A few days ago we learned that the singer Evaluna, after giving birth, ate her placenta. The astonishment was notorious among the people, at least in the Dominican Republic, which is the country where the young woman of Venezuelan origin is based. What happens is that we were not very familiar with this practice, since it is not part of the Dominican culture, but it is in other parts of the world, such as Chile and the United States (in Oregon), where the law contemplates handing it over after childbirth, either to eat it as a good gastronomic dish “full of nutrients”, to encapsulate it or to bury it as part of a well-being ritual.
As a result of this action, which Kim Kardashian and other celebrities also did, the question arises: Where does this practice come from? We know that certain mammalian animals, such as cats and dogs, do this; but in humans literatures do not abound; scientific studies there are few; culturally it is not so popular, it may be an action only of our era… perhaps you will find more knowledge in the followers of esotericism.
The promise that some women pursue when consuming their placenta is that thanks to the amount of stem cells it contains, it is able to avoid postpartum depression, anemia (the capsules have iron), improves mood, mood and milk production… However, a publication by Mary Marnach , MD, of the Mayo Clinicstates that it can be harmful to health because the preparation of the capsule, if consumed in this way, does not completely eliminate infectious viruses and bacteria, if any.
The same position is assumed by the gynecologist Jen Gunter, in her publication in which she makes an extremely interesting analysis on the subject for the newspaper new york times and who warns that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States reported a case of neonatal sepsis linked to the ingestion or maternal manipulation of placenta encapsulated capsule that was contaminated with group B streptococcus.
She also reveals that it is not a custom that is available to everyone; since encapsulating this organ that the uterus develops to provide the oxygen and nutrients that the baby needs until the day of birth, can cost between 200 and 400 dollars, that is to say that in Dominican pesos it is between 11 thousand and 22 thousand pesos, which indicating that it is not a tradition with cultural force.
The capsules are only part of how this temporary mammalian organ is consumed, to eat placenta human is spoken of prescriptions for smoothies and other culinary preparations.
There is not much data on this practice in esoteric beliefs and those that exist distance any desire to practice it; For example: The one that affirms that it keeps the males in the house and makes it easier for the females to find a husband. Yes, those kinds of desires still live in today’s society and that is what leads some to seek luck in burying behind the house so that this bliss can be fulfilled?
The placenta is read. According to the Mapuche culture, in Chile, once a woman gives birth, a representative of that indigenous people looks closely at the organ and describes what the life of the newborn will be like; At the end, she wraps him in a cloak with wormwood and proceeds to bury it under a cinnamon tree so that she becomes a strong person and is covered by evil spirits. The same practice in other cultures is carried out so that at death, the newborn is reunited with his “brother”, who is the placenta; or so that it grows as the tree grows, so that it respects nature… the objective varies depending on the belief.