Since the earliest times, as the healing powers of nature were recognized, plants have given us medicines, as well as food. In many parts of the world, flowering herbs, trees and shrubs have been used for centuries to treat all kinds of illness. Many of today’s pharmaceutical and OTC medications are derived from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds. For example, aspirin was originally derived from willow bark, menthol from mint leaves, digitalis from foxglove and pain medications from coca leaves. Homeopathic medicines are based on materials from plants, animals and minerals that are repeatedly diluted in water and alcohol. Homeopathy takes a holistic natural approach to treatment in a quest to treat the whole person rather than focusing on a specific part of the body.
Developed more than 200 years ago, homeopathy, as described by The National Center for Homeopathy, is a safe, gentle and natural alternative system of healing that stimulates the body’s own healing power. By working with the body, homeopathy seeks to relieve symptoms and restore and improve overall health. Homeopathic medicine has been integrated into the healthcare systems of many European countries including Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands. Clinical evidence shows that homeopathy has a positive effect on wellness, and the demand for alternative healing methods utilizing herbal remedies is growing in the U.S.
Based on the philosophy that “like cures like”, homeopathic remedies include infinitesimal or micro-doses of active ingredients that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength. Flower essences are a type of homeopathy that utilize similar principles. Based on the belief that disease or dis-ease is caused by imbalances within the body, flower essences address these imbalances at the physiological, emotional and spiritual level to allow the body to restore, repair and rebuild health. Homeopathic remedies have a very low risk of side effects and, when used appropriately, may be taken by people and pets of all ages.
Flower remedies are often used to affect emotional states. Evidence shows that emotions produce changes in certain hormones that may trigger biochemical responses, which can affect nerve function, digestion, respiration, circulation and immunity. Essences gently restore the balance between the mind and body by casting out negative emotions, such as fear, worry, impatience or indecision, that interfere with the peace, equilibrium and energy of the whole being, leaving the body free to heal itself. The first modern system based on flower essences was developed in the early 1900’s by British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, who over a period of years developed 38 flower remedies.
Dr. Bach developed these remedies based on his belief that the real cause of disease is a distortion of the body’s energy field, which results in negative states of mind and depletes a person’s vitality to the point where the body loses natural resistance and becomes vulnerable to disease. While Dr. Bach developed the 38 flower remedies that he believed were sufficient to cover all negative emotions, today many more essences have been developed to aid both people and animals in restoring and balancing their physical health by alleviating a wide variety of stressors, improving emotional stability and enhancing a positive mental attitude.
Homeopathic remedies must contain active ingredients that are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS). HPUS, which has been in continuous publication since 1897, lists active ingredients that may be legally included in homeopathic products with standards for strength, quality and purity. Homeopathic remedies are regulated as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), which allows homeopathic remedies that meet certain conditions to be marketed however, the FDA does not evaluate the remedies for safety and effectiveness.
Professional Supplement Center carries these and other flower essences from Bach Flower:
Rescue Energy – This all natural, non-habit forming flower remedy provides relief from physical, mental and emotional fatigue resulting from stress or stressful situations, and helps strengthen natural energy reserves. Gluten free.
Aspen Flower Essence – This essence helps to provide a sense of security and peace of mind for those with naturally occurring nervous tension, apprehension or non-specific fears or worries. Gluten free.
Rescue Sleep Liquid Melts – This melt-in-your-mouth fast-dissolving capsule provides natural, non-habit forming relief of occasional sleeplessness resulting from stress or repetitive thoughts. Naturally flavored with vanilla and orange oil.
Clematis Flower Essence – For those who are dreamy with no great interest in their current life circumstances, Clematis helps one live more actively in the present rather than dreaming of future happiness. Gluten free.
Rescue Remedy – Created to help those dealing with emergencies or crises or any sudden stressful situation, Rescue Remedy helps to provide focus and a sense of calmness. Vegan formulation.
Rescue Remedy Kids – This kid-friendly remedy provides safe, natural, non-habit forming support for a child’s emotional state and helps to restore balance. Alcohol free, non-drowsy formulation.
Rescue Remedy Pet – This essence helps to reduce animal stress and tension and restore calmness and emotional balance for situations such as constant barking, visits to the vet or groomer, fear of loud noises, separation anxiety or any emotional crisis. Recommended by veterinarians and suitable for dogs, cats, horses and birds. Alcohol free formulation.
The Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. http://www.hpus.com/
What is homeopathic medicine? http://homeopathyusa.org/homeopathic-medicine.html
Bach Flower Benefits. http://www.health-mind-body.com/bach-flower-benefits.html
What is homeopathy? http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/what-is-homeopathy/
What is HPUS? http://www.hpus.com/what-is-the-hpus.php