Bach Flower Remedies: Form and Function

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SteinerBooks, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 349 pages
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"Today, disease and death control us ever more strongly with a litany of viruses, cancers, and heart disorders. The causes may be vaccinations, environmental poisons, despoliation of food, or pollution of the elements--earth, water and air. For Bach the cause was clear and it is clear today: 'It is only because we have forsaken Nature's way for man's way that we have suffered, and we have only to return to be released from our trials. In the presence of the way of Nature disease has no power; all fear, all depression, all hopelessness can be set aside. There is no disease of itself which is incurable.'" --Julian Barnard
In the 1920s, the physician and homeopath Dr. Edward Bach made his great discovery of the healing effects of various flower essences. Intense and revelatory, his experiences in nature resulted in thirty-eight "flower remedies." He describes these as bringing courage to the fearful, peace to the anguished, and strength to the weak. But the therapeutic effects of the remedies were never limited to emotional states. They are equally effective in the treatment of physical disorders.
Barnard begins the process of explaining this phenomenon. He describes how Bach made his discoveries and examines the living qualities of the plants in their context and how the remedies are actually produced. The result is remarkable. The author recounts his observations so that readers can experience, in a living way, the complex ways in which the remedy plants grow--their gestures and qualities, ecology, botany, and behavior.
This exciting book is a trumpet call to attend to nature in a new way. Fully illustrated.
 

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Contents

A Growing Sensitivity
17
Down by the Riverside
31
The Sun Method
59
Heal ThyselfFree Thyself
71
Not the Right Remedy
85
Cromer
93
The Last of the First Twelve
123
The Architecture of the Twelve Healers
137
What Has Got Into You?
227
The Coming of the Light
241
Making the Pattern Breaking the Pattern
247
Apathy Depression and Despair
267
The Pattern in Practice
279
The Story of the Travellers
287
Twelve Ways of Being Unwell
293
Which Plants Come From Where?
295

The Four Helpers
143
The Seven Helpers
171
The First of the Second Nineteen
185
The Boiling Method
199
Holding Back from Involvement in Life
205
Finding Fault with the World Around Us
217
Homeopathy Dilutions and a Numbers Game
299
Chronology from 1886 to 2002
305
Building a Repertory of Plant Gestures
311
Notes
319
Index
339
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About the author (2004)

Julian Barnard has lived and worked in Walterstone on the Welsh border for the past twenty years. Born in the Thames Valley in 1947 to a family with connections to the great English botanists John Henslow and Joseph Hooker, he was brought up with a love of plants. He went to school at Oxford and trained at the Architectural Association in London. Finding a copy of The Twelve Healers led to a training in herbal medicine with Dorothy Hall in Australia. The author of a series of books about Dr Bach's flower remedies, including The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach: An Illustrated Guide to the Flower Remedies, he has also edited and published the Collected Writings of Edward Bach, the first complete edition of Bach's works. In 1986 he was instrumental in establishing the Bach Educational Program to bring flower remedies to a wider public. Still actively engaged in education, he has given talks and workshops in more than a dozen countries in Europe and the Americas.

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