In ancient times, the Healer or Practitioner of Medicine, that did not have
This method of treatment and the thirty-eight Remedies which comprise its Pharmacopoeia were
discovered by Edward Bach, a renowned physician, who practiced for over twenty years in London
as a Harley Street consultant and as a bacteriologist. His name (and fame) is perpetuated by the
seven Bach Nosodes which he discovered, and which to this day are still in use.
The late Edward Bach, M.D., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.P.H.(CAMB.), gave up his lucrative practice
and research in 1930 to devote his full time to the finding of the Remedies and the perfecting of his
method of Flower Healing. He sought for remedies in the plant world which would restore vitality to
the sick and ailing, so that the sufferer would be able to overcome his worry, his fear, or his
depression, and in that manner assist in his own healing.
The Remedies used in this method of treatment are all prepared from the flowers of wild plants,
bushes, or tree. None of them is harmful or habit forming. They are prescribed, not directly for the
physical complaint but rather according to the sufferer's state of mind, according to his moods of
fear, worry, anger or depression. An inharmonious state of mind will not only hinder the recovery of
health and retard convalescence, but it is the primary cause of sickness and disease.
It is well known that a long continued fear or worry will deplete an individual's vitality; it will cause
him to feel out of sorts, below par or not himself. Under these conditions the body lose its natural
resistance to disease. It is in a fit state to become the prey of any infection and any form of illness,
whether it is a cold, rheumatism, digestive disturbances, or any of the more serious diseases.
Therefore it is the patient himself, not the disease, who needs the treatment. - It is an absolute
exemplar of the old dictum that ‘there are no diseases, only sick people'. When peace and harmony
return to the mind, health and strength will return to the body.
In Dr. Bach's own book, The Twelve healers and Other Remedies, he describes thirty-eight
Remedies, one for each of the most common negative states of mind, or moods that afflict mankind.
He divided these negative states of mind into seven groups under the following headings: fear;
uncertainty; insufficient interest in present circumstances; loneliness; over-sensitivity to influences
and ideas; despondency or despair; and over-care for the welfare of others. Under the heading of
FEAR, for instance, there are five Remedies for five different kinds of fear such as: terror, fear of a
known cause, fear of an unknown cause, fear of the mind losing control and fear of other people. As
an example, the Remedy for terror or extreme fear (ROCK ROSE) is given when the patient or those
near and dear to him are seized with sheer terror, when the accident or the illness appears so
severe that there is little hope of recovery. The nature of the condition, or the name of the disease
makes no difference. If terror is present, then the Remedy for terror is the one which the patient (and
his family or friends about him) requires.
The Bach Remedies are absolutely benign in their action; they can never produce an unpleasant
reaction under any condition. Therefore they can be safely prescribed and used by anyone, and this
was Dr. Bach's intention; that man could bring about his own healing. The Bach Remedies can be
taken with any other kind of medicine with absolute safety; there is not the slightest danger of a
harmful or conflicting effect to either medicine.
Chancellor, Philip. (1971). Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc.
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