Dr Edward Bach

A simple cure

The flower essences as we know and use them today, were discovered in the 1930’s by a Harley street doctor and homeopath called Doctor Edward Bach. Born in 1886, he had a very great love of nature and also a burning desire to find a simple way to cure people.

About Doctor Bach

He became a Doctor and went into research, in particular the fields of immunology and bacteriology and developed some vaccines from intestinal bacterial which he used to help in cases of chronic disease.

He was by nature very observant man, and noticed, during his years of medical practice, that help was given for people’s physical symptoms but nothing for their state of mind which was often quite acute. Fearful, depressed and shocked. He came to believe  that a person’s state of mind was vitally important to their eventual successful recovery. If they were calm and happy they would recover more quickly, but if they were distressed, it would take longer, if at all. He also noticed that even if some people recovered, they might fall ill again.


Three Months to Live

Dr Bach himself had a life threatening illness, cancer. in 1917 he was given just three months to live, but amazingly he recovered! We can only wonder what was going on in his life at this time, but through his recovery he must in some way have made some break through and from this I’m sure he understood how important a person’s state of mind is to health.

Some New Understandings

So it was through this hard won experience and observation, he came to the conclusion that the real cause of disease is not ‘material’ in origin, not microbes and virus etc, but our negative states of emotion and mind. An illness is, in his opinion, the final result of some very long held negative emotion or frame of mind.

It is becoming more acceptable today to accept emotions as a real factor in the cause of ill health. We are catching up with his ideas and apparently his contemporaries did say he was a 100 years ahead of his time! We all know that we are more likely to go down with the latest bug that’s going around when we are run down and can’t cope.

The Role of Homeopathy

He came to work at the London  Homeopathic hospital in 1920. He was inspired by Hannahman’s ideas which were so much like his own. He prepared his vaccines homoeopathically and found they worked much more efficiently. Now called the Bach Nosodes. He felt very in tune with the ideas of homeopathy, particularly as homeopathic remedies include the state of mind of the patient as a part of the diagnosis, which he felt to be vitally important.

Personality Types

There is a story that he went to a boring dinner and while he was quietly observing the guests, he came to see that people are actually very similar in their mannerisms, and seem to fall into family/personality groups. We are all unique,  but also share some similar basic characteristics, both positive and negative with others.

He finally detected 12 personality types and concluded that if someone was ill, and it would not matter what the illness it was, they would first slip into the negative side of their personality, which is what he had been observing for so long. If a remedy could be found to correct this imbalance, then the person would get well.

A Summary of his Observations

He observed that help was given to improve the symptoms of illness, but nothing to improve a patient’s state of mind, which was perhaps shocked, fearful or depressed

He observed that negative stages of mind have a direct effect on their ultimate recovery

Patients were frequently brought back to health, but more often than not, later became ill again. The real CAUSE of the illness had obviously not been addressed!!!

This was a powerful insight, so he looked to his great love of nature for the cure.  He wanted to find benign herbs to replace his nosodes, which were  the products of disease,  so he experimented with some herbs, clematis for the dreamy person, impatiens for the impatient types, and mimulus for fearful people. He was so pleased with the results he left his lucrative Harley street practice, and homeopathy, to look for more flowers. Over the next 6 years he found and researched a total of 38 Flower Remedies. He found them to be greatly beneficial in the restoration a patient’s from a distressing frame of mind to happiness and calmness, which, he observed,  would lead to an improvement in their health.


He is very close to our hearts here in Norfolk as he came to stay in Cromer in the 1930’s, and researched and discovered many of his famous remedies in our beautiful countryside.