The Chinese Confinement Practice
The traditional practice of ‘confinement’ in many societies is intended to restore the health and wellbeing of the mother following childbirth. In Chinese culture, confinement (“zuò yuè 坐月”) is typically for a period of 30 to 45 days immediately following the birthing process, during which the mum retreats to a restful environment and her health is nourished through carefully prepared and nutritious herbal tonic soups and food. Postpartum confinement for the mother and child has a long history and tradition in the Chinese culture, drawing from the healing practices of our ancestors. As the new mother’s body is weakened following the birth process, it is believed that a disciplined intake of the special postpartum diet is vital to removes blood clotting, dispels winds, promotes ‘chi’ & blood, and to strengthens bones & tendons. This speedy rebalancing of the mother’s health is vital in avoiding potential health problems many years later, such as migraines, joint pains and back aches.