Why consume your placenta?
During birth, women lose 1/10 to 1/8 of their blood supply. The mammal placenta is made to be consumed and compensate for this loss by giving the new mother essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, vast amounts of iron, and essential hormones, all to aid the body in self recovery after birth. Consuming the placenta can also help reduce postpartum symptoms like depression, low vitality, fatigue, insufficient lactation, and hormonal imbalance.
The placenta contains high levels of vitamin B6, which can help curb postpartum depression. Eating the placenta also increases a mother’s blood levels of the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), a known stress-reducer that is normally secreted by the hypothalamus. Studies have also shown that eating the placenta can increase milk production and slow postpartum hemorrhage.
Why consider placenta encapsulation?
When you choose placenta encapsulation, you get all of the healthful benefits of ingesting the placenta in a quick and discreet form. The capsules, which can last for years when kept in the refrigerator, replenish depleted iron, impart energy, help with breast milk production, and assist your uterus in returning to its pre-pregnant state. When stored in the freezer, the capsules can be used at a later time to help with difficult menstrual cycles by reducing bleeding and cramps. Capsules can also help with symptoms of menopause.
Your placenta is full of your own bio-specific hormones, nutrients, and healing properties:
- Gonadotropin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
- Prolactin: promotes lactation
- Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a highly addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps in recovery from stressful events
- Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
- Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
- Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
- Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and prevents anemia, a common postpartum condition
- Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
- Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
Have your placenta processed into capsules to replenish the energy and nutrients you lost during pregnancy!
How long do I use my capsules?
The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to consume the placenta. At two weeks postpartum, the original dosage can be maintained or tapered off. Adjustments should be made according to the body’s needs and cues. My standard recommendation is 1-2 capsules three times a day for the first two weeks. However, I suggest increasing the dosage for a mom experiencing postpartum depression (PPD), fatigue, low breast milk supply, or emotional sensitivity. Capsules can also be taken a few months later for a pick-me-up.
How is the placenta prepared?
Once I receive your placenta, I prepare it at my home using either the raw method or the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM). In the raw method, I dehydrate it from its raw state; this method yields the most capsules. When using the TCM, I steam the placenta with lemon for grounding, ginger for circulation, and black peppercorns for heat before dehydrating it. One placenta can produce 90-200 capsules depending on the size and the preparation method you choose.
I can also dehydrate the umbilical cord as a keepsake in the shape of a heart or spiral, depending on the length of the cord or clients request of the shape.