Bach Flower Remedies were created by Doctor, Edward Bach in
the 1930's. His philosophy "a healthy mind ensures a healthy
body" along with his strong belief that medicine should do no
harm, led him to develop several plant based remedies for particular
mood states and personality traits. The method of treatment relies
on the transfer of "life energy forces" from the plants
to the patient, to gently restore balence to negative emotions and
therefore stimulate the
own capacity to heal itself.
Up until now, Flower Essence therapy has been used predominantly
with human patients, however use with animals has had some startling
results. Animals, like humans, have active mental and emotional
lives. Careful observation has shown that animals often develop
the same problems their owners have, especially psychosomatic ones.
Animals may also have to cope with loneliness, anxiety, fear or
the trauma of accident or surgery. Behavioural problems are a major
concern and often accompany or precede physical disease.
health conditions often manifest from deeper emotional imbalances
an animals psychoemotional state can alter the bodies neurotransmitters
and cytocines (the protein messengers that control immune reactions)
in both the immune and endocrine systems. This weakens the resistence
of the animal to disease. Flower
remedies are a gentle non-toxic and non-invasive means of restoring
the inner balance of the body through a transfer of "life
from the flower essence to the patient. Alleviating emotional stresses
and thus stimulating the body to heal itself.
work on a similar mechanism as homoeopathy. Parts of the flowers are
diluted and then potentised to become effective. The essences are
then used in different combinations according to diagnosis. They can
not be overused or misused, and will not interfere with any other
medicine or treatment the animal may be involved in. Similarly, if
the wrong remedy is administered, it will not have any negative effect,
but will simply have no effect.