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Placenta Encapsulation


Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby ready for consumption. The Traditional Chinese Medical way to prepare the placenta is by steaming, dehydrating, powdering and placing it into capsules for the mother to ingest within the first 48 hours after birth.

Based on thousands of years of experience and study, dried placenta is thought to be a healthful restorative product in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Having your placenta put into capsules and tinctures has become a far more recent trend in Western cultures, it my enhance the recovery period of the mother – as well as many other benefits.

**The following information on Placenta Encapsulation is from “Placenta Benefits – Mother nature, for mothers” – you can visit their website directly at**


According to “Placenta Benefits” and their research - the placenta capsules may help enhance your milk supply, increase your energy levels and/or balance your hormones.

  • Post-natal depression and hormonal imbalance

    80% of mothers suffer from the baby blues. Research suggests that the placenta retains hormones & by reintroducing these hormones into the system at such a vital time in your recovery, a mother’s hormonal fluctuations may be influenced and therefore so can its effect on the baby blues.

  • Energy

    More and more research is being done to determine exactly how many essential nutrients are found in dehydrated placenta. Majority of focus is on its stores of iron and therefore its effect on fatigue. Placenta capsules may effect post-natal iron levels as well as other nutrients to naturally influence energy levels.

  • Lactation

    Hormones work to induce (and inhibit) lactation. Consuming placenta may help boost these lactation promoters – this is why placenta encapsulation is used to help with milk supply issues


Placenta Encapsulation specialists recommend taking the capsules for 2-3 weeks post partum.

Traditional Chinese Medicine theory believes that the mother should have a 30 day “Baby moon” or “Month of confinement” period to allow the body to properly recover from the long and painful process of labour. During this period the dried placenta is considered a healthy tonic to restore the mother during this post natal period.


If they have an infection of any kind or fever (example, a uterine infection, mastitis or a cold/flu). Advice to avoid taking capsules during this period is due to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that taking a tonic during illness can strengthen and tonify a pathogen, making it harder to expel and potentially generating a longer recovery period. During times of sickness it is best to let your body fight the infection either naturally (or with the help of a medical professional) with an alternate formulae of herbs or medication to expel the pathogen/infection. Drug/Herb interaction is also to be considered if prescribed antibiotics by your health care professional. Thrush is another condition to consider when taking placenta capsules. For further information/advice feel free to contact us at Auburn Chiropractic Centre.