Edward Bach

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Edward Bach
Dr Edward Bach Oil Painting.jpg
Born 24 September 1886
Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England
Died 27 November 1936
Wallingford, Berkshire, England
Nationality English
Education University College Hospital
Occupation Medical Research
Known for Bach Flower Remedies
Medical career
Profession Medical Doctor
Field Medicine
Research Plants Vibration Remedies

Edward Bach (/ˈbæ/ (About this sound listen) BATCH; 24 September 1886 – 27 November 1936) was an English doctor,[1][2] homeopath, bacteriologist and spiritual writer, best known for developing a range of remedies called the Bach flower remedies, a form of alternative medicine inspired by classical homeopathic traditions.


Born in Moseley, Worcestershire,[3] Bach attended Birmingham University and went on to University College Hospital in London to complete his studies.[4] He studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London, and obtained a Diploma of Public Health (DPH) at Cambridge.

In 1917 Bach had a malignant tumour removed from his spleen. It was predicted that he had only three months left to live, but instead he recovered. Bach died in his sleep on 27 November 1936 in Wallingford, Berkshire, at the age of 50.[5][6][additional citation(s) needed]

Last House where Bach lived in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell now privately owned by the Ramsell family.[7][8]

Bach flower remedies[edit]

In 1930, at the age of 43, he decided to search for a new healing technique. He spent the spring and summer discovering and preparing new flower remedies – which include no part of the plant but simply what Bach claimed to be the pattern of energy of the flower. In the winter he treated patients free of charge.

Rather than being based on medical research, using the scientific method, Bach's flower remedies were intuitively derived[9] and based on his perceived psychic connections to the plants.[10]p. 185 If he felt a negative emotion, he would hold his hand over different plants, and if one alleviated the emotion, he would ascribe the power to heal that emotional problem to that plant. He believed that early morning sunlight passing through dew-drops on flower petals transferred the healing power of the flower onto the water,[11] so he would collect the dew drops from the plants and preserve the dew with an equal amount of brandy to produce a mother tincture which would be further diluted before use.[12] Later, he found that the amount of dew he could collect was not sufficient, so he would suspend flowers in spring water and allow the sun's rays to pass through them.[11]

While he recognised the role of the germ theory of disease, defective organs and/or tissue, and other known and demonstrable sources of disease, Bach wondered how exposure to a pathogen could make one person sick, while another was unaffected, when to all appearances and analysis they were in equal states of health. He postulated that illness was the result of a conflict between the purposes of the soul and the personality's actions and outlooks. This internal war, according to Bach, leads to emotional imbalances and energetic blockage, which causes a lack of harmony, thus leading to physical diseases. Bach's remedies focus on treatment of the patient's personality, which he believed to be the ultimate root cause of disease.

Bach nosodes[edit]

Starting in 1919, he worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital, where he was influenced by the work of Samuel Hahnemann.[10]p. 186 In this period, he developed seven bacterial nosodes known as the seven Bach nosodes. Their use has been mostly confined to British homeopathy practitioners.

These Bowel Nosodes[13] were introduced by Bach and the British homeopaths, John Paterson (1890–1954)[14] and Charles Edwin Wheeler (1868–1946)[15] in the 1920s. Their use is based on the variable bowel bacterial flora associated with persons of different homeopathic constitutional types.[16]

The Bach Centre[edit]

The Bach Centre house at Mount Vernon, is owned today by a Registered Charity controlled by the Ramsell family set up by John Ramsell in 1989.[8][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Matthew Wood Vitalism
  2. ^ Frankie Hutton Rose Lore
  3. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=edward&lastname=bach&eventyear=1886&eventyear_offset=2
  4. ^ "Dr Edward Bach". crystalherbs.com. 
  5. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-deaths-1837-2007?firstname=edward&lastname=bach&yearofbirth=1886&yearofbirth_offset=1
  6. ^ Mechthild Scheffer (2001). The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press. pp. 13–5. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/faq.htm
  8. ^ a b http://www.bachcentre.com/disclaimer.php
  9. ^ Graham, Helen (1999). Complementary Therapies in Context: The Psychology of Healing. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. p. 254. ISBN 1-85302-640-9. 
  10. ^ a b Wood, Matthew (2000). Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy and Flower Essences. Richmond, Calif: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-55643-340-9. 
  11. ^ a b Larimore, Walt; O'Mathuna, Donal (2007). Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, Updated and Expanded (Christian Handbook). Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. p. 293. ISBN 0-310-26999-7. 
  12. ^ Robson, Terry (2004). An Introduction to Complementary Medicine. Allen & Unwin Academic. pp. 184–185. ISBN 1-74114-054-4. 
  13. ^ John Paterson The Bowel Nosodes
  14. ^ John PATERSON (1890–1954) PHOTOTHÈQUE HOMÉOPATHIQUE Homéopathe International
  15. ^ Charles Edwin Wheeler PHOTOTHÈQUE HOMÉOPATHIQUE Homéopathe International
  16. ^ Prescribing on the basis of Nosodes & Bowel Nosodes Homoeopathy Clinic website

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