Length: 3 hours, 0 minutes
Schedule: Friday, 10/30/2015 02:00 PM
As acupuncturists, students have learned that the single greatest depletion of a woman’s jing happens during pregnancy and childbirth, but they are not given the tools to address this. Chinese medicine and culture has an extensive tradition of postpartum care called zuo yue zi that until now was inaccessible to westerners. After the depletion of jing and Kidney energy during gestation, the Qi, Blood, and fluid loss of childbirth, and the demands of breast feeding, women are left relatively Qi and Blood deficient with a propensity towards Blood stasis. This course will cover the theory behind postpartum care and how it affects diagnosis and treatment plans. Next, the course will review traditional diet and lifestyle guidelines and how to adapt them to Westerners, and finally, differential diagnosis and treatment of common postpartum symptoms.