A) Modern medical science (Allopathy) deals with physical symptoms and not necessarily with the
root cause of the problem.
Three patients, suffering from headache approach to a doctor. The
doctor may prescribe them analgin or Paracetamol or
something like that. Sooner or later, they would
be relieved from that symptoms, however the basic cause of
their headache, which may be dissimilar for all of them, is
not taken into account while prescribing the drug.
For patient A - the headache appears as the weather changes.
For patient B - the headache is a result of being held-up in traffic jams for hours.
For patient C - the headache triggers due to the abusive orders of boss in the office.
means that, though the symptoms are same, the cause is different in all
In Bach flower therapy, those persons would be categorized on
the basis of their personalities (-means on the basis of their
mental make-up and their overall attitude towards life) and different essence combinations would be advised
to them by taking into account their overall nature, subtle behavioral
traits and the mental make-up -irrespective of their physical symptoms i.e.
headache or like that.
The Bach Flower therapy (pronounced as 'Batch' ) is an innovative
healing modality, discovered by Dr. Edward Bach between
1930-1936. According to Bach Flower Therapy, often any ailment or ill-health condition
--at most of the time and in majority of the cases-- is the result or expression of persistent "emotional imbalance" that takes place at the core of your psyche and persists over a period of time due to gradual accumulation of numerous
either from your mind itself or from your surrounding circumstances. As soon as
your mental state improves, the physical trouble disappears. Therefore a
person --which implies his overall nature, his general attitude towards life
and his inimitable surrounding circumstances-- is more important than his disease or ill-health condition.
is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any
illness or disease as on the lines of modern medical
science, rather it offers
system of eliminating behavioral negativities
by taking into account your overall nature, personality traits and attitude towards
life -irrespective of your disease or ill-health condition. Reigning
behavioral negativities --like frustration, guilty
feeling or jealousy-- which accumulate at the core of
our psyche over a duration of time --as in the form of
"negative emotions"-- and incessantly make
us "emotionally imbalanced", are considered
to be the root cause of all our sufferings. Naturally, in
Bach Flower therapy, the mode of assessment is determined on
the basis of the
sufferer's innate nature and mental make-up. How he (or
she) reacts with (his or her )existing circumstances? And since how long that
the symptoms exist in their nature? Obviously each person is handled differently
in Bach Flower Therapy. In other words, for the same ill-health
symptoms or conditions, say for headache every person would be measured differently with
different remedies. An "essence combination" suitable for a person in lessening paranoid tendencies may be useful to another in alleviating
absentmindedness! For this reason, formulations of Bach Flower essences for
specific ailments or ill-health conditions cannot be
prepared and marketed like the allopathic medicines.
Consider two different persons suffering form hyperacidity -one
because of excessive worries and concerns, and the other due to irregular habits of taking meals,
eating junk food,
smoking habits etc.- are treated with the modern medical
treatment. The medicines prescribed to them in allopathic
system would be on the same lines i.e. antacids
(Gelusil, Digene, Eno etc.) or antiulcerants (Omeprazole, Ranitidine
etc.). whereas, in Bach Flower Therapy both the cases would be handled separately for the
root causes of that hyperacidity as mentioned earlier. Their overall nature and
mental make-up would be taken into consideration rather than
the physical symptoms.
B) The modern science is yet to establish the concept of soul.
According to the concept of Bach Flower Therapy a person is a composition of physical body and eternal
soul. In modern medical science, while initiating any
treatment, only physical symptoms of patient are
taken into consideration. Soul is not considered for the reason that its
existence is not yet
Allopathic treatment aims only at the physical body and the medicines prescribed do not directly encourage the defense mechanism to help itself. For example: A person suffering from certain
ill-health symptoms or condition would be treated with
prescribed medications, after conducting various tests and pathological reports. It is needless to say that the problem remains under control as long as the medicines are
being taken. As soon as, the medicines are stopped the problem can
appear again. The drug therapy is simply to patch up the disturbed
and it would sustain till the medicines are being applied.
Often, the real cause of such ill-health conditions, may be
linked with either of the deep rooted concerns at the core of
your soul like melancholy, excessive worry of
loved ones, fear, despondency, frustration etc. which is ignored. Such things
may be deep-rooted in the
psyche, which can subsequently entrap the physical body. Accumulation of
such negativities for a longer duration of time may culminate
In Bach Flower Therapy, the innate nature of a person and his mental
make-up, has to be taken into account. The soul (-having no existence on a physical
scale) is considered as an unseen part of body and both the basic instincts of our
inherent nature, pain and pleasure are considered to be governed by this invisible soul. As pains and pleasures are invisible but we can realize their effects on our lives, soul is
presumed to be the controlling unit at the core of each emotion that we express. It plays
vital role in determining the line of treatment. One must rely on the existence of soul as if he (or she) relies on the existence of sorrow, worry, pain, grief, fear or joy, ecstasy,
elation, charm, satiety etc.
C) A modern medical treatment
aims at the body by use of specific medicine but does not encourage the defense mechanism to help itself.
If an alcoholic is treated with modern medicines, he may give up alcohol, but because of certain side effects
he may become dull, lazy or lethargic and would be unable to concentrate discharging
his routines. In this treatment, the physical body is compelled to abandon the addiction
but not the mind. However, in Bach therapy, not only the physical body but his overall
nature and attitude towards life would be taken into consideration in determining the mode of relieving. Principally in any addiction
-say drinking or smoking- a person does one and the same thing
repetitively. On the scale of Bach therapy,
such behavior reads as a
negativity like 'uncontrolled desire of certain craze'
may be due to either
or more reasons
like; mental torture, extreme grief, inferiority complex, memory of past misfortune or simply because
person is weak-willed by nature
be easily prone to persistence of friends. By recommending certain
essence combinations, addiction may be alleviated. This means
that, not the physical symptoms but the cause of addiction
would determine the line of treatment. There is no specific remedy for addiction in Bach system, but remedies are available on
those negative emotions, which can instigate the addiction
tendencies in that person. If the cause of addiction is uncontrolled desire
of substance, mental torture, extreme grief, inferiority complex, memory of past misfortune or
the addict is weak-willed and can easily prone to persistence of friends.
Then by recommending certain essence combinations that deal with those
behavioral tendencies, the addiction tendencies can be corrected; sooner or later he gives up that bad habit.
Certain negative states of mind may be treated with modern medicines such as tranquilizers, painkillers, mood elevators, anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants etc. They directly act on the physical body and may change the biochemistry of mind and compel the nervous system to act accordingly. Though relief is sought, the possibility of habit forming and side effects cannot be ignored. A person can overcome the condition of sleeplessness by taking drugs like Diazepam but the drug may affect the physical stability of the body by causing nausea, slurred speech, psychological and physical dependence etc.
However, personalized Bach essence combinations act on individual's behavior, mold the psyche gradually, and
elevate self-energy in a manner to dominate that ill-health
condition, rather than treating the symptoms.
Presently, Bach essences are being widely used as supplementary healing medium in the fields of psychology, psychiatry and psychosomatic system of medicine. Bach therapy does not demand analysis of case papers, history, clinical tests or pathological reports.
formulations of Flower essences can help people who suffer from physical illness, by addressing the emotional responses to the illness, and by working with the underlying conflicts and tensions that may have contributed to the onset of
that illness. However, flower essences are not cures for any specific illness and there is no specific branded remedy addressing specific ailment or condition is available in this therapy.
In allopathic treatment, many drugs are being commonly prescribed to suppress the symptoms of emotional trauma. Drugs do provide temporary relief, but most have serious side effects
too. Over persistent using, often become ineffective and/or habit-forming.
Stronger drugs frequently come with numerous side effects. Worst of all, drugs do not cure the unresolved thoughts and feelings that
in fact is responsible for causing you that ill-health
condition. Many of the drugs used in the treatment of emotional trauma can also be quite habit-forming. Some of the side effects of withdrawal from their use include the reoccurrence of all
those symptoms that the medication were masking in the first place, plus many extreme reactions. Apart drugs
have proven very costlier not only to your wallet but also to your self-esteem, your health and your well being.
Still, we cannot deny the contributions of modern medical sciences
in the treatment of emergencies, accidents or where immediate/instant relief is priority. It is a unique branch of medicine, having its own identity and where the allied therapies cannot be substituted.
Any alternative medicine cannot replace modern medicine as far as diagnosis, investigation and emergency care are
concerned. We can't ignore the fact that Dr. Edward Bach is also a gift of modern medicine and was very successful allopath before his invention of Bach Flower Therapy!
It is important for anyone taking prescribed medications to have their condition professionally monitored, and not to attempt the discontinue medication without medical supervision.
Flower essences can be very helpful for people who are taking prescribed medication for both physical and emotional
The Bach Flower
therapy is highly recommended as supplementary aid with your ongoing treatment in any branch of medicine. Due to its catalytic role it can well reduce the treatment time. It has neither hindrance nor overlapping properties with other
treatment modalities. In fact, flower essences are growth regulators and
they will nullify the obstructions within your frame of mind
by eliminating the behavioral negativities. Bach remedies are colorless, tasteless and odorless in nature.