Bach flower therapy


Bach flower therapy

Bach flower therapy

Bach flower therapy

Life and work of Edward Bach Principles of Bach flower therapy and Bach flowers
  • Life and work of Edward Bach
  • Principles of Bach flower therapy
  • Bach flowers and their indications

Life and work of Edward Bach

Edward Bach was born in Moseley, Wales in 1886 and graduated in Medicine and Surgery in London. At the University Hospital Emergency Department he directed the bacteriology department, where he experimented for the first time with the action of vaccines extracted from intestinal bacterial cultures (nosodes). In 1917 he had to quit his job due to a serious internal bleeding: he was operated on and risked losing his life.

During this period he opened a private clinic in London, then, in 1919, he took on the role of pathologist and bacteriologist at the London Homeopathic Hospital. A genius and nonconformist man, Dr. Bach undertook extensive research in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, dietology, disciplines at that time just at the beginning. He was certainly influenced by the humanistic and spiritual cultural climate that moved the consciences and the studies of characters of the caliber of Sigmund Freud and Rudolf Steiner (anthroposophicist) in that period; moreover, the naturalist writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Samuel Hahnemann (founder of homeopathy) had a strong ascendancy.

The intestinal bacteria, divided into groups with similar biochemical action (Dysentery, Gaertner, Faecal Alkalines, Morgan, Proteus, Coli mutabile, N ° 7), were related by him to specific pathological forms, then prepared and diluted (in the traditional way and then homeopathic) and administered to patients by injection. The next step in the research was to individualize the best therapy for each individual patient. Bach experimented with vaccine actions on groups of patients selected for psychological and emotional affinities.

Beginning in 1928, Bach also renounced the oral administration of vaccines and undertook an original and very personal research on the pharmacological properties of flowers. In 1930, despite having achieved considerable fame as a doctor and also an enviable clientele, Edward Bach abandoned his private practice and his considerable economic income to move to a town on the Norfolk coast, in whose surroundings he personally sought and experimented with the actions of other flowers. These studies were mainly aimed at indicating the action of the remedies on the patients' personality, mood and mind.

Edward Bach then went to Wales, Sussex, Berskshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire, wandering in precarious economic conditions in search of other flowers to experiment.

In April 1934 he settled in a small country house near Sottwell, Berkshire: here he identified the entire series of 38 remedies (39, if you also count the Rescue Remedy) that make up the floral therapy method. In Sottwell, helped by a few loyal collaborators (among which we point out the assistant Nora Weeks, who will become his biographer), the tireless researcher dedicated himself to his work day and night, so much so that his health conditions worsened seriously. Bach will continue his research in the field of flower therapy until his death in 1936, just fifty years old.

The most complete expression of the philosophy and method that made Edward Bach famous throughout the world up to the present day is contained in his two most popular books, both fundamental: Heal yourself (Heal thyself, 1931) and Free yourself (Free thyself, 1932).

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