When I encapsulate placentas, I offer two different preparation methods. Here is a quick summary of where these methods come from, and why one method may be better than the other for some clients.
This method is based off raw foods diet, with the belief that heat destroys important enzymes in food. When processing a placenta via the raw method, the placenta is rinsed and drained of excess blood, then sliced thinly and placed in the dehydrator.
Clients using this option report a greater a burst of energy upfront and great hormone stabilization.
This method can not be done if the client is GBS+ (group beta strep positive), and is not recommended with meconium.
This method is inspired by the Traditional Chinese Method. Since I am not a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, I don't use the term. Also, some who practice this method, sometimes steam the placenta with other ingredients such as lemon, ginger, and/or jalapeno. I am not versed in the effects of these ingredients, so I prefer to simply steam the placenta.
When I process a placenta in this way, the placenta is rinsed, drained of excess blood, gently steamed, and thinly sliced before dehydration.
This option provides a more steady release of energy, which is why it is recommended for clients with a history of anxiety, depression, or insomnia.
This method kills more bacteria, which is why it is recommended if the client is GBS+ or meconium is present. Some believe this method makes iron more bioavailable. There is some evidence that heating the placenta might affect the stem cells, hormones and B vitamins which are sensitive to heat, but we don't know to what degree they are affected.