Dr. Edward Bach, an English homoeopath in the 1930s, found out that at the origin of what we usually call “illness” there often is a negative state of mind, which over time gradually causes an organic manifestation, a full-blown disease.
According to Bach, disease “is the natural consequence of disharmony between our bodies and our Souls”. And: “Disease is solely and merely a corrective: it is neither revengeful nor cruel, but it is the tool used by our soul to show our defects: to prevent us from making greater mistakes, to prevent us from hurting ourselves and to bring us back on that path of truth and light from which we should have never deviated”.
The sense of illness is, therefore, the “lesson occurred to the patient”.
Bach studied 38 floral remedies, each one able to treat a given psycho-emotional disharmony. The flower is the most vital part of a plant, the one that expresses the greatest degree of development. For this reason, it is also able to return to the one who suffers the vital thrust he/she lacks to heal.
According to Bach’s view, an actual treatment must dissolve those knots and mental barriers that trap the soul in wrong (and painful) attitudes, so that it can expand its ability to see and understand the reality of things, the actual needs and the actual goals of its existence. It must aim at relieving the man from the evaluation mistake into which he was stuck, from the illusion to feel himself alone in a hostile world. There is no real healing without a profound change in the soul of the sick person, without his/her inner growth, without a new way of seeing and feeling: only then, symptoms become useless and the disease disappears.
Being a medicine focused on the patient and not on the disease, Bach Floral therapy takes into account the physical symptoms only superficially, but it goes directly to the psycho-emotional core of the patient, his/her inner conflict: it identifies it and proposes the best possible remedy, the one able to bring back to light the hidden positive counterpart. In fact, it is the awareness that heals, the actual medicine.
This is a treatment which does neither have contraindications nor side-effects and it can be combined with other treatments.
It is worth saying that Bach method is not homeopathy and that, when compared, it shows differences that suggest not to confuse the two therapeutic systems.
1. Preparation. Remedies are prepared by directly collecting the fluid where flowers have been floated. There is not any process of homeopathic dynamization.
2. Provings. No actual medical matter of Bach Flowers exists, which derives from scientific testing diluted and dynamized remedies on healthy individuals. The available data are the result of Edward Bach’s personal observations and intuitions.
3. Prescription. It is not made based on all the symptoms but exclusively on the characteristics of the psycho-emotional state.
4. Action. They do not act for similarity, but by stimulating the positive qualities collateral to the negative state of mind that has to be treated.
As concerns homeopathy, we mention what Bach maintained during a conference held with homeopaths: “… Hahnemann had understood the truth in the motto “like cures like”, which – as a matter of fact – is the disease that cures the wrong action, that the actual healing is a higher level than the previous one, that is love and all its attributes which distance ourselves from the wrong.
…We now know that some remedies of homeopathic pharmacopoeia are able to enhance our vibrations so to harmonize our mortal self and our spiritual self and heal thanks to the resulting increased harmony. … The homeopath has already given up the useless and negligible aspects of orthodox medicine, but he/she has to go farther. I know that you want to look ahead because neither the knowledge of the past nor the one of the present is enough for those who long for the truth.”
Edward Bach, The Bach Flower Remedies
Edward Bach, The Essential Writings
Edward Bach, Free Thyself
Marie Louise Pastorino, Introduction to Bach Flower Remedies
Mechthild Scheffer, Bach Flower Therapy
Morasso-Gotta, Curarsi con i fiori, Cortina ed.
Howard-Ramsell, The Bach Flower Remedies