If you’re familiar with herbal medicine, then you already have a hint about the benefits of phytoembryotherapy. It’s a type of herbal medicine that contains more potent ingredients because they come from young plant buds. Stephen Atkins, PhD, CHHP, at Atkins Wellness Solutions has extensive experience in providing customized phytoembryotherapy that targets each patient’s precise health needs. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Huntington, New York, or book an appointment online.
Phytoembryotherapy is a blend of two words: phytotherapy and embryo. Phytotherapy uses plant extracts to promote health and heal diseases. And in this case, embryo refers to buds and young shoots, which are the embryonic plant tissues.
When you put it all together, phytoembryotherapy simply refers to the therapeutic use of active ingredients found in plant buds and shoots. In other words, phytoembryotherapy is just like herbal medicine, except that it only uses embryonic plants rather than mature seeds, berries, roots, leaves, and flowers.
Many plants are packed with potent active ingredients that have a biochemical impact in your body. These diverse plant components exert a broad range of health benefits. For example, some contain antioxidants and fight inflammation, while others protect the health of your cardiovascular system. Some plant constituents are so powerful they’re used to make prescription medications like digoxin.
Phytoembryotherapy has a significant therapeutic advantage over other herbal medicines because the active ingredients contained in embryonic plant tissues are more concentrated and diverse. Many unique embryonic phytonutrients aren’t available once the plant matures, because they’re used to support the plant’s growth.
When the young buds are harvested, they’re rich sources of beneficial plant hormones, enzymes, and nucleic acids, as well as phytonutrients found in mature plants. Using young buds produces a more powerful herbal medication.
Plant buds are collected in the spring when they’re in the most active growth cycle. They’re immediately refrigerated to prevent deterioration, then their active ingredients are extracted by soaking them in a mixture of water, alcohol, and glycerine. Water-soluble components dissolve into the water, while glycerine extracts essential oils, and alcohol pulls out other constituents.
After the extract is standardized to ensure optimal potency, it’s bottled and sold for medicinal uses. Many different plant extracts are available — too many to list here — and each one contains its own unique mix of active ingredients.
Dr. Atkins is an expert in the benefits of each plant, its active ingredients, and the specific disease or illness the phytonutrient treats. After determining the underlying cause of your health problem, he provides customized phytoembryotherapy to help you heal and regain optimal wellness.
If you’d like to learn more about phytoembryotherapy or schedule an assessment, call Atkins Wellness Solutions or book an appointment online.