Bach flowers: what they are and characteristics

English, in the introduction of the book he wrote in 1930 to present his method of treatment.


Bach's healing method uses natural forces some varieties of wild and harmless flowers; according to the doctor, certain flower remedies, used alone or together with any treatment, change negative mental states, since "Illness is the concretization of a mental attitude"; consequently, by modifying the latter" the basic cause of the disease is no longer present.

According to Bach flower lovers, flower remedies have a very subtle effect on mental states and only indirectly affect the body; however, the general change of the person, slower or slower, will be complete.

Diffusion of the use of Bach flowers

Bach flowers are gaining an increasingly popular profile in the alternative circles of self-healing people. This is partly due to their increasing availability and accessibility in outlets such as food and health remedy stores.

This is especially true of the formula Rescue Remedy (Emergency Remedy) of five flowers, which has become very popular as a mild, non-addictive therapeutic substance for treating symptoms resulting from trauma, stress or accidents.

In addition to a self-healing use, alternative therapists - such as herbalists, homeopaths, aromatherapists or naturopaths - prescribe Bach flowers as a useful supplement to their therapy.

, anger or mental rigidity, which may be enough to burn off the positive potential of a balanced personality.

In common with Samuel Hahnemann (the father of homeopathy), Bach viewed the symptoms of the disease from a positive perspective, as they warn us of the need to make changes, such as trying to correct overeating, detect deficiencies in lifestyle (such as a lack of exercise or relaxation), or avoiding negative habits and thoughts that could undermine health. However, Bach went far beyond Hahnemann in his interpretation, as he developed a highly symbolic approach to understanding physical symptoms: for For example, he viewed joint and muscle stiffness as a reflection of mental stiffness, while asthma symptoms could be interpreted as a stifling of emotional reactions to trauma.

It is interesting to note that we have here a marked contrast between the approaches of Hahnemann and Bach in the development of a unitary medical system: although both started from very similar basic principles, Hahnemann placed great emphasis on the need for observation of clinical data, verifiable by means of controlled experiments (still today a fundamental element in the clinical experimentation of homeopathic remedies), while Edward Bach was much more attracted to the "use of intuition and" symbolic interpretation of the symptoms of the disease, making the boundaries between religious experience and cure of diseases.

Bach considered drug therapy, which temporarily suppressed physical symptoms without intervening at the root of the problem, very counterproductive: according to him, when constitutional weakness does not receive adequate control, the inevitable result can only be a future evolution towards more serious diseases.

Bach believed that the doctor had the role of counselor and assistant, helping the patient to take more and more responsibility for his own health; its flower remedies have a very similar function because, in addition to supporting in times of stress and ill health, they can be used before pathological symptoms appear. From this point of view, Bach flowers represent a form of preventive therapy to be undertaken when overall one feels exhausted or out of shape.

Bach's remedies divided by categories

What are Bach Flowers for?

Bach flowers are used by their supporters just as they were used by Bach himself as remedies to cure not so much the disease itself but the patient and his "negative attitude" which would have exposed him, in fact, to contract a date pathology. As already mentioned in the previous chapter, in fact, according to Bach the individual becomes vulnerable to disease as he is unable to listen to his intuition and follow a positive instinct.

More detailed information on the Bach flower indications can be found in the following articles:

Bach flowers: when are they indicated? Bach flowers: the therapeutic basis. Mental states according to Bach

However, nowadays, Bach flowers are mainly used to treat anxiety, fear and depressive states. Clearly, in the presence of anxious and depressive pathologies, the intervention of the specialist doctor is always necessary, it will then be this health figure who will establish which therapeutic strategy best suits each patient.

) developed by the discoverer Edward Bach. In fact, he argued that the dew normally deposited on the petals of the flowers is able to preserve the healing properties of the plant itself.


Today, the solutions sold in stores are dilutions of mother tincture in water and other liquids other than brandy. Most often, it is pure alcohol, so that the alcohol percentage in most Bach mixes is between 25 and 40% (50 to 80 proof).

Usually, Bach flower solutions are further diluted in water before use. These do not have a characteristic scent or flavor, due to the considerable dispersion.

To tell the truth, the mixing process leads to the deduction that little more than one mother tincture molecule can remain in a single dose; however, the lovers of the method affirm that these remedies are effective due to the "energetic or vibrational nature" of the original flower, a capacity consequently transmitted to the consumer.

Not surprisingly, Bach flower solutions are described as "vibrational drugs", which implies a pseudoscientific concept of the "memory of" water "(on the dew of the petals, precisely).

Bach flowers are also often labeled as homeopathic, because they are extremely diluted in water; however they DO NOT perfectly follow the concept of homeopathy and DO NOT respect the basic principles of this branch of alternative medicine, such as, for example, the "principle of similarity".

Systematic reviews of clinical trials done for Bach flower solutions have found no efficacy beyond what is described as a placebo effect. Despite this, those who use them often claim the effectiveness of these remedies despite the lack of solid and proven scientific evidence.

. In case this was not possible due to the lack of sunlight or other, he proceeded with the boiling of the flowers. Bach called the result of this process "mother tincture". Tel tincture, however, was further diluted prior to sale and / or use.

Bach was very satisfied with his method thanks to the simplicity and the possibility of combining the four elements: the earth that nourishes the plants, the air that feeds them, the sun or the fire that allows to impart strength and the water that heals with its magnetic and beneficial power.

The solutions are distributed with the wording that it is "positive energy capable of redirecting or neutralizing" negative energy ".

The practices described here are not accepted by medical science, have not been subjected to experimental tests conducted with a scientific method or have not passed them. This information is for illustrative purposes only.

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