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Immunity-Boosting Gemmotherapy

Immunity-Boosting Gemmotherapy

The Power of the Whole Plant

 by Vandana Pitke 

Gemmotherapy, derived from the Latin gemmae meaning plant bud and precious stone, is a branch of phyto-therapy, a form of herbal medicine that uses freshly harvested embryonic tissues of various parts of the plants. In 1970, Dr. Pol Henry, a Belgian doctor who first developed this medical branch, published the results of his research and clinical trials that used fresh, young, developing buds and young shoots of trees and shrubs to prepare medicines in a mixture of water, alcohol and glycerine. He called this new therapy phyto-embryotherapy. Later, a French homeopath, Dr. Max Tétau, further developed and adapted it after extensive clinical research and renamed it gemmotherapy.

          The buds and young shoots are composed of embryonic tissues which contain all the genetic information of that whole plant. It contains the properties of rootlets, sapwood, leaves, flowers and fruits of that plant. It not only has vitamins, oligo-elements and minerals, but are richer in nucleic acids and growth hormones. They also contain other useful active substances, such as auxins and gibberellins which disappear slowly after a plant starts growing fully.

          As these growing embryonic tissues contain the whole power of the whole plant, they are a real energy and vitality concentrate that help to heal the body. These remedies regenerate and oxygenate cells, balance electrolytes and improve electrical potential. Having cleansing effects on the cells, gemmos drain toxins and metabolic waste from the organs and ultimately improve immunity. Gemmos can be used for any age group from newborn to older people, with high amounts of antioxidants, hormones, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids helping to nourish the body.

          Used in acute and chronic illnesses, gemmotherapy remedies improve overall function of the organs as different plants have affinity for particular organs or tissues of the body. For optimum results using gemmos, people should follow healthy lifestyles which include eating fresh and regular meals and exercise and sound sleep.

          Here are some examples of gemmos used to improve immunity:

Black Currant (Ribes nigrum): Acute upper respiratory infections, chronic respiratory conditions, cold and flu and prevention from common winter diseases. Also for stress and chronic fatigue.

Red Spruce (Abies pectinata): Sore throat, tonsillitis, recurrent respiratory infections in kids.

European Hornbean (Carpinus betula): Sinusitis, bronchitis, coughs.

European Alder (Alnus glutinosa): Beginning of colds, early onset (ear, nose, throat and sinus), beginning of inflammation of digestive tract (gastritis, colitis), and urinary tract infections (cystitis)

 Common Birch (Betula pubescens): For immune system, especially for adults. Detoxifies liver, useful for allergies, chronic fatigue. Betula pubescens stimulates the immune system, the liver, lymph nodes and spleen to monitor and destroy invading germs.

 Planatus Orientalis Oriental Planetree (bud): Helps boost immunity against the threat of allergies and bacteria


Choose the one that is most suitable to the symptoms. The remedies can be used in combination with one another. They can also be taken with homeopathic remedies and other medicines.

 Gemmos can be taken in water, or directly under the tongue. If you are taking more than one, ideally they should be taken separately. The dosage for infants is 5 to 8 drops, children 3 to 8 years old, 15 to 20 drops, and adults and older children, 25 to 50 drops. The remedies can be used as often as two to three times per day during acute illness.

 Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 15 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit