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Bach Flower Remedies

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
Bach Flower remedies are pure plant essences that are used to treat emotional problems thought to be the underlying cause of illness. These remedies were developed in the late 1920s and early 1930s by English physician Dr Edward Bach who was committed to the belief that natural plant cures exist for every ailment. Bach believed that emotions such as fear, depression, anger and worry lowered the body’s resistance to disease.

Dr Bach experimented with the essences of wild flowers he found in the English and Welsh countryside, and identified 38 flowers that appeared to have healing qualities. Perhaps the most well-known Bach Flower remedy is the “rescue remedy”, a combination of five flowers which he recommended in times of crisis to relieve shock and trauma caused by physical or emotional injury or illness.

How Does It Work?
No scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of Bach Flower remedies, but anecdotal evidence suggests they are useful for relieving emotional problems such as anxiety and depression.

The remedies are formulated to treat the whole person, rather than just symptoms. They are chosen primarily to match the mood and psychological outlook of the patient, because the aim of the treatment is to correct the emotional imbalance which is thought to be causing the ailment.

The remedies are generally prepared by floating freshly picked flowers in a bowl of spring water in sunlight for a few hours, then mixed with brandy. The mixture is then diluted before use. Some flowers may also be boiled to extract their essence.

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What Happens During Treatment?
Bach Flower remedies are easily available in health stores and are often self-administered. The store is likely to have information which will help you choose the remedy which will best treat your emotional state.

You may like to visit a practitioner trained in the use of Bach Flower remedies (often a herbalist or naturopath) who can help you understand the “type” of person you are - for example fearful, apathetic, jealous, impatient, and so on - and help you choose the most suitable remedy for you. If you have any physical ailments such as allergies, asthma or eczema, the practitioner will want to discuss any emotions that might be associated with these.

Bach Flower remedies are usually administered as tinctures, with a few drops being placed under the tongue up to four times a day, or diluted in water and sipped. Some essences are also available as creams. Combinations of up to seven flower remedies can be taken at one time.
The remedies are used until the problem is relieved, generally a few weeks, but up to several months. Practitioners believe that if your emotional problem is temporary, the remedy should work immediately, but if it is a more deep-rooted problem, it may take longer for the remedy to have an effect.

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What Is It Used For?
Bach Flower remedies have been used to treat stress related problems such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, premenstrual tension and sexual problems. They may also be useful for asthma, eczema, addictions, allergies and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Side Effects/Cautions
Bach flower remedies are diluted in a small amount of alcohol, so are best avoided by anyone who should not drink alcohol.

People allergic to certain plants or flowers may be sensitive to Bach flower remedies, although only a small amount of the plant may exist in the solution.

These remedies should be viewed as a complementary treatment and not a substitute for conventional medical care.

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Recommended Books

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The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy
Mechthild Scheffer

The most comprehensive reference on Bach flower therapy in print. Includes the latest information on Bach flower remedies, combination remedies, diagnosis, instructions for preparation, body maps, and more. Illustrated with colour plates of the Bach flowers and Kirlian photographs of the energy signature of each flower. Mechthild Scheffer's groundbreaking bestseller Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice revolutionized the science of Bach flower remedies, detailing the healing properties of each individual flower. Now, for practitioner, student, and patient alike, she offers The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy, the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference available on this gentle, effective therapy. The first practitioner to recognize the psychological underpinnings of the Bach flower remedies, Scheffer demonstrates that emotional and physical well-being are inextricably linked and shows how flower therapies can be a powerful tool for healing individual symptoms and restoring balance to one's life.
The author provides a therapeutic profile for each remedy and specific instructions for preparing combination remedies to heal more complex conditions. Thorough diagnostic guidelines, interview questions, progress evaluations, and body maps guide both the practitioner and novice to the proper remedies for innumerable emotional and physical ailments. The author also gives advice for using Bach flower remedies in pediatrics and veterinary medicine. With more than 120 colour photographs, The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy is the complete reference for everyone who studies and practices this therapy.

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The Bach Flower Remedies
Edward Bach

An overview of the natural remedies that have become legendary for their effective treatment of common conditions.

"IT IS NOT THE OBJECT of this book to suggest that the art of healing is unnecessary; far be it from any such intention; but it is humbly hoped that it will be guide to those who suffer, to seek within themselves the real origin of their maladies so that they may assist themselves in their own healing." - Edward Bach

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Advanced Bach Flower Therapy: A Scientific Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment
Gotz Blome

A major advancement in the scientific use of flower essences. Lists 200 clinically proven combinations of Bach Flower essences for treating specific conditions. Targets the source of problems, not their outer manifestations.
Each of us has a unique psychic structure that affects our emotions, thoughts, and actions. We can develop harmoniously or have unbalanced reactions that can cause illness and psychosomatic conditions. The strength of Bach Flower therapy lies in its ability to treat these pathologies, restore balance, and free us from the physical manifestations of problems that are often psychic and emotional in origin. An indispensable addition to existing Bach Flower works, Advanced Bach Flower Therapy contains three significant new features that are essential for reliable diagnosis and treatment, and make practical use much easier:
A new comprehensive, psychologically sensitive explanation for each individual remedy.
A detailed description of more than 200 proven combinations that target the source of the problem rather than simply addressing its symptoms.
A comprehensive repertory of symptoms and illnesses with extensive advice and suggestions for treatment.
User-friendly and scientifically rigorous, Advanced Bach Flower Therapy is the most important tool yet for anyone wishing to develop a deeper understanding of the benefits of floral essences.

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