I first learned about Dynamic Phytotherapy (DP) when I was attending the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). I could take a few elective courses as part of my Master’s in Complementary Alternative Medicine. I signed up for the course on DP because I was interested in Herbal Studies and anything relating to plant therapy or Phytotherapy. This class was about Phytotherapy of the Dynamic kind, which I found particularly intriguing.
It turns out that there is not a lot of information available on DP, apart from what ACHS provides. They are not well known outside of New Zealand, where the approach was developed, and perhaps Australia. They are gaining popularity in the United States and the United Kingdom, but are still not commonly found. And, DP remedies were originally known as Homeobotanical (Hb) remedies, which complicates matters even more.
But these remedies deserve more attention, and I am going to share with you some of what I know.
Where It All Began
Dr. Brian Murray developed Hb remedies in Auckland, New Zealand in 1984. He was inspired by herbalism and homeopathy, and studied Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, to develop the remedies (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014).
Dr. Murray wanted to offer herbal supplements that were affordable and effective, particularly because he was interested in treating patients who could not afford more expensive healthcare.
He first created 30 remedies, and eventually added 16 more, although a few others have been added over the years. Each of the remedies was designed to treat a specific organ, system, or condition. They can also be combined to treat multiple systems and organs at the same time, and with 46 options, this provides infinite combinations.
Each remedycomes from a mother tincture that is created from a blend of 20 to 40 herbs. This mother tincture is diluted to a lower potency before it is given to a patient. In this way, Hb remedies are similar to homeopathic remedies, except that Hb remedies do not contain minerals, metals, or energetic substances as homeopathic remedies do. They only contain herbs (Petersen, 2014).
An additional similarity to homeopathic remedies is that DP remedies go through succession before they are given to a patient. Succussion means that the remedies are energized. The liquid mixture is pounded against a firm surface, such as the palm of a hand or a book, to allow the hydrogen bonds in the liquid to absorb the healing quality of the ingredients within the remedy. With each pound, the energetic qualities of the original remedy expand and spread into the rest of the liquid.
The Hb Remedies
The first 26 remedies are named by a letter in the alphabet in alphabetical order, and represent the condition, organ, or system they support. Hb A is for allergies, Hb B is for blood and lymph, Hb C is for colds and cough, Hb D is for digestion, Hb E is for emotional stress, Hb F is the female formula, Hb G is the gastrointestinal formula, and so on.
The remedies that follow are named with a number, and each of them still treats a condition, organ, or system. For example, Hb 1 is cerebra and treats mental conditions, Hb 3 is for first aid and is used for hay fever and the flu, and Hb 6 is for trauma, such as accidents and injuries (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014).
DP professional have patients go through an extensive questionnaire from which they customize a blend that addresses their needs.
The remedies have a physical and energetic effect on the body. They impact the conditions, organs, and systems they are designed to support, and they aid the body to absorb nutrients, eliminate toxins, heal, and encouraging healthy function. On an energetic level they act on the mind, on emotions, and on the ethereal body (Murray, 2005; Petersen, 2014).
Hb remedies support acute conditions, and can be administered for a short duration, frequently, and in small amounts. They can also support chronic conditions, and be administered for longer duration, taken over several weeks, months, and even years.
Hb remedies follow the Rule of Seven, which indicates that the remedy is provided on a scale of seven based on the length of duration the person has had a condition. In other words, a condition that a person has had for seven months may take one month to heal, and a condition that a person has had for seven years may take one year to heal.
The remedies and administration are carefully crafted based on the person’s needs, conditions, symptoms, lifestyle, and specific circumstances (Petersen, 2014).
This article was originally published in the April 2018 issue of AromaCulture Magazine and has been adapted for use here with permission from the publisher.
Murray, B. (2005). Homeo-botanical Prescriber: Repertory and Materia Medica.Auckland, NZ: The Herbal Energy Centre.
Petersen, D. (2014). Homb 501 Dynamic Phytotherapy. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.