Gemmotherapy Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam)

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Latest Edit: Iva Lloyd, ND 2014-02-22 (EDT)

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Carpinus betulus, or Hornbeam first appeared during the Quaternary Era after the ice ages, roughly 10 000 years ago. This tree can grow from ten to twenty-five metres in height and its lifespan is about 150 to 200 years. Its trunk is grooved and its crown is narrow and oval, formed of many long and slender branches. Its bark resembles that of European Beech in that it is ashy gray, smooth and thin.[1]

Key notes

Therapeutic actions

  • Essential remedy for coagulation problems: acts on megacaryocytes, increases the activity of platelets, decreasing the bleeding time and seems to normalize the prothrombine time.
  • Antispasmodic, with a specific action on sinusal mucosa
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

Clinical indications

  • Coagulation problems: Increases platelets and their cytological quality (agglutination) for acquired thrombocytopenia (auto-immune/ drug allergies/ splenectomy/ drug induced), complications of anticoagulants, poisoning by anticoagulants and hemorrhages due to them
  • Antihemorrhagic, useful in purpuras and hemorrhages due to anticoagulants
  • Respiratory system: Acts as an antispasmodic and works specifically on the sinusal mucosa. Active in all recurrent respiratory episodes in adults, spasmodic, and chronic rhinopharyngitis, chronic sinusitis, tracheitis
  • Hepatic system: eliminates cholesterol and works in atherosclerosis. Liver insufficiency.
  • Musculoskeletal system: acts in post-medicamentous periarthritis nodosa and in progressive chronic polyarthritis


  1. Ledoux Frank and Gueniot Gerard (2012) Phytembryotherapy: The Embryo of Gemmotherapy, Editions Amyris, Spain.
  2. Dr. Reckeweg (2012)Product Catalog, Bio Lonreco. Quebec.