Dr Edward Bach (1886-1936), a qualified doctor and homoeopath, believed that sickness and disease are a result of disharmony that exists deep within the patient, and claimed that this disharmony could be eased with the aid of simple, harmless remedies made from wild flowers.


Being a homoeopath Bach believed that it was more important to treat the individual patient than to tackle the disease from which he was suffering. He prescribed his flower remedies according to the patientís psychological state and used his intuition to tell him what remedies to select.


To prepare the treatments flower heads are placed in water in a plain glass bowl and left in the sunlight. The water is then bottled to produce the flower-remedy medicine. To administer the remedy to a patient a couple of drops of this liquid are added to a glass of ordinary water.


Bach seems to have been careful to make sure that his flower remedies were not poisonous. The dilutions used mean that there are probably few hazards with this type of treatment.


Advocates of the Bach remedies recommend them for many different disorders.