Beginner’s Guide to Gemmotherapy
Are you new to Gemmotherapy? If you’re interested in diving deeper into the health benefits provided by these natural, plant-based extracts, The Beginner’s Guide to Gemmotherapy will give you all the details on nature’s powerful healing compounds: gemmos.
What is Gemmotherapy?
Gemmotherapy extracts are the most potent and newest addition to the field of plant-based therapies. While the original concept can be dated back to the Egyptians, the first documented studies began in 1959. Since then the Gemmotherapy materia medica has grown exponentially with contributions by numerous European scholars, physicians, and biochemists. Today, Gemmotherapy has begun to catch the attention of individuals seeking natural methods to improve their immunity as well as Homeopaths, Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Pediatricians, and Family Practice Doctors.
Gemmotherapy extracts are produced from select plant embryonic tissues (embryophytotherapy), most often the tree branch buds, for health restoration and maintenance. The action of these extracts on a cell level promote drainage, tonification and rejuvenation of organs. The use of Gemmotherapy extracts for acute and and chronic symptoms leads to a restoration of immunity.
On the surface, Gemmotherapy extracts look very similar to the liquid herbal tinctures frequently prescribed by a variety of health practitioners or purchased by individuals for self care. However, beyond the visual similarities lie remarkable differences in their therapeutic capabilities.
Gemmotherapy is produced from the first buds and shoots of select trees and shrubs each spring. The tree buds the growth material of the entire plant and are the most nutrient dense part of the plant. It’s this specific type of plant material used to create a Gemmotherapy that makes it stand apart from herbal tinctures and Homeopathy.
Gemmotherapy has undergone over 50 years of university-level biochemical and clinical studies in Europe to determine the individual properties and actions each extract has on particular organs and organ systems. Through these studies and the collection of empirical data, Gemmotherapy was granted the status of an approved medicine by the European Union and the making of the extracts is outlined in the European Pharmacopoeia. In the United States, however, it’s classified as an herbal supplement by the FDA and therefore, for the most part, it’s referred to as an extract.
Why use Gemmotherapy?
Most of us struggle with a lowered immunity as reflected in the wide range of chronic symptoms experienced by both children and adults. The root cause of a compromised immune function lies in the inability to optimally rid the body of waste produced from food consumption and metabolic action. When waste cannot be eliminated it then puts undue stress on the kidneys and if prolonged, congests the liver, lymphatic and circulatory systems, and eventually the all organs of the immune system. In this state of poor elimination the pH of the body can no longer remain neutral, and states of acidosis (deterioration of tissues) develop. Healthy cell production cannot occur in a state of acidosis and the degeneration reduces the performance of any organ or glands in the areas affected.
Gemmotherapy when used holistically and systematically excels at shifting states of acidosis outperforming both herbal extracts and supplements.
Who Can Benefit From Gemmotherapy?
Support for All Ages
This gentle yet powerful medicine can be used on newborns to geriatric patients. It provides immediate support for acute illness and infections, leaving the affected organs clean and fortified at the end of treatment, and it supports the immune system in resolving chronic symptoms.
To restore your immune system Gemmotherapy extracts also need the support of a healthy lifestyle enhanced with a plant-based diet, daily movement, and restorative sleep to be successful.
Please note: This information is not meant to replace the care and advice of your medical provider.
Juniper and Common Alder are two extracts that must be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.