The most common question from a mom who is just learning about placenta encapsulation is, “Should I choose TCM or RAW?” Here is a brief description of the difference in the preparation methods and “mother know best”! A lot of the times, mom will have a feeling that one will work better for her and at Atlanta Placenta, we always honor that innate knowing!
The TCM style of preparing the placenta is inspired by the Traditional Chinese Medicine method that involves cleaning the placenta, gently heating the placenta with lemon, cayenne pepper and fresh ginger and then dehydrating the placenta before it is put into capsules. Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placentas healing and tonifying properties. In the TCM theory, it is believed that the process of birth (no baby on the inside and blood loss) leaves mom very yin or cold. One way to help this is to add yang energy or heat energy. We do this through the gentle steaming process along with the warming herbs. The placenta is not cooked so it retains all of its nutrients. The TCM method also provides a slow/ steady release of energy helping mom to stabilize in the postpartum period. This method usually produces fewer pills and may require that mom take more pills for a longer period of time. (Please note that I am not a TCM practitioner. My encapsulation process is inspired by the TCM methods.)
Placenta at the start of the TCM steaming process
Mom side of the placenta during the steaming.
Baby side of the placenta during the steaming process.
Slicing the placenta after steaming.
The RAW method of preparation skips the heating and herbal process altogether. Raw food activists believe that steaming the placenta destroys some of the essential nutrients. Using this option provides a burst of energy upfront and great hormone stabilization. This method will provide mom with the most amount of pills possible and they will be very potent which mom would be able to take fewer pills each day.
Putting part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch out its longevity. A small portion of placenta is added to >100 proof alcohol and set to ferment for 6 weeks. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. ANY BLOOD RELATIVE can also benefit from placental tincture.