Yemotherapy Herbal Medicine: Benefits and Applications

Yemotherapy is associated with draining and detoxifying the body. Find out more about this practice that's based on the healing potential of buds, shoots and other embryonic plant tissues.
Yemotherapy Herbal Medicine: Benefits and Applications

Last update: 13 August, 2021

In the 20th century, the first person to even talk about yemotherapy was the Belgian physician Pol Henry. The method gained fame and was consolidated as a branch of phytotherapy in France and Italy. However, other countries still consider it a complete mystery.

In general terms, yemotherapy is a type of herbal medicine that uses the embryonic tissues of plants (buds, rootlets, and buds, among others) to address various health problems. Find out more things you should know about this alternative therapy!

What are plant buds?

Plants have organs, and buds are among them. These are usually in the axils of leaves which have the name of axillary or lateral buds. However, you can also find them at the tip of a branch (terminal buds), and in other parts called adventitious buds.

Likewise, there are other types of buds that are classified by their function, form, and condition. Plant buds are formed by meristematic tissues which are composed of cells involved in the growth of plant tissues and organs.

A green plant
Plants use their buds to create tissues to grow in size.

How did yemotherapy begin?

Although the term yemotherapy is relatively new, the practice dates back to the Middle Ages when poplar buds, for example, were useful for preparing salves. In the late 1950s, the Belgian physician Pol Henry became the pioneer of research on the therapeutic effects of remedies based on buds, shoots, and other embryonic plant tissues.

He discovered that these plant organs are made up of tissues that ensure the growth of the plant. Therefore, they have a concentration of nutrients and active principles from the adult specimen.

A decade later, the French doctor Max Tetau expanded Henry’s theory. In the late 1970s, the homeopath Teodor Caba introduced its current name: yemotherapy.

Benefits and uses in homeopathic medicine

Plant buds are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, nucleic acids and plant hormones associated with growth, such as auxins and gibberellins.

This confers a number of uses and benefits. The best known and applied by homeopathic medicine is the drainage of toxins, which is equivalent to a detoxification of the body.

Let’s see other advantages that some people attribute to yemotherapy:

  • Facilitates cellular detoxification, also known as cellular cleansing. In addition, this process seeks to eliminate harmful toxins found inside the cells of the human body.
  • Stimulates the drainage of fluids and toxins through the blood and lymph.
  • A source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and enzymes.
  • Intervenes in the immune functions of organs and glands related to the elimination of waste from the body.
  • Rejuvenates aged tissues.
  • Reduces the need to take nutritional supplements.
  • Lastly, according to a study published in Planta Medica, it acts as an adjuvant in the treatment of spondyloarthropathies, conditions that have similarities with arthritis.

The most used plant buds and their benefits

Yemotherapy can use a large number of medicinal plants for its purposes. However, the most common buds in this practice are the following:

  • Blackcurrant: Also known as black sarsaparilla, some believe that it can reduce the risk of drug allergies, as well as inflammation associated with rheumatism.
  • Rosemary: May function as a detoxifier, especially for the liver.
  • Walnut: Believed to have properties that promote digestion and prevent food poisoning.
  • Linden: Associated with improving sleep disorders and decreasing anxiety levels.
  • Sea buckthorn: Used to promote recovery during periods of convalescence, especially in burned areas.
Sea buckthorn
Sea buckthorn has been studied in connection with the recovery of skin burns.

Can I do yemotherapy at home?

In conclusion, yes. Homeopathy uses extracts of buds or buds from a maceration process. This consists of soaking the buds for a period of 1 month or 40 days in a liquid with 50% glycerin, 30% alcohol and 20% water. You should store it in a dry and cool place and shake it every week.

After the maceration time, you should filter the content into a glass bottle and store it in a similar space to the previous one. As for the doses, the most common is usually between 50 to 100 drops in 2 daily doses. However, this will depend on the condition you’ll use it on.

Although the history of this practice dates back to the Middle Ages, it didn’t have a name until the 20th century. This is when some specialists studied the therapeutic effects of buds, young shoots and other embryonic plant tissues. The first to do this was Dr. Pol Henry. Other practitioners continued with his theory until it was finally named with its current name.

In homeopathy, yemotherapy is known mainly for its supposed potential to eliminate wastes and harmful toxins from the body. In addition, it helps with diseases associated with joint inflammation. However, we still need studies to back up these claims and, above all, to prove their effectiveness.

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