The gemmothérapie is a field of phytotherapy which uses the buds and the starts-up of trees and shrubs. They are collected in spring, one key time of their natural development cycle, and are prepared fresh in a mixture of water, alcohol and glycerin.
The buds and starts-up are composed of embryonic fabrics under development full which contain all the power of the future plant; this is why they constitute a true concentrate of energy and vitality. They also contain many active ingredients which will not be present any more in the adult plant. This explains the broad range of applications and the effectiveness of the macérats-mother or macérats glycerol-coated concentrates.
The gemmothérapie was created by Dr. pol. Henry, a Belgian doctor, in the Sixties. It published the result of its research and its clinical tests in 1970 and called this new therapy “Phytoembryothérapie”. This discipline was taken again and developed later on by Dr. max Tétau, a French homeopath, who called it “Gemmothérapie”. This word derives from Latin “gemmae” meaning at the same time bud of plant and invaluable stone. This name was universally adopted.
Why is it effective?
The buds and starts-up are composed of embryonic fabrics which contain all genetic information of the future plant. They are richer in nucleic acids and growth hormones that the other fabrics. They also contain vitamins, trace elements and minerals as of other active ingredients which disappear progressively from the development of the plant.
As the gemmothérapie uses fabrics under development full, its remedies contain all the properties of the plant, i.e. at the same time the properties of the flowers, the sheets, the fruits, sapwood and the roots. Thus, the glycerol-coated macérat of buds of lime (Tilia tomentosa) has the sedative properties related to the flowers but also the dépuratives and diuretic virtues of sapwood. The same applies to the extract of bud of hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) which has the properties of the fruit (action on circulation).
How to use it?
The extracts of gemmothérapie are used in broad applications and by people of any age, of the baby to the elderly.
Clinical research and tests were carried out to identify the properties of each bud and to determine their principal indications. All the species of the same family were tested and compared in order to determine which had the pharmacological effect most important. This explains why one uses Tilia tomentosa and not other species of lime. Chemical analyses using technique HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) made it possible to highlight the properties of the buds, starts-up and rootlets and to compare them with the properties of the adult plant.
For further information concerning the properties of the extracts of gemmothérapie, we invite you to consult “our products”, to consult the existing literature on the subject or to contact your doctor or therapeutist.