Gemmotherapy: what it is and what it cures

Gemmotherapy: what it is and what it cures

Gemmotherapy treats various ailments using bud derivatives, natural products that are obtained from the young parts of plants


  • What’s this
  • How gemmoderivatives are obtained
  • What it heals
  • How to use and dosages

What’s this

Gemmotherapy is a branch of phytotherapy that is based on the administration of natural products obtained from the maceration of embryonic tissues of plants, that is, the meristematic tissues. It is a natural medicine invented in the 1950s by Professor Georges Netien, considered the father of this natural therapy. The study of the properties and use for health of fresh plant tissues at the embryonic stage always began in the same period thanks to the Belgian doctor Pol Henry, who was the first to experiment with gemmoderivatives for therapeutic purposes. Subsequently, the studies on bud derivatives were resumed and deepened by various researchers and today these products are widely used for the treatment of numerous ailments. According to gemmotherapy, since the young plant tissues must ensure rapid growth of the plant, they are rich in highly active substances, including enzymes, hormones, sugars, proteins and vitamins with beneficial action on our body. Gemmotherapy is therefore a therapeutic method that uses bud derivatives, also known as glycerine macerates, liquid preparations that are taken in drops and obtained from the maceration of fresh vegetables. The parts of the plants used to make buds can be buds or young shoots, but also seeds, barks, young roots and sap, as in the case of birch sap. The active ingredients contained in the plant tissues are then extracted thanks to a mixture of water, alcohol and glycerin, hence the name of glycerine macerate.

How gemmoderivatives are obtained

The preparation of bud derivatives begins with the collection of the young embryonic tissues of the plants, which usually takes place in early spring, when the vegetation awakens after the winter season and emits new roots and buds. After harvesting, the fresh parts of the plant are cleaned and shredded and finally subjected to maceration for twenty-one days in a mixture of glycerin, water and alcohol, which has the task of extracting the active ingredients contained in the plants. After three weeks, the macerate is filtered twice at a distance of forty-eight hours to obtain the bud extract. On the market there are many glycerine macerates obtained from various plants, in the form of drops at the first decimal dilution. The scientific name of the plant used is indicated on the label of the bud extract, followed by the initials MG, the dilution indicated with 1 DH and the dosage. Exceptions are the bud extract of mistletoe (Viscus album), the only diluted to the first centesimal indicated with the number 1 CH), and the birch sap which is considered a bud extract but which is not a glycerine macerate.

What it heals

The main action of gemmoderivati ​​is to drain and detoxify the body, helping it to expel metabolic waste through the kidneys, liver and skin. Gemmotherapy is useful in both adults and children and generally gemmotherapic treatments are carried out to rid the body of toxins accumulated due to unbalanced diets, exposure to sources of pollution, taking drugs or diseases. Each gemmoderivato then has a specific indication of use for the treatment of certain ailments. For example, the rosehip bud extract is indicated for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action useful in case of flu symptoms, the administration of lime bud extract is recommended for people suffering from anxiety and insomnia, the glycerine macerates of horse chestnut and chestnut instead they are useful for those who have problems with blood and lymphatic circulation and have water retention, heavy legs, cellulite or even hemorrhoids, while the cedar and rye bud extract are used against dermatitis. Several bud derivatives are then indicated for the treatment of inflammation: among these we find that of alder, vine, walnut, pine and black currant, the latter also known for the treatment of allergies. Some bud extractives, such as blackberry, sequoia and silver fir, are indicated for bone remineralization and disorders affecting the skeletal system.These are clearly general indications, since each bud extract can have more than one action and be suitable for different ailments; moreover, in some cases it may be recommended to take more than one bud extract to treat a health problem or the bud extract can be associated with other natural therapies.

How to use and dosages

The bud extractives are liquid products to be taken in drops diluted in a little water to be kept in the mouth for one minute before swallowing, so as to increase their absorption in the mucosa. As a rule, the dosage of bud derivatives ranges from 30 to 50 drops administered one to three times a day. In some cases, for example to treat acute symptoms, the dosage or frequency of administration may increase.

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