babyFollowing birth the mother is focused on nurturing her new baby and often neglects her own needs. Acupuncture can assist with conditions such as a retained placenta, prolonged lochia (blood loss), post natal depression and for the establishment of lactation.

Breast feeding: Breast milk is the best food for a newborn baby. This should be a wonderful bonding time for both mother and baby, however many mothers experience a great deal of frustration from conflicting information. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help boost milk supply, prevention and treatment of mastitis, fatigue and stress.

Post natal depression: This condition creeps up on women. Following birth 15-20% of women are affected by depression. Most of this group will experience the “baby blues” characterized by mood swings, tearfulness and anxiety. In a small percentage of women, these feelings will persist, become more severe or interfere with normal routines. If this is the case, a woman is said to have clinical post natal depression.

In TCM, depression is seen as the body’s inability to recover fully from the birth. Recovery can be hampered by many factors such as lack of sleep, stress, inadequate diet and poor support network. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can halt the spiral downwards into depression before the need for drugs. Diagnostic methods in Chinese medicine are aimed at prevention, so signs of this disorder are apparent to the practitioner even before they become obvious to the mother.