Support Through the Ebb and Flow of the Childbearing Year
It's no wonder encapsulation is the most common preparation for placenta medicine:
capsules are simple to take, store well, and can be ready fairly quickly after birth.
These qualities make them perfect for several weeks of postpartum nourishment.
There are two primary methods of preparation for encapsulating placenta: the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method and the Raw method. Each method is appropriate for and preferred by different folks. I would like to discuss the differences between these approaches, as well as outline the steps I take, for those who are curious about my process and for do-it-yourselfers who would like a "how to" guide.
Smoothie cubes are usually used immediately after the birth and in the first few days, especially if there was a large amount of blood loss. Raw placenta is perfectly indicated for this intense, short-term blood building. Placenta capsules are usually taken within the first 6 months postpartum; the tonifying, nourishing qualities of placenta prepared in the TCM method are best suited to this long-term use, when the goal is to reduce postpartum depression, improve milk supply, or replenish the body after birth. Placenta tinctures are well-preserved, and are therefore great for later use, such as menstrual difficulties or menopausal symptoms. Because it will generally not be used until after the postpartum period has passed, there is no longer a focus on warming yang energy.
These are my current thoughts on the different methods of preparing placenta medicine, though they are subject to change should new information present itself. If you have any questions or if you are a care provider with differing opinions, please feel free to contact me.