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Only a man with the qualities of Dr. Edward Bach could provide mankind with the basic remedies for man’s physical and psychological health.

Bach had an overwhelming compassion for mankind, a love of nature and the mind of a genius. The poor health from which he suffered made his body to be very sensitive to its environment. This sensitivity, although considered a curse by many, was a key to his ability to discern the remedies in nature.

In his day, great numbers of people suffered from ill health. Bach noted that the medical society did little for people except to suppress symptoms and burden them with heavy medical fees. He believed healing perhaps belonged more to the Church than to a medical society and openly shared this belief. Christ was the great healer and he healed the body, the mind and the soul. However, to begin his study of healing, Bach went to Birmingham University. He then completed his education at the University College Hospital in London; here he received a very proper medical education.

Bach observed that the same treatment did not always cure the same disease in each patient. He noted that much could be learned by observing the sick person’s complaint and seeing their various reactions to diseases. This seemed to influence their prognosis. Bach also noted that a remedy, which cured some, had no effect on others. Furthermore, he observed that patients with a similar personality or attitude would often respond in an identical way to the same remedy, while others of a different temperament responded differently, and consequently required a different remedy.

Personality and Healing

Early in his career, Bach found that the personality of the individual was more significant in the healing process than the state of the physical body. Personality, he said, was the prime indication of the treatment required. The patient’s personality and emotions were the most significant indicators of the remedy required to treat their physical problem.

As a follower of Hippocrates, Bach believed that healing should be gentle, painless and noninvasive. Often, he observed that the medicine or treatment given was painful and in some cases, even more painful than the disease itself. This observation led him to search for a better way of healing. He was overheard saying, “It will take me five years to forget all I have been taught.”

In 1913, Bach was appointed to the position of Casualty House Surgeon at the National Temperance Hospital. In this position he became even more dissatisfied with the medical education he had received. He observed that allegedly “cured” patients often did not stay cured for long. Many people, he noted, did not respond to treatment at all. He became convinced that the doctors were treating the disease and not the patient. He believed that this was due in part to the fact that they had such little time for their patients. Most doctors kept so busy treating the physical body that they were forgot about the patient and their emotional health.


Further study lead Bach to take the position of Assistant Bacteriologist at the University College Hospital. While in that position, he observed that certain intestinal bacteria were present in all individuals; however, the diseased had a greater number of such bacteria. He developed a vaccine from a sample of the intestinal bacteria and injected it into the bloodstream of his patients. He became convinced that there must be a better way to provide a vaccine since it caused many patients to experience pain, swelling and much discomfort. The answer to his dilemma was in the homeopathic school of medicine, where he simplified his methods and increased his successes.

Turning To Homeopathy

In 1919, Bach took a position at the London Homeopathic Hospital and read The Organon by Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy. Bach discovered that his study and the study of Dr. Hahnemann were identical in that they both found the relationship between chronic disease and intestinal poisons. Also, they both came to the conclusion that a remedy given should only be repeated when the improvement from the previous dose had ceased. Lastly, they believed that the patient deserved individual treatment, not a mass remedy for a certain disease.

Hahnemann said, “Therefore the rational physician will judge every case of illness brought under his care according to its individual characteristics…he will be treated according to its individuality…with a suitable individual remedy.”(Organon, Para. 48.)

Bach discovered that poisoning from certain bacteria in the intestinal tract was the cause of chronic disease, and that when the bacteria were eliminated the disease disappeared. He formulated a theory that three toxins must be removed, if present in the body, before a cure could be administered. These toxins were identified as syphilis, sycosis and psora.

Bach went on to make homeopathic remedies, which he believed were a gentler, milder, and more effective medicine than vaccines which were injected into the body with a hypodermic needle. His results were impressive and scholars everywhere observed his success.

Certain groups of organisms, Bach discovered, could be categorized by their fermentation action in sugar. He divided these bacteria into seven groups and named them:

1. Proteus
2. Dysentery
3. Morgan
4. Faecalis Alcaligenes
5. Coli Mutabile
6. Gaertner
7. No. 7

Each patient was tested for his principal bacterial group and a vaccine was given. Bach observed that the vaccine had a cleansing and purifying effect on the intestinal tract while leaving the body clean, wholesome, and inoffensive. The patient was cured of a local condition when no local treatment was provided. He also determined that these seven bacterial groups were related to several different and individual personalities. He treated the patients according to their individual temperaments and obtained dramatic results.

Discovering Botanicals

Bach also spoke to the issue of diet when he said that uncooked foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and cereals would reduce the amount of toxins in the intestines. In 1924, he delivered a paper entitled, “Intestinal Toxemia and its Relations to Cancer,” indicating that improvement is of a general nature without local treatment. As he was reluctant in using disease to treat disease, Bach was still not satisfied with his work. He wished to find natural substances—botanicals—to treat diseases.


In 1928, Bach found the first of these remedies, noting that the vibrations of seaweed had almost the same vibrations of the dysentery-type virus. He noted that using his remedies in a homeopathic potentizing method left the remedy with a positive polarity while a reverse polarity was required to be associated with the disease. After observing the dew on the plants he was using, Bach collected the dew and found that the sun had naturally potentized the dew and that it had the reverse polarity he needed. Thus, he had discovered the process to be used in most of his remedies-simple water, heat (sun) and a botanical flower. He noted that the strongest power of the plant was in the flower.

The simplicity of the four element theory was found in Bach’s remedies as is evident in his statement, “The earth to nurture the plant, the air from which it feeds, the sun or fire to enable it to impart its power and water to collect and be enriched with its beneficent magnetic healing.” He became convinced that no toxic (poisonous) substance could ever really function as a cure in the healing of the human body. Man needed a cure, which would work to heal the body, mind, and the spirit.

Most amazing was his understanding of the mind and that the mind controlled the physical. By simply normalizing the mind, a sick body would correct its own infections. Bach was a student of people and an observer of the sick. His observations lead him to classify individuals into personality groups. Bach found that when the personality is treated, the body is able to correct physical problems in a natural way, without the aid of chemical medicines.

Bach propounded that there were several types or moods, which were evident in those who were sick. He identified them as fear, terror, worry, indecision, uncertainty, indifference, apathy, doubt, discouragement, over caring, weakness, impatience, self-distrust, over enthusiasm, pride, and aloofness.

Once Bach had identified the mood or personality characteristics, he prepared a remedy from his repertoire of flower essences. Generally this was done by carefully picking the blossom of the botanical and placing it in a bowl of pure water (not distilled) then putting the bowl in the sunlight until the petals began to show signs of withering. The petals were removed and the magnetic solution was then given to the patient. His results were so astounding, that this work was hailed as "the new medicine."

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