What is Gemmotherapy?
Gemmotherapy is a therapeutic method that uses extracts of embryonic tissues from fresh plants, such as young buds, shoots and rootlets. These rejuvenating plant tissues are in an active growth stage and have been found to be rich sources of plant growth factors and hormones, which are not found in the whole, adult plant.
Modern society generates an unprecedented amount of toxic elements and compounds, which get absorbed by and, at times, are trapped within the body. The water and food supplies are contaminated with pesticides, herbicides and manufacturing residue. The air is contaminated by carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases. Many drugs are toxic to the body or break down into metabolites that are toxic. All of these toxic compounds accumulate in the body and need to be eliminated. The body has four elimination routes - the digestive system, the kidneys, the respiratory system and the skin, which are directly involved in the elimination process. These eliminatory pathways depend on the endocrine glands for optimal cellular function. The heart, blood vessels and the nervous system are also involved indirectly.
Gemmotherapy remedies act to gently stimulate and promote elimination. Gemmotherapy is believed to work because of the presence of gibberelins, plant growth material, which act on the organs to be stimulated.
Gemmotherapy for Detoxification
Gemmo-remedies are used in low, homeotherapeutically-prepared potencies (1x) for the purpose of stimulating drainage and eliminating toxic energy from the body. This is an essential part of the bioenergetic detoxification process. As such, Gemmotherapy plays a unique and an important part in any detox process. Any herb, homeo-therapeutic ingredient, nosode, or other remedy that has a detoxifying effect on the body is, in most cases, inadequate by itself to complete a successful detoxification process and avoid the toxic "Ping Pong” effect. This effect occurs when the dislodged bioenergetic toxins are not drained from the body, but instead re-accumulate and create foci in other organs due to lack of an effective elimination process. This process may cause further suppression of the disturbances. And so these Gemmotherapy diluted extracts are particularly useful for their effective elimination of bioenergetic disturbances.
Gemmotherapy for Drainage
We know that drainage is the stimulation of the excretory organs, such as kidneys, liver and even the skin. If the normal excretory system is blocked or deficient, unwanted by- products and toxins are not removed from the body and one or more of these organs need to be stimulated.
We also know that certain homeopathic remedies have an affinity for specific excretory organs. Thus, we have Berberis and Solidago for kidneys, Euphrasia and Kalium Iodatum for rhinopharyngeal mucosae, and so on. Some homeopaths believe that when a homeopathic remedy is prescribed strictly according to the Similimum, it acts both as a curative and a drainage agent. Gemmotherapy is often regarded as a modern form of drainage, which opens up the possibility of true tissue therapy. Gemmotherapy preparations - all in 1x potency only - may be regarded as drainage agents.
The general dosage of the Gemmotherapy remedies is 50 drops per day, taken in little water for a period of 6-8 weeks. The dosage can be adjusted according to individual tolerance.
Preparation of the remedies
Potencies of gemmotherapeutic remedies are unique in that, although they are prepared by the normal Hahnemannian procedures, the solvent used is a mixture of alcohol and up to 50% glycerin.
Gemmotherapeutic remedies are prepared from fresh buds and young shoots or rootlets of plants or any embryonic tissues in the growth phase. They are rich in growth factors, such as vitamins, hormones, auxins and gibberellins, anthocyanins and essential minerals and trace elements. They are, therefore, potentially, very effective homeopathic remedies. Originally introduced in France, they have been developed clinically since 1965.