Dr. Edward Bach 1886-1936
Edward Bach studied medicine at Birmingham University and University College Hospital, London. He qualified in 1912 and worked as a house surgeon, pathologist and bacteriologist. He also carried out original research into immunology and vaccine therapy.
In 1919 Bach took up a post at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Inspired by his experiences there, he began research into the use of healing plants to address the emotional causes of disease. The preparations made from these plants became known as Bach flower remedies.
He was inspired by his work with homeopathy but wanted to find remedies that would be purer and less reliant on the products of disease. So in 1930 he gave up his lucrative Harley Street practice and left London, determined to devote the rest of his life to a new system of medicine that he was sure could be found in nature.
During the later years of his research Dr. Bach discovered that illness of the physical body is very often rooted in disharmony of the mind – the physical illness being just an end product of that internal disharmony. Bach found that once harmony is restored to the patient at mental and emotional levels, the body naturally regains its vitality and a majority of its physical ‘diseases’ disappear. Further, the patient finds a renewed interest in life and is able to lead a fuller and more meaningful life.
Dr Bach believed that attitude of mind plays a vital role in maintaining health and recovering from illness and wanted to find something that treated the cause rather than the symptom. After identifying 38 basic negative states of mind and spending several years exploring the countryside, he managed to create a plant or flower based remedy for each one.
In 1934 he decided to settle down and create a centre for his work, and chose Mount Vernon, a small cottage in Sotwell, Oxfordshire. He spent the last years of his life at Mount Vernon, also known as the Bach Centre, and it was here that he completed his research.