Bach, Edward (1886–1936)
British physician who developed an unconventional system
of healing. Bach (his name is pronounced ‘‘batch’’) was a graduate
of University College Hospital (M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S.). He
left his flourishing Harley Street practice in favor of homeopathy,
seeking a more natural system of healing than allopathic
medicine. He was appointed bacteriologist and pathologist to
the London Homeopathic Hospital, but in due course developed
his own simple system of healing based on his psychic insight.
He concluded that healing should be as simple and natural
as the development of plants, which were nourished and
given healing properties by earth, air, water, and sun.
Bach believed that he could sense the individual healing
properties of flowers by placing his hands over the petals. His
remedies were prepared by floating summer flowers in a bowl
of clear stream water exposed to sunlight for three hours.
He developed 38 remedies, one for each of the negative
states of mind suffered by human beings, which he classified
under seven group headings fear, uncertainty, insufficient interest
in present circumstances, loneliness, oversensitivity to influences
and ideas, despondency or despair, and overcare for
the welfare of others. The Bach remedies can be prescribed for
plants, animals, and other living creatures as well as human beings.
In the last years of his life, Bach abandoned his successful
medical practice and lived in a cottage on the borders of Buckinghamshire,
where he developed and prepared his healing
The Bach Centre now carries on the doctors’s work at Mount
Vernon, Sotwell, Wallingford, Berkshire. Some of Bach’s ideas
now have greater relevance through modern interest in the interaction
between plants and human beings. During the last
years of his life, he published several short books detailing his
research. These and other publications dealing with Bach’s
works are kept in print by the Bach Centre. In the United
States, there is an Edward Bach Healing Society, 644 Merrick
Rd., Lynbrook, NY 11563.
As many have observed, the Bach system is a gentle method
of healing, and many physicians have reported favorably on it.
Much of the efficacy of the Bach remedies seemed to depend
upon the fact that they were never mass produced but rather
prepared individually with care and love for human beings, a
fact that suggests that their value may have rested largely on a
placebo effect.
Bach, Edward. Heal Thyself. London C. W. Daniel, 1931.
———. The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies A Simple Herbal
Treatment. 3d ed. London C. W. Daniel, 1936.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Bach, Edward
Bach, Edward, and F. J. Wheeler. The Bach Flower Remedies.
New Canaan, Conn. Keats, 1977.
Chancellor, P. Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies. London
C. W. Daniel, 1971.
Weeks, N. The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach. London C.
W. Daniel, 1940.
Wheeler, Francis J. The Bach Remedies Repertory. London C.
W. Daniel, 1952.