Placenta Encapsulation Restores Valuable Nutrients to Mother, Promotes Faster Healing and Can Help Prevent Post-Partum Depression
What Is It?
For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has viewed the placenta as a key medicine (known as zi he chi) that is invaluable for postpartum healing. Childbirth is an awesome event that can cause new mothers to experience blood loss, fatigue, and a drop in their high pregnancy hormones; all of which are thought of as key factors in the development of the “baby blues” and postpartum depression (PPD). The placenta is full of Qi — life force — which will replenish new mother’s bodies, naturally, when they need it most.
What Are the Benefits?
Placenta capsules may:
- significantly reduce post-birth bleeding
- reduce pain
- encourage a healthy milk supply
- replenish essential hormones such as oxytocin and CRH(stress reducer)
- replenish essential nutrients such iron and vitamin B6
- prevent the baby blues and post-partum depression
What is Different About Placenta Encapsulation at The Nest?
Human Placenta (zi he che) is an herbal medicine. Practitioners at The Nest have advanced training in Chinese Herbal medicine and know how this revered medicine plays a part in the organ systems and energetic systems of the body according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. They are skilled at creating custom herbal formulas according the the constitution and particular needs of an individual at the time of treatment. A free consultation is included in the price of placenta encapsulation. During this visit the practitioner will make a TCM diagnosis and consider your medical history and any pre-existing or current health concerns to determine your constitutional needs. With this information they may add herbal medicines to augment the nourishing and restorative benefits of the placenta itself.
Major Known Ingredients
(Taken in part from Chinese Herbal Medicine – Materia Medica REVISED EDITION).
The chemical composition of Placenta Hominis (zi he che) is exceedingly complex. Among the more important known ingredients are:
prolactin: A hormone released from the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates milk production after childbirth
oxytocin: A hormone released by the pituitary gland that causes increased contraction of the uterus during labor and stimulates the ejection of milk into the ducts of the breasts
thyroid-stimulating hormone: TSH causes the thyroid gland to make 2 hormones which helps to control your body’s metabolism
cortisone: A hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. One of the glucocorticoids, it can relieve inflammation, pain, and swelling.
interferon: A protein released by animal cells, usually in response to the entry of a virus, that has the property of inhibiting virus replication.
prostaglandins: Any of a group of cyclic fatty acids with hormonelike effects, notably the promotion of uterine contractions.
lysozyme: a hydrolyzing agent and immune system booster capable of destroying bacteria and viruses on contact.
hemoglobin: The iron-containing substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body
phosphorus: The 2nd most profuse mineral in the body, it aids bone formation, digestion, protein formation, hormone balance, cell repair, chemical reactions, and nutrient utilization.
How Does It Work?
You should notify your OB/GYN or midwife that you intend to take your placenta home with you (if you are delivering at a hospital). Most hospitals will ask that you sign a release form before giving you your placenta to take home.
After your baby is born someone should notify our office that the placenta will be dropped off. If you are unable to deliver the placenta to our office within a few hours after delivery, then make sure it is refrigerated.
The actual preparation consists of rinsing the placenta, then decocting it in water. Then the placenta is dehydrated and ground up in a powder form and then encapsulated.
We make sure that placenta pills are ready for pick up and consumption within 48 hours after we receive it. It is best to start taking your placenta as soon as possible after delivery.
Research / Testimonials
I just wanted to check in and tell you what an amazing thing the encapsulated placenta has been for us! My milk supply is way way way better than it was with Georgia, and although I’m as tired as you’d suspect with a newborn and a 2 year old, I haven’t had any big blues or postpartum fatigue. So, one million thanks to you – I’m a believer! -JL