Historically, the placenta was recognized as a traditional folk medicine in China and other parts of the world with its essential nutrients and biological active components. In China, Li Shizen’s “Compendium of Materia Media 本草纲目 ” in the 16th century documented dried placenta, also known as “Zi He Che 紫车河” to increase body energy and vitality. In ancient times, people used placenta for the treatment of impotence, infertility, liver and kidney problems.
In Argentina, the Araucanian Indians used dried umbilical cord for the treatment of the sick child. Furthermore, the native tribe in Central India consume placenta to promote reproductive function.