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Articles & Research Studies Supporting Placenta Encapsulation:


Placenta as Lactagagon:

“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.”

(Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549.)

“An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave unfavorable results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results. It could be shown by similar experiments with a beef preparation that the effective substance in placenta is not protein. Nor does the lyofilised placenta act as a biogenic stimulator so that the good results of placenta administration cannot be explained as a form of tissue therapy per os. The question of a hormonal influence remains open. So far it could be shown that progesterone is probably not active in increasing lactation after administration of dried placenta.

This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women.”

(Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627.)

Placentophagy Protocol In Management Of Postpartum Care:

‎”Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.”

(Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352)

Presence And Concentration Of 17 Hormones In Human Placenta Processed For Encapsulation And Consumption:

Human maternal placentophagy is a rare but growing practice in several industrialized countries among postpartum mothers seeking a variety of purported health benefits attributed to the practice. These postpartum mothers typically consume their placenta as a processed, encapsulated supplement. To determine whether free (unconjugated) steroid hormones and melatonin in placenta can survive the encapsulation process (namely steaming and dehydration), we analyzed 28 placenta samples processed for encapsulation using liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to evaluate the concentration of 17 hormones. The results revealed detectable concentrations for 16 of the hormones analyzed some in concentrations that could conceivably yield physiological effects.

(Young, Sharon M., et al. “Presence and Concentration of 17 Hormones in Human Placenta Processed for Encapsulation and Consumption.” Placenta, vol. 43, 2016, pp. 86–89., doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2016.05.005.)

Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption: 

Maternal placentophagy, although widespread among mammals, is conspicuously absent among humans cross-culturally. Recently, however, advocates for the practice have claimed it provides
human postpartum benefits. Despite increasing awareness about placentophagy, no systematic research has investigated the motivations or perceived effects of practitioners. We surveyed 189 females who had ingested their placenta and found the majority of these women reported perceived positive benefits and indicated they would engage in placentophagy again after subsequent births. Further research is necessary to determine if the described benefits
extend beyond those of placebo effects, or are skewed by the nature of the studied sample.

(Cantor, Allison, et al. “Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption.” Taylor & Francis, Routledge, 23 Feb. 2013, Link here.) 

Does eating placenta offer postpartum health benefits?

Eating one’s own placenta (placentophagy) is undergoing a small revival in Western cultures. Some view this as a way of celebrating the placenta’s significance and/or promoting postpartum physical and mental health. Placenta encapsulation is becoming a popular method
of preparing the placenta for consumption. This article considers the potential of placentophagy to benefit human and non-human mammals and also evaluates placental encapsulation. Several credible theories and mothers’ and midwives’ experiences support placentophagy, but evidence is limited, dated and inconclusive. Current and systematic research is needed. Midwives should be aware of the evidence in order to support mother’s decisions.

(The British Journal of Midwives July 2012;  Written by Michelle Beacock – Student Midwife, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire and NCT Antenatal Teacher.)

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