Placenta encapsulation is the method of preparing a woman’s own placenta for ingestion. A traditional form of placenta medicine, used to calm postpartum hormone changes, increase milk production, discourage postpartum mood disorders, and restore iron and other minerals to the body.
The process consists of dehydrating and grinding into a powder.
There are two methods of preparing the placenta to be encapsulated.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Encapsulation or Raw Encapsulation
TCM Method: In TCM theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open, empty space, which is considered very yin, or cold. Therefore, one major way we can promote healing during the postpartum period is to add yang energy via heat. We incorporate steam and warming herbs into the remedy, and the final result is warming, tonifying, and nourishing for the postpartum.
Raw Method: (I often use this method) This method skips the steaming process and goes straight to the dehydration process. It is thought to be more of an energy boost and immediately helps with lactation. The theory behind Raw is that no enzymes will be lost compared to the steaming process in the TCM method.