Placentas are amazing organs, so it's no wonder cultures have been putting them to use for thousands of years. Some cultures consuming them, such as in Ancient Chinese Medicine, while others burying them or giving them some type of ceremonial handling. Nature has fascinated me for the greater part of my life and I have always felt that the systems set in place for the natural order of things is wise. The organ itself has fascinating qualities and the only one that our bodies make and then dispose of. It provides all babies needs during the entire pregnancy and has been said to have helpful uses after birth.
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of dehydrating and grinding the organ into a powder to be placed inside of empty capsules. There are two different methods that can be used, the first one, and the oldest method used in Ancient China referred to as the Traditional Chinese Medicine Method or TCM and the other is called the Raw Method.
Traditional Chinese Method or TCM is the recommended and most popular method. The hallmark of this method is the steaming process. Typically steamed with fresh lemongrass, ginger and spicy green pepper, then thinly sliced and dehydrated for a minimum of 15 hours. It is then ground into powder with a food processor or mortar pestle depending on consumer preference, and finally put into vegetarian capsules for consumption.
Raw Method In when the steaming process is skipped in the belief that the heat takes away nutrients and enzymes. It is simply sliced thin and dehydrated. This step can make the process take a bit longer than the TCM method. It is then ground into powder with a food processor or mortar pestle depending on consumer preference, and finally put into vegetarian capsules for consumption. placenta encapsulation in Whitby