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TCM Placenta Recipe History

July 13, 2014

Li Shi-Zhen published placenta (zi he chi) as a medicine in materia medica in 1578. However, it was not used in midwifery until 1984, when Raven Lang presented her recipe at a MANA convention. Today, hers seems to be by far the most commonly used TCM recipe today. I think there is a confusion around […]

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Preparing a Twin Placenta

February 24, 2013

Here are the pictures I took of a gorgeous twin placenta I encapsulated.  They are posted with permission from Jenny, the mama who birthed it.  The babies were determined prenatally to be mono-chorionic, di-amniotic twins, which is the most common type of identical twins.  This means that the original zygote started the process of creating […]

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A Lovely Placenta

July 5, 2012

This placenta was really pretty, and practically textbook.  I have permission to post these photos from the mom who birthed it. This is the fetal side, laid out for printing with the membranes tucked under.  You can clearly see the vessels branching out like a tree from the base of the cord, which is nice […]

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica on Placenta Preparation

June 7, 2012

Most folks who prepare placentas for encapsulation, including myself, use what is called the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method.  I’ve been looking into the history of this method, and would like to share what I have found.  I have not yet changed my approach to placenta encapsulation, but I am thinking about it.  I don’t […]

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