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Bach Flower Therapy discovered by Dr. Edward Bach- A Modern System of Alternative Healing: Brief History and Overview of Bach Flower Therapy :

BFT - History Health Obstacles BFT - Allopathy BFT Homeopathy Why Flowers?

(BFT - Bach Flower Therapy)

The Bach Flower therapy (pronounced as 'Batch' ) is an innovative healing modality, discovered by Dr. Edward Bach between 1930-1936. It is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness or disease as on the lines of modern medical science, rather it offers a simple 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. 

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
Negative Emotions, those originates 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.

Dr. Edward Bach -pronounced as 'Batch'-(1886 - 1936) M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.P.H. (Camb.) -An allopathic Doctor of British origin, was a renowned physician and pathologist (-bacteriologist). While practicing as a general physician he realized the meaning of old dictum, "There are no diseases or ill-health conditions but only sick (-emotionally imbalanced) People!" He studied numerous individual personalities -observed their mental make-up, their responses to treatment and carried out number of scientific tests. Dr. Bach noticed that, two persons (identical in weight, height, and age) with same background and training, in same field, often react very differently even to the same life situation. Why? Simply because of their different attitude towards life! Their emotions affect their thoughts, and those thoughts either put them into action or prevent from reacting towards the life situations, they come across. While administering certain dosage of antibiotics in them for the same ailment, Dr. Bach further observed that they take dissimilar time to cure. He noticed that their innate nature or inborn behavior and their attitude towards life would impact their recovery time and could have affected the efficiency of administered medicines. He concluded that, while facing life situations, the innate nature and mental make-up of a person plays an important role in the process of healing and that must be considered during diagnosis, while determining the line of treatment. 

His goal was then to determine, how the inherent behavior and physical body of a person are correlated with each other. He was interested in identifying those physical symptoms that were commonly experienced by people with the same type of the personality. While treating the factory laborers prone to various diseases, he observed that they were working under the same unknown fear -It was the fear (-of uncertainty) that they would be jobless soon. He observed that when the mind is under constant pressure of fear, terror, uncertainty, despondency or despair the harmony between mind and body gets imbalanced, which weakens the "Life force", debilitating life force makes the immunity of body frail and the physical body becomes easily susceptible to diseases or harmful conditions, resulting into illness. Therefore the patient is more important than the disease or ailment and their basic behavior and mental make-up plays vital role in determining the correct line of treatment. In other words, often any ailment or ill-health condition -at most of the time- 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 negative emotions, which originates either from your mind itself or from your surrounding circumstances. As soon as your mental state improves, the physical trouble disappears. Therefore your overall nature, subtle personality traits and attitude towards life is more important than your disease or ill-health condition.

Dr. Edward Bach observed that:

Your mental make-up and overall attitude towards life are equally important as your symptoms of diseases or ill-health conditions. In fact, the they are closely linked.

Although invisible through naked eyes, our behavioral negativities OR emotional imbalances are real and we can perceive their effects on our lives in the form of pains or pleasures associated with them.

It's not that person's fault if he or she is emotionally imbalanced. Their innate nature and existing hostile circumstances are equally responsible.

Emotional imbalance is not a sign of weakness. "Emotional imbalance" at times is natural.

For most of the people, it is the fear, shame, and embarrassment that often prevent them from seeking help for their emotional imbalances. Most of the people get surprised to learn that other family members had dealt either once or more times in their life with the same problem that they are facing right now!

Homoeopathy also works on a principle of complete personality rather than the physical body. The state of mind, emotions and body altogether are taken into consideration, while determining the line of homeo-treatment. Naturally Dr. Bach concentrated his studies in homeopathy. His goal was to determine, how the innate nature of a person and his body could be co-related with each other. He roughly classified all personalities into seven basic types, based on their way of reacting to particular life situation. He found that following are the basic negative emotions, which are principally responsible to bring about the emotional imbalance. Those basic negative emotions are:



Insufficient interest in present situation

Over-sensitiveness towards ourselves or surroundings

Hopelessness or depression (Melancholy)

Despondency and despair

Over-concern for others.

He then co-related those negative emotions with the intestinal flora (fluid) or bacterial bowel lining of that particular category of person. He established that each type of negative emotion represents its specific intestinal flora. Dr. Bach developed seven vaccines from the bacteria of those intestinal fluids and secretions (flora) of that patients. He administered the vaccines successfully as a homeopathic medicine -in the same way as other antibiotic vaccines were used- to the different type of personalities, those were categorized broadly on the basis of their prominent negative emotion -as described above. He found that the bacteriological vaccines that were corresponded to either of the specific negative emotions worked well on the people that were classified merely on the basis of their prominent negative emotions irrespective of the varied ailments or ill-health conditions that they were carrying inside. 

He then published a paper on the role of bacteria in chronic diseases and the relation between Vaccination and Homeopathy. That paper was highly applauded. Later he prepared seven nosodes, ("Nosode" is a Greek word that implies a sort of antibiotic homoeopathic medicines) working on the principles of homeopathy and can be taken orally. Although those nosodes were accepted widely among physicians and patients alike, still Dr. Bach was not satisfied with this evolution, as the scale for prescribing them (-nosodes) was only the body symptoms of patients, rather than their mental make-up. However nosodes were certainly the first step towards consideration of emotions during treatment.

After successful application of nosodes, Dr. Bach became fascinated with the approach of homeopathy wherein mental status of the patient forms an integral part of diagnosis and treatment. He was surprised to find that homeo-remedies were affecting the mind directly while curing the body. He confirmed that his nosodes were also invented on the same lines wherein special attention was paid to emotions. He re-structured his invention again within the framework of homeopathy, still he realized that their scope is limited in homeopathy. Apart, those nosodes were prepared from bacteria evolved from the intestine of patients, which disgusted him. According to Dr. Bach, it was indeed not a "normal" method of deriving the medicine.

Although Dr. Edward Bach was quite impressed by the principles of homeopathy wherein consideration of human emotions forms a prominent role in determining the line of treatment, still he was searching for a more simple solution that could be finely tuned to the innate nature of a person. For further research in that particular direction, he abandoned his flourishing practice and roamed for 6 years in ravines and jungles of Mount Vervain. He was pretty sure that, there must be a natural, pure yet simple healing modality from nature itself that would have a similar healing effect. He was searching for such a simple system of healing wherein remedies should be derived from the natural herbs, bushes and flowers. He studied the plant and animal's kingdom minutely. He found that the plants are very much alive. They have emotions and speak their own language of silence. Finally he decided to use the power of selective wild flowers in the homoeopathic way.

Bach Flower Therapy - Brief History and Overview. Continue to Part - II

BFT - History Health Obstacles BFT - Allopathy BFT Homeopathy Why Flowers?

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