Since my interest in placentophagy was awakened I have heard/read various stories of how the placenta is a recognized remedy in other countries. The idea of both men and women in other countries ingesting placenta as a common remedy has intrigued me. So, when I came across the article titled “Placentas as widely available as vegetables” in the VietNamNet, I could barely wait for the page to open. I mean really- any placenta lover would have the same response, right? Well, maybe. At any rate, according to this article the description for the demand of dried placenta likened to as a necessary part of the the people’s daily diet. Dried placenta is sold in the pharmaceutical market, also known as the oriental medicine quarter, in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5 in Vietnam. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“When asked about the medical properties of placenta, many traditional physicians say they use it to cure sexual disorders and respiratory diseases. In particular, they often prescribe it for infertile couples. Some physicians also buy fresh placentas to soak them in rice wine or make them into pills to sell to patients.
Dinh Cong Bay, general secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Pharmaceuticals Association and a traditional physician himself, advised against using placentas of unclear origin or taking it without consulting certified physicians first.
Many physicians from the Ho Chi Minh City Traditional Medicine Association say since placentas are widely prescribed by physicians, the government should set up enterprises to produce quality placenta products to meet the public demand and ensure consumer safety.”
Interesting to say the least. Just some Vietnamese placenta news to pass along to make some placenta conversation until the next placenta blog!
In Placenta Love, Peace, and Blessings,
Elenya Grafals, L.M.T., C.P.M., and C.P.E.S.