Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Medicinal Use of Placenta

PLACENTA (Zǐ Hé Chē)

Before using the powerful and warming medicine of placenta, it is important to have your tongue and pulse checked to make sure it is appropriate for you.   The placenta can be freeze-dried or tinctured and saved for later use, such as menopause.

Benefits:

  • Powerfully augments qi and nourishes blood
  • Increases lactation: for weak post-partum women; chronic illness; anemia
  • Strengthens warming Yang energy and benefits deep internal Jing energy (the body’s essence)
  • Benefits Lung energy
  • Babies that are born with deficiencies can benefit from the powerful strengthening nature of this life-sustaining medicine

Channels entered: Lung, Liver, Kidney

Properties: sweet, salty, warm

Directions for freeze-drying

Supplies needed: glass or ceramic bowl, gloves, wax paper, foil, baking sheet

  • Soak in cold, clean water 10 minutes using a glass or ceramic bowl
  • Rinse and squeeze out blood until placenta runs clear
  • Dehydrate by baking on baking sheet in 250-300 degree oven for 1+ hours
  • Inspect to see that center appears cooked and dried
  • Leave out to air dry 12- 24 hours
  • Wrap entirely in wax paper, then foil and place in “freezer” zip lock bag
  • Freeze until needed

Directions for consuming:

Please check with your acupuncturist about when would be the best time to consume.  Because placenta is warming, it can overly warm a yin deficient person if taken at the wrong time or in the wrong combination.

  • Cut up into 1″ by 1″ pieces
  • Grind to a powder in a food processor or grinder such as a coffee grinder
  • Put in capsules. Our office can encapsulate, please inquire.

4 Comments

  1. Myra B says:

    Good to know about the cautions. I have a friend who has encapsulated her placenta, but wasn’t sure about the appropriate time to take it. I will have her talk to her midwife and get further information about it.
    Thanks!

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