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TCM Method & Encapsulation Benefits

"RAW" Method Encapsulation



This method of preparing the placenta for encapsulation is done while the placenta is “raw,” not steamed and dehydrated at a very low temperature.   Most of my moms have reported feeling more of a "punch" in their desired benefits using the RAW method as compared to the more subtle TCM. Many moms who have a desire to increase breast milk and energy immediately postpartum, or who have experienced postpartum hemorrhaging or have a history of it will often select the RAW method.

TCM - Traditional Chinese Method Inspired


This method of preparing the placenta for encapsulation involves steaming the placenta gently with herbs, my preferred herbs are lemon and ginger. Lemon is thought of as an antiseptic and helps to distribute the placenta throughout the body. The ginger specifically acts as a facilitator for good blood flow. TCM is believed to have tonifying, healing, and warming properties. Most moms who choose this method feel a more subtle shift in their benefits, rather than the "punch" that some moms experience with RAW.




Healing Properties in the Placenta

 


* Placental CRH (Corticotrophin Releasing  

  Hormone)-stress reducer 

* Prolactin-promotes milk production

* Oxytocin-increases bonding and uterine 

   contraction and lessens bleeding

 * Progesterone and Estradiol-low levels are

   linked to depression

 * Rich in Iron-anemia (lack of iron) is a

   significant risk factor for depression in

   postpartum

 * Rich in Vitamin B6-an essential vitamin

Why do Encapsulation?

 *Can curb postpartum depression(Baby Blues)
 *Replenish nutrients
 *Shown to increase milk production

 *Increases energy after birth, combats fatigue
 *Better bonding
 *Helps stop/lessen postpartum bleeding after birth
 *Natural Iron supplementation after birth
 *Helps with insomnia or sleep disorders
 *Helps contract Uterus back to normal size
 *Can slow postpartum hemorrhage

How does it work?

Basically the placenta takes over as the endocrine organ responsible for producing and regulating hormone levels in the mother. During the last trimester of pregnancy the placenta secretes so much CRH (corticotrophin releasing hormones) that the hypothalamus gets the message that it should stop producing it. At term blood levels of CRH are three times as high as normal. Mother gets used to these levels and then after birth there is a sudden drop in CRH with the expulsion of the placenta.  It then takes 2-3 weeks for the hypothalamus to begin producing CRH again.  This 2-3 week period is the critical time to replace the hormones still contained in the placenta in order to curb the “baby blues” and help the mother regain homeostasis.
Placenta services have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to prevent, treat or diagnose any disease, illness or symptoms. Clients understand that they are assuming all risks and benefits on their own profound belief of the placenta's healing and nutritional properties.