Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A great Bach Flower article with case study

I found this article on Rogers Life Style and it impressed me a great deal. I recommend it for a clear understanding of Dr. Edward Bach who created the Bach flower remedies and what he was all about. The case study done in Florida last year speaks highly of the Rescue Remedy which is the made from 5 flowers and it also first remedy in my kits. I use Tromos Stress Formula which is made in Peterborough using Bailey tinctures that come from England and a formula which is the original one Bach used and made by the same method.

If I was cast away on an island and could take only one medicine I would take my Tromos Stress Remedy for it would help me deal with every situation by calming my mind and centering me to look for answers instead of carping about the situation.

Bach Flower Remedies to the rescue

By Joyce Nelson

The essence of flowers can do more just add a decorative touch, according to Dr. Edward Bach.

When we visit a sick friend or relative in the hospital, our first impulse is to bring flowers. At some level, we sense that there's something about fresh flowers that will help the healing process. Bach Flower Remedies are a popular alternative medicine based on the healing powers of flowers.

Pioneer in alternative treatments
Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician, become convinced that some flowers have such healing powers that their "essence" should be ingested by patients. He created Bach Flower Remedies, which have become

Bach began a distinguished career in medicine in 1919, when he was appointed Casualty Medical Officer for the University College Hospital in London, supervising the treatment of hundreds of soldiers wounded in World War I. It was there that he observed the effects of stress and trauma in relationship to the recovery potential of his patients. Surgery and standard medical practice did not hold all the answers to healing, leading him to a great interest in the field of immunology. Over time he began to diagnose and treat patients according to their mental and emotional aspects, not just their external physical symptoms.

In 1930, Bach abandoned his lucrative London practice and began to treat patients in the small villages of Wales and England as he wandered the countryside studying native plants. He became convinced that disease of the body is due not primarily to physical causes, but that moods and states of mind can also undermine the health of bodily organs and tissues.

Mind, body and spirit
Nowadays, there is an entire new field of medicine called psychoneuroimmunology that is based on this concept. But Bach's thinking went further. Through experimentation and observation, he came to believe that flowering plants have high vibrations that are able to raise the lowered vibrations of humans. In the book, The Secret Life of Plants (Avon, 1973), Bach is quoted as saying that such flower based herbal remedies "draw down spiritual power, which cleanses mind and body, and heals".

Before he died in 1936, Bach had isolated 38 flowering plants that he felt had positive energy to neutralize specific negative emotions. To obtain the flower essences, he picked the best specimens grown in sunlight and steeped them individually in bowls of water under the heat and light of the afternoon sun. The result of this process is the 'mother tincture' which is further diluted with brandy to preserve the essence. Any Bach flower remedy is taken in liquid form as a few drops placed under the tongue.

Thirty-eight emotions
According to the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (Stoddard, 1996), each of the 38 remedies counters a specific state of mind by "introducing new information into the emotional and mental fields of the individual". For example the Wild Rose remedy is for someone feeling apathetic and resigned, while the Aspen remedy is for someone feeling apprehension for no known reason. A list of each remedy with the corresponding emotional state is available at the Bach Centre.

There are now more than 25,000 practitioners of Bach flower remedies worldwide, serving hundreds of thousands of clients. Virtually no reliable clinical studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of the remedies until recently.

Rescue me now
On July 2, 2007, the Medical News Today reported the results of a study on the effectiveness of a popular Bach Flower preparation called Rescue Remedy. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Miami School of Nursing in conjunction with the Sirkin Creative Living Center. Using a sample of 111 individuals aged 18 to 49, the study was a double-blind clinical trial comparing a standard dose of Rescue Remedy against a placebo of identical appearance. A standard test to evaluate anxiety was administered before and after the dosage.

The result was that Rescue Remedy was found to be "an effective over-the-counter stress reliever with a comparable effect to traditional pharmaceutical drugs yet without any of the known adverse side effects, including addiction."

Bach Flower Remedies are sold at many health food stores as well as pharmacies.

Joyce Nelson is an environmental journalist based in Toronto.


  1. John, here is an article I wrote about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the huge of number of soldiers that will bring it home with them in the next few months. These soldiers and their families will need our help. I passionately believe that Bach Flower Remedies could be of help to them.

    You can find the FULL article here:

    Returning Soldiers Ignite Mental Health Crisis – Bach Flower Has a Remedy for That

    Military bases and the civilian health care system are bracing themselves for a surge in demand for mental health care resources.

    Crunch expected as President-elect Barack Obama is committed to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq within 16 months (Reuters).
    According to a report from a Congressional hearing on mental health problems confronting soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, about 20% of the 1.5 million soldiers deployed to those war fronts will return from battle suffering from mental health problems.

    The reports projects that about 20% or 300,000 (the size of a large city) will return suffering with clinical anxiety, depression, sleeplessness or post-traumatic stress disorder. A more recent survey found that in fact half of the National Guard troops returning from battle report mental health problems.

    These illnesses not only affect the returning soldiers, but they have a cascading effect on the families including the approximately 700,000 children in the United States with at least one parent returning from battle. The expected hundreds of thousands of cases will overflow from the VA and the Department of Defense into the civilian health care system. Bettina Rasmussen, CEO of says that Bach Flower has a remedy for that.

    Ms. Rasmussen (BFRP) is a Bach Centre licensed practitioner and an author on natural remedies. She recently sent a letter to the Department of Defense asking them to explore the cost-effective benefits of all-natural remedies for reducing the symptoms associated with PTSD as part of the recovery regime.

    Read the rest online as it is possible to put it all here.

    And more Bach Flower information here:

  2. I could not agree with you more. Soldiers coming home could benefit greatly and at little cost if they sought help or if help were offered through the use of the Bach Flower Remedies. I know too that Homeopathic treatment for sleep disorder would save millions of dollars which are now spent on pharmaceuticals. It is clear we are being hoaxed by our current medical treatment worldwide but no one is prepared to face the real world crisis which is not money and the power of the Bank but rather that we are being killed by the Pharmaceuticals that are trumpeted as good for us. Soon we will be supported from birth to death by the use of pharmaceuticals and our species will fail and go the way of the animals that have failed in this most perfect world that we are despoiling.
    How to wake up the world is my constant effort. I can see it is yours too. I encourage you to do what you can. Oh for some of the money that the Pharmaceuticals have leeched from the public and some of the influence that they have over all governments and the doctors of the world. We can only raise our flags and slowly gather converts who come to recognize through use that Homeopathy and the Bach Flower Remedies are effective, have no side effects and cheap.