7/28/09

Placentophagia



Over the last several weeks I have been reading about Placentas, and the encapsulation process to possibly offer as a new service to my clients. I have been reading about various training programs, and DIY avenues. Regardless of my path to providing this service I am committed to helping moms see the benefits of their Placenta. :)

I don't think it is"Medical Waste", as it is labeled in the hospital. It can be mom's gateway to wellness postpartum as it contains high levels of various vitamins, such as B6, which can help curb postpartum depression. Eating the placenta gives mom back all those nutrients she was providing for her unborn baby. Eating the placenta also increases a mother's blood levels of a hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer. This hormone is normally secreted by the hypothalamus. Studies have also shown that eating the placenta can also increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemorrhage.

Eating the Placenta is common practice in many parts of the world. However, in Western cultures, eating the placenta is often viewed as gross or weird, but with the information about the surprising benefits and modern encapsulation techniques, it doesn't have to be taboo!

I think that it is time now to set aside our societal prejudice, and embrace the placenta for what it truly is - an art form of wellness.

According to a study performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

"During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms. They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it."

"After childbirth, the hypothalamus doesn't immediately receive the signal to begin producing CRH again, which can lead to postpartum depression. Eating the placenta will raise a mother's CRH levels therefore, reducing postpartum depression."

-http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp

You don't have to eat it raw! The placenta can be dried, ground, and encapsulated. The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. And when you have recovered from birth you can freeze and save some for menopause. One placenta can produce 100-200 capsules. You reap all of the healthful benefits of placenta quickly, easily and discreetly, and the capsules will last indefinitely (for years).

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