The Bach Flower Remedies are 38 plant and flower based remedies .
Dr. Edward Bach
Dr Bach studied medicine at Birmingham University, completed his
training at University College Hospital in London and qualified as a
physician in 1912.
Dr. Bach became very interested in immunology working at University College Hospital as an assistant Bacteriologist. He discovered that certain intestinal bacteria were closely connected with chronic disease and its cure and developed a group of seven vaccines from these bacteria. His methods were
published in medical journals and recorded by the Royal Society of Medicine.
Although he continued his research at laboratories in Harley Street until 1919, Dr Bach had always been more interested in the individual needs of his patients as people, believing a safer and more natural way of treating the cause of disease should be available.
Whilst working as a pathologist and bacteriologist at the London Homoeopathic Hospital he read ‘The Organon’, written by Samuel Hahnemann (the father of homoeopathy). Using the theory ‘treat the patient, not the disease’, he began preparing vaccines homeopathically. The result was the group of seven oral vaccines or nosodes, which became known as the Seven Bach Nosodes.
Dr Bach reached the conclusion that certain types of people reacted similarly to different illnesses and treatments. He developed a theory of types, dividing people into seven groups, each corresponding to one of the seven nosodes. He found that by prescribing according to his patients’ reactions to their illnesses themselves, the diagnoses were more effective than those based on clinical examination.
The treatment, however, was still for the physical complaint, but he knew his work would not be complete until he found a treatment for the negative moods and emotions that were responsible for the breakdown in health in the first place.
It was the search for these new, simpler and more natural medicines that took Dr Bach out into the countryside. In Wales he found Impatiens and Mimulus growing wild. He returned to London, prepared the remedies and prescribed them according to the personality of his patients, with immediate and remarkable results.
By the 1930’s, he had identified 38 basic negative states of mind and created a plant or flower based remedy for each one. It is the total and absolute focus on the mental state alone, which makes Dr Bach’s approach to health so exceptional.
Dr Bach based his work on a profound philosophy:
- life is seen as a learning process
- ill health, whether mental or physical, is to help us understand more about ourselves and the purpose of our lives
- health is achieved through harmony between our physical and spiritual selves, so the body can be free to begin its own natural healing process
- the mind and body will remain in a state of health, if emotional equilibrium can be maintained
Who can take Bach Flower Remedies?
Bach Flower Remedies are completely safe and natural and can be used by all the family, even the family pet, because of their gentle action.
Plants that have suffered the trauma of transplanting respond well to a few drops of Rescue Remedy in their water, before and after the process.
How to take the Bach Flower Remedies?
- Dilute two drops* of the remedy in a glass of water and sip at intervals (*4 drops for Rescue Remedy)
- For multiple use add two drops of each chosen remedy (no more than seven) to a 30 ml bottle, top up with mineral water and take four drops at least four times a day
- If necessary the Bach Flower Remedies can be dropped neat onto the tongue, or rubbed onto the lips, behind the ears, or on the temples and wrists
- Bach Flower Remedies can be used as often as desired. In a crisis you may need only one dose but for a continuing emotional problem you can take them for as long as needed