A mother’s body does not instantly return to normal after giving birth. It will take some time for the body to recuperate from the changes that have occurred during pregnancy. During childbirth, a woman loses blood and ‘Qi’ and thus becomes weakened; the following period is essential since health problems may occur.
Traditional confinement techniques involve the use of herbs to restore and strengthen the mother’s immune system and replenish the Qi that was lost during childbirth.
Here are some examples of Chinese confinement herbs and their benefits.
Lycium barbarum, widely known as Goji berry or Wolfberry, is an antioxidant-rich, mineral- and vitamin-rich superfood. Wolf berries are renowned for purifying the body, strengthening the liver, and stimulating the kidneys. Additionally, it is proven to relieve stress and exhaustion and enhance neurological and psychological function.
Astragalus Propinquus has been discovered to have anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and cardiovascular-protecting properties. Astragalus Propinquus possesses both antioxidative and anti-ageing properties.
Radix Angelica Sinensis
The dried root of Angelica Sinensis is used to improve blood quality, increase blood circulation, and control the body’s immunological system. These qualities make it an essential postpartum herb.
Root of fleece flower (aka Chinese knotweed root)
Known technically as Polygonum multiflorum, it is historically used as an adaptogen to balance the ‘Qi’ of the body, assisting in the body’s metabolism, reproduction, and blood purification.
It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and can also enhance sleep quality.
Scientifically referred to as Auricularia polytricha, the presence of Polysaccharides in Black Fungus is known to decrease blood cholesterol. It also helps boost the immune system since it includes Vitamin B-2, also known as Riboflavin, which is essential for good health.
Snow Fungus (White Fungus)
Known technically as Tremella fuciformis, it is regarded as a potent tonic and is naturally delicious. Snow fungus is said to strengthen the immune system, stimulate the appetite, nourish the lungs, and strengthen the spleen.
Lotus seeds are an excellent tonic for postpartum women since they are rich in antioxidants and fibre. In addition to calming the spirit, it strengthens the spleen and kidneys.
The Chinese Yam
It also aids digestion, nourishes the blood, and fortifies the spleen. Additionally, it possesses antioxidant qualities and can enhance kidney and liver function.
The Eucommia Bark
In addition to regulating and improving the immune and central nervous systems, it nourishes the liver, kidneys, bones, and muscles.
The rhizome of the Gastrodia plant helps expel ‘wind’ from the liver and relieves headaches. It has also been reported to decrease inflammation and alleviate discomfort.
Known to stimulate the immune system and combat infections with its anti-inflammatory qualities. It has also been reported to combat weariness and increase energy.