Week 1: Sheng Hua Tonic Soup

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During the first 3 days after delivery, the woman womb may still have some left over blood. It is important to get rid of this blood. From western medicine perspective, this is called clot blood. From Chinese medicine perspective, this blood is useless to the body and it must be get rid asap.

Go to any Chinese medicine shop to pack 1 packet of 生化汤. The Chinese herbalist will know what to do.

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 g dang gui (Chinese angelica)
  • 8 g yi mu cao
  • 4 g chuan xiong
  • 2 g pao jiang
  • 4 g hong hua (Saffron)
  • 4 g tao ren
  • 8 g zhi gan cao
  • 12 g sang ji sheng
  • 1000 ml water

Method:

  • Reserve the Saffron (“Hong Hua”) from the herbals, pleace it into a serving bowl, ready to use
  • Rinse all the herbs quickly and drain well
  • Put herbs in a pot, add 1000 ml of water, bring to boil over high heat
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until remain 1 bowl of water
  • Strain well, then pour over to the retained Saffron in the serving bowl immediately
  • Covered and soak for 15 minutes
  • Drink it during morning and when stomach is empty

Drink this soup on the first day or the day when you discharge from hospital to expel the clot blood in the womb.

 

How it helps?

Some practitioners consider Sheng Hua Tang to be useful for every woman in the immediate postpartum period.  But upon closer examination, this formula has a very specific function and is most appropriately used to treat postpartum cold and stasis in the low abdomen with an underlying condition of qi and blood deficiency.

Sheng Hua Tang treats cold entering Uterus due to deficiency of qi and blood, causing blood stasis and is therefore best used in situations where the pregnancy, labor and delivery, and need to produce milk for breastfeeding has left the woman qi and blood deficient, and this deficiency has allowed pathogenic cold to enter easily.  Cold invades and causes blood stasis.  Typical symptoms include pain in the low abdomen relieved by warmth, scanty uterine bleeding, or retention of the lochia.  The blood would be dark and maybe clotted, the pulse would be choppy and tongue is pale purple.  The hallmark diagnostic signs are those of deficient blood, cold, and obstruction.

In the formula, Dang Gui addresses the root of the situation by nourishing the blood, while Zhi Gan Cao warms and tonifies the middle burner to support the production of blood.  Pao Jiang dispels pathogenic cold and alleviates pain, while Chuan Xiong andTao Ren warm and unblock stasis.  The formula is quite warm and moving in nature, so is inappropriate for strong deficiency or in heat conditions causing excessive uterine bleeding.

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