Did you know that Giant sequoia young jets are good for the old man? Here’s why.


Giant Sequoia, also known as Sequoia gigantea, is a tree of exceptional longevity that forms vast forests in the Arctic hemisphere: a conifer that can exceed one thousand years of life, reaching 100 meters in height and 30 meters in circumference.

Which part of Giant Sequoia is used in gemmotherapy?

Gemmotherapy is the branch of phytotherapy that uses fresh plant parts in the embryonic state (such as buds or young jets) whose active ingredients are extracted by an appropriate solvent and is, as a remedy for human health, among the first discovered natural therapies and used by men as well as primates. Experimentally, it has been found that many active ingredients, contained in considerable quantities in the buds, are often found only in traces in the adult parts of the plants. Giant Sequoia, in gemmotherapy are used the young jets, which will be macerated according to the procedure indicated in the pharmacopoeia in order to obtain then the bud extract according to the French school.

Giant Sequoia bud extract: properties

Young Sequoia jets contain flavonoids (rutin, quercitrin, etc.) and phenolic compounds; in the wood part there are cyclitol: sequoitol, myoinositol and pinitol.

The main activities of young sequoia shoots in the form of bud extract are:

  • tonic energetic action and general stimulant,
  • antisenescent for man (for the woman will be preferred the cranberry bud extract)

Giant Sequoia bud extract: uses

Giant Sequoia Bud extract is therefore useful in case of:

  • andropause;
  • prostatic hypertrophy / prostatic adenoma
  • cerebral senescence
  • senile depression

1. Tonic and celebral activity: Giant Sequoia certainly has an eutrophic action at the level of the male sexual sphere and of the cerebral activity: it is therefore advisable to use this bu extract almost systematically after the sixty, 50 drops per day for cycles of 20 days per month for more months. Among the various studies undertaken over the years aimed at verifying the therapeutic validity of bud extracts, Giant Sequoia Bud extract has been demonstrated in the laboratory anti-inflammatory activity, thanks to its phytocomplex. This activity highlighted in the “carrageenan edema test” has proved to be superimposable to that of Black currant bud extract (Ribes nigrum) and indomethacin. Through the “thermal stress test” it was found that the administration of Giant sequoia bud extract prevents the increase in α2 globulin in the guinea pig; the β and γ globulins do not undergo variations. With the thermal stress, a lowering of testosterone is found that returns to normal after 14 days: “These results indicate that the bud extract determines in these two experimental models an anti-inflammatory activity that can indirectly contribute to the improvement of the sexual abstinence of the elderly” (Ermini F., Degree Thesis, University of Siena, Faculty of Pharmacy, AA 1995-1996). There is also an indication according to which giant Sequoia rebalances spermatogenesis (Andrianne P., op.cit.).

2. Prostatitis and BPH: Giant Sequoia Bud extract seems to represent a valid therapeutic approach in the initial stages of benign prostatic hypertrophy (IPB-first and second stage) because, while not reducing hypertrophy, it is effective on the symptomatological complex. This bud extract is an effective remedy of prostatitis, not as acute as chronic, and, above all, can be considered the remedy of the senescent and adenomatous prostate. As for the adenoma it will slow down the development and in particular the inflammatory phenomena resulting from glandular hypertrophy, acting favorably at the level of functional disorders characteristic of this pathology, such as dysuria (difficulty, irregularity and pain during urination) and pollakiuria (frequent urination) that improve rapidly. The therapeutic scheme usually recommended for prostate adenoma is: Black currant bud extract 50 drops in water before breakfast and giant Sequoia bud extract 50 drops in water before bedtime, for 20 days a month for 2-3 months.

3. Depressive syndrome of the elderly: Giant Sequoia has a general eutrophic activity and brings a feeling of wellbeing very pleasing to the patient: the depressive syndrome of the elderly is so frequent, but very little recognized and therefore not taken into consideration, will benefit from this therapeutic contribution (for 2 months: Black currant bud extract 50 drops in the morning and Giant Sequoia bud extract 50 drops in the evening, as maintenance: Giant Sequoia bud extract 50 drops, 15 days a month for periods of 3 months interspersed with rest of 2 months).

4. Against osteoporosis: Giant Sequoia Bud extract has a good osteoblastic activity that manifests itself in both men and women. Sequoia, associated with cranberry bud extract (Vaccinium vitis idaea) and with Rosemary bud extract (which has repairing activity in the intestinal mucosa, favoring, among other things, a better absorption of calcium), seems to effectively counteract senile osteoporosis. Giant Sequoia Bud extract is also indicated in the “glass bones” disease where it reduces the number of spontaneous fractures (Tétau M., Nouvelles cliniques de gemmothérapie, Éditions Similia, France, 1991). To take advantage of the synergy, it is important to administer vitamin D.

Giant Sequoia Bud extract: how to take it

Dosage: dilute 50 drops of Giant Sequoia Bud extract in a glass of water and sip slowly, 1-2 times a day.

Dr. Laura Comollo

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