Bach flower remedies
The Bach Flower
Remedies are a series of herbal therapies (essences) that are used
to harmonize the mind, body and spirit so as to improve the
overall functioning of the human condition. The remedies are
thought to assist the body in healing itself when needed.
first developed in the late 1920ís, were first introduced by Dr.
Eduard Bach- a well known medical doctor and homeopathic physician.
Dr, Bach believed that independent of other factors, a personís
negative attitude predisposes them to ill health. Dr. Bach began
to diagnose and treat conditions clinically based on a personís
emotional states rather than oneís actual physical symptoms.
eventually left his post at the London Homeopathic Hospital in
order to return to the countryside where he began an intensive
study of plants and their healing effects. It was here that he
developed these new remedies from the flower part of plants. The
remedies were geared towards addressing the emotional and mental
conditions of his patients. By the time of his death in 1936, Dr.
Bach had developed a total of 38 different flower remedies.
Since then, other
practitioners from around the world have continued studying and
researching the benefits of "Flower Essence Therapy", as
this form of intervention has come to be called. From this
original research came the establishment of the Flower Essence
Society, a non-profit research organization which was founded in
1979. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of these researchers, many new
essences are currently available.
essences are made from the flower elements of plants. The flowers
are cut at the precise point of their blooming through a process
known as solar extraction, a method thought to be developed by Dr.
Bach. The essences appear to work as a catalyst aiding the
bodyís own natural defenses in its attempts to rid itself of an
illness. This is similar to the functioning of homeopathic
interventions. The essences, administered in liquid form, help to
restore the balance between mind and body so that ones own natural
defensive capacities are enhanced. The essences target emotional
states that depress the mind and the immune system causing ill
health. Dr. Bach grouped these remedies according to their
effectiveness in dealing with particular emotions such as
depression, fear, loneliness, guilt, forgetfulness, etc.
cases demonstrate that these remedies have been effective in
treating a broad range of conditions and ailments. Conditions
effectively treated include depression, allergies, body tensions,
stress, and learning disorders as well as improve ones ability to
deal with the many life challenges. Again, by restoring the
balance between mind and body. When ones body is more relaxed and
balanced, its natural ability to heal is enhanced. As the remedies
do not produce any biochemical reactions within the body, they are
thought to be safe to use during pregnancy as well. These remedies
are ideal for things like of mood swings, depression, fatigue and
feelings of anxiety that some women experience during this time.