There are 2 different types of placenta encapsulation. Traditional Chinese Inspired Method (also known as TCM/Heated Method) and the RAW method. As a standard, we prepare using the TCM/Heated method (unless otherwise specified).
Here’s a little more of the different types of placenta encapsulation to help you decide:
|TCM/Heated Method||RAW Method|
|Most commonly used method of placenta encapsulation.|
Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that birthing the placenta leaves an empty space within the mother, which makes the cold (yin) empty space and the practice of steaming the placenta to be consumed balances the body by creating a warm energy (yang).
According to several Chinese philosophical principals done for over 5000 years. Popularized starting in 1984 in America.
| Provides the freshest/higher hormonal/nutrient benefits as the TCM/Heated method lessens vital enzymes, hormones, and nutrients.|
Some clients do not like that the placenta is prepared RAW.
|Process:||Rinsed, steamed, cooled, cut into thin strips, dehydrated for 8 – 12 hours.||Rinsed, NOT steamed, cut raw into thin strips, dehydrated for 18-24 hours.|
|Capsule #:||Approximately 100-150 size 0 capsules depending on size of placenta and choices of other products.||Approximately 125-175 size 0 capsules depending on size of placenta and choices of other products.|
|Benefits:||Creates a more balanced experience.|
Great for overall longer term recovery, nourishing the body as it recovers, increased breastmilk supply, decreased PPD/PPA symptoms.
|Great for immediate shorter term recovery, blood building and returning iron levels.|
More immediate mood/energy increases, sometimes reported as too strong.
|Notes:||Steaming helps kill surface bacteria, therefore recommended for placentas where surface bacterial may be present, such as: exposure to meconium, prolonged exposure to afterbirth water with waterbirths, etc.|
Hormones and most vitamins, iron, and selenium remain after steaming, however vitamin A, thymine, vitamin D, and some B vitamins are affected by the heating process.
Can be steamed with added herbs, lemon, pepper, ginger, frankincense, myrrh, garlic, turmeric, oils, etc. As a standard, I prepare without additions, please let me know if you’d like add additions.
|Not recommended if infection was present during late pregnancy/labor/birth or for women with history of mental illness, insomnia, anxiety, sensitive to caffeine, current/past thyroid issues, group B strep, STD/STIs, pregnancy induces hypertension, pregnancy-induces toxemia, preclampsia, eclampsia, HELLP syndrome.|
Test sensitivity to RAW capsules before beginning a strong dosage schedule.
Do NOT take after 5pm to ensure good sleep
Half and Half Option: For clients that are on the fence, we also have the option to prepare half the placenta with the TCM/Heated Method and the other half with the RAW method. Therefore, you will have ½ and ½ the amount of each capsules kind and can have both the immediate and strong benefits of the RAW capsules and the longer-term/balanced benefits of the TCM/Heated capsules. You will receive storage and dosage information on both types of capsules at drop-off. Please specify on your sign-up form or let me know if this option is desired.