900 NW 8th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Faith McCarthy, AP, RN
Bethany Bechtel, AP, PhD

Postpartum

From the point of view of
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
the postpartum period is one of the
most important times of life for
a woman to seek treatment.

The period after a baby is born can be a very challenging time. It is vital for a woman to replenish the energy she has used during her pregnancy and may continue to use for breastfeeding.

Chinese medicine can be an invaluable support. From a TCM point of view the postpartum period is one of the most important times of life for a woman to seek treatment. According to Chinese medical theory, most postpartum conditions are related to deficiency of qi and blood. Treatment will focus on nourishing these factors as well as supporting the woman in getting sufficient rest and healthy meals.

The following postpartum issues can be successfully addressed with Chinese medicine:

• depression
• insufficient lactation
• mastitis
• stress incontinence
• fatigue
• anemia