Bach Flower Essences
The Bach Flower Remedies were originally designed for self-help, but they are now an integral part of homeopathic, naturopathic and herbal medicine treatements. Applied Kinesiologists will also at times recommend them. Dr Bach identified 38 remedies, each relating to a specific state of mind. For example, Olive is prescribed for sapped vitality and exhaustion; Willow for resentment and bitterness; Cherry plum for uncontrollable rage and impulses; and Scleranthus is used for indecision and mood swings. It is believed that by drinking the diluted concentrated flower essence, health and harmony can be maintained during times of emotional crisis or stress. Dr Bach's 'Rescue Remedy', a combination of five remedies, is recommended in emergencies, when it can help calm after a sudden shock or panic attack.
Studying his patients in the early 20th century, Dr Edward Bach realised that negative emotions could lead to physical disease. As both a doctor and a homeopath, he believed that flowers had healing properties which could treat emotional problems. Holding his hand over different flowers, he intuitively knew which plants would help certain conditions; he then infused them in spring water, producing his now-famous remedies.
What to Expect
Once diagnosed by a skilled practitioner, who will then advise and dispense various essences, it is possible to self-administer Bach Flower Remedies. They are widely available, usually found in health food stores, where they are accompanied by helpful leaflets. As mentioned before, they may form part of a treatment prescribed by a naturopath or homeopath.
Training & Colleges
The Bach Centre offers a practitioners course which takes about six months to complete. A combination of on site training and correspondence, this leads, if passed, to being awarded a certificate and being placed on their register.
Education & Training