Australian bush flower essences

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Australian bush flower essences are a complementary therapy derived from flowers and plants, generally but not exclusively Australian. They are similar to Bach flower remedies, which came earlier, and are a further development of that form of therapy.

All the available randomised trials show that flower essences have no clinical effects beyond placebo.[1]

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Origins[edit]

The Australian flower essences were developed by Australian naturopath Ian White B.Sc.,N.D.,D.B.M. White began working in New South Wales as a naturopath and took an interest in using the English Bach Flower Remedies.[2] He considered the possibility of using Australian flowers in the same way. White has stated that the idea of Australian Bush Flower Essences came to him while meditating, in the form of mental images of a plant, knowledge of its healing properties and how to 'prepare its Essence', and its botanical name.[3]

In this way, White kept preparing flower essences until there were fifty of them, which he used them in his naturopathic practice. Other practitioners began using the Essences. White has continued developing more Essences; to date there are 69 individual "remedies".[citation needed]

Criticism[edit]

Professor Edzard Ernst states that all the available randomised trials show that flower essences "have no clinical effects beyond placebo". Trials have centred on the Bach flower remedies.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1233/1953/ New Zealanders’ love affair with “alternative” medicine: reason for concern?
  2. ^ Australian Bush Flower Essences, Ian White (Bantam Books) 1991, p.xii
  3. ^ Australian Bush Flower Essences, p.xii
  4. ^ http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1233/1953/ New Zealanders’ love affair with “alternative” medicine: reason for concern?

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