Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for over 2500 years and combines acupuncture, herbs and massage. The theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine involves the body's life force or chi, which runs along meridians. According to Enning (2007), human placenta has been used medicinally in China for 1400 years.
Loke (2013) cites the Compendium of Materia Medica, and discusses how the first born placenta was considered the best quality. Interestingly, the ancient text also states that placentas from male and female babies were used to treat men and women's diseases, respectively (Loke 2013, Young & Benyshek 2010). Young and Benyshek (2010) also mention that family members were also encouraged to consume the placenta, according to the Materia Medica.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the placenta has a tonifying effect on the kidneys, which is commonly manifested in low energy and mood (Enning 2007). Ober (1979) writes that the author of Materia Medica, Li Shih-Chen, advises the placenta to be used to increase chi in the body, the trademark belief used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Raven Lang, a midwife who has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine states that women should use their placenta in the postpartum period to address issues related to excessive bleeding, postnatal mood disorders and recovery from birth (Lim 2015, Lang 2004 as cited in Enning 2007).
The original method of consumption confirmed by the Materia Medica, involves steaming the placenta at a low temperature so as to benefit from the nutrients and hormones. By heating and cooking the placenta, this is said to increase the chi and bring vitality to the postpartum mother. Phuapradit (2000) has shown that heat dried placenta retains the nutrients and vitamins as well as using the alternative raw method. Zī Hé Chē, otherwise known as human placenta, may be infused with herbs such as cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, ginger or lemon (Chang, Jia & Bare 2014, Enning 2007). These additional herbs act alongside the tonifying and warming effects of the placenta restoring chi to the postpartum mother.
You may request additional herbs to be added to your placenta encapsulation, however I am not a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, so I am unable to diagnose or treat any specific conditions.