Did you know…? Surprising uses of placenta across the globe

4. Consumption

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Also known as placentophagy, ingesting is one of the most popular uses of placenta. The placenta is viewed as a great life force by many, and it is believed that it can even cure postnatal depression. Animals have been doing this for centuries, and humans have jumped on the bandwagon.

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  • In Vietnam and China, the placenta is dried and added to recipes to increase vitality.
  • By boiling the placenta and drinking the broth, Chinese women believe it will improve their breast milk production.
  • In Korea the placenta is burned and the ashes are collected. When the child falls sick, the ashes are given to him in the belief that it will promote healing.