Postpartum depression (PPD) is caused by the hormonal changes following birth, which causes an abrupt and drastic changes in hormone levels. This condition can manifest immediately after birth and can last for any time during the child's first year. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include but are not limited to: depression, irritability,difficulty concentration, withdrawing from family and friends, feeling disconnected to their child, and doubting their ability to care for their child. If you are experiencing these symptoms after giving birth, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help.
Below are a few treatments that can help;
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, birth is a shift from a yang state to a more yin state. Yin being the abundance of warmth, blood, and nutrients. The yang state is the period after birth where a woman loses an abundance of fluids, energy, and blood essence. A study comparing the effectiveness of acupuncture and antidepressant combined with antidepressants alone shows that acupuncture combined with psychological intervention is more effective than medication alone. Through acupuncture's ability to regulate the body’s various physiological systems, such as serotonin, melatonin, and norepinephrine, acupuncture can help relieve severe depression. It can also promote relaxation and regenerate the body’s cellular level. At the American Acupuncture Center, we help women improve their mental health through a variety of techniques such as stress reduction and relaxation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Nurition
Mothers are urged to consume warm drinks and eat soft digestible substances to strengthen their yang, promote blood flow, and build qi. They should also eat a variety of vegetables and protein, as these can help maintain a healthy body.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Many Chinese herbal formulas are utilized to address both the root and symptoms of postpartum depression. Many Chinese herbs are used to balance hormone levels in the body which can with alleviate depression and anxiety. The combination of herbs used for treating various conditions should be taken as directed by the doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.They supplement lost resources such as blood and fluids in order to speed recovery.
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