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The practice of Placentophagia is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. What used to be a practice in in India, China and other eastern countries is now becoming more common in the West due to the overwhelming benefits.
Placenta encapsulation is the process of (cooking), drying and crushing the afterbirth and placing it into pills for the mother (infertile woman, or woman with endocrine problem) to swallow.
The most commonly reported benefits from placentophagy are increased milk production, prevention of post partum depression, faster return to health after birth, decreased chance of iron deficiency and decreased chance of insomnia.
If you have any questions about the placenta encapsulation process, please e-mail: AcupuncturEsther@gmail.com
Dehydration of the placenta while it is raw is known to preserve more of the hormones and nutrients of the placenta making it a very powerful supplement for the mother.
Once dehydrated, it is crushed and can be used as granules (in foods or tea) fee: $125
Or inserted into vegetarian gel capsules (encapsulated) fee: $150
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medical) Preparation
This method requires steaming the placenta with herbs such as lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper before it is dehydrated and crushed. According to TCM, cooked foods are better digested and therefore this method makes for a more effective herb for the new mother in her weakened state. The herbs used in preparation also aid digestion and harmonize the organs that a heavily taxed during pregnancy and delivery.
Once cooked and dehydrated, it can be used as granules (in foods or teas) fee: $150
Or inserted into vegetarian gel capsules (encapsulated) fee: $175
Optional placenta service add-ons
Placenta Tinctures (about 16 oz) can be made from your placenta fee: 150 nis. The process takes 6 weeks, payment is due up front when you get your pills/granules.
Placenta Prints are available for 75 nis each minimum of 2 prints required, to be received with your granules/pills.
Why It Works:
Nearly every mammal consumes its own placenta after birth, and many cultures rely on it as a medicinal supplement. The placenta contains vitamins and minerals that may help fight depression symptoms and is rich in iron and protein, which is useful in recovery from childbirth.
There is little research on placentophagy, but a lot of research does exist regarding postpartum health and hormonal fluctuations. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that focused on the stress-reducing hormone CRH (Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone) which is generally produced by the hypothalamus. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold, but it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH which can trigger depressive symptoms for some. They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it, and once the placenta is born, it takes time for the hypothalamus to get the signal that the CRH levels are low to begin producing it again. This may help confirm that there is likely a biological cause for the baby blues directly related to hormone levels.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using placenta medicinally for thousands of years to help with severely debilitated health and insufficient lactation. In 1954, researchers conducted a study on 210 women with insufficient milk supply. After giving them dried placenta, they discovered that 86% of them had a positive increase in their milk production within a matter of days. More recent research has discovered that placentophagia could enhance pain tolerance by increasing the opium-like substances activated during childbirth which could be beneficial during the postpartum healing process.- Vickii Gervais , LM L.Ac.
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