Dr Edward Bach was gripped by an idea that illness arises due to the personality. He was convinced that the natural state of mankind is health and that this could be reinstated.
He was a scientist of the observe and experiment school. Observation is an ability that may be inborn or can be cultivated. Most of us are born as natural observers but have it gradually educated out of us during childhood. Dr Bach seems to have been one of the lucky people who nurtured the ability by use. He was interested in people, another asset. In a social gathering he is reported to have been interested in all the people and observed their characteristics, but he didn’t stop there, he used the intuitions gained as raw material for his experiments.
Back at work in the hospital, dealing with people suffering various symptoms of illness, he gradually was able to group them into types, and considered the idea that each type would respond to similar medications, regardless of their diagnosis. This is very similar to the ideas of Samuel Hahnemann, father of homoeopathy.
Whether Dr Bach came up with these ideas independently, or was inspired by the work of Sam Hahnemann, is irrelevant. It was never really a new idea, just different from the thinking of the majority, and had surfaced several times in previous centuries in the minds of such physician scientists as Paracelsus. The difference is that all these innovative healers used the intuition in a slightly different way.
Dr Bach was a pathologist and a large part of his hospital work was the problem of chronic dis-ease. His meditations led him to a strong idea of a connection between the personality type and the gut flora. You need to be aware that Edward Bach’s early career was carried out in London Hospitals during the nineteen twenties and during this time there was a big emphasis on the colon, so much so that Dr Arbuthnott Lane became a proponent of the belief that toxins resided in that organ and, so he thought, the problems could be cut out along with part of that organ. It sounds preposterous today, but became a fashionable practice for the fashionable ladies who flocked to have the procedure. Every generation seems to think they are more knowledgeable than past generations, an twenty first century people are no exception, .
A huge number of promising gateways were opened in past times only to be abandoned as new things came along. One of these gateways was the exploration of the connection between gut flora and mind state. Dr Bach worked on his ideas with Dr C Wheeler at the Homoeopathic Hospital in London. In the nineteen eighties, Candice Pert, worked on a project correlating emotions with molecules, see her published work, The Molecules of Emotion. Then, in 2015, several studies appeared in newspapers concerning the revolutionary discovery that the state of mind was affected by the predominant gut flora and the gut flora was affected by the predominant state of mind. This was a genius discovery by Edward Bach, dedicated healer physician. Initially, in accordance with his training as a pathologist, he treated patients with an inoculation of the patient’s own bacteria in treated form, with most encouraging results. Later, drawn into the world of homoeopathy, he used the bacteria in attenuated form given by mouth, with even better results.
At the height of his career, with promising results and a large practice, Dr Bach was drawn by a different vision. His desire was to heal people, or help people heal themselves. He had become convinced that all disease was concerned with the personality and had experienced personally the power of life purpose to allow the body and mind to heal itself. He was also by this time, disenchanted with the work of pathology and inspired by a vision of healing with herbs.
So, he began the second part of his career. He left the hospital and practice and headed for the countryside and the flowers, to seek the flowers and herbs that grew freely in the fields and forests and meadows and waysides. He began to believe that people could heal themselves and that he could show them the way. He never required payment or copyrights. He gave away medicines freely. He wrote down his methods and instructed others to do as he did. Then he set about find the flowers and classifying them according to the type of personality or state of mind that they could help.
The Positive Medicine team are setting out to find, collect and photograph the 38 Bach Flower Remedies at the correct time of year. We will record each stage of this project and display the results in this blog.
Each one will be photographed in its natural environment and then samples of the required parts collected. We will then photograph these parts using our Kirlian Equipment and at the end of the year these photographs will be published as a series of cards and also a calendar. Each with its uses and indications.
“Health depends on being in harmony with our souls“
The 38 Bach Flower Remedies
The Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera)
Time: February to April
Indication: Fear of the mind giving way
Aspen (Populus tremula)
Time: In March and April before the leaf-buds burst
Indication: Vague undefined fears of unknown origin
The Echinacea plant has long standing in the herbal world as a medicine to assist in fighting infection and boosting the immune system.
It is widely found in North America and it forms part of the Daisy family.
It was widely used from the 1900 in combating the common cold or reducing the severity of symptoms. It also has many other properties that we will discover further on.
‘And every shepherd tells his tale, under the hawthorn in the dale’ John Milton, Allegro.
Hawthorn is a thorny shrub, a member of the rosaceae family of the genus crataegus which has hundreds of varieties. The species usually used in medicine is oxyacantha, synonym laevigata, and also monygma. The berries are the part most often used, but also the leaves and flowers.
Hawthorn heralds Spring with masses of pink or creamy blossoms, and in Autumn produces clusters of ruby red berries that provide a feast for birds and wildlife.
Hawthorn is a popular hedging tree; the word Haw is an old word for hedge. In England the hawthorn is known as the Thorne tree and also as May, a symbol of hope, adopted by the pilgrims for the ship that took them to their new life in America.
There are many varying uses for the Elderberry, some which date back many years. Still today it is used in many therapies for a variety of ailments. Below we will describe some of the varying uses and benefits of this beautiful tree and its lovely berries.
Benefits and Medicinal properties
It is believed that the Elderberry has high levels of antioxidant activity. It can lower cholesterol , improve vision and boost the immune system.
It is also believed to improve heart health and is good for coughs and viral infections. People who took the Elderberry juice claimed less severe symptoms and improved faster than those that had not ingested it. It is claimed that Elderberry juice was used in Panama in 1995 to treat a Flu epidemic.
Pulsatilla Nigricans…Anenome pulsatilla…The windflower
Pulsatilla is often useful in people suffering from hayfever, coughs and colds, conjunctivitis, styes, earaches, travel sickness, sadness, skin eruptions, aching joints, tummy upsets as well as sundry other conditions when the characteristic state is present.. the patient often feels emotional and sad, perhaps a bit sorry for themself, wants sympathy, attention and company, easily tearful. Please help me aura. Dry mouth without thirst is usual. Cannot bear greasy foods. Changeable symptoms, aches, pains and other symptoms change place. Tends to cataarh with thick yellow green discharge. Chilly but wants cool air, and gentle movement and much relieved by cool breeze and slowly moving about.
NUX VOMICA …poison nut – a remedy of spasms cramps and over-sensitivity
Nux vomica is a remedy that has many uses where the characteristic picture is present. It has been used to treat people suffering from many and various conditions and pains including headaches, asthma, constipation, hay fever, indigestion and many other states. It is a remedy of spasmodic effects and over-sensitivity, late hours, insomnia, head full of worries and plans, waking in the early hours and tired in the morning.
The Nux vom mental state is zealous, precise, pedantic, peppery, argumentative, intolerant and fastidious; passionate, hypersensitive, irritable, over-strained and over-sensitive.
What is this electromagnetic field that radiates around the physical body that we can see around a Kirlian photograph of the hands?
Perhaps it is the vital force that is spoken of by homoeopaths. Martin Miles seemed to think so. He was one of the most innovative pioneers of homoeopathy, largely responsible for its twentieth century resurgence in the UK by establishing, with Robert Davidson, the first teaching school for non-doctor homoeopaths in 1978. In his book, he states that the vital force is electro-magnetic in nature and ‘is that which is visualised by Kirlian photography’. This opens up much information about the field for we can turn to the old masters of the art, Hahnemann, its founder in the 18th Century and Dr Kent, American 19th Century homoeopath.
May the Force Be with You
Homoeopathy and acupuncture are ‘holistic’ and ‘vitalistic’ therapies, aimed to correct a disturbed ‘chi’ ‘vital force’ ‘subtle energy’. Really it is a way of thinking and being, not the pill or the needle placement but how it is used, the intention.
Acupuncture can be traditional Chinese where the meridian energy flows are seriously considered and end-result symptoms are attributed to deviations, weaknesses and blockages in flow with treatment aimed at normalising the flow. Acupuncture can also be found using symptomatic points for pain relief and a variety of symptoms without consideration of the deeper picture.
Atopic eczema is very common and often environmental factors or certain foods trigger it. This means that your immune system maybe over reacting to some irritant such as washing powder, dust mites, animal dander etc or you may be having an allergic reaction to some food you are eating.
This sometime happens spontaneously for no apparent reason. People who have other allergies like hay fever can be more prone to this than others. The conventional approach is steroid creams to help reduce inflammation along with anti-fungal cream and antibiotics if there is infection. Alternatively you could try and identify the offending substance and exclude it from your diet or environment.