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Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower "essences" developed by Dr.Edward Bach.  Practitioners assert that the energetic signature of the flower can be transmitted to the user and affect a person's psychological state by the transfer of energy rather than material substance. There are thirty-eight original Bach remedies plus Rescue Remedy, a popular blend. Each remedy is prescribed for certain mental and emotional problems. They form a complete system with which practitioners treat every variety of human emotional imbalances. However, the effect of a given flower essence will vary from person to person depending upon the emotional life and overall health of the subject. Other systems of remedies have been developed by practitioners who have access to flowers that are indigenous to other regions, and that were therefore unknown to Bach.
   
Flower remedies are produced using the Bach's sun method or, for the hardier plants, the boiling method. Bach remedies are only used to treat the mental symptoms believed by practitioners to be the root cause of the many diseases. The Bach Remedies are all derived from non-toxic substances, with the idea that a positive energy can redirect or neutralize negative energy.  Up to six or seven remedies are typically mixed together by a practitioner for each patient to meet his  or her individual needs. The remedies are used primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.
    The best-known Bach flower remedy is Rescue Remedy a pre-blended combination of Rock rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum remedies. The ingredients are believed to relieve acute stress, anxiety, and panic attacks — especially in emergencies. Rescue Remedy is taken as needed, and is available either in a small spray-bottle, in a glass bottle with an eye-dropper. Drops are generally taken under the tongue.
    Rescue Remedy and other Bach flower remedies are often used for household pets and domestic animals, and have been claimed to be effective in calming them and improving problem behaviors.

Author: Bronwyn Bacon, ND Candidate '08


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