Gentle Healing with Powers of the Buds
Gemmotherapy (gemma = Latin, bud) is a young healing method and belongs to an emerging form of therapy with steadily increasing popularity in the German-speaking countries. This is not surprising as it uses the green power concentrated in the embryonic tissue of the trees to alleviate and heal physical and mental complaints. Gemmotherapy is used to treat acute and chronic complaints.
For this therapy method, the most precious and liveliest part of each plant is used, namely the buds and other plant tissues, which perform cell division activity on a high level. Thus, gemmotherapy differs from classical herbal medicine, which uses different parts of plants such as fruits, leaves, seeds or roots. The potential of this herbal embryonic tissue, which is found mainly in buds, sprouts, seedlings and inner bark, manifests itself in the excellent healing and regenerating power of the corresponding liquid extracts, the so-called gemmomacerates. For this purpose, after harvesting the parts are inserted in a glycerol-alcohol mixture for maceration, filtered and diluted, to be taken as oral spray subsequently.
The curiosity of a Belgian doctor leads to the discovery
Dr. Pol Henry (1918 – 1988), a Belgian physician, homeopath and naturalist presented for the first time in 1959 his research results on embryonic plant tissues. In the following years, he and other scientists published further scientific articles on this topic. The amazing healing successes did not remain unnoticed. The scientist already knew at that time that the highest potency of vitality is present in the embryonic tissues of the plants.
The first recessed bud application took place with the bud of the downy birch (lat. Betula pubescens). Dr. med. Henry discovered a stimulating effect on the Kupffer cells of the liver and thus opened up a previously unknown field of application for the downy birch-buds in medicinal plant science.
The experiences of Dr. Pol Henry with extracts of embryonic plant tissue, which he could gain with his patients, exceeded his expectations by far. He constantly deepened and optimized his method. In his first publication of the method in 1959, he still called it phyto-embryotherapy. After a short time, however, the term “gemmotherapy” appeared. This term goes back to Dr. Max Tétau (1927-2012), a longtime colleague and friend of Dr. med. Pol Henry, and determined to this day the name of this young healing method.
The year 1965 can be described as a milestone for gemmotherapy because the production of gemmotherapeutic drugs was included in the French Pharmacopoeia and thus gained official recognition. In 2011, the manufacturing process was finally included in the European Pharmacopoeia. Today gemmotherapeutics are available in all European countries, mostly in Italy and the French-speaking countries. In German-speaking Europe, the medicinal science of buds is gaining more and more followers.
Which philosophy is behind it
Dr. Pol Henry emphasized how important it is to be inspired by natural plant communities when choosing the composition of gemmomacerates. Thereby, the healing effects are strengthened and rounded up. He and his team were able to show that certain plant communities are particularly recommendable for relatively clearly defined disease phases.
This interaction can be explained using the example of a natural biotope, the alder quarry forest with its corresponding plant community. An alder quarry forest is a wetland characterized by a persistently wet, swampy ground without strong water currents. In this biotope, the following trees and shrubs occur frequently:
- Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa), eponymous for this biotope
- Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
- Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
- Black currant (Ribes nigrum)
Gemmomacerates of these four trees or shrubs can thus be advantageous to connect with each other, since they act synergistically. They are typically used in acute illnesses.
How does gemmotherapy work?
Gemmomacerates promote the self-regulatory powers of the organism and generally have a metabolism-stimulating, detoxifying effect promoting regeneration. In addition, each gemmomacacerate has its own profile of action that includes both the physical and psychological levels. A special feature of gemmomacerates is their excellent compatibility.
Gemmotherapy today in German-speaking Europe
Gemmotherapy has already gained a foothold in the German-speaking countries and is enjoying increasing acceptance among the population. It can be used both as an independent gentle therapy, but also as an adjunctive therapy to a homeopathic, spagyric or conventional treatment. In parallel, gemmotherapeutic drugs complement other drugs and accelerate their healing. It can be observed that especially a symptom-oriented gemmotherapy is propagated because it is easy to use. However, this is not the intention of its founder Dr. Henry, who was always concerned with a holistic therapy system linked to natural laws. Gemmomacerates, however, can much more, as its inventor demonstrated it and others also did it in a multiple way. Gemmotherapy is a holistic therapy system that not only efficiently eliminates symptoms, but also offers profound, constitution-enhancing options.
* Gemmomazcratse can be obtained in certain pharmacies and drugstores. Their recommendation requires training. All bud remedies are also suitable for self-application.
With great care and harvested by hand in the spring, the fresh native plant buds are collected from wild growth or organic cultivation. After gentle cleaning, the plant buds are macerated in glycerol / ethanol and strained after about 3 weeks and diluted to a D1 potency. The very careful and time-consuming procedure yields tasty, efficient and high-quality remedies, so-called Gemmomacerates.
In many dysfunctions such as menstrual and menopausal symptoms, sleep disorders or stomach burns, allergies or hay fever, the gemmotherapeutic agents harmonize the body and regulate the symptoms. They can be used both as an independent gentle therapy and as an adjunct therapy (for a homeopathic or conventional treatment).
- «Gemmotherapie – Knospen in der Naturheilkunde» by Chrischta Ganz and Louis Hutter
Training : http://www.gemmotherapiekurs.ch/
- «Gemmotherapie in der Kinderheilkunde» by Chrischta Ganz and Louis Hutter