The placenta has LONG been revered in many cultures as sacred, and honored in many different ways. One of the oldest traditions of use of the placenta postpartum is in the Chinese culture. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the placenta is viewed as being a very sacred and vital life force that hold healing properties in it for the postpartum mother, and even for other issues as well.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine use of the placenta medicinally is one of the first known and understood traditions of consuming the placenta postpartum by the mother. The benefits of doing so are tremendous, though not scientifically understood why until recent years after Dr. Kristal and a few other scientists’ extensive research on the effects and benefits of placenta during the postpartum period on mammals, and why mammals instinctual consume the afterbirth in all situations and when denied the afterbirth lack bonding with their offspring and exhibit signs of mental disturbances.
The book Placenta: The Gift of Life by Cornelia Enning is all about cultural practices of honoring and utilizing the placenta.
- In the 16th century a piece of placenta was added to the mother’s first postpartum meal in southern Germany?
- Or that in the 1970s Cuba exported 40 tons of human placentas to a French laboratory after discovering that it could be used to successfully treat vitiligo, a condition that causes the skin to lose pigment?
- Or that, even today, in many areas of the world, if a child needs special protection, a dried part of the placenta is tied around his neck?
These facts and more can be found in Motherbaby Press’s seminal publication: Placenta:The Gift of Life. Do you want to use your baby’s placenta for a birth ritual or as an aid to bonding and breastfeeding? This book contains comprehensive and up-to-date information on how the placenta has been used in the past, medical uses throughout the world, and how individuals can make use of the placenta in a variety of ways. This may involve burial under a certain kind of tree, drying for use as a lucky charm, or even ingestion as a medicine.
Placenta:The Gift of Life combines the experiences of midwives, doctors and naturopaths with our ancestors’ traditions, and saves some old recipes from oblivion. Learn about:
- Historical uses of the placenta
- The use of the placenta in postpartum healing and breastfeeding
- Regulation and current medical and cosmetic uses of the placenta in various countries
- Scientific evidence supporting the medicinal uses of placenta
- How to process placenta for medical use
- Recipes for using the placenta
While numerous articles have been written on the subject, this unique and groundbreaking book is the only guide to using placenta currently on the market.
Excerpt from book: From chapter: Back to the Natural Healing Powers of the Placenta
“Throughout the world generations have passed down knowledge of how ingesting placenta helps a mother’s postpartum recovery. Women using placenta remedies after birth feel stronger, are happier and can breastfeed more easily. If edema, elevated blood pressure or traces of protein in the urine signal malfunction of the kidneys during pregnancy, placenta remedies can eliminate these symptoms quickly. The symptoms of toxemia in pregnancy usually go hand-in-hand with a late onset of lactation after birth. Swelling in the fingers and legs may take up to six weeks to disappear again.
Placenta remedies, such as the powder, emulsion or an injection with the extract, can speed up this process considerably. With this treatment toxemic women can breastfeed well within two weeks. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses placenta to strengthen the kidneys. Mood swings resulting from a drop in the blood progesterone level respond well to a treatment with placenta remedies. Many conditions during birth, the postpartum period and nursing would not arise if we returned to the old custom of applying placenta remedies.”
What an amazing gift the placenta truly is! If only all mothers knew about and utilized the benefits of the placenta in postpartum nutrition and supplementation for healing and recovery.
Through placenta encapsulation all mothers can benefit from the placenta during postpartum in a way that is easily consumable, well preserved, and strongly based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Leigh Anne DuChene