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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 169-171

Placentophagy -Concept and Implementation


Assistant Professor, Dept. of Stroroga and Prasuti Tantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha, India

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Pratiksha Rathod
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Stroroga and Prasuti Tantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha
India
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Eating raw or processed placenta is termed as Placentophagy. It is not practiced commonly although research and traditional evidences show its enormous potential in lactation insufficiency, postpartum blues and menopausal stress. In ancient times there was trend to eat raw and fresh placenta by mother after delivery but is hard to by this concept in contemporary era. There are different ways to make the placenta edible. Placenta encapsulation is widely accepted and palatable method. Studies show placenta contains oxytocin which helps to enhance breast milk production and other hormones which relieves patient from menopausal as well as post partum stress. Collection and preparation of placenta is cost effective and women can consume her placenta whenever needed especially in the state of distress. Placenta can be preserved for years with the help of dehydration process. Concept of Placentophagy needs more introspection and awareness so that patients could be benefited from this natural remedy for multiple conditions in women. This article is intended to let readers know about the medicinal use of placenta.


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