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Bach Flower Remedies


The natural health community is continually talking about Bach Flower Remedies and their impact, whether real or perceived. Like many herbal remedies, Bach flowers essences are largely unproven from a scientific standpoint, but are praised as a cure-all for many others.

Given their name from Dr.Edward Bach, the remedies are simply 38 plant and flower-based essences that are diluted in alcohol, water, or topical creams. These essences are then applied or ingested depending on the particular malady.

Dr Bach believed that illnesses are the aggregate affect of a mind and body disconnect, and that using the flower remedies he concocted, one could alleviate negative feelings and energies. Once these negative and harmful emotions were put away, the recipient would feel clear of their illness and full of positive energy.

This seems a little "pie in the sky" to me, but admit there may be legitimacy to the idea. There are many herbal remedies similar to the Bach approach that are successful, and proven so clinically.

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The 38 different essences correlate to 38 basic negative states of mind that have been identified by Dr. Bach. Today, these Bach flower remedies are uses for emotional, mental, and spiritual conditions rather than for more broad diseases as originally advocated. The primary uses include:

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  • Depression
  • ADD
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Hyper-activity
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As mentioned, modern science has many critics of the Bach flower remedies and suggests that the results achieved are elements of the placebo effect. With so many people "clamoring" for a natural alternative, it's not hard to see how this may be true. Meanwhile, the advocates, including various vendors and naturopathic practitioners state that the Bach remedies contain the positive energy of the flower, and that this can be transmitted to the user topically and orally.

As with many other natural cures, additional research will be necessary before any accurate conclusions can be drawn. I don't have an first-hand success with these remedies, but know that they have a popular following with many in my community. Interestingly, the idea of this "flower power" has been incorporated into other natural cures and in combination with the more well known products, has seen a resurgence of late.

While I can't tell you to run out and make a Bach purchase, I would encourage you to investigate further and come to your own conclusion. Happy Hunting!


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