The Truth of Bach Flower Essences
Finding the cause and cure of illness is an essential aim behind any system of medicine, including orthodox and alternative therapies.
Despite this similarity in aim, there are opposing perspectives in the treatment of disease and creation of personal health, when comparing Dr Bach with traditional medicine.
While today’s medical profession often publicly promotes the idea of achieving well-being through prescription drugs and recurrent doctor visits, Dr Edward Bach was, in contrast, guided by his own truths in his practice of medicine.
A Historical Overview
Born in Birmingham, England in 1886, Dr Bach had a genuine desire to serve others, and believed that Nature held the key to a simple and natural method of healing that could be used by the general public to heal themselves.
During the 1930s, he developed a simple mode of healing consisting of 38 flower essences, that not only afforded knowledge and awareness of empowered healing with little financial cost, but was safe and gentle in its effects.
“The Bach remedies will work in harmony with any conventional therapy and will not cause adverse side effects. They are gentle healing agents without the possibility of overdose, addiction or adverse effects from misdiagnosis.”
(Vennells, p. 66)
A trained physician and bacteriologist, Dr Bach stands out in the field of natural healing for his belief that there are deeper aspects within a person in need of treatment. This is not the case in orthodox medicine which often takes a materialistic view of illness and the human body.
A Holistic Vision
With a holistic view of health, Bach not only saw a person in physical terms, but in the wholeness of their spirit, emotions and mentality.
Bach sought an understanding of human nature from which he could pinpoint emotional states as triggers for ill health. He was able to do this through experimentation, dedicated study and personal intuition.
“His understanding was that disease resulted from inner disharmony, negative thoughts and feelings, which were frequently manifested on a physical level. He saw that stresses arisen from fear, anxiety, panic, anger, intolerance and impatience put a strain on the individual, depleting general vitality and resistance to disease.” (McIntyre, p. 42)
A Healthy Awareness
Dr Edward Bach was not only a medical doctor but a healer who realized the deeper wisdoms of working with Nature to find simple and helpful cures. He closely observed wild flowers growing in the English countryside, and was sensitive to the healing energies that they, and other certain flowering plants contained.
Until his death in 1936, Bach remained faithful to his system of healing and gave lectures on the subject. He believed that the flower remedies were catalysts for change, with the ability to work on the inner aspects of a patient and transform their outer life.
Dr Bach understood the relation of disease and the mind, and broadened our own awareness of the effects that negative thought energy can have on our health. Of this valuable contribution to natural medicine comes the fact that “true health depends on the harmony of body, mind and spirit.” (McIntyre, p. 20)
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