The system of Bach flower Remedies (BFR) is a natural healing modality introduced by Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician in the 1930s. Dr. Bach developed a system, which he named as “THEORY OF TYPES” by which he classified people into seven categories based on their reactions to illness. These categories are –
- Lack Of Interest in Present Circumstances
- Over-Concern for Others
He considered the origin of illness due to negative moods and emotions and claimed that the treatment needs to address these emotional and mental states of the patient.
He discovered 38 wild flower essences, or remedies, for the treatment of these negative moods and emotions. However, later the followers of Dr. Bach have added more floral remedies. The action of these flower remedies is based on the subtle energy that is transmitted from the flowers.
Each of the flower remedy has its own specific qualities. Each remedy is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. These remedies are used either alone or in conjunction. Flower remedy is to be consumed orally. These remedies can be taken ‘neat’, without diluting them. Two to four drops can be taken directly on the tongue. Repetition of Bach flower remedy depends on the requirement of the case. Aggravations are very uncommon.
None of these 38 herbs belongs to any poisonous plants. Hence, there is no fear of any side effects from overdose or from wrong prescription. They can also be used in children and in adults.
Bach flower remedies are prepared by two methods –
- Sun Method
- Boiling Method
Flower remedies are used in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, emotional and physical trauma, lack of confidence, etc. Bach Flower Remedies is a healing system, which aids humankind to achieve joy and happiness. This system differs from Homoeopathy though, it is often labeled as Homoeopathic as the remedies are diluted in water, but this system does not follow the principles of Homoeopathy. Hence, it is unlike Homoeopathy.