Placenta Encapsulation Benefits

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"We surveyed 189 females who had ingested their placenta and found the majority of these women reported perceived positive benefits and indicated they would engage in placentophagy again after subsequent births. When asked to describe any positive effects experienced, the majority of women in the sample claimed that they experienced improved mood as a result of consuming their placenta postpartum (40%). The second most frequently given response to this question was increased energy/decreased fatigue (26%). Women also reported benefits related to improved lactation (15%) and alleviated postpartum bleeding/discharge (7%)."
Selander, J., Cantor, A., Young, S. M., & Benyshek, D. C. (2013). Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption. Ecology of food and nutrition, 52(2), 93-115.

"An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave negative results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results.... This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women."
Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al. (1954). Placenta as a Lactogen. Gynaecologia, 138(6):617-627.

“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. (1993). Chinese 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. (1997). Jade Remedies. Snow Lotus Press, 352.

"The maternal ingestion of desiccated placenta produces an increase in the rate of growth and growth capacity of the breast-fed infants above that normally occurring."
Frederick S. Hammett. (1918). The Effect of the Maternal Ingestion of Desiccated Placenta Upon the Rate of Growth of Breast-Fed Infants. J. Biol. Chem, 36:569-573.

"The ingestion of desiccated placenta has an effect upon the factors concerned in the regulation of the chemical composition of milk. There is a stimulation of the sugar- and protein-producing mechanism with an apparent depression of the function of the fat-secreting apparatus."
Frederick S. Hammett and Lyle G. McNeile. 1917. The Effect of the Ingestion of Desiccated Placenta on the Variations in the Composition During the First Eleven Days After Parturition of Human Milk. J. Biol. Chem. 30:145-153.

I have been running my own client survey on the reported benefits and side effects of placenta encapsulation. 131 responses have been received to date.

Here are the findings regarding placenta encapsulation benefits:

  • 96% of clients reported at least one benefit from consuming their capsules.
  • When asked if they were glad they encapsulated, 96% responded "Yes" and 3% responded "Partially".
  • When asked if they would recommend encapsulation to others, 95% responded "Yes" and 5% responded "Maybe".
  • 68% reported increased energy
  • 68% reported better mood
  • 65% reported feeling more balanced
  • 52% reported increased milk supply
  • 51% reported less times of weepiness
  • 51% reported decreased feelings of sadness
  • 50% reported quicker healing
  • 44% reported reduced anxiety
  • 35% reported decreased bleeding
  • 27% reported better sleep
  • 15% reported decreased insomnia

Here are the findings regarding placenta encapsulation side effects:

  • 16% of all clients reported one or more side effects that they attributed directly to taking their placenta pills.
  • 52% of those said that the side effects were eliminated by changing the dose.
  • 76% of those with reported side effects still received positive benefits of taking their pills.
  • 3% of all clients reported negative side effects were bad enough that they stopped taking their pills.
  • The top side effects were: too much energy (6%), too much breastmilk (3%), felt more weepy or moody (2%), headaches or migraines (2%), mastitis or clogged ducts (2%)

Survey results credit to Puget Sound Placenta -