In Ayurveda, the 40 days following birth are the most important times for both mother and baby. After giving birth the mother's body is depleted of all the 7 dhatus (tissues) which needs to be replenished and the Ayurvedic postpartum regimen is an excellent way to help a postpartum woman gain her health and strength back by gently balancing aggravated doshas.
Ayurveda says that after delivery there is a natural elevation in Vata dosha and if this aggravated Vata dosha if left unchecked can lead to excessive hair fall, higher pain, poorer recovery rates and most of all, postpartum depression.
In Ayushkaam the Ayurvedic postpartum practices therefore centre around recovery and nourishment. The use of oil and ghee based warm food and regimens like abhyangas (massage) with herbal oils is done to remove fatigue and shirodhara (oil dripping) reduce hair fall and provide strength back to the body and reduce the likelihood of vayu rushing in and causing a dosha balance. Individualized herbs are also given for healthy breasts, better lactation, uterine health and quick and natural weight loss.
According to Ayurvedic abhyanga (massage) for babies, it helps strengthen their immune system, improves their sleep and digestion. When done regularly with herbal oil the Abhyanga helps good weight gain, muscle development and improves baby’s overall strength. Post abhyanga when a warm bath is given with the recommended herbal paste, it boosts immunity and the sense of well being in the baby.
At Ayushkaam the mother is taught step by step how to massage the baby at home and also herbal oil and other herbs beneficial for the growth and development of the baby are provided.