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Gemmotherapy for your health

What is gemmotherapy?

Gemmotherapy is an area of phytotherapy or herbal medicine that uses buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs. They are harvested in spring, at some point in their natural development cycle, and are prepared fresh in a mixture of water, alcohol and glycerine.

Buds and young shoots are composed of embryonic tissues in full development which contain the whole power of the future plant ; that is why they are a real energy and vitality concentrate. They also contain many active elements which will no longer be present in the mature plant. This explains the wide range of applications and the effectiveness of gemmotherapy remedies.

Gemmotherapy was created in the 60s by Dr. Pol Henry, a Belgian doctor. He published the results of his research and clinical trials in 1970 and called this new therapy "Phyto-embryotherapy". This discipline was taken up again and developed later on by Dr. Max Tétau, a French homeopath, who has called it "Gemmotherapy". This word derives from the Latin "gemmae" meaning both plant bud and precious stone. This name has been universally adopted.

An important advantage of bud macerates is that their properties remain stable over time. The expiry date marked on the bottle is legally obligatory but does not imply that the content will have lost its properties after that date.

Why is it effective ?

The buds and young shoots are composed of embryonic tissues which contain all the genetic information of the future plant. In addition to containing vitamins, oligoelements, and minerals, buds and young shoots are richer in nucleic acids and growth hormones than other plant tissues. They also contain other active substances, such as auxins (phytohormones) and gibberellins (GAs or plant hormones), which start to disappear after a plant reaches a certain point in its growth. Buds affect all levels of the human being: physical, even cellular, and psychical.

As Gemmotherapy uses tissues in full development, its remedies combine the properties of the whole plant, i.e. as well those of the flowers, as those of the leaves, the fruits, the sapwood, and the rootlets. For example, the Linden Tree (TiliaTomentosa) gemmotherapy extract not only possesses the sedative properties of the flowers, but also the purifying and diuretic properties of the sapwood. The same applies to the gemmotherapy extract of Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) which has the properties of the fruit (action on the cardiac muscle) and of the flower (action on the cardiac rhythm).

Think of combining Gemmotherapy with nutritherapy for a maximum of effectiveness. Gemmotherapy remedies give us something like an information on where, when and how to use the Nutritherapy products.

What is the standard dosage? (adults)

Normally your therapist will give you the dosage corresponding to your precise problem. In a general way, in acute phase, one will take from 2 to 5 drops 3 to 7 times per day. And that during one to maximum three days. If the acute phase is not calmed you probably need another bud.

For a one-time disease which is not in acute phase, take 5 to 15 drops per day until the symptoms disappear and during maximum 3 weeks. If necessary, after a week stopping, you can repeat the treatment during a new phase of three weeks. If such a long treatment does not have the expected result(s) you should better change of bud or remedy.

For a ground treatment (preventive and curative), take 5 to 15 drops per day for 3 weeks in a row followed by a week off and this three times. Then one month off before returning to the same cycle, if necessary.

A 50ml bottle contains roughly 700 drops. Enough, in example, for 3 cycles of a 3-week 10-drops/day treatment or for 2 cycles of a 3-week 15-drops/day treatment.

The HerbalGem products

The products are developed by Philippe Andrianne, the founder of HerbalGem. In addition HerbalGem invests in an important gemmotherapy research program, in partnership with the University of Liege and accredited independent research laboratories.

What differentiates the products of the brand HerbalGem from those of other brands?

  • The fresh buds and embryonic plant tissues are stabilized at the time of harvesting in order to capture all the plant's minerals, vitamins, natural hormones and nucleic acids. The only use of fresh buds and shoots, is a critical element for ensuring the efficacy of the products.
  • The buds and young shoots have grown in the wild or in organic cultures far from possible sources of pollution. Most of the buds come from the Ardennes forests, in the South of Belgium where the HerbalGem laboratory is based.
  • The fresh buds or shoots are macerated in the final mixture of glycerine, alcohol and water, with a concentration of 1/20th of dry bud weight. Glycerine is selected as an excipient as it allows a better extraction of the embryonic ingredients. For D1 macerate the soaking happens in a mixture of only alcohol and glycerine, which is later diluted at 1/10th in a mixture of glycerine, alcohol and water. As there is no water for this soaking following products will not go over to the macerate: water-soluble elements, some acids and vitamins, most flavonoids, mineral salts and tannins.
  • As the HerbalGem mother-macerate is concentrated the dosage is 5 to 15 drops per day and so the absorption of alcohol is reduced to 1 to 4 drops. For D1 macerate the dosage is 50 to 150 drops per day which is not practical and gives a more important alcohol absorption (15 to 45 drops).
  • The concentrated HerbalGem mother-macerate can be used for children who moreover like its agreeable and fruity taste. It can also be used as food flavouring. For babies it is possible to put 1 to 2 drops in their feeding bottle.

The HerbalGem product line includes:

Unitary bud mother-macerates; extracts which contain all the properties of a single bud.

Gemmotherapy complexes, harmonious associations of various mother macerates which are useful for a targeted problem.

Phytotherapy products - products containing sap of birch, syrups, balsams, and mother tinctures (MT).

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List of symptoms with recommended products

The following information represents the most common applications of the HerbalGem products for gemmotherapy. HerbalGem recommends with priority the products in italic. You can also use our search tool to find additional products that refer to the searched criteria. But never forget that the purpose of these guides is to give you information prior to discussion with your therapist. Self-medication is not recommended! The information is provided as guidance only and without any commitment to their accuracy.

The slimming program

The slimming program based on birch sap and bud extract.

The slimming program from HerbalGem is ambitious in his promises: a real progressive and permanent thinning. It is important to change the mechanism of our internal clock so as not to resume weight later.

This program takes into account the physiological facts and is not intended for people who want to lose several kilograms in three days or a week. This program is for women and men decided to pursue a "slimming plan" for a period of 90 days. The true thinning is based on this condition: continuity.

The action that we recommend is taking place in three stages:

  • Phase 1: Detoxification and elimination of waste.
    An initial detoxification, absolutely necessary, for a period of 20 days. The goal, in this first phase, is to dispose of waste that clog the tissues of the body and toxins that suffocate the cells. And, as you know, there is currently no better depurative than the DEPURASEVE - organic . One 250ml bottle.
  • Phase 2: drainage of the tissues and weight reduction.
    The body having been "cleaned", we can go on with the second phase: a generalized drainage for a period of 20 days or more as needed. It will allow the elimination of water that infiltrates to excess intercellular space, and weight reduction. This action is strongly stimulated with CELLUSEVE: for Slenderness - organic . One 250ml bottle.
  • Phase 3: dissolution of cellulite and elimination of fat.
    The body being purified and drained, one can then begin the final phase of this "plan", namely the descaling, the mobilization and the elimination of the excess fat stored in the adipocytes, allowing the dissolution of cellulite. To achieve this objective a long intake of CELLULIGEM - GC05 - organic for at least 50 days is recommended (one 50ml bottle.). This phase can start at the same time as the second phase. To maximize the benefits of the cure, it is useful to monitor one's diet.