Bach flowers - Therapeutic aggravation or healing crisis with Bach flowers



Note 1

It has been ascertained that it is possible, during the treatment with Bach flower remedies, especially in the first days, that "one does not feel well", that is to say that for example one can suffer from a sudden fever; or you feel pains that were not there before; or one feels particularly depressed or vice versa cheerful; you feel a tiredness that you did not have before; there is a worsening of the symptoms from which one tries to heal; there is a feeling of cold; sweating and urinating excessively; it is difficult to sleep, in short, a particular symptomatology that was not felt before. This fact is commonly called "therapeutic aggravation" or "healing crisis" and is to be considered a positive fact as it means that the Bach flowers have started to act and rebalance the body by moving the altered vibrations for their rebalancing. This aggravation must therefore be seen as a more than positive fact from the point of view of the organism's reaction to wanting to quickly remove the disease that afflicts it.

During the therapeutic aggravation, which in any case will last only a few days, it is not necessary to resort to drugs but you must try to relax, to be calm and you must strive to continue taking the remedies, at the most they can be reduced for example by four times a day for two and then resume the normal dose as soon as the malaise subsides.

It is possible in cases where the pain or discomfort is particularly annoying, to stop taking the Bach flower remedies until the pain or particular pathology has passed. At most you can make use of the Rescue Remedycon the method of the glass.

In any case, the best thing is to stay as calm as possible and try to endure the discomfort by continuing to take the remedies so as not to interrupt the healing process.

1. Original photograph courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Dr. Thomas Barnes

Bach flowers - Therapeutic aggravation or healing crisis with Bach flowers

Placebo effect e Bach flowers

THE Bach flowers, they also work with babies, plants, animals and patients who do not know they are taking them, this means that the remedies work and one cannot think that the healing is due to autosuggestion, ie the placebo effect.

The provoking of a cathartic discharge, the simple recalling of memory, in the naively Enlightenment hope that this could bring about change, are both paths followed with little success by Freud.
the simple use of empathy and restorative "mothering" appear sometimes useful, certainly insufficient, ways to determine those restructuring that will allow the individual to feel better in a stable and continuous manner.

The therapeutic path must return as much as possible to the patient's conscience the fears, anxieties, strategies, tactics, defenses, dogmas that the subject has built on himself and on the world and which therefore lead him to observe reality and to interact with it in a schematic, rigid and unilateral way, it is necessary to give back in the light of self-awareness the reasons for which all this was born and was structured, the healed wounds and those still open and painful.

The aspects of one's identity deemed unacceptable and irreconcilable must be usefully integrated and possibly transformed into new sources of energy and positive qualities. All this can happen, for example, through the practice of interpretation or through techniques and methods congenial to the patient and deriving from the therapist's cultural background.

This process of conscientization is a great process of liberation, since it not only makes everything that was unconscious less pervasive, but also makes it possible to glimpse new solutions and existential perspectives.
This process, in turn, makes possible not only a liberation from ancient blocks and constraints, but also a reactivation of the whole set of positive qualities hypothesized by Roberto Assagioli as essential components of the higher unconscious.

All this ultimately allows the person to partially or fully reconquer that fertile territory and according to what Edward Bach called "True self" .

This evolutionary path must necessarily take place, in the context of a therapist-patient relationship, regulated and structured in a setting that is the "ad hoc" container for the activation and consequent awareness of the patient's structural modalities.

This path of change may obviously not be easy as all unconscious structures are dysfunctional solutions, (but still solutions) that have given the patient, albeit precariously, a certain sense of security and identity and have allowed him to avoid even worse "troubles", of living even in an uncomfortable way, still finding its own settlement.

The patient will almost inevitably put up a kind of resistance to change.
He will need time to create space within himself, to become aware, to accept himself.
Here, then, is where the great and important function of the gods comes into play Bach flowers , evidently witnessed by the "crisis of conscience".
They can be considered as activators and catalysts of the path of self-awareness.
They are able to enter the system and perform these functions, softening the resistances and activating the qualities through
extremely specific but also easily identifiable “locks”, such as the patient's current negative emotional states. The so-called crisis of conscience represents the most visible phenomenon of this activity.

For bibliographic reference:
IANNELLI M. - “Crisis of conscience” in Flower Therapy: wait
theorists and management of a "good opportunity". Acts of the 2nd
Congress A.M.I.F. The Med. Biol. Suppl. at No. 2, 2000,
pages 12-20.
Author's address:
Dr. Michele Iannelli
- Clinical Psychology Specialist, Psychotherapist
- A.I.O.T. and A.M.I.F.
- Member of the Executive of the A.M.I.F.
Via Veiano, 50 - 00189 Rome

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People who need Pine they feel guilty all the time. In any situation in life they find reasons to feel guilty and even when they have achieved success they berate themselves because they could have done better. If they are blamed they torment themselves with self-reproaches, if they are praised they cannot accept praise.
The image represented by Pine has strongly masochistic traits, since the patient always thinks he has to punish himself for something.
How does such a self-destructive attitude arise?
Pine is the decompensation stage of Centaury. In the mood corresponding to Centaury the person fails to say no, in the one corresponding to Holly falls to the other extreme and always says no, for this reason then in the stadium Pine he feels guilty.
In the beginning, the person therefore seeks the love and appreciation of others, a desire that often leads to self-denial. Over time, the moment comes when she feels exploited and therefore distances herself aggressively from others, thus losing the love and esteem she was looking for. For this reason a state of mind Holly it cannot be maintained for long by itself. The person falls into the stage of decompensation, beginning to feel guilt. For many, what is described is a vicious circle, because due to feelings of guilt they no longer dare to say no and allow themselves to be exploited again. So the game starts all over again. The feelings of guilt are the consequence of the inner attitude represented by Centaury. They are always preceded by an act of weakness in which the accusation of another is accepted. In this regard, popular language says: "Why did you put your feet on your head?" In the treatment of the states corresponding to Centaury It is first of all necessary to note whether the patients are already in the decompensation phase, otherwise it may happen that, following the regained willpower due to the intake of Centaury, the feelings of guilt increase. Patients begin to be afraid and complain that they have changed "negatively" after therapy, which may also be confirmed by the people close to them.
When a person, who until then had endured everything even allowing himself to be exploited for his goodness of soul, suddenly rebels and shows a will of his own, it seems at first that he has made a "negative" change. Those close to him are unaware that the way she had previously allowed herself to be exploited, sometimes in the truest sense of the word, was not a normal thing.
In this case it is important to help the patient, who is necessarily faced with changes, to face the surrounding environment and clarify the transformation that he will experience at the level of consciousness through the interviews.

Source: New Therapies with i Bach flowers by Dietmar Kramer

At the end of May he felt like a failure. Despite hard work and constant effort to make progress, he was dissatisfied with himself and blamed himself for failing to do so.
Bach a failure? Who would ever believe it? It's a ridiculous idea.Yet, he was so he felt a failure he wasn't. The description of Pine it clarifies the facts exactly: “I blame myself. Even though I was successful, I know I could have done better. I work hard, but I make mistakes and I am unhappy with what I do. ”What is the cause of such a mood?
To be frank it is indicative of paternal rigor.
If, let's evaluate some facts regarding Edward Bach and his alleged relationship with his father and family, we manage to complete the picture. Bach he was a "delicate boy," and, if Weeks underlines his ancient determination to become a doctor, at sixteen Edward he began to work in his father's brass foundry. As the eldest son, the parents probably expected him to take over the family business. Bach he worked there, unhappy, for three years, before communicating to his father his desire to study medicine it was clearly a long time before he was able to tackle the subject. According to Weeks, he felt he could not ask for money from his people. In the fifth chapter of Heal Thyself Bach he repeats several times that parents must not interfere with the will of their children: “Independence, individuality and freedom must be taught from the beginning and the child must be encouraged as soon as possible in life to think and act independently. Parental control must be decreased step by step. ". 1n Free Thyself reiterates: «Many repress their true desires and feel maladjusted: because of the wishes of a parent. », And again, on the next page,« Some have since childhood the awareness of what they intend to do, and maintain it throughout their life others have it, but are dissuaded by adverse advice and circumstances, and discouraged by others ». Why would he have emphasized the problem so much if he had not himself been bound by his father's expectations? It is, therefore, probable that Bach has had problems in the family and it is peculiar that the remedies are linked to the reality of his (and others') existential experiences, as well as being elaborated on a theoretical level.
Pine, therefore, it is an emotional state that Bach he knew well and that recalled the echoes of his past:
“For those who blame themselves. Even when they are successful, they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with their efforts and results. They work hard and suffer greatly from self-attributing shortcomings.
Sometimes, when an error is due to others, they will still take responsibility for this too ”.
For Bach it should have been easy to amplify his emotional condition and find the flower that vibrated in response to it: he had become an expert on the procedure.

Source: Bach flowers Form and Functions of Julian Barnard

The transition from Cantaury to Pine represents, following the topical of Dr. Bach, the triumph of incommunicability with the Higher Self. While Cantaury let others interfere in your way, Pine even, he becomes the author of this interference by blaming himself for everything that goes wrong, SELF-REFERRING to his own person every missed success.
The message then sent by Cantaury / Pine. it ensures that the person can really make available his potential for humanity, availability and humanity in a positive way without being a sacrificial victim. Here then is that the subject will carry out a process of clarification with his person. This will lead him to recover his self-esteem and learn the lesson that true help to people is given when there is calm and confidentiality.

Source: Bach Flower Therapy Last Frontiers of Tradition, Dr. Maurizio Lupardini

• One is afflicted by a deep suffering for denied love,
• One is afflicted by burning feelings of guilt, as in a sort of "original sin complex", continually reproaching oneself for "not having done more",
• There is total distrust in oneself and one's abilities, a sort of "inferiority complex,

Source: The Path of the Soul. Nuova Ipsa Editore srl, Via G. Crispi 50, 90145, Palermo, Dr. Stefano Boschi

Therapeutic strategies
The more the years go by, the more I realize how difficult it is to love each other. Really love each other. Understanding the precious good of life and living it intensely, passionately. Doing what we really want and what is good for us. Without the fear of being happy and unreservedly taking the love that comes to us. Without the fear of showing this joy Listening to my patients and reviewing my life I realize: how many choices are conditioned by this inability. We are angry with destiny, with others, but how can we expect loving circumstances if we are the first not to love each other? It is a very close relationship from which there is no escape.
It is difficult not to risk sentimental rhetoric, but we will always have to deal with this reality. Maybe starting with the little things, which are the most accessible. Take a space in the day for yourself, without feeling guilty about your children or family. Give yourself small gifts, indulge in a rest or relaxing therapy, take a little vacation you have long wanted. From the little things that improve the quality of daily life, we then come to the courage of the bigger choices. It is important with this patient to start from this approach, to suggest or understand with her what can make her happy, to enter into a correct vision of responsibilities, to stimulate the release of all blocked energies, to reassure her about the aspects that torment her. We cannot achieve healing if we are not convinced that we deserve it! And if forgiveness is the other side of love, the right vision of responsibilities can only help us to transform this passive suffering into active suffering, capable of learning from the lessons of life. The poet Rumi said: "For the man of God good and evil are similar". And this is not because he is unable to distinguish them, but because in the search for unity every aspect is functional to the whole. Everything is important to learn. Perhaps the mystery of unity lies in choosing and letting oneself be chosen by needs.
In the therapeutic relationship with this patient it is very important not to favor guilty attitudes with respect to therapy: she will not be "bad" if she does not take the remedies and she will not be "good" if she heals. There are no rewards or punishments, diets don't have to be rigid and constricting. Everything must be done if she wants to, if it is good for herself, if it is a way of loving each other. These tips are even more important if we are therapists Chicory! However, I would like to point out to you the great therapeutic force that Hellinger's family constellations have, especially with this personality. Sometimes the "dramatized" resolutions of this technique help the patient to cut with painful and heavy dynamics linked to past events.

How many are they and who they are for

There are thirty-eight Bach flowers in total, divided into 12 healers (including common chicory), 7 "aid" (including oak) and well 19 assistants (including horse chestnut). We have already mentioned children but we have not made it clear that these flowers are for everyone.

There are therefore flowers for fear, for anxiety, for apprehension, loneliness, discouragement, despair, the well-being of others. With Bach flower therapy, you can therefore fight against stress, insecurity and depression. Rebalancing the emotions then resolves a series of physical ailments.

Finally, let's go back to the twelve so-called healing flowers and, for this reason, fundamental: they are nothing more than the "floral" version of twelve, distinct human personalities, each associated with a flower, precisely.

We close with the words of Bach himself, from his work "Free yourself" (1932):

"Each of the herbs corresponds to one of the qualities, and its purpose is to fortify that quality, so that the personality can overcome that defect which is the particular obstacle".

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Bach flowers: Flower essences are a vibrational remedy, which acts by virtue of the energetic information it carries. The concept of energy and vibration is fundamental in this field in which, as in homeopathy, it is no longer the matter that acts but something more subtle and difficult to measure, but no less real.


Flower Therapy (Bach flowers) represents an emerging branch of Biological Medicine that makes use of a series of natural remedies prepared from wild flowers.

The study of the healing properties of flowers, heritage of ancient medical traditions from different parts of the world, was particularly cared for, for the first time in a modern and original way, by the Welsh doctor Edward Bach, between the years 1926 and 1934.

THE Bach flowers (or flower remedies) act on the body, mind and human emotions, but also on the vital properties of animals and plants.

THE Bach flowers, in the primary setting of Dr. Edward Bach, are essentially prepared with two methods: the solar method and the boiling method.

With the solar method the flowers are placed to macerate in pure spring water under the sun's rays, in the place of collection, for three or four hours.

With the boiling method they are placed in pure spring water to boil for thirty minutes.

With both the first and the second method, after this first step, the water in which the flowers have been prepared undergoes a series of subsequent dilutions in brandy, to arrive at the finished product.

The first dilution is 50% between infusion water and brandy and constitutes the Floral Mother Tincture.

The second dilution is formed by two drops of the previous Tincture, in 30 ml. of water and brandy is called Stock Dilution and represents the concentrated product that is sold in pharmacies and herbalists.

The third dilution is obtained with two drops of the previous Stock, in 30 ml. of water and brandy is called Use Dilution and represents the usual form of taking flowers by patients.

The method of preparation, although recognized by the English homeopathic pharmacopoeia, is different from the classic preparation of homeopathic remedies, because it does not use either the Hahnemannian succussion or the Korsakovian flow dilution.

The peculiar way in which the floral remedy is prepared gives the infusion a particular "field information" capable of resonating with our body.

Resonance is that physical principle that causes an inert tuning fork to vibrate when it interacts with precise information, even if this information is not detectable to our sense organs.

What is in the Bach flowers (or in flower therapy) "this information", in physical terms, we are still studying: an electromagnetic field, a coherence domain in water clusters, a force field with a nuclear spin orientation?

Science has already largely demonstrated how information can be captured by the paramagnetic and piezoelectric structures of the human body, to form "domains of coherence", "chaotic attractors" and certainly the remedies we are talking about are "attractors "," Resonators "able to act on the mind and body.

The therapeutic indications of Floral Remedies (or Bach flowers), are certainly and in the first instance, indications aimed at correcting emotional distress. The Remedies are highly recommended for anxiety crises, for mild to moderate depression, for some forms of phobia, for insomnia and psychosomatic disorders. But also very interesting are the rebalancing effects that Flower Remedies express on emotional distress and reactive feelings to important organic problems such as: heart attack, cancer, AIDS, etc.

Lately, we are also discovering many applications of a strictly and primarily physical nature in the context of the use of Flower Remedies: treatment of pain, inflammation, allergic reactions, itching and so on.

Floritherapy today is increasingly a useful tool for the integration of academic medicine, above all for the absolute lack of side effects and for the easy integration with chemically synthesized drugs and traditional methods, in which for some cases is an indispensable complement. However, it is a harbinger of interesting results even if practiced alone and as a method of first use.

At present, the spread of Flower Therapy is growing widely in the Italian population, as well as being used for years in many countries around the world.

Censored by the O.M.S. among the natural methods that are hoped for study and dissemination, today it is also beginning to be taught in universities, in Italy, but above all abroad.

The Bach flower prescription method involves a thorough clinical interview through which it is clear, first of all, whether the appropriate indications are appropriate for the use of the method.

In particular, the clinician's first task will be to establish a differential diagnosis with major psychiatric pathologies and with other important neurological and organic dysfunctions that require a different approach.

In a second moment we will pause to examine whether the psychological-relational implications of the case in question are such as to recommend a psychotherapeutic treatment, as an alternative or in association with the flower therapy itself.

Only after having thoroughly examined the above, attention will focus on the correct choice of the floral remedy.

In case of psychic discomfort, the floral remedy will be chosen paying extreme attention to the nuances with which the discomfort occurs.

For the correct prescription, the terms of anxiety or depression indicate very little to the flower therapist.

The expert in flower therapy will try to color these terms, to analyze them in their most intimate nuances: the patient is disappointed, apathetic, intolerant, jealous, physically tired, morally tired, indecisive, nostalgic, proud, resentful, possessive, rigid, sadistic, impatient, with feelings of guilt, lacking in self-esteem, with fears of known or unknown origin, and so on.

A different remedy is indicated for each of these moods.

Often the remedies are more than one and they form a prescription cocktail.

This cocktail will be taken for at least a few months - three / twelve - in order to allow the correct flow of emotions, which will unfold from month to month, under the effect of the remedies.

In fact, the remedies will produce a softening of the patient's psychological resistances and an awareness, in many ways similar to that attributable to a psychotherapeutic process.

This awareness can also be reached by facing, at times, moments of "crisis of conscience" or of slight "homeopathic aggravation". In such contexts, the therapist's containment work will obviously be indispensable.

This "ad personam" mode of intervention cannot be separated from a clinical consultation, carried out by an attentive and prepared therapist.

However, there is also another form of flower therapy: that of simple prescriptions, prepackaged compounds, remedies for home or herbal use.

In addition to acting deeply on the mind, numerous flower remedies have in fact, also interesting physical effects there are flowers and a revulsive effect on trauma or inflammation, other remedies that act on allergic eczema or cough, still others on colds or cellulite.

Furthermore, not all emotional situations are of such a magnitude as to require the intervention of a doctor. Small anxieties, simple forms of difficulty falling asleep, etc., can very well be treated with over-the-counter bach flowers, which can be purchased in a pharmacy or herbalist's shop, in single form or as a pre-established floral compound.

Therefore, alongside the clinical use of flower therapy, we also recognize the possibility of a simpler and more domestic use by a wide range of users.

Bach flowers (Floral Remedies) currently on the market have a different legal position in Italy:

  • some of them are prepared with homeopathic dilution D5, therefore they are for all legal purposes considered homeopathic products, prescribed only by the doctor and sold only and exclusively in pharmacies
  • other floral remedies, not prepared in homeopathic dilution, are considered hydroalcoholic infusions, and are free for sale, as health products, both in pharmacies and herbalists.

In light of the examination carried out and of the legislative devices currently in force, we believe that flower therapy can be subject to a double classification:

  • Clinical Flower Therapy
  • Over the counter flower therapy

Clinical Flower Therapy is certainly the personalized prescription after a thorough clinical-diagnostic interview.

Over the counter flower therapy is the advice of the pharmacist or the advice of the expert herbalist who dispenses non-homeopathic flower remedies for free sale.

We therefore believe that a domestic or simple use of Flower Remedies can also be the prerogative of the population in general, or of other health and parasanitary figures, which the bills currently in progress in Parliament will define.

But certainly, for the above, we will delegate to the expert clinician the task of treating us, after an accurate diagnosis, in cases of his strict and exclusive relevance.

Article of Dr. Ermanno Paolelli

President of the Italian Society of Flower Therapy and Mentor of the Bach Foundation

by the editorial staff of Macrolibrarsi

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