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photo by: jane tyska / encapsulation by Felicia Roche
We've had some press recently!
Follow this link to visit an article featuring Felicia Roche that
was published in the San Jose Mercury News, Sunday, May 20, 2012
for a photo documentary on the encapsulation process as well as
an article disucssing the benefits from many Bay Area locals.
Power? - Mercury News
There are many ways to prepare your placenta for ingestion. Some
women feel comfortable putting placenta in a smoothie, or creating
a special recipe for it. Some women even consume it raw. These methods
will work, but they limit the length of time you are able to utilize
the benefits of placenta to a matter of days.
The preferred method of ingestion is by capsule. The placenta can
be dried, ground, and encapsulated. The capsules can then be taken
daily for a number of weeks. You reap all of the healthful benefits
of placenta quickly, easily and discreetly, and the capsules will
last indefinitely (for years). When you have recovered from childbirth,
you can freeze the capsules and save them for menopause.
Placentas are rare and powerful - make the best use of the ONE available.
Encapsulation is by far the optimum choice for ingestion and preservation.
Why do this? Mostly, placenta pills may
• Increase general energy
• Allow a quicker return to health after birth
• Increase production of breast milk
• Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post natal depression
• Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
• Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders
•The hospital wraps up the placenta and I bring it home.
This is not an unusual request, and very easily
accomplished. I make the capsules in my home.
•The placenta is treated with respect and
with all standards of sterilization to eliminate any possibility
of 'cross contamination' .
•The placenta is steamed with herbs, ground and then encapsulated.
•I deliver the capsules to you within a few days of your birth,
as I do your follow up breastfeeding check-in for your immediate
consumpution and enjoyment.
Placenta for Healing:
Many people of the world have known the secret power
of the placenta as a medicinal supplement. Among the Chinese and
Vietnamese, it is a customary practice to prepare the placenta for
consumption by the mother. The placenta is thought to be rich in
nutrients that the mother needs to recover more readily from childbirth.
In Italy, women have been known to eat parts of the placenta to
help with lactation. Hungarian women bite the placenta to expedite
the completion of labor. And knowledgeable midwives in this country
have their birth mothers take bites of raw placenta to help stop
hemorrhaging, due to its beneficial oxytocin content.
There are a variety of potential benefits to placentophagy. For
one, the placenta contains vitamins and minerals that may help fight
depression symptoms, such as vitamin B6. For another, the placenta
is considered rich in iron and protein, which would be useful to
women recovering from childbirth, and a particular benefit to vegetarian
Research on placentophagy is still in its infancy, although there
is a large body of research beginning to develop on postpartum hormone
fluctuations and health. Researchers from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) conducted a study that focused on CRH (Corticotropin-Releasing
Hormone). CRH is a stress reducer, and is generally produced by
the hypothalamus. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta
secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase
threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women
have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms.1
They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus
stopped producing it. Once the placenta was born, it took some time
for the hypothalamus to get the signal that the CRH levels were
low, and to begin producing it again. This is another sign that
there is likely a biological cause for the baby blues.
photo by Jane Tyska - capsules by Felicia Roche
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using placenta medicinally
for thousands of years. One of the well-known TCM uses for placenta,
or Zî hé che¯, is to help with insufficient lactation.2
Interestingly enough, in 1954, researchers conducted a study on
210 women who were expected to have insufficient milk supply. They
gave dried placenta to the women, and discovered that 86% of them
had a positive increase in their milk production within a matter
of days.3 It is exciting to see that some scientific research has
validated TCM theories of the benefits of placenta. More recent
research has discovered that placentophagia could enhance pain tolerance
by increasing the opium-like substances activated during childbirth.4
This would obviously be beneficial during the postpartum healing
In my personal experience, women who have taken placenta capsules
report positive results in an overwhelming number of cases. Some
women have even reported feeling positive effects as quickly as
the same afternoon of the day they began their first dose. Women
who were already feeling "weepy", or experiencing other
early signs of the baby blues, have felt better within days. Although
the current scientific research is exciting, we have barely begun
to scratch the surface of the potential benefits of placentophagy.
Considering that placenta is a completely natural substance, created
by a woman's own body, encapsulation of the placenta is definitely
worth considering as part of a holistic postpartum recovery for
every expectant woman.
Thank you to Placenta Benefits for providing the information above.
Please visit their website linked below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The standard dosage is up to 2 capsules, 3 times a day for the first
2 weeks. Some TCM practitioners suggest taking the pills with a
little white wine, saying that it helps diffuse the placenta energy
throughout the body. After 2 weeks you can start to decrease the
dosage down to 1 or 2 pills a day as needed.
How many capsules will my placenta make?
Each placenta is different in size and substance so the amount of
capsules it makes can vary from 90 to 150.
How long do I use my capsules?
The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to
be taking the placenta. You can taper off after that or continue
to take them at the original dosage. We encourage women to follow
their body’s cues and adjust the dosage accordingly.
Is there anytime I should NOT take placenta
Placenta should not be taken if the body is fighting off a common
cold, flu, or infection. If you should get a breast infection (mastitis),
the placenta should not be taken until infection is cleared. If
symptoms such as chills, fever, sneezing, aches, flushed cheeks,
hot palms and feet or night sweats should occur, stop taking the
capsules until the body has fought this off. The reason for this
is because placenta is extremely tonifying in nature and can cause
a pathogen to grow stronger and go deeper into the body.
How do I store my capsules?
Placenta capsules should be stored in the refrigerator while being
used. Keep capsules dry. Store any remaining capsules in the freezer
for long-term use. Placenta capsules will last at least 1 year if
stored properly and possibly longer.
***The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food
and Drug Administration. The services offered by me are not clinical,
pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition.
Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full
responsibility of their own health and for researching and using
Thank you to Placenta Apothecary, my mentors in this process, for
lending me the above information to provide to you. Visit their
site linked below.