Placentophagia is the consumption of the placenta. For centuries women have enjoyed the process of consuming their placenta post-birth. There is a growing number of women in Western culture who are now becoming aware of these remedies.
There are many ways to consume the placenta after birth. The most modern and non-invasive way to consume the placenta is in capsule form.
The encapsulation process most popular in the Western world is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques, where the placenta is considered a powerful and sacred medicine – full of life force. Putting dried placenta powder into gel or vegetable capsules, known as placenta encapsulation, has become very popular in recent years and is now available as a service here in Australia. Consuming your placenta in the form of placenta pills makes it a safe, effective and easy way to have your placenta post-birth.
Clients have reported the following:
Placenta encapsulation may:
Significantly reduce post-birth bleeding
Encourage a quick and healthy milk supply
Replenish essential hormones such as oxytocin and CRH (stress reducer hormone)
Replenish essential nutrients such as Vitamin B6 and Iron
Prevent the baby blues and post-natal depression
Leave new mothers feeling calmer
Give new mums the energy to cope with caring for a newborn
Nutrients in the Placenta
The known list of hormones and nutrients giving placentas their healing properties are:
Oxytocin - for pain relief and baby bonding. Is produced during breastfeeding to promote healthy bonding between mother and baby.
Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) - precursor to oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Human Chorionic Somatommotropin (hCS) - stimulates mammory development
Progesterone and oestrogen - support maternal endometrium (lining of uterus)
Relaxin - softens ligaments
Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone (CRH) - stress-reducer found in high levels in later stages of pregnancy
Growth factors - in the form of cytokins & hormones stimulate cellular growth. They have anti-inflammatory properties, aid blood circulation, wound tissue healing and has an analgesic effect.
Placenta Stem Cells - provide the new cells for regeneration of tissue and growth factors enhance their ability to multiply much faster.
Iron - essential for absorption of oxygen in the cells needed for cellular repair.after childbirth
Vitamin B6 - aids in the making of antibodies to help keep the immune system strong. It also promotes the production of red blood cells and helps in the normal function of the brain
Vitamins A, D, E, K - all essential and needed for cellular metabolism, immune function and growth
Vitamins C, B complex
To book your placenta services, or for more information please call on 0403 777 277 or fill out our booking form
I have completed the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist Training and also courses in Bloodborne Pathogensand Universal Precautions and Food Safety.
Important Disclaimer: We are not a medical body and do not claim to prevent, treat, or diagnose any illness or symptoms during pregnancy, birth or the post-natal period. Clients that choose to utilise our services assume full responsibility for their health and for researching information regarding our placenta services.