An increasing number of women across the world are choosing to have their placenta encapsulated after the birth of their babies. And now new mums in the Dublin area can too! Your placenta can provide you with wonderful remedies which can transform those precious postnatal weeks with your new baby.
With the introduction of hospital births the healing benefits of the placenta were sadly forgotten, but today people are rediscovering the benefits of natural placenta remedies for healing after birth.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using placenta in herbal prescriptions for centuries. In TCM, the placenta is a powerful tonic that can tonify Yang, reinforce Jing (vital essence) and Qi (life force), and nourish Blood. TCM considers childbirth to be exhausting, leaving new mothers deficient in Qi and Blood, so dried placenta powder is the perfect remedy.
Your placenta will be packed, full of post birth hormones and other nutrients which can all help recovery. Consuming placenta in its various forms as capsules, smoothie, tincture or essence is a great, gentle and healing way for the new mother to put all that goodness back into her system.
Clients report many benefits from placenta encapsulation including:
✓ More energy
✓ Improved mood
✓ Less depression on baby blues
✓ Better milk supply
✓ Faster recovery
✓ Clearer skin
✓ Faster wound healing
✓ Less hair loss
Your placenta contains:
✓ Haemoglobin (iron) - increases energy and combats anaemia
✓ Vitamins and minerals - A, D, E K, C, B6 and B Complex
✓ Oxytocin - the love hormone, a bonding and calming hormone which also prom otes breastfeeding
✓ Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) - CRH is a stress reducer and levels falls dramatically after birth but are still in rich supply within the placenta. It is believed that the 3 day baby blues and some postnatal depression can be caused by a lack of CRH and Oxytocin
✓ Prolactin - the lactation hormone, which increases milk supply and promotes breastfeeding
✓ TSH - regulates the thyroid gland and metabolism
✓ Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF) - stimulates the production of natural opioid or pain relieving hormones, including endorphins
✓ Cortisone - combats stress and reduces inflammation
✓ Interferon - stimulates the immune system and protects against infections.
✓ Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII - stops bleeding and promotes healing
✓ Stem Cells & Growth Factor – specialist wound healing agents necessary for cellular repair and regeneration of damaged tissue
Other hormones contained in the placenta are: Oestrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid T3 & T4, and Vasopressin.
I'm getting on really well with the capsules. As a person who was taking antidepressants for depression and anxiety the year before baby was born, I was concerned I may suffer from post natal depression. However, since baby was born/taking the capsules, I feel great! Very calm, confident and anxiety free! I also have a good level of energy, even though I'm getting on average 4 - 6 hours sleep a night. On a physical level, I was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans after 2 weeks! This was without watching what I was eating or any exercise, again, I'm attributing this to taking the capsules. All my family and friends have remarked on how well I look for only having had a baby!
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Research about placentophagy:
"It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk... All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta." McNeile, Lyle G. 1918.
The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan. "Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days." Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549.
"All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grains in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose soul source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother... the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance." Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University.