One of the most common questions I am asked when someone is choosing encapsulation services is, “Which encapsulation method is right for me?” And the fact of the matter is, that answer is a little different for everyone. To answer this question first I want to explain the difference in the actual methods. The Raw Method is simple. I clean the placenta thoroughly, remove membranes and cord, and it goes right into the dehydrator to be processed and powdered. The Traditional Method is based on the Traditional Chinese Method (without the herbs) where after cleaning the placenta I gently steam it before processing it. So there is really only one difference here – cooking.
Now to decide which of these methods is right for you, you really need to look at what your main goal of taking your capsules is. It’s a fairly widely accepted fact that applying heat to food will damage some of the nutrients. In this case, the hormones contained in the placenta are what’s mainly at risk. However, it is also known that heating foods will also release certain nutrients and increase their bioavailability. So there’s a decision to be made. Is the main benefit you’re hoping to receive hormonal or is it nutritional? If you are wanting to focus more on the energy boosting, hormonal balancing aspects of placenta encapsulation, then I would definitely consider Raw. But if you are wanting to balance the benefits of the nutrients contained in the placenta to help with healing and replenishing lost nutrients along with the hormonal benefits, then Traditional may be your best bet. It’s not to say that the capsules have no nutritional benefit if they are Raw or that Traditional capsules don’t contain any sort of hormonal benefit, because I can assure you that is not the case.
Another thing to consider when you are deciding is how you typically react to various supplements, medications, and hormones. Specifically if you have issues with anxiety. Because the placenta is individual to each woman, there is no way to know in advance exactly what benefits the mom will or won’t receive from her placenta capsules. We have noticed through feedback from previous clients that the Raw capsules tend to provide a much stronger boost of energy than the Traditional method. This can be good and bad. Good, because who couldn’t use some extra energy when caring for a newborn. Bad, because after giving birth you need to be RESTING and healing. Another downside would be that the additional energy boost could potential irritate some anxiety issues as well.
There are a couple situations in which I will only use the Traditional method to process a placenta. First, if the placenta is frozen before processing. This is simply due to the potentially increased risk for bacterial growth during the thawing process. Second, if I am not able to start encapsulating your placenta within the 4 day window then steaming it would be necessary, again, to protect against bacterial growth.
You have to weigh the pros and cons of each method and decide what is going to be best for you. Remember, both methods are going to provide you with very similar benefits – the differences really are pretty subtle. If you are just completely unable to decide or you would like to try both methods I do offer a Half & Half package where your placenta is divided into 2 parts and one is processed using the Raw Method while the other is processed with the Traditional Method. This also gives you the added benefit of tailoring your doses to what makes you feel best. Previous clients have reported using the Raw capsules in the morning and afternoon, then the Traditional capsules in the evening. Some have taken all their Traditional capsules first while they’re replenishing and healing their bodies, then they switch to the Raw capsules after a week or two. I’ve heard of all sorts of variations from my clients that have chosen both methods, because again, everyone is a little different. So in the end, the decision is yours.