Postpartum belly binding is nothing new. In fact, it has been a part of traditional cultural practices for centuries in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world. Many women discovered that wrapping their belly with fabric to apply gentle compression may help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and reduce the risk of developing Diastasis Recti. Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles during and after pregnancy. The rectus abdominis runs vertically along the front of your stomach – it’s frequently referred to as someone’s “six-pack abs.” With the increased popularity in the United States, women have borrowed this tradition and also enjoyed the many benefits of belly binding. A Belly Binder is often worn after a vaginal birth or after a c-section birth to help protect the incision and promote healing.
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), also known as Palma Christi. Castor oil has been used for thousands of years, dating back as far as 4,000 years, to promote healing in the body, and more specifically, the reproductive system.
According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, almost 50,000 people die every year from opioid overdoses, more than 10 million misuse opioids in a given year, and opioids are a factor in 72% of overdose deaths. You hear about the opioid crisis on the nightly news frequently but what can be done to help people deal with chronic pain (the reason they are likely taking the opioids in the first place). Can acupuncture really help? continue reading
In a nutshell, traditional acupuncture, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, works under the belief that the body is controlled by a flow of energy called qi traveling through pathways in the body that are called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that when these pathways become blocked and the energy can’t flow freely, various health problems begin to appear. continue reading