This is the final leg of the journey for Chinese Confinement #7.
If you’ve just started reading, you can find Chinese Confinement: The Early Days as pre-reading leading up into this post.
This page is about Chinese Confinement in the final days. From here on forward, it’s all about ensuring the body is pumped full of herbs, heat and healing ingredients that help the mother “seal” her body and make her “wholesome and strong” again. The soups and meals here are packed with serious herbal, healing and heaty additives and not to consumed by the faint of heart. It is completely and entirely customized for the confinement mommy (unless the recipes indicate that other people can drink it too), but it really is more heaty and healing than your average soup. Some recipes even require double-boiling to preserve the concentration of healing qualities.
According to my local herbalist, she says one can’t become over-heated during confinement, so just throw all the ammunition you have. This is really the final stretch and how you heal the body here, is said to dictate the health of your body until your next child, or for the rest of your life. Rather scary huh? That’s why the Chinese take confinement so seriously!
I will continue to add as I learn more here, but here’s a start.
Chinese Confinement drinks, teas & soups (for the final days):
thanks for all this info! i didn’t know there were 2 phases
Thank you for the informaiton on the confinement. All the soup recipes are very good, but PLEASE TAKE OFF this the picture of a baby hold by his/her neck… very bad picture…offended to all mothers.
Please see the picture on this page:
Thanks for your response and no offense was intended. The photo of the baby is how you hold the baby (by the chin, not the neck) as a burping technique. This is commonly practiced around the world. For more information on this type of technique, you may want to read up here:
Or, if you search “burping newborn techniques by the chin” you will find a host of information and perhaps can get a better understanding of this. I would recommend you read up.
Appreciate your support and thanks for your comments!