About Placenta Encapsulation
~An invaluable part of postpartum healing
for both mother & child~
Avoid the Baby Blues!!
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Placenta Therapy
Jodi Selander, is the founder of Placenta Benefits (placentabenefits.org).This interview clip is part of Rites of Passage, an exclusive video series and art/photo/ essay contest that engages mothe...
Traditionally, placenta capsules are used to help:·
Balance your hormones· Enhance your milk supply·
Combat Fatigue· Increase your energy· Prevent signs of aging
Studies show that placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones, and thus reintroducing them to your system may ease hormonal fluctuations.
Placenta capsules help to:· Recover more quickly from birth· Bring the body back into balance· Prevent and treat the “baby blues”· Lessen postnatal bleeding· Increase postnatal iron levels
Some even believe it can help:·
Build baby’s immune system· With life’s many transitions· Weaning from breastfeeding· Regulate hormones during menopause
Placenta Baby first learned of mother’s ingesting their placenta as a supplement after childbirth while reading about traditional Chinese medicine. This has been in practice in China and many cultures for thousands of years. Almost every mammal ingests their own placenta after the birth, sometimes even ignoring the young until the placenta has been completely ingested.Traditional Chinese Medicine has used placenta for thousands of years to augment the qi (energy), nourish the blood, and augment the kidney essence. In layman’s terms, it brings the body back into balance, replenishing what was lost during childbirth. In China it is also used for debilitating chronic diseases and widely used as an anti-aging treatment, as well as a variety of other ills, including fatigue and insufficient lactation.In many cultures the placenta is considered the tree of life, and indeed, without it life would not be possible.
Hormones and the Placenta
The placenta is an endocrine organ, meaning it is a hormone producing organ.  The placenta begins producing hormones at 6-8 weeks gestation to help sustain pregnancy.  These hormonal levels continually increase during pregnancy, and by the third trimester there are 3 times the normal level of hormones in an expectant mother’s system.  By 4-5 days postpartum, these hormone levels will drop to below normal.  This is a huge fluctuation going from 3 times the normal level to below normal hormonal level, and this is where the healing properties of the placenta come into play.
Here are just a few of the scientifically known hormones and their functions that are produced by that placenta and are still viable and intact after delivery
• Prolactin: promotes lactation
• Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; also known as the “love” hormone
• Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
• Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
• Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
• Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
• Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
These are just a few of the powerful healing hormones that the placenta produces, so doesn’t it make sense to safely welcome these hormones back into your system as well as your baby’s through your breast milk?
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