All natural therapies have a metaphysical/ spiritual/ holistic component
but with the Bach system this is the most pronounced. This is not
to say that it is a magickal therapy, because many Bach practitioners
would reject that notion. However, because it is based on spiritual
principles and "treats" the soul, it is very relevant to
our own position as the remedies are useful tools in achieving spiritual/personal
integration. They can be a useful addition to our usual techniques.
Bach (1880-1936) was a very gifted Harley Street specialist who
gave up a brilliant medical career to practise along Herbal and
Homeopathic lines. He eventually, as a result of listening to the
voice of his Higher Self, went to rural Wales to search for his
healing flowers. It is this and his disaffection and disillusion
with orthodox medicine that brought us the "miracle" of
the 38 wildflower remedies. The full life story of Dr. Bach which
cannot be retold here for lack of space, may be found in The Medical
discoveries of Dr. Edward Bach, Physician by Nora Weeks.
Bach believed that the real cause of disease was something more
than a physical symptom. The morbid conditions such as the presence
of germs for example, though real enough and dangerous, were only
the final outcome.
1931, Dr Bach published Heal Thyself - an explanation of the real
cause and cure of disease". Disease was caused by disharmony
between the personality and the Soul. Disease was not evil, but
showed man that he was out of touch with his Higher Self and should
rectify the disharmony. This book contains a wealth of spiritual
knowledge. To quote from Heal Thyself (page 56), "The cause
of all our troubles is self and separateness, and this vanishes
as soon as Love and the Knowledge of the Great Unity become part
of our natures. The universe is God rendered objective; at its close
it is God more highly evolved. So with man his body is himself externalised,
an objective manifestation of his internal nature, he is the expression
of himself, the materialisation of the qualities of his consciousness".
Bach discovered each of the flower essences through a form of clairvoyance.
He suffered every mental state that each remedy corresponds to;
and in that experience was guided to the flower that would heal
it. This, coupled with persecution by the medical establishment,
is believed to have resulted in the ill health which caused the
death of this great and gentle man in 1933 at the age of fifty-six.
important point that must be made is that while Dr. Bach was indeed
a homeopathic physician, the remedies are not homeopathic. They
are not potentized according to homeopathic practice, nor are they
prescribed according to the Law of Similars on which homeopathy
is based. They can be classified as herbal remedies because of their
origins. However, this is not completely true either (and neither
is it completely untrue) because their action is not chemical or
pharmacological. They heal purely through their "vibrations".
Chemical tests would only reveal water and brandy (as preservative),
the flower essence and its action cannot be detected in this way.
flower remedy system is totally independant from the Australian
Bush Flower or the Californian Wildflower essences. This is not
a criticism of the value of these other systems. They are all valuable,
but are completely different systems, even though the healing principples
are the same.
prescribing Bach remedies, the emotional element alone should be
considered; they are not remedies for physical diseases. The physical
disease will disappear when the integration of the soul reflects
itself in the personality. This does not mean that Dr. Bach rejected
physical medicines or other health measures. He states in his books
that all measures appropriate to the patient's health should be
used. Therefore, this system is a wonderful complement to any medical
treatment, orthodox or naturopathic, as it will enhance it.
remedies are so simple to use that a layman can use them as easily
as a Bach practitioner. However, the objectivity of a practitioner
are sometimes of benefit. In prescribing the remedy, the patient
is interviewed. The moods are then evaluated and a corresponding
remedy, or remedies, is prescribed (if there is more than one remedy
in a prescription of drops there should be no more than 7 remedies
in the mixture).
departure from the guidelines for prescription laid down by Dr.
Bach and his successors are two main popular shortcuts - use of
a pendulum and astrology. There is nothing wrong with radiaesthesia,
but using a pendulum is a very inaccurate way of choosing a remedy
(pendulums give accurate answers for non-emotional questions, but
are not particularly accurate on emotional issues - which is what
the Bach system is based on). Astrology is a very useful practice
in itself; however, grouping Bach remedies according to astrological
signs is only of benefit in a broad sense and up to a point. Prescribing
strictly according to these groupings is folly - Scleranthus very
much corresponds to the qualities of Pisces, but every Piscean would
not be treated with Scleranthus. The greatest indicator of the remedy
is the patient himself/herself. Astrological groupings stereotype
people and Dr Bach stresses the individualness of all beings (Animals
and Plants can be treated with these remedies too). This he believed
was the greatest contribution to Spiritual evolution.
following remedies are basically grouped as in Heal Thyself. This
is a simplistic explanation; see the book for more detail:
Rock Rose- Terror, panic, extreme fright
Mimulus- Desperation, fear of losing ones mind
Aspen - Fear of unknown things. Anxiety without cause
Red Chestnut - Anxiety - over care for others
Cerato - Self distrust - seeks advise but knows answer
Scleranthus - Unable to decide between one thing and another. Unbalanced
Gentian - Discouragement, depression
Gorse - Hopelessness. Melancholy for
who have given up all hope
Hornbeam - Exhaustion - those who feel
and physically drained
Wild Oat - Uncertainty, despondence.
of all trades, master of none"
INTEREST IN THE PRESENT
Clematis - "Off with the pixies"
dream of happy times in the future. In illness may even look forward
to death - "heaven" - reunion with loved ones.
Honeysuckle - Lives in the past; homesickness. Dr Bach called it
"The state of Lot's wife".
Wild Rose - Resignation - to illness or misfortune. They are not
trying to get well.
Olive - Complete exhaustion & Mental fatigue
White Chestnut - "cluttered" mind & mental fatigue.
Dr Bach called this "The gramaphone
state of mind".
Mustard - Despair descending as a dark cloud. It is melancholy and
depression with no logical reason.
Chestnut Bud - Does not learn from experience. Does learn from mistakes.
Water Violet - Is proud & aloof. Likes to be alone in health
or illness. A calm person who does not interfere with others private
Impatiens - Inpatience, everything must be achieved now. Quick tempered
and "highly strung".
Heather - "The chatterbox" who is forever telling everyone
his/her problems. Heather's favourite word is "I". They
do not realise the few friends they do
they scare away.
TO IDEAS & INFLUENCES
Agrimony - Mental Torture. They are always smiling and good natured
but are "falling apart" inside. The happy exterior hides
great emotional pain.
Centaury - The "doormat" of this world. Their kindheartedness
is often preyed upon and abused.
Walnut - Those who are easily influenced by others and know what
they have to do. They occasionally detour from their path because
Holly - Envy. Natred & suspician. As prickly as are
Larch - Lack of confidence
Pine - Guilt
Elm - Despondency
Sweet chestnut - Hopelessness. Emptiness. The void.
Star of Bethlehem - Shock, distress, grief
Willow - Resentment
Oak - Despair but never making effort
Crab Apple - For those who feel ugly or unclean
FOR THE WELFARE OF OTHERS
Chicory - Possessiveness - "smother love"
Vervain - Fanaticism, narrow-mindedness.
"preacher". Vervain always finds a soap box.
Vine - Domination of others. Vine always knows what is good for
Beech - "Bitchiness". Goddipmonger. Beech sees the ugly
and the negative in every situation instead of the beautiful.
Rock Water (The only non-floral one: spring water) - self-repression,
are positive traits to the remedies that manifest during "treatment"
and these are wonderful when they surface. A journey of self discovery
then begins. In closing, I'd like to quote again from Dr. Bach in
so come out my brothers and sisters into the glorious sunshine of
the knowledge of your divinity and earnestly and steadfastly set
to work to join in the Grand Design of being happy and communication
Thyself by Edward Bach (CW Samuel, London)
Twelve Healers by Edward Bach (CW Samuel, London)
Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach Physician by Nora Weeks (CW Samuel,
Introduction to the Bach Flower Remedies by Jane Evans (CW Samuel,
of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip M. Chancelor M.D. (CW Samuel,