In order to quickly explain the difference between these two types of fresh medicinal plants extracts, we will first see the S.I.P.F. method, then to highlight the 2 final and original steps of the E.P.S. process. : the leaching where alcohol is added to the cryobrilled plant mixture, gradually increasing the alcoholic degree and the addition of glycerin, after evaporation of the alcohol and assay of the tracer, the last operation is to add the vegetable glycerin to ensure standardization products. The S.I.P.F. is a manufacturing process that has the particularity of preserving all of the constituents as they were in the native state in the fresh plant (same for the E.P.S. ). This process has been patented since 1981 and has recently been transferred to the Synergia Laboratory, which has just obtained the Organic Agriculture label by ECOCERT on the entire process. Only one plant escapes this labeling, the fucus, which is an algae. Unlike this method S.I.P.F. , the PhytoPrevent laboratory can not claim extracts of plants labeled Organic Agriculture, while they are. This particularity is due to the addition of glycerine, which can not be “biological”, since it is a product of synthesis (mineral or vegetable). The 3 common steps of the S.I.P.F. and E.P.S.
Cultivation of medicinal plants
They are selected according to precise criteria: harvest period, vegetative stage … Apart from the fucus, the 17 plants used in the SIPF concept are grown in Ardèche, respecting the rules of organic farming.
Harvesting medicinal plants
The plants (SIPF) are picked according to the ideal picking date, which can be different for each of them. Less than 24 hours after harvest, the fresh plants are received for processing. A first control makes it possible to control the identity of the plant and to check the quality of the harvest, without ionization or irradiation. Plants of E.P.S. are harvested in France (eg hawthorn in the Drôme) and / or abroad depending on the harvest period and the part taken (flowers, fruits, leaves, roots …) in fields preferably cultivated biological or unpolluted wilderness areas.
Cryobrocessing of medicinal plants
The SIPF plants are cooled to -25 ° C with nitrogen to block the enzymatic degradation. They are then milled at -196 ° C in 1 mm particles and then 50 to 400 microns (1 micron = 0.001 mm). EPS plants are also frozen in the following hours to prevent them from oxidizing, then stored at -18 ° in cold rooms. This step assumes a perfect control of the cold chain. The next step is to mechanically grind the plants still frozen. The ground material collected in the tank is covered with a weakly alcoholic water. The 2 different steps of the S.I.P.F. and E.P.S.
Mixing, maceration, centrifugation for the SIPF
The powder thus obtained is mixed with water and organic alcohol (30% alcohol) and left to macerate for several weeks. The centrifugation is carried out in two phases, first to separate the “mud” from the macerated juice and then to refine the juice thus obtained. The “sludge” is dried by ultra-molecular pressure (40 bar). This operation makes it possible to recover a very concentrated pure juice which is mixed with the first juice obtained during centrifugation.
Stabilization of the product and controls
The SIPF thus obtained are controlled (dosage of the main active ingredients) and the alcohol concentration is adjusted in order to respect the manufacturing charter.
Leachate for EPS
After cryomilling, then alcohol is added to this mixture, gradually increasing the alcoholic degree. This allows extraction of all the active ingredients more “soft” and respectful of the physicochemical qualities of the components.
Added glycerin for EPS
After evaporation of the alcohol and assay of the tracer, the last operation is to add glycerin of plant origin to ensure product standardization. Finally, the quality of E.P.S. presupposes upstream an irreproachable quality of raw materials, as well as plants. However, their composition can vary greatly from one year to the next, depending on the climatic conditions, harvest periods, vegetative stage, soil type … Faced with these inequalities and to guarantee a constant concentration in the selected tracer, the patented extraction process E.P.S. is based on standardization of products. The addition of glycerine during the final stage of the extraction process makes it possible to adjust the final tracer concentration.
Recall on the S.I.P.F .: characteristics and specificities
Efficiency The SIPF process respects and restores the biochemical completeness of the fresh plant for an efficiency superior to all other galenic forms with a greater speed of action. The conservation in hydroalcoholic suspension of only 30% makes it possible to improve the bioavailability of the therapeutic potential. Specificities The presence of alcohol is not always good press, yet the quantities are minimal. Thus, 5 ml of SIPF (the recommended average daily dose, to be diluted in water) corresponds to 0.024 g of alcohol per liter of blood for a man of 70 kg. Against 0.20 g of alcohol per liter of blood after absorption of a beer of 25 cl at 5 °. However, due to the presence of alcohol, and according to health recommendations, SIPFs are contraindicated in pregnant women and children under 40 kg.