There are two common practices of preparing placenta for consumption in capsules. The most common and widely used is the Traditional Chinese Medicine method, and the second is the Simple Dried placenta preparation. There are benefits to both, and women may choose either depending on their beliefs and needs.
Unlike the Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation of the placenta, when processing a placenta with the simple method we do not steam the placenta during the process. We simply forgo the steaming process and your placenta is dehydrated at 70 o c for one hour minimum then 55°C for the remainder.
There are many debates on which method is superior. In our experience we find the results of both methods to be quite similar. There are pros and cons with each method depending on a woman’s needs, beliefs, and opinions.
Clients are our best source of information on how the capsules are working since there is only a handful of research on placentophagy. The anecdotal evidence of the benefit of placenta consumption is overwhelming. Here is what some of our clients had to say:
“I began to notice a huge difference in how I felt almost immediately. I took my first “dose” the afternoon I received the pills, and by the next day I felt I had more energy, was less tired, and physically less uncomfortable. I’ve been taking them for 2 weeks now and am so glad I chose to have this done. We are in the process of moving out of state, and in addition to the quick healing and extra energy boost, I’ve been less stressed out about the upcoming move. The best part is knowing I’m taking something that is completely natural, that my body created. I would definitely recommend this to every pregnant woman out there!”
“As my little boy was in the NICU for his first 5 days of life, I felt the placenta capsules were really beneficial in helping my milk come in despite the separation, as well as enabling me to feel more connected to him and that I was “doing something” in a situation where I was otherwise quite helpless. Although I took a break from my capsules due to a possible link with post-natal PUPPP, I resumed taking them once a day after the rash had cleared (with no recurrence) and plan to continue doing so until I run out! None of my midwives had heard of encapsulation, but all were intrigued and supportive.” (Client – KB)
Here are answers to questions received frequently regarding placenta encapsulation:
Why should I consume my placenta?
During birth women lose 1/8-1/10 of their blood supply. The mammal placenta was made to be consumed and make up for this loss by giving the new mother essential fats, amino acids, vast amounts of iron and essential hormones to aid the body in self recovery after birth.
Will placenta capsules help with my breast milk supply?
Dried placenta has been proven to increase a breast-feeding mother’s milk supply. The first and still one of the few ever studies on using placenta as a lactagogon gave incredible results. 181 out of 210 women who were given dried placenta to increase milk supply had positive results and saw an increase in their milk supply.
Placenta as a Lactagogon; Gynaecologia 138: 617-627, 1954
How long does the placenta encapsulation take?
We are usually able to complete the encapsulation process in about 24-48 hours.
How many capsules can I expect from my placenta?
It all depends on the size of your placenta. We have seen anywhere from 100 – 200 capsules from various placentas.
What about sanitation? I’ve been told the placenta is a bio-hazard.
PRN Placenta Remedy Specialists are certified in Infection Control and fully trained on the risks involved in cross-contamination and blood borne pathogens. All areas are thoroughly disinfected where we work before, during, and after the process. All equipment is used solely for encapsulation and is disinfected with a hospital grade disinfectant that is effective against HBV and HIV (the viruses that cause hepatitis B and AIDS), EPA registered, and meets OSHA requirements for blood spill clean up. We are careful to go beyond OSHA’s rigid requirements to ensure total safety for everyone involved.
I delivered some time ago; my placenta is in the freezer. Is it too late to encapsulate?
Absolutely not. Although it is best to process the placenta within six months, as long as your placenta was handled appropriately after birth, frozen within 12 hours and kept below freezing since, hormones and nutrients may still be viable and beneficial.
Information provided by IPEN Placenta Network, Professional Training in Placenta Services