of Mia’s specific state right now, but can email you further information on what you can do for her.

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