Placenta Encapsulation Prep Methods Explained

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Placenta Encapsulation Preparation Methods

Your choices for having your placenta prepared for encapsulation are: Steam-Start Dehydration OR Raw-Start Dehydration.

Steam-Start Dehydration

The Steam-Start Dehydration method for placenta encapsulation is probably the most common choice among specialists because the practice is guided in ancient roots.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the basis for warming the placenta with steam is to replenish the qi in the mother by filling her with warm energies.  The theory is that mothers need warmth after giving birth because they are physically left with a void, blood deficient, depleted of energy, cold and vulnerable to pathogenic energies.  A warm placenta is thought to nourish the mother’s blood, heart, lung and kidney channels.  It boosts her energy, and promotes healing and healthy lactation.  It strengthens and supplements her vital life essence.  In 2010, a researcher, Raeben Nolan, theorized that steaming a placenta prior to dehydration makes more of the nutrients available to the mother that would otherwise not get absorbed.  In the Traditional Method, the placenta is gently steamed with water until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, prior to dehydration.  Once the placenta is warmed completely through, it is dehydrated, powdered and made in to capsules.

Raw-Start Dehydration

The Raw-Start Dehydration placenta encapsulation method is gaining popularity, where the placenta is dehydrated at 160 degrees F for 12-20 hours from its fresh state. Once the placenta is completely dehydrated, it is powdered and made into capsules.  Many believe the capsules are more potent using this method, with the same benefits, and there is a slightly higher yield.   However, some believe this does not provide enough warmth.

The answer is not completely clear to me because heat is technically applied in the Raw-Start method, being kept at 160 degrees for more than 12 hours.  I personally chose the raw-start method after my first birth and I am very happy with my results. However, out of curiosity, if I am blessed with another baby and placenta, I would choose Steamed-Start for the next encapsulation, to see if I could tell a difference.

Your Choice

My goal is to provide my clients with unbiased information so they can make informed decisions.  I will offer placenta preparation choices where I am confident I can provide a safe service and also prepare according to my client’s knowledge-based preferences.  I am certain I can safely provide both Steamed-Start and Raw-Start placenta encapsulation options and I recommend choosing the method you mostly resonate with.

Happily at your service,

Veronica Chappel, Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, APPA

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