Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) vs. Raw Method
There are two primary methods of preparation for encapsulating placenta: the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) and the Raw Method. Each method is appropriate for consumption by all mothers.
TCM is the oldest-known and most commonly-used recipe for postpartum placenta preparation. The hallmark of this method is that the placenta is steamed during processing. In TCM theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open, empty space, which is considered very yin, or cold. Therefore, one major way we can promote healing during the postpartum period is to add yang energy, or heat. We incorporate steam, lemon, ginger and hot pepper into the preparation. These are included in the steaming water only, and are not incorporated into the capsules. The final result is warming, toning, and nourishing for the postpartum period.
Unlike the Traditional Chinese Method preparation of the placenta, we do not steam the placenta during the raw encapsulation process. We forgo the steaming to save the vital nutrients and hormones that may be depleted once the placenta has heated.* Moms who have experienced this method report a significant boost of energy.* The temperature at which it is dehydrated is at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
**If there is any reason why you would require it drying at a lower temperature, please note that in your contract.
In our experience, placentas prepared using the Raw method yield more capsules.
One method is not better than the other. We offer several options for encapsulation and you should choose the method that best suits your needs and preferences. Moms suffering from previous anxiety may want to consider the TCM method for its gentler properties.
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*Enning, Patricia. Placenta :The Gift of Life. Mother Baby Press, 2007
*Kristal, Mark B "Placentophagia: A Biobehavioral Enigma" Neuroscience & Biohehavioral Reviews, Vol. 4, pp. 141--150.