5 Reasons Placenta Processing Is Not Gross

by Kim Drolet, L.Ac.
  1. Every female mammal on earth birth eats her placenta after birth. Except modern humans.
  2. It is not at all strange for a mother to eat her placenta in pre-modern based societies, and even in modern societies today with links to their pre-modern roots.
  3. There are medical texts, anthropological research, case studies, personal testimonies, and medical studies supporting the eating of placenta after birth.
  4. Placenta can be processed into clean, tasteless, odorless Gelatin capsules you take with water.
  5. There is no reason not to do it, as long as you find a qualified person to retrieve and prepare it.

Still Not Convinced? Read On...

  • Every female mammal on earth birth eats her placenta after birth. Every one of them. Except human beings in modern societies. Anyone who has seen a placenta knows it is an Organ, and not just a collection of blood. It needs to be chewed, it has form, and is not consumed by just licking. It is Food. The female is hungry and a valuable source of nutrients is right in front of her. It helps her recover.
  • Mothers in many traditional based societies eat their placentas, even in modern societies today with links to their pre-modern roots. It is often prepared by relatives into a soup with other ingredients to help nourish the mother in the days after birth. I tasted a placenta once, after it was cooked, and it tasted very similar to Liver. When it was cooking, my then-9-year-old-son came down stairs and said, “Mmmm, that smells delicious! What are you cooking?” My Herbs Professor from China said he always knew when a neighbor had a baby because the placenta soup cooking stunk up the whole neighborhood. Either way, and luckily, you don’t have to experience the placenta flavors and odors because today you can have it processed into in small Gelatin Capsules. (See #4)
  • There are many medical texts, anthropological, case studies, personal testimonies, and medical studies supporting the eating of placenta after birth. You may have heard that there is no scientific evidence, and unfortunately, with all its strengths science can sometimes be terribly myopic. It’s reductionism can leave out global benefits, and “things unknown” that can’t be measured by the current model of scientific inquiry. I’m no anti-science person. My view of Chinese Medical Theory is that it is a large complicated medical metaphor that views relationships as the fundamental mechanism to understand life and health. Women's history has always lagged, and this is one area where there is a great need for documentation of what human cultures consume placenta, why, with what benefits. There is documentation of its benefits.

Luckily for those who still grimace at the thought: Placenta can be processed without you being involved in the process. The placenta is processed into tasteless, odorless Gelatin capsules after it has been cleaned, boiled, dried, and ground fine. Just take with water. It’s not gross at all.

There is no reason not to do it, as long as you find a qualified person to retrieve and prepare it. Go back to #1. All mammals do it. Nature doesn’t do many things with no benefit or underlying cause. You are a mammal. You should do it to. For no other reason than "Just In Case.” It’s safe. It’s clean. It is full of nourishing vitamins and minerals. It’s just a pill and some water. It’s not that expensive. Personal testimonies speak of less depression, better sleep, and quicker “bounce back”. Consider finding someone to process your placenta.

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