Introduction: Placentophagy or Placentophagia
is the culture where many species of mammals eat their
own placenta. This practice is now growing in humans as
well. There are various reasons for this practice but in
general it helps in promoting stabilization, enhancement
and recovery for the postpartum phase in the females.
There are very less number of studies conducted to explore
more about placentophagy concept in humans.
Purpose/objective: To identify the effectiveness of
ingesting human Placentophagia by human to manage
post-partum health ailments. Methods: A systematic
review on randomized control trails, reviews, and research
articles will be conducted. Preferred Reporting Items for
Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) will be
adopted and literature search will be conducted in Pub
Med-Medline, CINAHL, Science Direct and ProQuest. The
search will include a period of 2006-2022. Studies will be
included based on predetermined inclusive criteria.
Results: A descriptive synthesis of the findings of the
selected studies will be carried out which will be presented
in narrative summary with statistical findings
incorporated. Conclusion: The review will provide
evidence to support or reject the hypothesis that whether
the consumption of placenta in any form such as raw,
cooked, dehydrated, processed or encapsulated by human
during post-partum period poses any benefits to mother.
However, there are unresolved questions that needs
confirmation about eating placentophagia in humans.
Keywords : Placentophagia, Placentophagy, Eating Placenta, Encapsulating Placenta, Ingesting Placenta, Placenta Rituals.