For Mother and BabyPlacenta Encapsulation is a process in which, immediately following the birth of your baby, your placenta is dehydrated and ground into a coarse powder, which is then placed into small capsules that look just like any other vitamin or supplement you might take.
The benefits have been confirmed by numerous new mothers and a handful of studies. Although not confirmed by “mainstream medicine,” many OB/GYN’s and Naturopathic Physicians cite potential benefits including:
- Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size
- Encourages bonding with baby
- Increase in CRH - a stress-reducing hormone
- A decrease in post-partum depression levels
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood
- An increase in milk production
One of the first and greatest medical and pharmaceutical experts of China, Li Shi-Zhen, included placenta zi he chi as a medicine in the Compendium of Materia Medica published in 1578. Another Chinese medical text, the Great Pharmacopoeia of 1596, recommends placental tissue mixed with human milk to help overcome the effects of Ch’i exhaustion (anemia, weakness of the extremities).
In a 1979 volume of the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, William Ober’s article “Notes on Placentophagy,” described how many ancient cultures incorporated human placenta in medical treatments, ceremonies, and rituals. In Vietnam and China, the placenta is viewed as a life-giving force, ingested in order to increase a person’s energy and vitality. In Korea, the placenta is burned and the ashen powder is given to children during periods of illness. Similarly, the Araucanian Native Americans of Argentina provided dried and ground umbilical cord to sick children.
However, it wasn’t until the 1980’s when Raven Lang, an American midwife who studied traditional Chinese medicine, brought back this lost tradition by promoting placenta remedies during a MANA conference in America.
1. Blank, M.S. and Friesen, H.G. (1980) Effects of placentophagy on serum prolactin and progesterone concentrations in rats after parturition or superovulation. J. Repord. Fert. 60, 273-278. Read
2. Kristal, Mark B. (1991) Enhancement of Opioid-Mediated Analgesia: A Solution to the Enigma of Placentophagia. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews Vol 15, pp 425-435. Read
3. DiPirro, Jean M. & Kristal, Mark B. (2004) Placenta ingestion by rats enhances delta and kappa opioid antinociception, but suppresses mu opioid antinociception. Brain Research. 1014. 22-33. Read
4. Hammett, Frederick S. (1918) The effect of the Maternal Ingestion of Desiccated Placenta Upon The Rate of Growth of Breast-Fed Infants. J. Biol. Chem. 36: 569-573. Read
We can encapsulate from anywhere is the U.S.
- 1. Place placenta into Ziploc “drum” with screw top lid, here, freeze placenta overnight.
- 2. Place drum into gallon Ziploc bag, here.
- 3. Place bag into insulated shipping box, here.
- 4. Place dry ice into box, find a location near you, here.
- 5. Label box with Biological Substance code, here.
- 6. Ship to Amoskeag Women’s Health, here.
Please print and complete the forms which will accompany your package
Placenta Encapsulation (408 KB)
Records Release Form (253 KB)