Dr Edward Bach (Pronounced: BATCH) Born: 24 September 1886 in Birmingham, UK Died: 27 November 1936 in Berkshire, UK was an English Doctor, Bacteriologist, Homeopath, and Spiritual Writer, best known for developing the Bach flower remedies, a form of alternative medicine inspired by classical homeopathic traditions. He also worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital where he developed (with the help of Dr John Paterson and Dr Charles Wheeler) the Seven Bach Nosodes (Bacterial Nosodes, Created using stools aka poop) which have been used but in confinement of the British Homeopathic Practitioners, Their use is based on the variable bowel bacterial flora associated with persons of different homeopathic constitutional types.
What are the Bach Flower Remedies?
Well many will argue that these are based on pseudoscience as no one knows much about how they work, or even if it’s all a placebo, there’s nothing currently scientifically that backs them up! They influence the mental, emotional and physical balance of the individual, so it’s all relative to whole health. In essence these are a Tincture, They are a watery dilution of plants or flowers using water as the carrier and alcohol as the conservation.
Dr Bach found 37 individual plants, spring water and one combination of 5 plants (Rescue Remedy). The essences of the Bach Flower System are numbered from 1-38 and listened alphabetically from Nr. 1-Agrimony to Nr. 38-Willow. Bach prepared his remedies of flowers of non toxic wild plants, bushes and trees and spring water he found in the English countryside. He developed special methods of preparation using spring water, sun and decoction.
Bach Flower Therapy is indicated for all psychosomatic problems, for behavioural problems, for diseases resistant to all used therapies-for example fearful and timid animals, mourning animals, hyperactive animals, barking dogs, spraying cats or animals refusing medicament’s.
Short Materia Medica of the Bach Flower Essences
1. Agrimony: Animals are sensitive and easily distressed when there is disharmony, “peacemaker”, do not like to stay alone;
2. Aspen: Animals are afraid of anything unfamiliar, become nervous for no obvious reason, can not stay alone;
3. Beech: Intolerant animals, tolerate only their master, do not like other animals or people, show territorial aggression; selective eaters, intolerance of pollution, heat, cold or changes in barometric pressures
4. Centaury: Animals are subservient and eager to please; pleasant, good-natured, tolerant animals, dominated by other animals, can’t stay alone;
5. Cerato: Animals are uncertain, irresolute, easily distracted; lack of natural self-confidence, home-sickness when the owner is in holydays;
6. Cherry Plum: Animals show suppressed anxiety, can outbreak in uncontrolled panic reactions; fear of losing control;
7. Chestnut Bud: Helps animals to learn basic skills and can help to break bad habits; Animals seem restless, inattentive and indocile;
8. Chicory: Animals demand attention, are self-confident, may be overly protective of the house or family; tend to destroy, tend to protest reaction;
9. Clematis: Animals are distracted, indifferent, apathic or inattentive, have a tendency to unconsciousness or absence;
10. Crab Apple: Cleansing remedy; animals may have skin problems or tend to lick excessively themselves
11. Elm: Animals seem to be overwhelmed by a demanding situation, such as travel, competition or pregnancy;
12. Gentian: Animals are uncertain, suspicious, and easily discouraged either emotionally or physically;
13. Gorse: Animals are resigned, weak and tired, they have given up their selves, appear hopeless, refuse food;
14. Heather: Animals demonstrate excessive attention-getting-behavior, are uncertain, can’t stay alone, vocalize constantly or show protest reactions;
15. Holly: Animals are aggressive, jealous and suspicious, tend to uncontrolled reactions, when something misfits them;
16. Honeysuckle: Animals are mourning for the past after removal, change or loss of owner, have problems with new situations;
17. Hornbeam: Animals seem tired and exhausted, have lost interest in life; animals who appear fatigued during work;
18. Impatiens: Animals are impatient, irritable, hectic and nervous, nothing goes for them quick enough; tend to extreme reactions when irritated;
19. Larch: Animals are shy and timid, have no self-confidence, are extremely uncertain and cower in submission;
20. Mimulus: Animals have specific fears that can be identified; for example fear of thunder, lightning, noise, air balloons;
21. Mustard: Animals suddenly become depressed, prefer solitude and stay in one place without a real reason;
22. Oak: Animals continue their efforts in spite of exhaustion; they work too much but can’t stop it, they are struggling forward;
23. Olive: Animals are physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted without clinical signs of certain diseases;
24. Pine: Animals are devoted and submissive, they may cower and make constant attempts to please their owners;
25. Red Chestnut: Animals seem afraid for those they love; overly anxious about their young, do not tolerate separation well;
26. Rock Rose: Animals have uncontrolled panic attacks in threatening situations; extreme fear, panic phobias
27. Rock Water: Animals tend to have routines, are stubborn, inflexible, have problem to accept new things;
28. Scleranthus: Animals may have severe mood swings, tend to lose balance, are uncertain, tend to motion sickness with vomiting and salivation;
29. Star of Bethlehem: Animals are paralysed after shock; helps to digest physical, emotional or mental stress and shock;
30. Sweet Chestnut: Animals have given up, feel they have reached the limit of their endurance; apathic, exhausted, show no interest in anything;
31. Vervain: Animals are hyperactive, strong-willed, seem to have inexhaustible energy, tend to pace, jump and bark;
32. Vine: Animals are dominant, ambitious, imperious, inflexible strong-willed thinkers; very difficult to train, tend to aggression;
33. Walnut: Helps to protect the animal during any state of change, such as a move, new owner, the animals have problems when something changes in their environment;
34. Water Violet: Animals are aloof, want to stay alone and tend to be antisocial with other animals and people;
35. White Chestnut: Animals are unbalanced, nervous and restless, seem under internal tension, have problems with concentration;
36. Wild Oat: Animals seem really dissatisfied, uncertain, feel bored; they are talented but endurance is lacking;
37. Wild Rose: Animals are totally apathetic, seem to lack energy and motivation, seem to give up, stop eating and don’t groom;
38. Willow: Animals are suspicious, discontented, out of temper and offended, they show their displeasure by urinating, defecating or destroying the house.
I have taken most of the above from this website https://www.vin.com/apputil/content/defaultadv1.aspx?pId=11196&catId=30765&id=3854265
Which was published on behalf of: World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2005
If you want to know more about how to use/administer then check here: https://www.bachremedies.com/en/frequently-asked-questions/how-do-i-use-bach-remedies
I find this topic absolutely fascinating which is why i wanted to share it with you, It’s a first I’ve come across this today and yes these are being used on pets. I’ve just stuck Edward Bachs book in my basket online “The Twelve Healers”.
This really is exciting as i’m learning about Holistic Therapy and currently doing a diploma in this topic, part of which touches on these and if you look at the list above, they have allot of uses, no weather they work or not, you’ll have to let me know! If you’ve had success with these previously then please comment on this blog piece so others can read and build a better picture, Share your negative experiences too if you have any 🙂
Michael K A Bennett- BCCSDip.HthNut
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