Bach flower remedies is a system of 38 flower remedies that are said to correct emotional imbalances. Considered alternative medicine you can pick or choose what you like from this blog post but we thought it would be interesting to check out.
Doctor Bach(1886-1936), a British Doctor set out to research immunology but developed an interest in homeopathy and joined the laboratories of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in 1919. He felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases rather than the people who were suffering them. Bach believed that illness is the effect of disharmony between body and mind and that symptoms of an illness are the external expression of negative emotional states.
In 1928 he began work on his own remedies made from plants and two years later at age forty-three he gave up his lucrative practice in London to pursue his vision. This boldness resulted in the 38 different types of Bach remedies. Each remedy is associated with a basic human emotion. Mimulus, for example, is the remedy for when we are anxious or afraid about something specific. Taking the remedy helps to overcome the fear and face it with courage.
The 38 different remedies and their bundled mixes are available in liquid form at most health stores, pharmacies and online. The Bach flower remedy most people know is arnica, a plant from the sunflower family, used to treat bruising, muscular strains, wounds and swelling.
The bundled mixes of remedies commonly y known as “Rescue Remedies” such as Rescue Sleep and the standard rescue remedy for stress and emotional imbalance are fairly well-known in Australia.
Rescue sleep is said to calm your restless mind providing natural relief of occasional sleeplessness caused by stress and repetitive thoughts. Active ingredients in the rescue sleep product include white chestnut to help ease a restless mind, star of Bethlehem for trauma and shock, clematis for the tendendency to pass out, cherry plum for fear of mind giving way or anger, impatiens for irritability and tension and finally rock rose for frozen terror and panic.
The standard rescue remedy is also a combination of 5 Bach flower remedies. Allegedly, beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic situations, such as, emergencies, after getting bad news, feeling impatient and irritated, feeling tension and pressure, before an exam or job interview and all other kind of situations where you find you lose balance mentally.
Rescue remedy is said to help you to relax, get focused and get the needed calmness. Dr Oz recommends rescue remedy for stress and it has been endorsed by many celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston, Selma Hyak, Cate Blanchett, Martha Stewart and Van Morrison. We’re not saying you should try it because the celebrities’ do we are just showing that it is not a product only used by alternative medicine or homeopathy supporters.
Although homeopathy has recently been slammed as scientifically implausible and theoretically week in recent media reports by the Sydney Morning Herald and other major metropolitan newspapers. However a draft statement by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council said homeopathy which uses a large range of animal, plant and mineral products should not be confused with herbal remedies.
At the end of the day you are free to make up your own mind on whether you take homeopathic medicines or not. We just like to educate you on what is out there in the healthcare world so you are better informed to make decisions about your own health.
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Medew, J. 2012. Alternative medicine crackdown. Retrieved 14 November 2012 from http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/alternative-medicine-crackdown-20120313-1uyiw.html