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Jennifer Barraclough

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.001.0001

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Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies

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(p.117) Chapter 11 Bach Flower Remedies
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Enhancing Cancer Care
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Jennifer Barraclough

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.003.0011

Bach flower remedies are a form of ‘energy’ or ‘vibrational’ medicine, focused on the emotional level. Besides the well-known combination Rescue™ Remedy, this system comprises thirty-eight individual essences, mostly derived from plants and trees that grow wild in England and Wales. Discovered in the 1930s, these remedies have become popular all over the world as an aid to managing psychological distress, including that associated with cancer. The Bach system is a good example of a holistic therapy. It treats the person and not the disease, encourages self-responsibility for healing, and can safely be combined with other treatments. Instead of dwelling only on what is wrong with people, it emphasises the idea that illness can be a learning experience and even a transformative one. This chapter describes the life and work of Dr. Edward Bach, the Bach flower remedies and their mode of action, efficacy, indications in the cancer care setting, contra-indications, precautions, limitations, and levels of treatment.

Keywords:   Bach flower remedies, Edward Bach, Rescue™ Remedy, essences, cancer, psychological distress, cancer care, holistic therapy

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