Chinese medicine techinique that assists with postpartum healing by warming the abdomen, stops pain, moves Qi, circulates the blood, safeguards health, facilitates a speedy recovery and energizes the mama.
Another name for postpartum moxa healing is “Mother Roasting.”
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.
Mugwort has a long history of use in folk medicine, not just in TCM. Research has shown that it acts as an emmenagogue which is an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. (1)
This service is aimed at supporting the new mother around two weeks postpartum. The warming method uses moxa and acupuncture treatment to encourage circulation of blood and vital energy in the abdomen, and to comfort and honor the mother at this transitional moment.
It should not be used if the woman presents with signs of heat, for example, a high temperature, night sweats, inflamed cesarean scar, or other infection.
Written by Master Mother Roaster Sara Harkness