Two research teams in Germany and the USA have made excellent progress in the field of human placentophagy (consumption of placenta by the mother). See the current research and provide links to the most modern studies here.
Click here for a list of published research on placentophagy and placenta encapsulation by Placenta Benefits.
Click here for Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 1 March 2013
While the history of placentophagy (consumption of the placenta) is not well documented, it is believed to be a centuries-old practice embraced by many cultures.
A handful of professionals have documented their knowledge and ideas about placentophagy. In a 1902 issue of the British Medical Journal, the author ponders the question of human placentophagy. You can read more in this article.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have revered this powerful substance in their Materia Medica as ‘regenerative to the essence and the breath’. It is widely documented in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy and practice as ‘Full of Qi’ (life force).
The anecdotal evidence from women who have used this service certainly suggests that using the placenta helps make the postnatal adjustments a lot smoother, and certainly a lot kinder for the new mother.