What’s in the placenta and how can encapsulation help you?


Your placenta is full of good hormones and nutrients which are vital to postpartum healing and restoration. Ingesting it helps your body to regulate and transition after you’ve delivered your baby. Clients report an increase in energy and milk production along with a decrease in postpartum depression symptoms, recovery time, and postpartum bleeding. Take a look at some of the hormones and nutrients that are in your placenta and what each one does for your body.

Cortisone: An adrenal hormone that provides energy and helps decrease stress


Gammaglobulin: protects body from infection by stimulating the immune system


Hemoglobin: A molecule that transports much-needed iron to the body which was lost during labor and delivery. Helps your body combat anemia


Human Placental Lactogen (HPL): Stimulates mammary gland function and milk production


Interferon: Protects body from infection by stimulating the immune system


Iron: Often deficient in pregnant and nursing women, this important nutrient helps deliver oxygen to the body, helping to combat exhaustion and reverse anemia


Oxytocin: Released from the anterior pituitary, this very important hormone is released during breastfeeding and promotes healthy bonding between mother and infant. It also stimulates uterine contractions, helping the uterus to return to pre-pregnancy size more quickly


Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates production of natural opioids which reduce pain and increase well-being


Prolactin: A hormone released from the anterior pituitary that facilitates and promotes lactation


Prostaglandins: Very important hormones that help combat swelling and inflammation


Thyroid stimulating hormone: energy booster so mom can recover from labor and delivery


Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: assists body to heal any wounds and stop bleeding


“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.” 

Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549

“Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.”

Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352

“It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk… All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.” 

Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352

“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grains in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose soul source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.” 

Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University.

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