As healers, our goal is to awaken the doctor within, and in the process do no harm. That means using gentle therapies such as Gemmotherapy, which provides both quantum and Newtonian healing potential. I use this modality in every patient I see.

Gemmotherapy is a drainage healing system developed in Europe over 40 years ago. Preliminary research into the therapeutic use of plant buds was started by Dr. Pol Henry of Belgium in the 1950s. In 1971, after extensive clinical research on immature plant materials, Max Tetau, MD, introduced the therapeutic technique known as Gemmotherapy.


The buds or young shoots of immature plants are macerated and extracted with glycerin for 21 days, then made into a 1X potency. The extracts found in the buds are high in growth factors, which contain phytohormones called auxins and gibberellins. Auxins have a fetal hormonal action, while gibberellins stimulate RNA and protein synthesis. In the system of Gemmotherapy I use, 60 plants are utilized. They work well in combination with homeopathy (and other modalities) and are well tolerated by both animals and caregivers.

“When an emunctory of the organism, that is an excretory system such as the kidneys, the liver, etc., is inadequate or blocked, when a glandular or tissulary system is deficient, when a well individualized treatment conforming to the simillimum of the patient does not give the hopeful results, but on the contrary presents aggravations or the appearance of new troubles, it is necessary to stimulate the organs of elimination by means of medications whose organic tropism or physiological affinities are known…” writes Dr. Tetau in Gemmotherapy: A Clinical Guide.


I have utilized classical homeopathy, acupuncture, glandular therapy, nutrition, and aromatherapy and Bach flowers for over 30 years in dogs, cats, horses, reptiles and birds. Many times the cases were not progressing, and no matter what I tried, there was a factor none of my modalities could remedy. It wasn’t until I discovered Gemmotherapy that I was able to help these otherwise incurables. This is another tool that can complement any modality you are presently utilizing, including the conventional treatments of surgery and pharmaceuticals.

The beauty of this system is you can start patients on it along with other selected treatments to get a complementary effect. Chronic debilitated cases should be started out slowly. Areas of the body most negatively impacted by the environment need continued support to prevent them from rebuilding toxins that can inhibit the body’s ability to replicate cells. Since most toxins impact the cardiovascular system (heart/small intestine), digestive system (stomach, spleen), lung/large intestine, kidney/bladder and liver/gallbladder, these are prime areas of concentration for your drainage treatment and prevention.


After evaluating each patient individually and assessing his current level of toxicity, I select one to eight Gemmotherapies and have the client administer them at a frequency suited to their animal’s particular needs and responses to treatment.

It is extremely important to make sure the client understands what healing is all about, so they do not react to symptoms the pet generates in the process of healing. The concept of starting and stopping a remedy must be explained to them so they do not treat too fast and make the patient uncomfortable by accelerating the detoxification process too quickly.

Our goal is to get to a point where we can give a few drops of the Gemmotherapy with no detectable physical or emotional response for a week, and then we are ready to proceed to maintenance.

Explaining to your clients the purpose of the medicine you are prescribing is the key to success. Each Gemmotherapy is specific for detoxing and strengthening the particular organ system that needs drainage and support. The animal may worsen before improving, indicating that the body is responding to the medicine. The beauty of this system is that it is simple, gentle and easy to explain. Referring clients to my website and book, Gemmotherapy, the Gentle Way to Healing Animals, can save a great deal of time and will allow them to review material as needed.


Quantity: I recommend a very low dose for my patients. I use one to two drops per dose for cats; five for dogs; and ten drops for horses. The easiest way, which works 95% of the time, is to put it in the food. For patients that are more discerning, I have the owner massage it into their ears. I tell cat owners to put the dose on the tip of a finger and massage the inside of the ear. Do not put drops directly into the ear; cats do not like anything dropped into their ears but they do like having their ears massaged. When the remedy is absorbed transdermally, it may take a little longer to see the effect.

Frequency: Give daily one to four times a day until there are no clinical symptoms of the disease, then give a maintenance dose once per week. The weekly maintenance Gemmotherapy helps prevent further pathology from developing, given that patients are exposed to physical and emotional stress throughout their lives. If a patient should relapse during the course of their healing process, I instruct clients to go back on daily doses. Dosing with more than one remedy: If a patient has a great deal of physical pathology, I recommend one to five drops and to rotate the remedies, so that on any one given day they only get one Gemmotherapy at a time.

Dosing ultra-sensitive patients: One drop of the Gemmotherapy can be diluted in half a cup up to a gallon of water, depending on how sensitive the patient is. Start with one drop of this mixture. Repeat once a day for three days. If there is no aggravation, decrease the volume of water by half and repeat the same three-day process.

Do this until you are down to once ounce and then try going to one straight drop per day (or the dose you are trying to achieve). This allows a more gradual detoxifi cation process for more sensitive patients. If they do experience an aggravation, I explain to clients that this is a healing response and we need to go slower. I will have them back off for a few days until the animals are feeling well again, and then resume where we left off. Continue this until there is no aggravation and the patient is responding at a rate that is sub-clinical to the observer.


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Dr. Stephen Blake has been practicing in San Diego for the past 41 years, and for the past 33 years has dedicated his energy to holistic veterinary medicine. He practices classical homeopathy, acupuncture, Bach Flower therapy, aromatherapy, massage, gemmotherapy, glandular therapy, and nutrition. He is a member of the Council of Elders for the AHVMA, certified by IVAS in veterinary acupuncture, certified by AVH as a classical veterinary homeopath, an Usui Reiki Master, and author of The Pet Whisperer -- Stories About My Friends the Animals and Gemmotherapy for our Animal Friends.