The history of postpartum acupuncture can be traced back thousands of years to ancient China, where traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that the postpartum period is a critical time for a woman’s physical and emotional recovery after childbirth, and acupuncture has been used as a therapeutic modality during this period.
In Chinese culture, the postpartum phase is often referred to as the “Golden Month” or “Zuo Yue Zi,” which typically lasts for about a month after delivery. During this time, new mothers are encouraged to rest, recover, and receive special care to support their healing process. Acupuncture has long been recognized as an integral part of this care.
In TCM, the postpartum period is seen as a time of significant physical and energetic changes in a woman’s body. The process of childbirth is considered a depletion of qi (vital energy) and blood, and postpartum acupuncture is employed to restore balance and replenish these vital resources.
Historically, postpartum acupuncture treatments focused on promoting healing, restoring qi and blood circulation, and addressing specific postpartum concerns. Acupuncture points were selected to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, regulate hormonal fluctuations, support lactation, relieve pain, promote emotional well-being, and restore overall balance.