When I gave birth to my first born, 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 recommended for those who have given birth and who have had surgery or some sort of medical trauma where you lost a lot blood.
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. 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.
Some women do not like this because of the alcohol content especially 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 though the recommended dosage is 3-4 cups for adults. My tummy is quite sensitive to iron that I easily get constipated with iron supplements. That is why I am also laying low with Seravallo’s Tonic. And 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 more healthy than most people.
This time around, 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 this out in your local Chinese drug store. For sure it is available.