There are two common practices of preparing the placenta for encapsulation: Steamed Preparation Method and Fresh Preparation Method. There are benefits to both, and women may choose either method depending on their beliefs and needs.
The Steamed Preparation Method involves gently steaming the placenta with herbs. This method is based off Traditional Chinese Medicine; however, I am not a Chinese Medicine Practitioner. I use ginger and lemon and can use jalapeño pepper if requested. Using the herbs in the steaming process is believed to bring out the placenta’s natural healing properties. Lemon is thought of as an antiseptic and helps to distribute the placenta throughout the body. Ginger and jalepeno pepper are warming herbs and thought to lend their properties to the placenta. Ginger specifically acts as a facilitator for energy and good blood flow. The Steamed Preparation Method is believed to have tonifying, healing, and warming properties. (Please note: the herbs are never added to the capsules themselves. The herbs are added to the water during steaming and then discarded.)
The Fresh Preparation Method involves cleaning, dehydrating, grinding, and encapsulating the placenta in vegan capsules. This method preserves the placenta’s medicinal properties and provides greater hormonal release and energy boost. Unlike the Steamed Preparation Method, the placenta is not steamed during the preparation process and there are no herbs involved. Using the Fresh Preparation Method provides a burst of energy up front but may not offer the longer, tonifying benefits of the Steamed Preparation Method. Some indications for choosing raw encapsulation would be: long labor, postpartum hemorrhage, desire to increase breastmilk, and energy immediately after the birth.
Fresh vs. Steamed
Which method is “better?” Which should you choose? There really is no right or wrong answer. It’s a personal choice depending on your personality, beliefs, and needs. While I can give you more information on each method and the benefits my clients report back, I can’t tell you which you should choose.
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