Dr Edward Bach was a British physician and well-known pathologist, immunologist and bacteriologist. His discoveries in these areas of medicine were pioneering and his innovative bacterial vaccines have found a permanent place in homeopathic.
Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine, he felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and ignore the people who were suffering them. For him an illness was not just a ‘dysfunction of the human machine’ but an effect of disharmony between body and mind. He believed that the cause of disease were negative emotional states such as sorrow, fear, dissatisfaction and so forth.
He was inspired by his work with homeopathy but wanted remedies that would be purer and less reliant on the products of the disease. So in 1930 he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London, determined to devote the rest of his life to the new system of medicine that he was sure could be found in nature.
He started looking for soul remedies that could influence the cause of an illness.
He abandoned the scientific methods he had used up till now. Instead he chose to rely on his natural gift as a healer, and use his intuition to guide him.
In his quest he would go into the countryside, pick the petal of a single flower, lay it on his tongue, and with the help of his immense sensitivity he was able to feel the effect of a plant on the human body and psyche. One by one he found the remedies he wanted, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion.
Spring and summer he spent looking for remedies and in winter he spent giving help and advice to all those who came to him for treatment. He found that when he treated the personalities and feelings of his patients their unhappiness and physical distress would be alleviated as the natural healing potential in their bodies was unblocked and allowed to work once more.
In 1934 Dr Bach moved to Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire. It was in the lanes and fields round about that he found the remaining 19 remedies that he needed to complete his series.
He would suffer the emotional state that he needed to cure and then try various plants and flowers until he found the one single plant that could help him. In this way, through great personal suffering and sacrifice, he completed his life’s work.
Dr Bach passed away peacefully on the evening of 27 November 1936. He was only 50 years old, but he had left behind him several lifetime’s experience and effort, and a system of medicine that is now used all over the world.