Ayurvedic, African, South American or Chinese Traditional Postpartum Care 

 

I am passionate about world postpartum traditions!  I create a customized blend according to each individual needs and body constitution. These nourishing traditions aim to replenish mind, body, promote breastfeeding and overall recovery.

 

Healing and Nourishing Postpartum Meals:

Nourishing the mother!

I provide nourishing postpartum meals based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine,  meals, and preparations rooted in west Africa by Southern black midwives and South American traditions.   

Meals are comprised of warming ingredients and often take the form of soups, stews, teas, congees, tonic drinks, and broths.

I also provide lactation bars/balls, lactation granola.

A lot of the ingredients come fresh from my garden or organic local farms.  I make everything from scratch with only the highest quality ingredients.

Packages include lactation cookies or bars or granola, tonic herbal drink or traditional Chinese congee

healing bath herbal preparation,  folk remedies in the form of salves, creams, or teas in the event of certain ailments such as hemorrhoids, postpartum night sweats, etc. 

 

All meals are medically designed with herbs and ingredients to aid your specific constitution and needs.

 

Body Work Services 

 

Mother Warming or Mother Roasting: 

Mother warming (sometimes referred to as mother roasting) is a treatment given to women starting at four- or five days after birth and in the weeks to follow to aid in postpartum recovery. In traditional Chinese medicine, the use of Moxibustion aims to replenish the Qi (energy) and blood that is lost through pregnancy and childbirth.

Pregnancy and childbirth have a significant strain on Qi and blood in the body that help sustain the optimal vitality of the body's health. Chinese medicine believes that depletion of the body’s resources of Qi and blood are the root cause of low milk supply, postpartum depression, prolapse, fatigue, and insomnia after birth.  During childbirth these channels (or meridians) are open as a passageway to support the birth and thus are made vulnerable to that can contribute to imbalances or disease. The use of "the mother roasting" techniques help to improve the postpartum recovery period.

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Replenish Qi helping to improve energy levels

  • Improve the immune system

  • Nourish the blood to help prevent and treat postpartum depression

  • Improve iron levels aiding postpartum blood loss.

  • Increase milk supply.

  • Tonify the uterus, preventing prolapse.

  • Warm the Uterus ensuring a healthy womb for future fertility and menstruation.

 

Acupressure Session: 

Acupressure is a therapy technique based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses finger pressure to mobilize chi — or life force energy — at specific spots on the body called acupressure points, which are also known as acupuncture points or acupoints. I use a personalized blend of warm aromatic oils to warm and stimulate the meridians and precise acupoints to prevent or help exciting conditions such as:

  • Postnatal Depression

  • Insufficient Lactation and Breastfeeding Problems

  • Mastitis

  • Back Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Sciatica

  • Urinary Incontinence

  • Tiredness and Exhaustion

 

Bengkung Belly Binding or Chinese Belly Binding 

 

This is a Malaysian practice of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly and hips for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth.  This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage.  Women are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, in case of c-section, we wait for 6 weeks after birth. For a vaginal birth, it is used ideally on day five and then worn for 40 days or longer as needed. Various countries and cultures around the world use a form of belly binding to help support the healing process.

 

Yoni Bath 

This is an old practice originated in central/south America to heal and tone the vagina. A Yoni bath uses heat and the steam of herbs to heal, tone, and nourish the vagina and internal reproductive organs.   The medicinal herbal properties are absorbed into the bloodstream to promote healing

Benefits of Yoni Bath:  

•  Relieves stagnation and promotes circulation.

•  Regulates the menstrual cycle.

•  Clears blood cloths.

•  Promotes postpartum healing (after 6 weeks or once bleeding has stopped)

•  Helpful for pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, vaginal dryness, or tightness

• Trauma & emotional healing + a reconnection to femininity

•  Helps to heal hemorrhoids

 

Herbs:

I make my own herbal preparation customized to each client needs. The beneficial herbs include and are not limited to: 

Tonic herbs: lavender, rose, chamomile, motherwort, and calendula.

Nourishing herbs include: Red Raspberry Leaf & Nettles

More potent herbs include Juniper, mugwort, Sage, Peppermint, Shatavari, Neem, Pau D’arco, and Yarrow. Many of these herbs work to ease cramping, fight infections, clear scar tissue, plus tone and strengthen the vagina.

This is a Malasyan practice of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly and hips for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth.  This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage.  Women are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, in case of c-section we wait for 6 weeks after birth. For vaginal birth it is used ideally on day five and then worn for 40 days or longer as needed. Various countries and cultures around the world use a form of belly binding to help support the healing process.

 

Cupping Therapy

Fire cupping is an ancient Chinese method that uses glass cups to create circulation in specific areas through a localized suction/vacuum method. It works on your lymphatic system by forcing blood and lymph into areas that are blocked or deficient. This treatment detoxifies the body and clears stagnation to relieve pain. 

Cupping stimulates the red blood cells to make new blood.  This is an excellent postpartum recovery therapy!

Carla Khalsa Carruth

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