Placenta Bliss

Encapsulation Process

There are two primary methods of preparation for encapsulating placenta: the Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired (TCMI) method and the Raw method. Each method is appropriate for and preferred by different people. We would like to discuss the differences between these approaches, as well as outline the steps we take, for those who are curious about the Encapsulation Process.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired Method

This is the oldest recipe we have for placenta encapsulation; it has been done the longest in Chinese culture. The signature of this method is the steaming step. In TCMI theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open, empty space, which is considered very yin, or cold. Therefore, one major way we can promote healing during the postpartum period is to add yang energy via heat. Raw placenta is considered extremely cold, and therefore inappropriate for extended use during the first few months after birth. We therefore incorporate steam and warming herbs into the remedy, and the final result is warming, tonifying, and nourishing for the postpartum. 

1. Both methods start with removing the cord and membranes, they are place on tray for keepsake or encapsulation. Then gently rinsing the placenta of blood clots and gently draining excess blood from the vessels. 

2. If we are also creating a smoothie or tincture, we will choose and remove a section of the still-raw placenta for this purpose.

3. Next, the placenta is steamed lightly over boiling water and fresh organic ginger, a warming root per the principles of Chinese Medicine. This step usually takes about 5-10 minutes on each side.

4. Once steamed, the placenta is sliced into thin strips.
 
5. We place the strips on placenta-specific Excalibur dehydrator tray, dry them for 2 hours at the highest temp as to USDA standards for meat,  and  then dry them on low heat, typically between 125-130 degrees F. This step takes 10-24 hours, depending on the cut, texture, and amount of  placenta dehydrating.

6. After the placenta strips are dry, we grind them finely using either an electric herb grinder or Vitamix blender. 

7. Once the placenta is finely ground, we put the powder into capsules, the capsules into a glass jar, and the jar into your hand. 

The whole process, including pickup and delivery, is usually done by the end of the 3rd day postpartum. We ask that you give us 3 days as we do have other services and families. If you need a faster turnaround, we can negotiate having it done within 24 hours. 

Raw Method

The Raw method is often used for clients who adhere to a Raw diet, which is based around the idea that heat destroys vital enzymes in food. We forgo the steaming to save the vital nutrients and hormones that may be depleted once the placenta has heated at a high temp. This method follows the general “Raw Foods” rule that nothing should be headed beyond 118 degrees or vital enzymes are lost. In the case of Raw placenta encapsulation, we still do 2 hours of heating to USDA standards for meat and then bring it back down to 118 degrees. Some argue that the Raw method also yields a medicine with more hormones and nutrients than the TCMI method. This is not to say one method is better than the other, just that you have several options for encapsulation and should choose the method that best suits your needs and preferences.

1.     Both methods start with removing the cord and membranes, they are place on tray for keepsake or encapsulation. Then gently rinsing the placenta of blood clots and gently draining excess blood from the vessels.

2. Next we trim off the cord and membranes. At this point, We also select a portion for smoothie or tincture, if applicable. 

3. Next, we slice the placenta into thin strips and place them in a single layer on a rack in the dehydrator.

4. We dehydrate our clients' placentas on low heat. The dehydrator has a temperature gauge, and we make a point of using low temperatures  of 115-118 degrees after dry the placenta for 2 hours at the highest temp as per USDA standards for meat. The Raw method tends to take longer for this step, takes 12-26 hours, depending on the cut, texture, and amount of  placenta dehydrating.

5. After the placenta strips are dry, they are ground finely using either an electric herb grinder or Vitamix blender. 

6. Once the placenta is finely ground, we put the powder into capsules, the capsules into a glass jar, and the jar into your hand. 

The whole process, including pickup and delivery, is usually done by the end of the 3rd day postpartum. We ask that you give us 3 days as we do have other services and families. If you need a faster turnaround, we can negotiate having it done within 24 hours. 

How to Choose?

Some people are clearly drawn to one method of placenta preparation. For those who are undecided, we would recommend the TCMI Method for encapsulation, and raw placenta for tinctures and smoothies. Our reasoning is based on the intended time period during which each form is taken. 

Smoothies or Smoothies Cubes are used immediately after the birth and in the first few days, especially if there was a large amount of blood loss. Raw placenta is perfectly indicated for this intense, short-term blood building. 

Placenta capsules are usually taken within the first 6 months postpartum; the tonifying, nourishing qualities of placenta prepared in the TCMI method are best suited to this long-term use, when the goal is to reduce postpartum depression, improve milk supply, or replenish the body after birth. 

Placenta tinctures are well-preserved, and are therefore great for later use, such as menstrual difficulties, increase of milk supply after capsules are done, or menopausal symptoms. Because it will generally not be used until after the postpartum period has passed, there is no longer a focus on warming yang energy.




Standard FDA Disclaimer

Though based on a combination of centuries-old cultural knowledge and multiple research studies, the statements and information found on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Placenta encapsulation is defined as the service of preparing a client's own placenta for consumption or medicinal use, not the sale of placentas or placenta products. None of the services offered are approved to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, because (according to the FDA) only a drug can legally make such a claim.  Use of placenta encapsulation or other services assumes prior discussion with your health care provider; clients are responsible for researching and using these services appropriately.