Within the Bach Remedy healing system, all the remedies are prepared from the flowers of wild plants, bushes and trees, none of them being toxic or addictive.
It is known that psychological states of mind such as anxiety, depression, etc., tend to undermine the body’s own healing abilities, hindering recovery. It is now generally accepted by the medical establishment that stress is a primary cause of illness because of its effects on the autoimmune system, leading to the loss of the body’s natural resistance to external pathogenic factors. Long-term anxiety is known to deplete the vitality, causing the sufferer to feel below par, not ill but not quite right. Balance of body/mind is required to correct these ills, and as balance is achieved, harmony returns, allowing energy to be concentrated within the natural, internal, healing system of the body. Therefore, the remedies deal with these states of mind rather than dealing with physical complaints.
The late Edward Bach, MB.,BS.,MRCS.,LRCP.,DPH., who had practised for over twenty years in London as a Harley Street consultant, bacteriologist and homeopath, developed the Bach Remedy system. He gave up his practise in 1930, devoting his life in his quest to seek remedies derived from the intrinsic energies stored in plants. His aim was to utilise these energies to allow sufferers to overcome their anxieties, stress, depression, etc., thereby consolidating their positive energies and bringing about healing.
Through his research and acquired sensitivity, Dr. Bach developed the ability to sense, in himself, the properties of that flower simply by holding his hands over a flowering plant, or the flower in the palm of his hand.
To produce a particular Bach Remedy, he would first put himself in a particular negative state of mind, also taking on the physical complaint. Once he had achieved this state, he would allow his intuition to lead him to find the flower that would provide the remedy. When the right flower had been found, his state of mind would immediately be restored to one of tranquillity and this would be followed, shortly after, by the healing of the physical complaint.
In total, he discovered thirty-six different flowers that can treat negative states of mind. These he categorised into seven distinct types: -
- Uncertainty & indecision
- Over-sensitivety to ideas and influence
- Despondency and despair
- Lack of interest in current circumstances
- Extreme empathy for the welfare of others (to the detriment of one’s own health)