Introduction to Gemmotherapy


Gemmotherapy Introduction   (4 hours  $59  pre-recorded webinar)

What the heck is Gemmotherapy?

When I first heard the term ‘gemmotherapy’ 10 years ago, I thought it was something ethereal and ‘out there’ – gem stones in a liquid to make some kind of tincture. And frankly, I was not very interested in learning about it. I was on the faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle, teaching homeopathy, and I was more interested in focusing on homeopathic topics. There was a little faculty work room upstairs in one of the classroom areas – a place where the teachers could prep and review class notes – and one day when I was there working before class, a few of the other lecturers came in, discussing a class they had just attended with Mikhael Adams, ND, (read about Dr. Adams here:   on gemmotherapy. The more they talked, (and the more I shamelessly eavesdropped), the more clear it became that gemmotherapy was not about gemstones in bottles of water.

Gemmotherapy is a subset of homeopathy, born in Belgium in the 1950s
‘Gemmo’ is a prefix that denotes embryonic plant tissue: the new budding shoots and rootlets used in tincture form as a therapeutic.  First pioneered in Belgium and France by Drs. Pol Henry, Max Tetau and O.A. Julian (yup, the same one who wrote that great materia medica!)  in the 1950s and 60s, gemmotherapy has nothing to do with gemstones and everything to do with the therapeutics of plant stem cells!

Dr. Pol Henry studied medicine in Belgium during World War II, and was drawn to homeopathy and herbal medicine. Like Hahnemann, he was an excellent observer. Building on the tradition of Hildegarde of Bingen who recommended the use of the buds of apple, birch and other trees, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (yup, the same one who wrote Faust) who wrote The Metamorphosis of Plants, Dr. Henry investigated the alkaloids and phytochemicals in the buds of birch trees. He was able to document the effect of the tincture of birch buds on the liver, activating macrophages that removed carbon colloids from cells there. He proposed that the embryonic tissue (meristem) of the plant contained potential of everything needed to be built for a tree. From what we know now about stem cells, this seems obvious, but it was revolutionary at the time. Tetau and Julian extended the work into clinical application.

Image Drs. Henry, Tetau, Julian

Drs. Henry, Tetau, Julian

Same sources, different formulations
Schussler’s cell salts stand midway between mineral supplements and homeopathic remedies in the mineral kingdom.  Bach Flower Remedies stand midway between flower essences and homeopathic remedies. Gemmotherapy holds the region between herbal medicine and plants made into homeopathic remedies. Different than other herbal preparations, the tinctures made from buds have low toxicity because of the embryonic nature of the tissue, and are highly active in the body when used therapeutically.  Some of the gemmotherapy sources are well known remedies; others are new, helping us to expand our homeopathic materia medica as well.

Intrigued, I took one of Mikhael Adam’s classes, and then studied further with other teachers in the US and in France.  Gemmotherapy is new to the US and Canada; it has been used most widely in France and Italy, and much of the reliable information about it is written in French or Italian.  I use it in my practice now for a wide variety of client situations – it can help get rid of the after-effects of medications, improve hormonal balance and provide symptomatic relief to help buy time with the client to wait for constitutional care to complete its work.  It is a wonderful adjunct that is safer than herbs (which take a lot of training to use in a sophisticated way – I refer to my ND colleagues for most herbal therapeutics) and does not interfere with the action of homeopathic remedies.

Interested in using this for yourself and your clients?
Quite honestly, a functional basic knowledge of gemmotherapy is a heck of a lot easier to acquire than an equivalent working knowledge of homeopathy. There are far fewer substances (about 40), simpler dosing, and clear indications and contra-indications. Of course, there is far more to learn and you could spend hundreds of hours to become an expert, but let’s start at the beginning… Join me for a 4 hour introductory class.

Session 1:  Context – the history of development and sources for gemmos, concepts of body burden and drainage, the role of emunctories

Session 2:  Application – how to identify likely clients that would benefit from gemmos as an adjunct, typical dosage and suggestions to improve compliance, indications based on miasm / affinity / complaint, important contra-indications, timing of gemmos along with constitutional homeopathics , with demonstration cases

The materials for this course include video and powerpoint web presentations, downloadable reference documents, and a letter of verification of training that can be used as documentation of continuing education for CHC requirements.

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