Chinese medicine emphasises that the post-natal period (approximately 40 days) is a time when it is essential that the mother conserves her energy and regains her lost reserves. This is often very difficult to achieve, but acupuncture can help you in this important period through the physical, emotional and mental challenges that present.
Post-natal treatment commonly involves the smouldering of the moxa herb (artemisia vulgaris) in addition to needles. Moxa is believed to be very nourishing to the mother, particularly in her abdominal area. The use of moxa can be taught to friends or family, so that the treatment can be continued at home. The ancient Chinese referred to this practice as ‘mother roasting’.