Top 10 Strange Uses of Placenta
The placenta is an amazing organ that supports your baby in utero. It is a mediator between the life flow of the mother and baby. It is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply. It provides nutrient to the baby, allows gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply and eliminates waste. Placenta comes out with the baby at the time of birth. It is rich in hormones and proteins. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. We know how useful placenta is within the mother’s uterus but it has weird extra-uterine uses that would be surprising for us.
10. Cultural Use
The placenta is believed by some communities to have power over the lives of the baby or its parents. Many species of mammals consume their placentas. Additionally in many human cultures placenta’s are consumed. This may be for nutrition but often it has a cultural significance. In China and Hongkong, the placenta is eaten, a practice known as placentophagy. There is also a school of thought that holds that placentophagy naturally occurred to hide any trace of childbirth from predators in the wild. Those who advocate placentophagy in humans believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications.
9. In Anti-Aging Products
Many companies currently sell skin treatments which contain extracts of animal placenta. The most common type of placenta used is sheep. Allegedly the placenta extract serves as a source of protein and hormones, predominantly estrogen and progesterone. Sheep Placenta offers one of the richest sources of nutrients and immune co-factors to highly benefit your skin. It is know that Sheep placenta is effective in reversing the aging process. Apart from the anti-aging properties, sheep placenta has many benefits such as to help lighten the appearance of freckles, pigmentation and dark spots, smoothen skin and help with an even toned complexion, increase skin elasticity plus help reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles. You can buy one on Amazon.
8. In Hair Products
Placenta is also used in hair products as shampoos, conditioners and hair lotions. Allegedly placental harmone are great for hair loss and growth. They gently cleanses hair while bathing each strand in a replenishing bath of proteins that will strengthen hair, also helps repair split ends, restore manageability and renews shine and bounce. Buy one here.
7. Use in Food
There are a number of foods, many with touted health benefits, that use placenta as a direct ingredient. This is in addition to ritual consumption by mothers and families in many cultures. Plantec Co LTD in Japan makes a drink called “Placenta Drink” which contains placenta. The company claims that “It is a drink that used the placenta raw material” (SIC) and “The expectation that makes the body metabolism active can be done” (SIC) and “It is a drink of the apple taste” (SIC).
6. In Healing & Rejuvenation
Placenta, horse placenta. It is all a rage in the world of English Football (Soccer to the natives of USA) right now. No, it is not for beauty treatment but to heal sports injury! Yes, you hear it right, horses’ placentas are being used to heal muscular and ligaments injury. It came to the light of day when Robin Van Persie, the Dutch and Arsenal star striker was injured during a friendly international match and was diagnosed to have damaged his ankle ligament and that means at least four weeks out. In a highly publicized move, he went to see a Serbian doctor by the name of Marijana Kovacevic who uses horse placenta as a therapy. At Placenta Apothecary, there are many different ways to use the placenta for healing. In addition to placenta encapsulation, placenta tincture and placenta essence are used. Furthermore, a portion of the placenta can be made into homeopathic placenta tincture and/or globules. For instance, dried placenta can be used to make healing creams and ointments for the skin.
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