Oak Bud - Quercus robour
Oak is one of the slowest growing trees, sometimes taking up to 50 years to sprout acorns. It is a yin tonifier based on its slow, strong, rooted qualities. The trees are known for their hardwood; most likely to be free of parasites compared to other varieties. The roots of oak trees are robust with a secondary root system adding further stability. Oak represents strength, persistence, endurance, and integrity.
Oak bud is a typical remedy prescribed to the elderly and exhausted, to support movement from shock and towards recovery. The pituitary, adrenals, and testes are target organs for the action of Oak bud, making it a prime candidate for low testosterone, athletic support, and bodybuilding.
On the spiritual, and mental-emotional levels, oak bud brings peace of mind and rooted convictions.
Phytoembryonic plant medicine, similar to western botanical medicine, relies on the extraction of a variety of plant phytochemicals, nutrients, and energetics to exert therapeutic effects. The plant bud, composed mainly of meristem cells, is the most concentrated and vital part of the plant, since it houses all of a plant's developmental information. Meristem cells are undifferentiated embryological tissue capable of specializing function based on living conditions. Thus, meristem cells are the factory, motor, and blueprints for an immature plant, giving functional instructions to the embryonic tissue, and driving its growth to thrive in a specific environment.
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