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Want Quick Relief for Emotional Upset? Flower Remedies to the Rescue by Dr. Mark Stengler

When my patients feel anxious, despondent or generally out of sorts, I often recommend Bach Original Flower Remedies. These homeopathic formulas are unique- they are a system of treatment based on the idea that plant remedies, specifically dilutions of flower materials, can help ease specific mental states or emotions.  I know this may sound strange, but flowers are connected to our emotions in all sorts of ways. (Think about smelling the wonderful scent of a bouquet.)

I have been using these remedies for more than 15 years with my patients who are dealing with emotional problems, and I am convinced that they work.  They are not designed to be a substitute for counseling, and many of my patients tell me that the remedies complement their counseling.  The flower remedies also can  help patients who want to reduce physical ailments that are worsened by stress, such as ulcers or digestive problems.

Here’s how Bach Flower Remedies might help you…

HOW TO BENEFIT

One of the most popular flower remedies is Bach Rescue Remedy.  This formula of five different flower-derived preparations helps people feel calmer and more focused during acute bouts of  anxiety or crisis.  But the Bach Flower Remedy treatment system is much more far-reaching than that.

Developed by Dr. Edward Bach, an English bacteriologist, surgeon and pathologist working in the 1930’s, the system includes 38 different flower remedies, each one associated with relieving a different negative emotion or emotional state.  Dr. Bach believed that flower remedies help the body achieve a healthy emotional state that in turn restores physical health.  The pursuit of this type of mind-body synergy is known as psychoneuroimmunology, which is based on the interaction psychological states and the nervous and immune systems.

Even today, Bach Flower Remedies are created according to Dr. Bach’s specifications.  Using only plants grown in the wild, the remedies are prepared by allowing the flowers to steep in water and direct sunlight, and the branches and leaves are boiled in water. The plant matter is then removed, and the remaining water is believed to retain the “energy”, or frequency, of the plant—this is the kind of theory that underlies homeopathy.

In a University of Miami study, researchers found that Bach Rescue Remedy helped study participants reduce high levels of situational anxiety.  Among the few other studies conducted on Bach Flower Remedies, results have been unconvincing, except that all agree the preparations are safe.  My own experience with patients has been much more positive.

THE REMEDIES

To get the most out of these preparations, choose the remedy that best matches your emotional state now (see the list below).   I generally recommend using no more than three remedies at a time.

GETTING RESULT S

Use four drops of each remedy at a time.  Put them directly in your mouth, or dilute them in six ounces of water.  Take them at least 10 minutes after eating.

For acute problems, take the remedy every one to two hours daily. Change remedies if you are not feeling better in two days.

For chronic problems, take the remedy two or three times daily. Change remedies if you are not feeling better after two weeks.

For less serious problems, sip the diluted mixture throughout the day. Change remedies if you are not feeling better after two weeks. Make a new diluted solution every day.  Some people feel better immediately.  For others, it may take days to a few weeks.  Then use as needed.  If your symptoms change, choose other remedies.  They are nontoxic and safe to take with other medications.

Bach Flower Remedies are available at health-food stores and online. One bottle costs about $12 to $16.  For more details, visit the Web site of the Bach Centre in England (www.BachCentre.com) or Nelsons, the company that distributes the remedies (800-319-9151, www.BachRemedies.com)

Caution: Flower remedies are not a substitute for medical attention for serious symptoms of depression or anxiety.

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS                                                                   REMEDY

Hiding your troubles behind a smile………………………………………  Agrimony

Unidentified anxiety ……………………………………………………………… Aspen

Critical and intolerant……………………………………………………………. Beech

Weak-willed and seeking praise……………………………………………  Centaury

Doubting your judgment………………………………………………………. Cerato

Fear of losing control……………………………………………………………. Cherry Plum

Repeating old patterns and making same mistakes………………. Chestnut Bud

Controlling others…………………………………………………………………  Chicory

Lack of motivation and concentration………………………………….. Clematis

Embarrassed about yourself…………………………………………………. Crab Apple

Feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities………………………………. Elm

Self-doubt and discouragement……………………………………………. Gentian

Hopelessness………………………………………………………………………… Gorse

Loneliness……………………………………………………………………………… Heather

Jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion………………………………………….. Holly

Dwelling in the past………………………………………………………………… Honeysuckle

Fatigue of mind and body……………………………………………………….. Hornbeam

Frustrated by the slow process of people and things…………… Impatiens

Lack of self-confidence………………………………………………………… Larch

Shyness, anxiety…………………………………………………………………… Mimulus

Unexplained sadness that comes and goes………………………….. Mustard

Struggling against the odds and not giving up

(when you should) ……………………………………………………………… Oak

Mental and physical exhaustion………………………………………….. Olive

Dissatisfied…………………………………………………………………………. Pine

Fear for a loved one……………………………………………………………. Red Chestnut

Extreme terror……………………………………………………………………. Rock Rose

Driving yourself hard to set an example…………………………….. Rock Water

Indecisive…………………………………………………………………………… Scleranthus

Emotional trauma……………………………………………………………….  Star of Bethlehem

Despair……………………………………………………………………………….. Sweet Chestnut

Argumentative……………………………………………………………………. Vervain

Strong- willed to the point of dictatorial……………………………… Vine

Too influenced by others…………………………………………………….. Walnut

Feeling disconnected from family,

friends and people in general……………………………………………… Water Violet

Persistent worry…………………………………………………………………. White Chestnut

Unfulfilled ambitions………………………………………………………….. Wild Oat

Indifferent and apathetic……………………………………………………. Wild Rose

Bitterness…………………………………………………………………………… Willow

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7 Responses to “Want Quick Relief for Emotional Upset? Flower Remedies to the Rescue by Dr. Mark Stengler”

  1. [...] the copy of the article from Dr Stengler published in this week’s ezine – on the Bach Flower Remedies – I read the article, made a list of the remedies I believed would benefit me – and [...]

  2. Caroline says:

    Thank you for this article. The Bach Flower Remedies are indeed a wonderful relief remedy. I highly recommend them.

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  3. Leila says:

    Thanks for this informative article. Are the flower remedies based on the idea that emotions cause the brain to release chemicals into the body. Negative chemicals impact the body like a poison and positive chemicals like a medicine? If that is the case I could see how the chemicals from plants could counteract the chemicals from a negative emotion. In that way flower remedies would be a bit like herbal medicine.

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  4. Leonora says:

    Hello;
    I don’t agree with Dr Stengler article about Bach flowers being homeopathic remedies and with some of the descriptions of the emotional symptoms.
    I feel that advice from a Bach Flower’s practitioner should be sought after.
    Thank you

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  5. George says:

    I have only had one serious experience with the Bach Flower Remedies. There is now a series based on some Australian bush flowers. Some people might explain it away as the “placebo effect”, but it does seem to work and did in my case. I am surprised that an MD is promoting their use.

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  6. George says:

    In reply to George above (no relation by the way), I am also surprised to see an MD promoting the use of the Bach Flower Remedies. We have to remember that Dr Stengler is not playing strictly by the rules in his practice, evidently also applying alternative therapies to those taught in the universities. More strength to him and his like-minded colleagues. I have seen the flower remedies in some health food stores like Go Vita.

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  7. Leila says:

    Wow! On reading this article I’ve realized that many of the mood/state descriptions are ones I recognize in myself from time to time. A long time ago I looked into Bach Flower Remedies and didn’t get much out of it, mostly because I couldn’t recognize the mood descriptions in my day to day life. Now though, things are different. I guess I’m a bit older and more reflective. Maybe nows the time to look into them again? Thanks.

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