This is an incredibly important time for you and your baby. Rest and time to bond with your baby are imperative to postnatal recovery so don’t be afraid to minimise activity and visitors, even well-meaning family. Herbs are important for improving your breast milk, sleep and mood and they help care for your baby too.
Why Bother with Postnatal Herbs?
You’ve just given birth and you’re on a high. No matter which incredible way you birthed your baby, you’re also pretty exhausted, most likely you have lost some blood, if you’re not already, you soon will be fairly sleep-deprived, and all of sudden you don’t care very much about yourself. All you can think about is that little bundle of joy that you’ve given birth to.
It is amazing. You are amazing.
You were pregnant, feeling quite warm and “Yang”, brimming with blood and the fullness that that brings. Now that your little one is out of your belly, you’re not circulating the amount of blood you were before and you’re colder and more “Yin” without all that blood. Your breasts are starting to fill and your appetite is building as you meet the demands to make wonderful breast milk for your baby.
It’s very important at this time to eat protein-rich meals to help create great breast milk as well as give you the energy to get through your day. As well as this, we would highly recommend some herbs to help you:
- rebuild your energy and blood supplies
- feel better
- create great breast milk
- sleep soundly for the stretches your baby allows.
What’s in Chinese Herbal Medicine for Postnatal Care?
Chinese medicine is not just about each individual herb but how they all move together in a formula – how they work as a team. So there are herbs for energy, herbs to improve blood supply and blood flow, herbs to warm you up a bit again and herbs to keep your mind calm. They work in harmony together to really support you as a new mother so you can get back to the business of getting to know your baby, feeding your baby, changing your baby and helping them to sleep.
These herbs are wonderful way for you to start the day, knowing that you’re giving the best to yourself and ultimately your baby through your energy and breast milk. It is said in Chinese Medicine, “To treat the child we must always treat the mother”. You are both so intimately connected that even if you aren’t able to breastfeed your baby, everything you do for yourself has an impact on them. It’s amazing how in tune you are with your new little one.
Here at the Red Tent we have put this special formula together for new mums as we know firsthand what’s required as we’ve supported so many of you through your pregnancy and birth to motherhood.
Red Tent Special Formula: Chinese Herbs for Postnatal Care
Ren Shen (Ginseng)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome)
Fu Ling (Poria, China Root)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
Shu Di Huang (Cooked Rehmannia Root)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root)
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)
Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root)
Rou Gui (Cinnamon Bark)
Huang Qi (Astragalis Root)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig)
Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia Root)
Suan Zao Ren (Sour jujube seed, zizyphus)
Postnatal Herbs for Energy
The first four herbs: Ren Shen, Bai Zhu, Fu Ling and Gan Cao constitute a very famous formula that’s hundreds of years old called Si Jun Zi Tang – otherwise known as the Four Gentleman because they work together so harmoniously to improve your energy. They work extremely well to improve your digestive system, which has been taxed throughout your pregnancy and still is when you’re a new mum.
Postnatal Herbs for Breast Milk and Immunity
The next four herbs, Shu Di, Bai Shao, Dang Gui and Chuan Xiong constitute another famous formula that nourishes your blood and improves the amount of breast milk you have. We have then added cinnamon (Rou Gui and Gui Zhi) to warm you up a little and move your energy so it doesn’t get stuck. We’ve added Astragalis (Huang Qi) which is awesome to improve your immunity at a time when it is more compromised and you are more vulnerable to falling prey to viruses and bacteria.
Postnatal Herbs for Sleep and Calm
We added Rehmannia (Sheng Di Huang) to alleviate those night sweats that you may have, or relief from simply feeling quite hot in the night time. Although feeling warmer can feel good, it’s actually a sign, especially if you’re sweating, that your hormone levels are out of balance so this herb will help to build up your estrogen levels. And finally, we added Zizyphus (Suan Zao Ren). This is a gorgeous herb that helps to calm your mind and nourish your blood. In Chinese medicine, it is said that your spirit is housed in your blood. So if your blood is deficient, there is no room for your spirit and it may wander.
Postnatal Herbs Tailored to You
The best part about getting postnatal herbs from the Red Tent is that they are tailored to you. So even though this is our base formula, we adjust it so it’s perfect for you. So if you have constipation, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, sleep issues, headaches or gut issues, we have you covered.
If you’re pregnant, make sure you ask your acupuncturist about the incredible Red Tent special formula at your next visit.
How do they come: In liquid or granules (granules are a bit stronger but have a stronger taste too!) with all the instructions on the packet and the ingredients listed.
How to order them: Call reception on 02 9300 9522 and they’ll take your order. If you are ordering them before you’ve had your baby we would recommend our special formula above. If you have already given birth when you order them, it’s best to book an appointment and let the herbalist know what else is going on for you, for example if you’re experiencing exhaustion, constipation, loose bowel movements, insomnia, swelling, haemorrhoids, low milk supply etc, and she can put herbs in the mix to help correct that for you.
If you are prone to mastitis or you are having your first baby: Then we would highly recommend one week’s supply of herbs as your insurance policy. Mastitis comes on quickly and needs to be stopped straight away. Having herbs in your cupboard to use in case of an emergency means you have a much higher chance of not needing antibiotics, which will upset your gut and your baby’s tummy too. The herbs are highly effective if used. We would recommend high-strength probiotics in the early weeks of being a new mum as well if mastitis comes on.
Contact Red Tent Health Centre today to make an appointment for postnatal care and Chinese herbal medicine.