I’ve only gone and done it! Having spent several years in my practice advising women on how they can speed their recovery post-birth I can finally announce the official launch of The London Acupuncturist’s Mother Roasting Kit. This beautifully packaged gift box crystallises all of that advice and contains everything needed for a traditional post-partum treatment to energise, nourish and restore new mums.
You can buy it here The London Acupuncturist's Mother Roasting Kit
Promoting recovery after giving birth, mother roasting closes the gateways that have been opened, repelling wind and cold from the uterus and preserving the health of the mother. This is said to address the depletion post-birth that Chinese medicine believes can be a factor in low milk supply, post-partum depression, prolapse, fatigue, insomnia and anxiety.
Deeply nourishing, relaxing, quick and easy to do, a moxa stick is used to warm the abdomen and the lower back (if a support person is available to help with that area) for five to ten minutes to tonify the Qi in that area post birth. Helping the uterus to contract and replenishing the blood and Qi it’s a post partum power up!
Mother roasting should be done around four or five days after birth (as long as no signs of fever are evident) and the gift box – which was illustrated by the supremely talented Marion Rhoades - contains a moxa stick, information about mother roasting, full instructions for use and a recipe for Junie’s Chicken Broth, a tried and tested traditional Scottish broth that is renowned for its blood building properties. (My mum Junie made this for me when I had my son and having a giant pot of soup to heat up for a quick meal was invaluable in that first week, when hangry hit a new shade of rage).
Why did I create the Mother Roasting Kit? I treat lots of pregnant women - sometimes right up until the last hours before birth - but rarely see them once their babies arrive. Understandably. But the fourth trimester is supremely challenging even if the birth has been ‘textbook’ and I know this treatment can do so much to help body, mind and spirit recover from childbirth.
This is a lovely baby shower gift, as well as a brilliant gift to you buy yourself and ensure you take a bit of time out for yourself in those crucial days after birth.
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