Deciding on a placenta preparation method for your placenta encapsulation can be tough. Here’s some information that will make your choice more informed, if not easier!
The main concept to grasp about placenta encapsulation methods is one of foods having properties like hot or cold, dry or damp. Take a cucumber for example, it’s a cooling food. Same with watermelon, lettuce and celery. Now think of potatoes or other root vegetables. They are all warming or heating foods. Popcorn and crackers are dry while potato chips or ice-cream are damp.
All of the properties are needed at one time or another by our bodies to maintain balance. In the summer, it’s hot out, so we tend to eat salads, melons and other cooling foods. In the winter it’s cold, and we tend to eat casseroles, soups and stews that help to warm us up.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Placenta Encapsulation
In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, a woman who has just given birth has a open space in her body which is susceptible to cold and damp. Traditionally, a women who has just given birth will be taken care of by her relatives and neighbours for 30 full days. Emphasis is on rest, and keeping the new mother and baby warm and protected from cold, damp and winds. Foods will be warm soups and stews always cooked with warming herbs like ginger, peppers, fennel and basil.
With the TCM placenta encapsulation method your placenta will always be steamed with warming herbs to increase it’s warming, tonifying affect on the mother.
The Raw Method of Placenta Encapsulation
The raw method of placenta preparation is more focused on the retention of nutrients than the cooling or warming property of the placenta. The raw food theory is that exposing hormones and proteins to heat changes or damages them. So, placentas are ground into a raw paste and dehydrated directly from that state without steaming it first. This is believed to retain more of the nutrients, although no conclusive studies have been done to this effect.
When making the decision of which placenta encapsulation method to choose, I encourage my clients to go with their gut. If you’re still on the fence, you can consider the following questions : what time of year is it? If it’s cold and rainy the TCM method would make more sense for more people than if it is hot and dry. How is your body temperature on average? Both pregnant and pre-pregnancy. If you are finding yourself to be cold and chilly, the TCM method would probably be best. If you’re hot or having hot flashes or are quick to anger, the raw method might be more suitable.
Of course, I’m not a medical professional of any kind and I encourage you to consult with one if you’d like a professional opinion. You can check out some of the great acupuncturists that could help on my resources page.