8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2002
Dr. Edward Bach, a skilled homeopathic physician, developed his own theory about the cause of disease. Dr. Bach believed that physical diseases begin as an imbalance in the patient's emotional well-being. By attending to emotions and weeding out harmful emotions from the patient's psyche, a healing trend can be initiated that assists the patient in avoiding future physical diseases. Treating emotional states addresses diseases while they are still at the energy level. Dr. Bach believed that the flower essences could even be helpful once disease had progressed to a physical manifestation. The flower essences do not replace other treatments such as homeopathy, but they can assist other treatments by soothing the patient's mental condition and initiating preliminary steps towards healing the imbalance that led to the disease in the first place.
This book is filled with wonderful information that the beginner can use to learn to use the flower essences to heal themselves and others. It is the basic text and everyone who is interested in flower essences should have this text regardless of what other texts they own as well. Bach thoroughly explains his theory on the source of disease and then each flower essence is examined, one by one, showing the emotional profile of the patient who would most benefit from each remedy.
The system is very simple and can be learned easily by the layman but it is very effective -- only 38 remedies cover the entirety of negative human emotions! Dr. Bach insisted that the flower essences be kept simple because he believed that their simplicity was a key factor of their effectiveness. Treating one's self and others with flower essences is simple to learn but it is also an art that one will spend the rest of their lifetime developing and perfecting.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2000
This book is a wonderful introduction to both the philosophy and the practice of the Bach Flower Remedies. It provides a lot of information without overwhelming the reader. The book is arranged in three sections. The first is Dr. Bach's essay entitled "Heal Thyself" which is about how each one of us has the power and is capable of healing ourself, the second section gives a short, useful description of each essence. The third section is a wonderful list of numerous emotional states and the appropriate essence to use for each one.
If you're at all interested in learning how to treat yourself using these remedies, this is the book for you. I've had this book for approximately 6 months and it is well worn already!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2000
I recently learned from a friend how Bach flower remedies could help with various health and emotional issues for both people and animals. I bought this book to learn more and have actually tried several remedies in this book as have my friends, co-workers and even my pets. The results are astounding. This is a great definitive guide for a beginner!
This is a good introduction to the Bach Flower Remedies. It contains three books in one, two by Edward Bach and one by someone who, I gather, works at one of his clinics. Each book packs a lot of info into a small space and is a useful book to learn what the remedies are about and to make an informed decision about whether they are appropriate for you to pursue or not. I haven't read all of it yet, but I have a friend who uses the Bach Flower Remedies, and I am interested in exploring how they work and whether I want to find out more. This is an economical and informative introductions to the process. I also ordered a workbook which has not come yet. It was coming from somewhere else but was ordered on Amazon.ca.