We keep answering questions for our patients about placenta encapsulation. It is true that there are not that many studies done about it yet… what we can tell is that we do see results with our patients. It doesn’t hurt to try, right? If we think about nature and how animals behave, it might help us opening our minds to this new concept that is getting more popular every day. To start with, let’s say that this practice is popular in other cultures like Mayan, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hungarians.
Let’s start from the beginning. Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing a mother’s placenta directly following birth. Consuming one’s placenta has been shown to replenish your body of what was lost during childbirth, as well as restore your overall balance. After separating the placenta from from the umbilical cord, it is rinsed, drained of maternal and fetal blood, dehydrated, and powdered, to be placed into vegetarian, non-gelatin capsules for the mother to ingest. The Traditional Chinese Method first cooks the placenta with a mixture of lemon, jalapeño peppers, and ginger, while the Raw Dehydration Method leaves the placenta as is. Both procedures are then dehydrated and encapsulated.
In addition to encapsulation, some mothers choose to preserve a small piece of the raw placenta that can be used in addition to, and long after the capsules are gone. By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, one can increase the length and benefits of the placenta for both mother and child. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress, or for the mother later on in life during menopause, or to be turned into a homeopathic remedy.
Some of the benefits of placenta encapsulation are:
- Help to balance your hormones
- Replenish depleted iron levels
- Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
- Reduce post-natal bleeding
- Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study
- Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
- Increase your energy levels
Our Maya Massage Specialist is now providing placenta encapsulation services in San Diego. If you are considering doing it and you still have questions, you can contact her here.