Postpartum weakness according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, postpartum weakness is sometimes associated with Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's postpartum weakness might be caused by the pattern Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from postpartum weakness alone. Indeed if postpartum weakness is caused by Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, patients also experience symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, lusterless complexion and nails and muscle tension. Similarly, patients with Blood Deficiency and Stagnation typically exhibit choppy (Se), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Blood Deficiency and Stagnation so that you can have a better understanding of where postpartum weakness might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below two formulas that can help treat Blood Deficiency and Stagnation.

Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with postpartum weakness

Blood Deficiency and Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Wiry (Xian), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

Recommended herbal formula: Si Wu Tang

Symptoms: Insomnia Dizziness Amenorrhea Palpitations Blurred vision Muscle tension Lower abdominal pain Irregular menstruation Thin body lacking strength Lusterless complexion and nails

Postpartum weakness might be due to Blood Deficiency and Stagnation if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, lusterless complexion and nails and muscle tension. Similarly, patients with Blood Deficiency and Stagnation typically exhibit choppy (Se), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Read more about Blood Deficiency and Stagnation here

The two herbal formulas that might help with postpartum weakness

Si Wu Tang

Source date: 846 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.

Why might Si Wu Tang help with postpartum weakness?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, a pattern sometimes associated with postpartum weakness. If it looks like you might suffer from Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Si Wu Tang here

Tao Hong Si Wu Tang

Source date: 1291 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Blood and regulates the Liver. Moves Qi and Blood in the lower abdomen. Stops pain.

Why might Tao Hong Si Wu Tang help with postpartum weakness?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, a pattern sometimes associated with postpartum weakness. If it looks like you might suffer from Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Tao Hong Si Wu Tang here