Gemmotherapy, the power and subtlety of plants

The interest in buds in gemmotherapy is old. However, the work of Dr Henry , then Drs Bergeret and Tétau has recently deepened the knowledge of these plant tissues and made it possible to disseminate their use.

Gem: borrowed from the Latin gemma “bud” and by analogy of shape and color “precious stone”

The gemmotherapy is defined as an embryonic herbal medicine overall. It uses the active ingredients of buds, seeds, rootlets or young shoots of trees freshly picked and prepared by direct maceration in an alcohol and glycerin solution. The homeopathic culture of Drs Bergerey and Tétauled them to use the Hahnemanian dilution to the first decimal place (1 DH) in order to boost, beyond the only molecular activity, an informational and energetic character to the preparations. Another galenic form called “mother macerate” also exists; in fact, it uses an initial macerate composed of water, glycerin and alcohol which does not undergo any dilution. It is nevertheless possible to carry out the dilution yourself in a glass of water.

An explosion of vitality

Embryonic plant tissues contain and concentrate all the richness of the plant or tree, and they also contain all its potential. We can say that they express the TOTUM in condensed form. The embryonic stage is a promise of life, it holds all the genius and all the ardor. Indeed, the bud has the complete genetic information of the plant and it is particularly rich in vitamins, trace elements and minerals thanks to the sap of the tree which reaches it. The bud is made up of undifferentiated cells (called “totipotent”) which have the capacity to multiply very quickly and which allow the tree to renew its leaves each year. Only one of these cells has the ability,in vitro , to reconstitute the plant in its entirety!

The interest of gemmotherapy

It allows a great depth of action while gently stimulating the self-regenerating capacities of the organism, and reduces the potential toxicity of the plant, whether by its diluted formula or by the low volumes ingested for the mother macerates. , its spectrum of action is wider than the mature plant, since all the potential plant is contained in the bud (for example, the linden budTilia Tomentosa – covers the sedative virtues of the flowers, but also the depurative character of the sapwood).

The Glycerites are used more easily than other dosage forms (less alcohol, possibility to adjust the doses). Think about it for your children! It acts at the cellular level by purifying, stimulating and regenerating cells, as well as by improving their bonds and their functions. In addition, it increases the assimilation of other biotherapies thanks to the quality of its minerals which play a role of transporter in the body .

All this makes gemmotherapy a remarkable biotherapy which, however, makes it possible to regulate the main functions of the organism by working in depth in the field. It finds its place in a global vision of the individual and his health .

Indicative dosage

For 1D macerates, it is recommended to take 1 to 3 drops per kilo of weight. For an adult weighing 70 kilos, the dosage can vary from 70 to 210 drops per day, divided into 2 or 3 doses. The clinic shows that low dosages are just as active. Be careful, macerates of young shoots of rosemary and juniperRosmarinus Officinalis (JP) and Juniperus Communis (JP) – do not obey this rule. Their potency of action (hepatic and renal drainage) can lead to troublesome curative crises. The doses should be lower and progressive. The olive tree ( Olea Europea JP) is a hypotensive agent and its prescription will be subject to expert advice.

For mother macerates, the dosage is 5 to 20 drops per day:

The cures extend over 21 days and are renewable three times, making sure to respect a break of one week between. Gemmotherapy preparations are in unit form; use of a single bud or young shoot, or in the form of a complex; synergy of several buds associated with other plant extracts.

For example, the depurative complex combines young shoots of rosemary (for its toning and detoxifying action on the liver), juniper (renal and hepatic drainer, general stimulant), extracts of dandelion (hepatic target) and artichoke (regulation biliary function and lipid metabolism).

Much research is underway to complete and strengthen our knowledge of embryonic plant tissues .

Gemmotherapy, like all natural remedies , will in fact find its rightful place in an individualized approach to the subject, taking into account its terrain, its temperament and its vital force. However, its use must be validated by a health practitioner: doctor, naturopath or pharmacist.


Arnaud. C. (Doctor of Pharmacy)

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