Plants for healing have been used by the Chinese for more than 4000 years. Plants for food and healing have been spoken of in the Bible. Hippocrates had documented more than 400 plants that were medicinal. Father of modern medicine Galen associated the characteristics of the plants to the humors of the body– Choleric, Phlegmatic, Melancholic and Sanguine. Greek botanist –Dioscorides collected and organized information of medical plants to form the Materia Medica. Dr.Pol Henri in 1950 in Belgium commenced his research on embryonic parts of plants. He hypothesized that all the information of energy that is required for the growth and development of the trees was contained in the meristem. The buds and young shoots were macerated in 3 different and perfectly complementary solvents and he obtained their quintessential in the form of glycerin macerate. The first study that Dr. Pol Henri conducted was on the extracts of the bud Pubescent Birch (Betula pubescens). He confirmed that the glycerin macerate of Pubescent Birch activated the macrophages of the liver and allowed the drainage of Kupffer cell which stored colloidal carbon. In 1971 French Doctor Max Tetau named this method Gemmotherapy.
Gemmotherapy is a super active herbal medicine or Phytotherapy acquired from the embryonic parts of plants example young shoots, buds, roots prepared fresh by soaking in water- alcohol –glycerin mix to obtain an extract known as glycerin macerate and prepared as a homeopathic medicine to the dilution of 1/10. Hence it is a glycerinated macerates of embryonic plant tissue. This powerful effect is obtained from the growth hormone of fresh germinating parts of the plant called Gibberelins. The buds contain the energetic power and the genetic information of the future plant. These glycerin macerates stimulate the organs of elimination and have a draining action to aid the detoxification of the organism. It cleanses and detoxifies by draining the cells of the toxins, detoxifying by opening the emunctories and discharging the toxins, cellular debris and waste matter gently from our bodies. It helps the body to eliminate both exogenous and endogenous toxins. It is a biochemical remedy with effective drainage properties and specific cellular drainage which is active to any stage of life from infant to elderly and is non-toxic. The bud contains more nucleic acids (genetic information) than other tissues also containing minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and various growth factors example phytohormones(auxins, gibberellins ) and enzymes and also the mineral sap provided by the tree in spring. The bud has a great molecular diversity in low concentration which eliminates any possible risk of acute intoxication. In the glycerin macerate of linden (Tilia Tomentosa) it has the sedative properties related to the flowers and the depurative and diuretic advantage of the sap wood. Bud of Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxycantha) has the medicinal properties of the fruit (action on the heart muscle) and of the flower (heart rate).