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Bach Flower Remedies
These remedies bring us nearer to our souls and by that very act bring us peace and relieve our sufferings—Dr Edward Bach.

Edward Bach, a Welsh homoeopathic physician, discovered around 1920, the therapeutic benefits of water into which flowers of selected plants have been dipped in sunlight for a few hours. He used this therapy for about 17 years. It was noticed that the therapy worked better in the young and in case of recent disturbances (Chancellor, 1971).

The difference between homeopathy and Bach flower remedies is the method used to produce them, called "potentization", a method invented by Bach, and also called the "sun method". Another difference is that Bach remedies are used to treat the mental symptoms believed by practitioners to be the cause of the disease treated. There are thirty-eight original Bach remedies, each prescribed for certain mental and emotional problems, but other remedies have been added by practitioners who have access to flowers that are indigenous to other regions, and that were therefore unknown to Bach.

Bach’s therapy is a modification of Aromatherapy, with the exclusive use of flowers. It is believed that flower essences define moods and emotions. Personality disturbances, loneliness, fear, indecision, despondence, despair, over care, over sensitivity, insufficient interest in self and others, etc., are among the 38 states of the disturbed mind identified by Bach for which he prescribed flowers of 38 different species.

characteristic or emotional state. To select the remedies you need you only need to think about the sort of person you are and the way you are feeling. Then you take the remedies you need. The remedies are:

Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspen - fear of unknown things
Beech - intolerance
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory - selfish, possessive love
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Gorse - hopelessness and despair
Heather - self-centeredness and self-concern
Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy
Honeysuckle - living in the past
Hornbeam - procrastination, tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens - impatience
Larch - lack of confidence
Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy
Mimulus - fear of known things
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pine - guilt
Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose - terror and fright
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives
Star of Bethlehem - shock
Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
Vervain - over-enthusiasm
Vine - dominance and inflexibility
Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences
Water Violet - pride and aloofness
White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Willow - self-pity and resentment

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Comment by R Saravanan on March 3, 2010 at 1:35am
Comment by Dr Ajay Yadav on November 8, 2009 at 12:57am
thank you so much
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on November 4, 2009 at 11:20pm
Thanks doctor. I think this blog should be printed and laminated and kept on the table. Nice work.

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