Bach flower therapy was developed by the English doctor Dr. He worked as a doctor in the hospital and was a pathologist and bacteriologist. It was important to him to treat diseases causally instead of just fighting symptoms. In his view, most diseases are based on psychological causes, which can be alleviated or cured with the help of various flower essences.
Note: So far, scientific studies have not been able to prove the efficacy of blue flower therapy that went beyond a placebo effect. It is therefore not recognized by conventional medicine and is considered a form of complementary medicine. However, since no side effects have so far been demonstrated, there is no reason not to try Bach flowers for minor complaints. All unclear, violent or recurring health problems should be checked with a doctor before considering Bach Flower Therapy. This also applies to psychological complaints.
Brief overview of Bach flower therapy
The most important information about Bach flower therapy can be found in our brief overview in advance:
- description: Bach flower therapy goes to the English doctor Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) back. According to him, most diseases can be attributed to psychological causes. With the help of 38 different flower essences and combinations thereof, it should be possible to alleviate or heal them.
- Manufacturing: Bach flowers are made using the sun method or the cooking method.
- effect: The manufacturing process aims to transfer the vibration patterns of the plants to the water. According to Dr. Bach has its own energy and vibration and is therefore suitable for treating a certain state of mind. The effects of Bach flowers are based on experience and observation and have so far not been scientifically proven.
- application areas: Mood states such as fear, insecurity, lack of interest, loneliness, insufficient demarcation, discouragement and excessive concern for others and the resulting psychological and physical complaints.
- Side effects and contraindications: Not known.
- Note: If there are minor complaints, there is no reason not to try Bach flowers. However, all unclear, violent or recurring health problems (physical and / or psychological) should always be clarified by a doctor. The selection of a suitable Bach flower or the combination of a mixture should, if possible, be made by an experienced practitioner.
History of Bach flower therapy
In search of suitable methods, Dr. Bach started with homeopathy and developed the "Bach nosodes" named after his name. With these homeopathic remedies he had great success. Nevertheless, Dr. Bach did not go in search of other naturopathic methods that could help in the treatment of the causes.
For Dr. Bach was a disorder of the balance of body, soul and spirit. He suspected negative moods, such as fear, worry, grief or dissatisfaction, as the cause of physical suffering. In order to be able to treat such mental states, he continued to look for natural forms of therapy. Since he was extremely close to nature, Dr. Bach continued his search in the great outdoors, picked one or the other plant, smelled it and analyzed it in detail.
Dr. Edward Bach was a very sensitive person and thought he could see its effects and vibrations when he saw a plant, similar to the signature theory, which is also used in branches of homeopathy and phytotherapy, for example. This helped him to find plants that had a positive effect on the mood of the patient. He found the so-called 38 Bach Flower Remedies, which many modern naturopathic practices are inconceivable without.
Production of Bach flowers
The respective flowers are picked in full sunshine and then placed in a glass bowl with fresh spring water. It is best to use spring water that is near the picked flowers. The filled glass bowl is exposed to sunlight for about two to four hours. According to Dr. Bach has the ability of the sun to transmit the vibration of the plant to the water.
Then the Bach flowers are removed from the water and alcohol is added to preserve them (brandy). This creates the so-called mother tincture. This is diluted again, mixed with alcohol and then bottled, so-called stock bottles.
For plants that bloom in a season with little sunlight, the cooking method is used. The plant parts required for this are picked and then boiled out, filtered several times, mixed with brandy as in the sun method and filled into stock bottles. The original Bach flowers are still produced according to the guidelines of the British Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia (British Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia).
Bach flowers - effect
Bach flower therapy is suitable for everyone. So it can already be used in infants. It is also often used in plants and animals. Dr. Bach's flower therapy, like many naturopathic procedures, is not scientifically justified. The special manufacturing process is designed to transfer the so-called vibration patterns of the plants to the water used, so that each stock bottle contains a different vibration for a very specific state of mind.
The Bach flowers are said to have a very fine and sensitive effect on a person's psyche, but also on that of animals. This is not intended to combat negative states of mind like a symptom, but to redirect them into something positive. Bach divided the negative states of the soul into seven superordinate groups. These are
- Lack of interest
- insufficient demarcation
- too much concern for others.
Selection of the individual Bach flowers
First, the current state of mind of the person to be treated must be recorded very precisely. One or the other basic characteristic of the person can also be incorporated. Then one or more Bach flowers are selected and put together to form a mixture.
The Bach flower mix is taken over a period of time. If there is no change, the means were not chosen correctly. If there is an improvement, the mixture is usually used up. Another Bach flower mix must then be reconsidered, which means that the same flowers are not used again, but a new mix is adapted to the new situation.
Some therapists let the patients "draw" some of the 38 flowers themselves. This means that the patient selects a predetermined number from the 38 flowers, hidden, without knowing which flower it is. This is particularly popular with children, since they have a very natural gift, intuitively finding the “right” flowers for themselves.
For example, if there are fears, Bach flowers are like
- Rock rose (common sunflower),
- Mimulus (spotted juggler flower),
- Cherry plum,
- and Red Chestnut.
Each flower represents a certain form of fear. Rock Rose is the panicky fear, Mimulus the fear of certain things, Cherry Plum a desperate fear, Aspen an undetermined fear and Red Chestnut stands for bad fears.
Make your own Bach flower mix
A bottle with 30 milliliters is filled in three quarters with boiled water and a quarter with forty-five percent alcohol (e.g. cognac). The alcohol is used for preservation. But it is also possible to use vinegar instead of alcohol, especially when the mixture is intended for children.
Three drops are added to the bottle for each selected flower. The mixture has a shelf life of approximately four weeks if alcohol has been added; with vinegar the shelf life is reduced a little. In general, the mixture should no longer be used if it shows flocculation or discoloration.
It is also possible to make a Bach flower mix without any additives. This lasts about a week. The mixture should be kept cool, dark and not in or next to the refrigerator.
Correctly dose Bach flower drops
Adults usually take four drops of the mixture four times a day. This can be dripped onto the tongue undiluted or diluted in a glass of non-carbonated water.
In children, the amount decreases depending on the age. For infants, external use is often recommended. Two to three drops of the mixture are rubbed into the skin around the navel.
Dr. Bach has already developed a ready mix. These are the so-called emergency drops or "Rescue Remedy No. 39". This mixture consists of five different flowers, namely
- Star of Bethlehem (golden milk star) for the state of shock,
- Impatiens (gland-bearing balsam) for tension,
- Rock Rose (common sunflower) for fear and panic,
- Cherry Plum for despair
- and clematis (common clematis) for the feeling of being far away.
The rescue drops are used straight from the bottle, either undiluted or in a glass of water. Emergency drops, as the name suggests, are used in an emergency. Examples of this are accidents, shock conditions, massive fear or fright.
Emergency drops can also be applied externally to insect bites or minor skin reactions. For external use, the emergency ointment also works well, which is also called "rescue remedy cream".
The dosage forms of Bach flowers have been expanded over the years. In addition, there were Bach flower globules, Bach flowers without alcohol and Bach flowers for animals.
Further Bach flower treatments
Bach flower therapy is often used in conjunction with other therapies. For example, there are positive experiences in the use of stone healing together with Bach flower therapy. The Bach flower Mimulus, which is used for certain fears, can be supported, for example, by the healing stone Sugelith. This combination then corresponds to the essential oil bergamot.
In this way, the processes can support each other and a faster and more intensive effect can be achieved. Here too, however, it applies that these forms of application are based on observations and experience and their effects have not yet been scientifically proven.
Since no side effects are known for Bach flower therapy so far, it can also be used in connection with conventional medicine. For example, if you are afraid of an operation, the right mixture can help you to find inner peace and more serenity.
Bach flower therapy has taken a firm place in the naturopathic treatment of schoolchildren: school fears, examination fears as well as learning and concentration difficulties are part of the field of application of Bach flowers. (sw, kh)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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