Placenta encapsulation is the process of dehydrating and grinding the placenta, which is then encapsulated into small pills. It is a traditional practice that has been used for centuries in some cultures as a natural remedy to support postpartum recovery. However, with the rise of the vegan movement, many people are questioning whether placenta encapsulation is compatible with a vegan lifestyle.
The short answer is yes, placenta encapsulation is a vegan practice. Let's explore why.
What is veganism?
Veganism is a lifestyle that seeks to exclude the exploitation and cruelty of animals in all aspects of life, including food, clothing, cosmetics, and any other products that may contain animal-derived ingredients. A vegan lifestyle is based on the principle of kindness, compassion, and respect for all living beings.
Why do people consume placenta pills?
The placenta is an organ that develops during pregnancy and plays a vital role in supporting the growth and development of the foetus. It is rich in nutrients, hormones, and other compounds that are essential for a healthy pregnancy. After birth, the placenta is usually discarded as medical waste.
However, some people choose to consume placenta pills after birth, as it can help with postpartum recovery. Both scientific studies of placenta encapsulation, and anecdotal experiences of clients who have commissioned and consumed their own placenta remedies, have shown that it can:
Is consuming placenta pills ethical?
While the idea of consuming placenta pills may sound strange to some people, it is not a new practice. In fact, it has been used for centuries across the globe as a natural remedy for postpartum recovery. Indeed, the only reason for its cultural decline in popularity is due to the fact that we as a species began to cook our food over open fires. This led to the inhalation of cadmium, a heavy metal. Heavy metals are one of the very few things that cannot be processed through and thereby eliminated from the placenta. Indeed, these toxic heavy metals collect there, posing a significant risk to health if consumed, and leading to the rejection of placental consumption for safety reasons. Interestingly, this is the very same heavy metal that is introduced into the human body by cigarette smoking - and is also the reason why the placentas of smokers cannot be encapsulated.
From a vegan perspective, consuming placenta pills is entirely ethical, as it is a personal choice that does not involve exploiting animals. The placenta is very much a by-product of pregnancy - to the extent that it is typically discarded as 'medical waste' within the allopathic medical system - and is not obtained through animal testing or any other form of cruelty.
On a very personal note, I do also have to note that it is particularly comical to hear those who would demean the life-changing benefits of placental consumption as some kind of "hippy fad" consistently tout the "miraculous benefits" of therapies synthesised from the placenta by less direct means - such as wound-healing mesh, stem-cell therapy, cord-blood banking...the list is, seemingly, endless!
Placental consumption is a uniquely self-sufficient - and therefore inherently vegan - act of self-care for postpartum humans. It does not rely on the suffering of any animal, has consent in-built into the process, is deeply respectful of the natural cycles of life, and offers significant, life-changing benefits to both parent and child as they navigate life outside the womb together for the first time. Optimised postpartum health can only augment this process for everyone involved.
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