Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation

For thousands of years in China, placenta has  highly regarded as an essential means of restoring a woman’s balance post-partum. The nutrients provided by mom to nourish her developing child through the placenta contains high concentrations of iron, hormones, B vitamins and micronutrients. Placenta capsules can replace these vital nutrients in the most natural way known, easily absorbed since they are simply going back to their source. Placenta is well known in much of the world to prevent the “baby blues”, depression, fatigue, and other post-partum issues, like anemia and low breast milk production. In China, placenta is also known to treat chronic back pain, arthritis, asthma and degenerative disorders in both men and women.

Some of the Expected Benefits:

  • Increased Energy and Feeling of Well-Being
  • Prevention of “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression
  • Increased Iron
  • Restoration of Hormonal Balance
  • Increased Breast Milk Production
  • Ease recovery and reduce bleeding in both natural birth and C-Section

Julie Armstrong, L.Ac. is specifically trained in handling and processing human placenta into capsules. As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, Julie can recommend and prescribe placenta and other essential herbs to facilitate a smooth recovery after delivery, prevent postpartum issues, and support breastfeeding. As a Reiki Master – Teacher, Julie infuses each placenta with healing energy for added benefits. And as a Biomedical Engineer, Julie is experienced in sterile procedures, safe handling, and surgical techniques.

Placenta contains a dense myriad of energizing and stabilizing nutrients including:

Cortisone Helps body deal with stress and fatigue
Gammaglobulin Boosts immune system
Gonadotrophin Precursor of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
Hemoglobin Replaces Iron
Interferon Boosts immune system
Oxytocin Helps shrink uterus back to original size and stimulate breast milk release
Prolactin Aids body in milk production
Prostaglandins Decreases inflammation
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Increases energy and helps body recover from stress
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII Stops bleeding and helps heal wounds

The Process

Before Labor and Delivery

  1. Contact Julie via email, or phone call, 520-398-4900 to reserve your processing.

Please include:

  • Name and Contact Information for both mom and dad/birthing partner, include cell phone, email, and home address
  • Estimated Due Date
  • Where you will be delivering (if yet known)
  • OB/GYN’s name, and contact information
  1. Tell your OB/GYN that you wish to save your placenta after delivery.
  2. When you register with the hospital, include your plans to save your placenta.
  3. Plan to bring to your birthing destination: a cooler to store the placenta and Julie’s contact information.
  4. Provide pre-payment via credit card or check made out to Envision Wellness. It is best to reserve your processing at least 4 weeks prior to your Estimated Due Date to ensure availability.

During Labor and Delivery

  1. Bring your cooler and Julie’s contact information to your birthing destination.
  2. Tell your nurse or midwife that you wish to save your placenta and show them your cooler. The hospital may have a form for you to sign to release the placenta, or a specific protocol. They usually will provide ice to keep it cool. In the rare case that your doctor requests the placenta be seen in pathology, please request they not use FORMALIN—as this will make your placenta unsuitable for ingestion, or ask that they take a small piece of the placenta and return the rest to you.
  3. After delivery, give Julie a call to let her know you are ready for her to pick up your placenta for processing. If you deliver overnight, please call first thing in the morning. The aim is to arrive within 24 hours of delivery. The placenta will remain fresh on ice or in the refrigerator for 2 days; after that it can be frozen if needed.

After Labor and Delivery

  1. After your placenta is picked up, Julie will process it by dehydrating just below 135 degrees, grind into a fine powder, then hand-encapsulate into capsules.
  2. The capsules are then delivered to you with instructions, as quickly as possible, making your placenta easy to consume and shelf stable, usually within 3-4 days.
  3. The recommended dose is 3 capsules, 3 times per day until they are finished. You can adjust based on your own specific needs. Typically, the yield is 150-200 capsules lasting approximately 4 weeks.

Additional services

Steam method

Expectant mothers can request the placenta be steamed with Traditional Chinese Herbs prior to dehydration. The herbs are chosen based on the mother’s tongue and pulse diagnosis within Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Cord Blood Tincture

A tincture is made from two drops of umbilical cord blood and a small piece of placenta. The tincture is alcohol-based and needs to cure for 6 weeks. When the capsules are done, the tincture has similar benefits, and is a support that can last throughout the year.


Placenta Encapsulation        $350

Steam Method                          $50

Cord Blood Tincture            $50


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