Is anything added with the steaming step of the TCM method?

Around the world over the past 20-30 years a few adaptations of the TCM (based) method have appeared. Some of which include the addition of particular ingredients. This can be to either the steaming water below the placenta or placed onto the placenta itself whilst it is steamed.

These ingredients are typically classified as ‘warming and tonifying’ and often include fresh ginger, lemon, chilli and/or myrrh.

Within my own practice, I do not use any other ingredients whilst prepping a placenta. I am conscious of potential food sensitivities and prefer to keep things simple throughout the process.

I also do not use – and would never use – essentials oils in steaming water below a placenta. There is absolutely no evidence to support the application, safety or efficacy of this practise.