Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a British physician and well-known pathologist, immunologist, and bacteriologist. His discoveries in these areas of medicine were pioneering, and his innovative bacterial vaccines have found a permanent place in homeopathic medicine under the name "Bach nosodes." Despite his medical successes, he still felt unsatisfied. For him an illness was not just a "dysfunction of the human machine" but an effect of disharmony between body and mind. The symptoms of an illness were the external expression, the bodily manifestation, of negative emotional states.
His postulate was, "Treat the person, not the illness." He assumed that the causes of disease were negative emotional states such as sorrow, fear, dissatisfaction, impatience, sadness, and so forth. Therefore, he started looking for soul remedies that could influence the causes of an illness. A great nature lover, Edward Bach was also extremely sensitive. In his quest for new remedies he would go into the countryside, pick the petal of a single flower, and lay it on his tongue. With the help of his immense sensitivity he was able to feel the effect of a plant on the human body and psyche. In this way he found the plants he thought were useful for the treatment of negative emotional states. He used not only the blossoms of wildflowers but also the flowers of wild shrubs, bushes, and trees.
Excerpt from: Dietmar Kraemer, New Bach Flower Therapies,
Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont. ISBN 0-89281-529-9
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