HerbalGem Concentrated Gemmotherapy FAQ

WHAT IS GEMMOTHERAPY?

Gemmotherapy is a branch of phytotherapy that uses buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs. They are gathered in the spring, at a key stage of the natural growth cycle, and freshly prepared in a macerate process using water, alcohol and glycerin. Made of developing tissues, buds and young shoots are a true concentrate of the plant’s energy and vitality. They also contain many active principles that are no longer present when the plant is fully developed. This explains the wide range of applications and effectiveness of gemmotherapy remedies. Gemmotherapy was created in the 1960s by Dr Pol Henry, a Belgian doctor. He published his research findings and clinical results in1970, calling this new therapy “Phytoembryothérapie”. This discipline was further detailed and developed by Max Tetau, a French homeopath, who also gave it a new name, “Gemmotherapy”. This term derives from the latin ‘gemmae’ which means both plant bud and precious stone, and is the name now universally adopted.

HOW IS GEMMOTHERAPY USED?

Gemmotherapy remedies have a wide range of applications and can benefit people of all ages.

Extensive research and clinical experimentation has been carried out to identify the properties of different buds and determine their main indications. Research studies have tested and compared each of the different species within the genus to determine which one has the highest pharmacological effect. For example, that’s why Tilia Tomentosa is used and not one of the other linden trees. Chemical analysis has also focused on assessing the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) properties of the buds, young shoots, rootlets and comparing them to the adult plant.

How are gemmotherapy remedies made?

Gemmotherapy remedies have a wide range of applications and can benefit people of all ages. Extensive research and clinical experimentation has been carried out to identify the properties of different buds and determine their main indications. Research studies have tested and compared each of the different species within the genus to determine which one has the highest pharmacological effect. For example, that’s why Tilia Tomentosa is used and not one of the other linden trees. Chemical analysis has also focused on assessing the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) properties of the buds, young shoots, rootlets and comparing them to the adult plant.

Betuligem is pricey – what is it exactly?

Betuligem is an extract of the external bark and of the internal bark of Birch roots. These are the parts of the plant which have the greatest concentration of betulinic acid and betulin. We collect it on adult plants, but the bark itself is made of embryonic tissues just like the roots. Betuligem is more concentrated than the regular white birch bark. It is used in renal failure and when stricken by cancer to induce apoptosis. We have developed a special process to extract the betulinic acid and betulin from the external bark of the tree and the internal bark of the roots.

Is grape alcohol better than regular alcohol?

Using grape alcohol does not make any meaningful difference. The alcohol is essential for extracting the active principles and conserving the product. For those roles, corn or grape alcohol are the same.

Are Gemmos products gluten free?

The Gemmos do contain alcohol and the alcohol is derived from corn. It Is an interesting question.  I just had one patient who is gluten intolerant who I gave both Rye and Maize to…and he seemed to have some type of reaction to one or the other of them.  You are correct, as far as I know from my studies, that corn does not contain gluten.  Corn does have its own problems with digestion, but it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with gluten.

And none the less, when the grain is made into alcohol, it is distilled, so there theoretically is not any gluten in the final product from the alcohol, and since we are using the rootlets for both of these, and not the seed – grain and kernal – it doesn’t seem to me there is gluten present.  But I must say that I have never tested this or seen the outcome of tests on these gemmo products.

Is the corn Genetically Modified (GMO)?

The corn used in our gemmos is not genetically engineered as it is organic.

Can you tell me more about the different Birches?

Betula alba and pubescens is the same plant (Betula alba is the official latin name, pubescens is the ancient latin name).  It is the same thing with Betula verrucosa and pendula which are the same plant.Betula alba:  White birch; Downy birch

Buds; Catkin; Inner bark of stems/roots; Radicles; Sap

Betula pubescens:  White birch; Downy birch; Common birch

Buds; Catkin; Inner bark of stem/roots; Radicles; Sap

Betula verrucosa/pendula:  European white birch; Silver birch

Buds; Seeds; Sap

Are the buds all collected in Belgium?

They are mostly collected in Belgium.  The rest are collected in France and very little in other European countries.

When are the plant parts macerated?

They are all stabilized in alcohol water and glycerine within the hour of collection.  We never freeze the buds and anywhere from 5 litres to several hundred litres can be collected in a batch. The result of the maceration is the concetrated extract that we commercialize.

The Gemmos are macerated with Glycerine, can you tell me more about it?

Glycerol is an organic compound, also called glycerin or glycerine. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Glycerol has three hydrophilic hydroxyl groups that are responsible for its solubility in water and its hygroscopic nature. The glycerol substructure is a central component of many lipids. Glycerol is sweet-tasting and of low toxicity.

Are there any laboratory assays for toxins and heavy metals performed on the Gemmos?

All our buds and young shoots are certified organic as they originate from organic cultures or woods certified organic. They certified by an authorised certifying authority which controls us, makes the necessary tests, and gives us the organic certificates. The buds therefore do not contain any heavy metal.

How many drops are in a bottle?

There are 750 drops in a 15ml bottle and there are 2500 drops in a 50ml bottle.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 3x, 6x & 12x POTENCIES FOR THE TISSUE SALTS?

 

3X, 6X and 12X are the number of times the products has been triturated (diluted) – it designates its potency.

 The Tissue Remedies are prepared for therapeutic purposes, like all homeopathic remedies, according to the decimal or centesimal scale in trituration or dilution.  The crude, chemically pure article is taken and triturated with sugar of milk (lactose), one part of the drug to nine parts of sugar of milk, for at least two hours.  This gives the first decimal trituration, each grain containing one-tenth of a grain of the cell salt triturated.

One part of this first decimal trituration is then used, and other nine parts of sugar of milk added and again triturated two hours, which give the second decimal trituration, and is equivalent to the first centesimal trituration, each grain containing one-hundredth of the triturated cell salt.

 

3X Trituration:

The following reasons and occasions speak for application of the cell salts in the potency 3X:

  • Very acute illnesses:

If an illness is very acute, the potency 3X can be sometimes very helpful.

  • Bath:
    With a bath one needs a lot of cell salts. By use of the potency 3X the amount of the required tablets can be considerably reduced. In 3X 1 to 10 tablets are already enough for a proper bath.

6X Trituration:

The potency 6X is the most used potency of the Schuessler cell salts.  It is the standard potency for 9 of the 12 cell salts.   These nine salts are all water-dissolvable salts.

In view of the treated diseases you can remember:

For acute diseases the potency 6X fits well.

It can be used preventively or in sub-acute attacks when symptoms are more tolerable and treatable than in acute attacks, and also in the sporadic appearance of sub-acute symptoms.  As the effect of a 6X potency is longer-lasting than a 3X potency, it should be taken at less frequent intervals.

12X Trituration:

For chronic diseases and diseases of the psyche the power 12X is very well suited.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

CONCENTRATED & DILUTED GEMMOTHERAPY?

HerbalGem’s range of gemmotherapy products will greatly contribute to your well-being.  The remedies are:

  • Full of the energy and therapeutic properties of the buds
  • Prepared only with freshly-picked buds, which are wild crafted from forests (all certified organic) or come from organic farms.
  • Under strict control conditions, we manage all the steps of production, from harvest to final product preparation (all produced in our own laboratory).

All HerbalGem’s gemmotherapy products are in concentrated form, and so only a small daily dose is sufficient.  The concentrate has several advantages over the usual, glycerinated macerate at D1 dilution (i.e. when the macerate has been diluted ten-fold) in that:

  • The quantity of alcohol and glycerin ingested is ten times less
  • Direct maceration in water/alcohol/glycerin mix effectively retains all the active principles of the buds
  • They are easier to handle due to the smaller size bottle and the reduced dosage necessary
  • A course of treatment can be extended over a longer period

HerbalGem Concentrated gemmotherapy – 50ml bottle 5 to 15 drops daily lasts for 70 days.

Diluted (D1) gemmotherapy – 50ml bottle 50 to 150 drops daily lasts for 7 days.

What are the best gemmos for metabolizing Sugar?

The two bud extracts that we recommend for metabolizing Sugar are Walnut and Bilberry

What is the difference between the Birches?

It is the use of the ancient names that confuses people.  In the gemmo world, White Birch – the alba/pubescens, is thought to be stronger acting, the Silver Birch – verrrucosa/pendula, is considered more for pediatrics.  Yet there are many cross overs and they can be used interchangably in some situations.  The details of this are in week 8 of the slides from the webinar.  Betula alba and pubescens is the same plant (Betula alba is the official latin name, pubescens is the ancient latin name). It is the same thing with Betula verrucosa and pendula which are the same plant.

In our order form the Silver birch is the Betula verrucosa/pendula while the White Birch is the betula alba:pubescens. There are no mistakes

You can find below the official names which have been retained in Canada for the legislation on gemmotherapy

 

Betula alba White birch; Downy birch Buds; Catkin; Inner bark of stems/roots; Radicles; Sap
Betula pubescens White birch; Downy birch; Common birch Buds; Catkin; Inner bark of stems/roots; Radicles; Sap
Betula verrucosa/pendula European white birch; Silver birch Buds; Seeds; Sap