Mothers who just gave birth need to renew their strength as soon as possible because they still have to take care of their newborn baby as well as muster enough energy to breastfeed their young. One post-natal supplement that was given to me was Serravallo’s Tonic.
Serravallo’s Tonic Bark & Iron Wine as Post-Natal Supplement
When I gave birth to our first born child, my husband’s cousin gave me a bottle of the Seravallo’s Tonic Bark & Iron Wine. It’s a kind of wine with an alcohol content of 14.5%, but it is highly recommended in Chinese medicine for those who have given birth and who have had surgery or some sort of medical trauma where you lost a lot blood.
What is Serravallo’s Tonic?
Seravallo’s Tonic is a product of Italy but a lot of the writings on its label and packaging are in Chinese. Additionally, we buy this in a local Chinese drug store called Hua Kong. So I believe that this is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is said that it helps in recovery, helps those with anemia, and even improves appetite.
Serravallo Tonic Solution Uses
Serravallo Tonic Solution is used for the treatment, control, prevention, as well as improvement of the patient with the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
Iron deficiency due to poor absorption and chronic blood loss
Some mothers do not like this because of the alcohol content. This is especially a concern if they are breastfeeding.
But in my case, I think that moderation is still key. And after all, I will not drink it continually, just during the first month after I gave birth. Also I drink only 1 cup at night before bedtime, just enough to give me a good night’s rest. The recommended dosage however, is 3-4 cups daily for adults. I think this would be beneficial to those who lost a lot of blood during childbirth.
By the way, Seravallo’s Tonic comes with its own shot glass, so you know that is the recommended serving size.
My tummy is quite sensitive to iron that is why I easily get constipated with iron supplements. This is also the reason why I am also laying low with Seravallo’s Tonic. But well, my mother-in-law recommended it so I drank it. She would give me herbs or barks as tea or as ingredient in soups after I gave birth and I would dutifully drink them. I don’t doubt the efficacy of Chinese traditional medicines because I believe that the Chinese are healthier than most people.
Loving This Drink
For my second daughter, it was my mother-in-law and our wedding godmother who gave me a bottle each of the tonic. So I am very thankful. If you are not aware of this, do check out Seravallo’s Tonic in your local Chinese drug store. For sure it is available.
Honestly, if it weren’t pricier than some table wines, I will keep on drinking this. I love the taste of Seravallo’s Tonic that I can keep on maintaining it, childbirth or not.
Another good breastfeeding supplement would be malunggay capsules, because it encourages milk production in breastfeeding moms. Since it’s also rich in iron, it will help in replenishing blood loss during child birth as well.
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