I'm continuing by revisiting the long lost series on tiny formulas from the Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue. I believe that it is extremely important to know and understand the tiny formulas because they are the building blocks of bigger formulas.
My personal experience has been nearly 100% positive, with mothers reporting feeling strong, bleeding times shortened, milk supply coming in full, and an overall sense of well-being. The clearest evidence, though, has come to me from second-time mothers who report feeling so much stronger and in control, even with a toddler to run around after in addition to the newborn. The placenta can easily be combined with a customized herbal treatment to provide the mother with full post-partum recovery.
I used a point near Large Intestine 4 where there was an induration, Spleen 6 and Bladder 60. The next contraction was completely different than the previous ones. It was much more intense but the pressure had shifted to the perineum.
A recent exchange with a student of mine inspired me to share information about one particular formula of hers. Check out the results! This is just one example of her creativity and effectiveness. Her work is something to study and try to keep alive.
In my clinic I have treated women who have contracted various illnesses, like fever, during the postpartum period. It is presupposed that one always differentially diagnoses in order to seek the cause and determines treatment upon examining the cause. At all times I pay attention to and give aid to the righteous Qi. Especially after the evil has retreated it is even more important to do such things as nourishing the blood and boosting the Qi, using banking up and supplementing methods.
This post is a follow up to the last post was on insufficient lactation, including some more thoughts and teachings on the postpartum treatment of women with Chinese medicine.
Recently a practitioner posted a query on our Chinese medicine egroup wondering about a patient who suffered from insufficient lactation. It gave me the idea to post some interesting and very helpful material for this type of thing. Anyone working with women during pregnancy and through the postpartum time will come up on nursing issues and Chinese herbal medicine has so much to offer. I myself had insufficient lactation some 21 years ago and made myself some Pig’s Trotter Soup (see below) and experienced first hand the way it worked instantaneously. In the Graduate Mentorship Program we spend a 3 full days on treating women during pregnancy and postpartum and some of the principles taught in this program are illustrated below. I’d like to mention these before going into the case studies: When seeing women during the postpartum time, there are several checks that need to be done along with your regular intake and diagnosis. All of the issues you check for have an influence on the breast milk. […]
If you are working with pregnant women, sooner or later someone with polyhydramnios will come into your clinic. What a blessing for that woman! This is because the methods below are very clear and effective for a dangerous condition that has no other treatment.
Today 4 new White Pine Institute courses are being launched. These courses represent a range of what we are interested in here at the institute. Below I go into some detail about the course on Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum and it’s origins in theGraduate Mentorship Program – but before that, here are links to find out more information or purchase the 4 spanking new courses as well as a link to short excerpts form each of the courses for you to check out: Link to view excerpts from each course Information about each course […]
Sheng Hua Tang is a formula designed by Fu Qing-Zhu in the 17th century. It was first written about in his text Fu Qing-Zhu’s Gynecology (Fu Qing-Zhu Fu Ke) It is designed to treat women who are just post partum in order to transform blood stasis so that new blood can be generated. This is one explanation given for the name of the formula “Generate and Transform Decoction”. The name of the formula could also be translated as the “Giving Birth Decoction”. This is possible because the word for birth in Chinese is 生 Sheng and giving birth is sometimes referred to as the 大化 Da Hua or Great Transformation. (see Formulas and Strategies). At any rate, this formula is truly excellent for post partum, post miscarriage and post termination patients. In my own practice I have used Sheng Hua Tang more times than I can count. I have found it very useful and helpful. I think of it as a formula that ensures that the uterus is clear, clean and warm after birth. The healthy condition of the uterus after birth can help ensure good breast milk flow and help prevent post partum fever and depression. Various doctors over time have created their own versions of Sheng Hua Tang. Liu Feng-Wu created his Chan Hou Sheng Hua Tang Post [...]