Friday, November 19, 2010

Chinese Postpartum Care, 1-Why is it important?

The modern women has learned to love herself more than ever. She diligently attends her yoga and aerobics classes, a regular patron at spas and beauty salon, goes shopping when she can, the list is endless. All these in the name of health & beauty.

With health comes beauty. Some people turned into vegetarians in pursue of 'detoxing' the body.  Chinese medical practice states that a woman undergoes exteme inner physical changes during menarche, postpartum, and menopause. That these stages in her life are the best time to improve (or revamp) her health or well-being through certain practices, which includes intake of certain chinese herbs specifically formulated for each of these stages.

A lot of blood loss happen during delivery or miscarriage, hence the stress on intake of chinese herbals in enriching the blood (補血), norishing one's vitality (補氣), balancing of the yin-yang (補陰,補陽), diuresis (利水), improve blood circulation (活血), etc., to help the body recuperate better. 

It is said that the practice of chinese postpartum care actually helps minimize certain ailments such as back pains, rheumatisms, etc., in later years.  A friend said she stayed in a postpartum care center in Taiwan for a month after giving birth.  She spent a whooping NTD60-70,000 which is about USD2000!  She said that there were no visual difference between herself and another friend who didn't practice 'ge-lai'.  A few months later, her friend would complain that she easily feels cold, whereas she didn't feel that way prior to giving birth.  My friend said that she didn't feel any of those negative issues.  My thought?  Better safe than sorry.   

For those that has no access to chinese postpartum care centers, there are DIY methods available.  Finding a chinese herbal store is a must to get the needed chinese herbs.     

These herbs should generally concentrate on:
1st week-   Detox (排賭淨化, 平補)
2nd week-   Activates (調整活化, 溫補)
3rd week-   Revitalizes (濕補理氣, 大補)
4th week-   Anti-aging (預防老化, 大補)   

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