April Bui Acupuncture 

Clinic Houston 

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Memorial / Spring Branch

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Postpartum Disorders

On this page is a brief discussion about postpartum disorders according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition by Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principle, concept, language, and treatment method from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. 


The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.

Chinese Medicine Terminology

Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.

  • Qi - means energy and is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in our physical realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.

  • Blood - the food sustenance for life force and nourishment for all functions in our body. 

  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.

  • Jing Essence - the vital substance which governs and originates the primal foundation for the soul aspect and physical aspect at the moment of conception as well as throughout life. Essence is intrinsically connected to and stored in the kidneys. Essence also helps to create bone marrow and reproductive vital substances such as semen, sperms, eggs, menstrual blood.

  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.

  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.

  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.

  • Meridian - another term for energy channel.
  • Deficiency, excess - the condition of imbalance in the body relative to a normal balance.

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:

After childbirth it is common for a woman's body to incur temporary physiological and hormonal imbalances. The postpartum effects vary among women and although some women's experiences are harrowing, postpartum issues simply are caused by an excessive loss of blood and qi. 


Excessive loss of blood, yin, and qi during delivery as well as stagnation of blood and qi can cause the following imbalances:

  • severe depression or mania
  • anger or irritability
  • phobias
  • extreme fatigue
  • excessive heat and night sweat
  • heart palpitations
  • mastitis
  • insufficient lactation
  • excessive shedding of hair
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • lack of appetite
  • high blood pressure

Treatment Protocol:

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are extremely effective in treating postpartum disorders. Not only that the symptoms are abated but the body also will heal much quicker. 


Women who were given c-sections should experience significantly less pain after the surgery.


The initial course of treatment is six weekly sessions and followed by a period of maintenance for at least 6 months to one year. Chinese herbal therapy is an extremely important component of postpartum recovery because of its strong ability to rebuild blood and qi as well as enriching mother's milk.


Commitment to this treatment regimen will ensure the mother much more comfort and well-being to celebrate her new bundle of joy. Unlike prenatal support where the focus of treatment is primarily for the baby, postpartum treatment focuses entirely on the mother's recovery. After having achieved the monumental task of creating and delivering a beautiful life, she deserves all the nurturing support and more to bring her back to balance.

Individualized Assessment:

An in-person consultation is necessary in order for us to give you an in-depth assessment and to recommend an individualized treatment plan. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation appointment.

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