Alchemical spaygyrics & gemmotheraphy
Alchemical spagyrics is a remarkable, ancient medicine for human beings and animals that could be described as the precursor of our modern chemistry. Paracelsus (1493- 1541) has been called the founder of spagyrics. The alchemist uses processes of cleansing and of transformation to make his deepest core- the inner gold- into the centre of his being. In order to do so, he opens himself to the mystery of life, so he can get to know the cosmic principles and integrate them, which are active at every level of being.
The word ‘Spagyrics’ refers to the production process, characterized by the ‘separation’, ‘cleaning’ and ‘connecting’ of the components of medicinal plants, through which a powerful essence develops.
The fundamental thought behind Spagyrics is that humans can find everything they need for healing in nature. Its effect is based on the alchemical concept of transformation. This means that the treatment will focus on transcending the symptom rather than treating the symptom.
Spagyrics offers a holistic treatment for human wellbeing. It focuses both on the body (physical component) and the soul (emotional component) and the mind (mental-spiritual component). Spagyric compounds offer us a harmonious synergy of phytotherapy (herbal medicine), homeopathy, aromatherapy and mineral therapy.
The gemmotherapy is a component of phytotherapy, in which plant buds and young seedlings (shoots) of trees and shrubs are used. These are harvested at the right time in their natural development and are processed while fresh in a mix of water, alcohol and glycerine.
Buds and young seedlings are made of embryonic tissues in full development, which contain the full force of the future tree or shrub- that is why we find a real concentration of energy and vitality therein. Moreover, they contain many of the active principles that are no longer present in the mature crop.
One understands why the bud flows over from all these riches. It contains all the treasures of the flower AND of the leaf AND of the fruit AND of the stem…everything in one bud.
The main mechanism of action of gemmotherapy focuses on drainage (the removal of toxins from the body) and on the build-up of the whole organism, as the construction/stimulus for specific organs or organ systems.
The drainage can be viewed broadly; not only does elimation of toxins occur, through for example the kidneys, the liver, the lungs, the skin, but also through the blood- and lymph system. When we consider that natural medicine is based upon drainage and building up, it is clear how worthwhile gemmotherapy can be in practice.
This is how Black berry works, the most important compound in the gemmotherapy, it works on the adrenals and it has a mild cortisone-like effect, it is mainly used for joint inflammations and allergy. The Poplar works mainly in the arteries of the lowest extremities, to be used for cramps in the feet and the legs. However, it is also a good compound against joint inflammations. The Sorbus increases muscle tone and flexing power of the veins and is therefore indicated for varicose veins or circulation problems during menopause.