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SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES are not for 'treatment' of ordinary diseases like cough and cold, though there are complete and permanent cure of many acute and some chronic diseases on record with the use of these remedies. "Treatment of disease ' ' is a low-key approach as far as Bach Remedies are concerned. They are more for 'prevention. ' Not for prevention of hepatitis, polio etc., but prevention of problems in life, like poverty, diseases, deviant behaviour etc.

But, on the other hand, BACH REMEDIES give correct answers and solutions to ALL problems facing humanity - call it addiction, deviant behaviour, unemployment, insufficient income, disturbances arising out of broken families etc.

  1. In the system of Bach Remedies the patient himself tells his remedy to us by:-
    1. either the words used by him in reference to his complaints; or
    2. by body language; or
    3. by his attitude/outlook as observed and reported by those around him; or as observed by the practitioner using Bach Remedies. For this you need not probe deep into his mental faculties nor do psychoanalysis.
  2. This is a 'Treat-yourself ' method and no knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, psychology etc. are required to learn and practise this system.

In other words, Bach Remedies and Bach Remedies alone give the only correct answer as to why men get diseases, suffer due to poverty, problems in life etc. By a regular, thorough and systematic study of Bach Remedies we also get right solutions to incurable diseases and terminal illness, thus making it different from and superior to other forms of treatment.

Those who are not qualified or Regd. Medical Practitioners may ask as to how they can use Bach Remedies without themselves being a Regd. or qualified medical practitioner. The next chapter gives the answer.

When there is a gross change in the brain such as growth of a tumour, lesion, atrophy etc. (pathology) (which form a small percentage of mental illness). Bach Remedies cannot, of course, cure them. But in respect of behavioural and other disorders (not arising from gross lesions in brain and not due to side-effects of allopathic drugs which are chemicals capable of damaging brain permanently) Bach Remedies can certainly cure.

Various Stages of Disease and Bach Remedies Curability

'DRUG ', 'MEDICINE ', 'REMEDY ' DEFINED AND EXPLAINED:

Why do we say that to use Bach Remedies for yourself and others you need not be a Regd. Medical Practitioner? For this we must understand the difference between 'drug ' and 'remedy. '

There are 'Drug Inspectors' appointed by the government, but there are no 'Remedy Inspectors' as such.

Diffference between Medicine and Remedy

Allopathic drugs are noxious and poisonous chemicals. If prescribed wrongly or given in overdose, they would, in most cases, endanger the life of the patient. For example, if a non-diabetic patient takes insulin or any other tablet meant for diabetes, his sugar level would come down considerably and he may swoon. That is why you find the following caution printed on the drugs: "To be used by a Regd. Medical Practitioner, Hospital or Laboratory only. ' '

But a 'Remedy ' is different from a 'drug. ' Remedies are harmless even if used wrongly. Suppose you advise a patient to apply castor oil on a sprained neck and do massage; or for 'constipation ' you tell someone to take castor oil internally 1-2 ounce, this is called a 'remedy'. It won 't do any serious harm. At the most the person may have 5-7 times purging or loose bowel movements. For prescribing a 'medicine ' or 'remedy ' you need not be a qualified/Regd. Medical Practitioner.

In Bach Remedies, two pills are given for a dose, irrespective of age. If wrongly given or even if the whole phial of 300 pills are taken at a time, there won 't be any side-effects because the material content is negligible - trace quantity. The effects of Bach Remedies are 'dynamic ' and not physiological. In other words, you cannot harm anyone in any way by so-called overdosing or wrong prescription.

Again, there are no side-effects or contra-indications. Also, no diet restrictions and can be taken while you are on other forms of treatment/therapy. (Anything dissolved in sugar base or alcohol or honey have no expiry date. Bach Remedies are available in the form of tiny sugar pills. Hence these have no expiry date.) Let us for example, take the case of 'addiction ' and find how Bach Remedies offer the right solution.

ADDICTION AS VIEWED IN THE SYSTEM OF BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

[In De-addiction Centres the same allopathic drugs are used to treat all types of alcoholic victims. The persons thus treated, of course, give up taking alcohol and does not take even if it is given to him. But, because of the side-effects, he becomes dull, stupid, lazy, lethargic etc., and is unable to concentrate in discharging his official duties & responsibilities at home. Alas! After six months, when the drug goes out of his body, he starts consuming double the quantity of what he had been taking originally. It is a stereotyped method in allopathy where humans are treated like animals and thus the patients suffer from side effects.]

In Bach Remedies system we do not treat 'addiction' but we treat 'personalities.' Hence no side-effects nor the person becoming immune to Bach Remedies in future. We individualise the victims.

The following type of classifications is not anybody 's theory but they have been in existence from time immemorial.

REGULAR (DAILY) DRINKERS/CHAIN-SMOKERS:

Name of the Bach Remedy Mind symptom of the victim (addict)

WALNUT

Here, it is a matter of sheer habit. The question of giving up alcohol / tobacco does not arise because the victim does not even think of making an attempt to give up this habit. For once, if he misses his drink, his hand would shake and subsequently suffer from withdrawal symptoms. This is A CLEAR CASE OF ADDICTION INDEED.

SCLERANTHUS

At night he firmly takes a vow that from the next day he won 't take alcohol and even promises his wife too. But the very next day the same old story is repeated. This is not addiction but "UNSTEADINESS OF MIND ' ' (Irresolution).

AGRIMONY

Does not take alcohol for 'kick' as the above first said Walnut-type persons. But to forget his worries at home when some dishonourable events has happened like the elopement of his daughter, his wife living with another person, etc., one day he suddenly starts drinking to ventilate his suppressed emotions and grief.

VINE

Not necessarily drinks for 'kick ' like the first said Walnut-type. He wants to put up a show before others that he does drink imported stuff like Scotch etc., - The status monger. This would be evidenced by the fact that in his house we find in the hall, empty biscuit brandy bottles are neatly arranged in a row in the showcase.

CHERRY PLUM

He decides to give up the habit and has completely stopped it. But if he happens to see the bottle or someone smoking, he would take a peg (or a cigarette) and no more after that, till such time he again sees the bottle/cigarette packet. A case of "irresistible temptation ' ' indeed.

(B) OCCASIONAL DRINKERS:

Name of the Bach Remedy Mind symptom of the victim (addict)

WILD ROSE

Again, Wild Rose-type persons are not regular drinkers. They drink to 'enjoy' life or to celebrate once a while, like for example, on the first of every month when they get their monthly salary or, on the day of receiving yearly bonus; or, on the date of getting arrears etc., and on occasions like promotion, transfer, wedding party etc. (celebration!)

HORNBEAM

These types of persons are neither 'addicts' nor are they fond of the 'kick' feeling. They are tonic-mongers or strength-maniacs. Drinks 'wine' or 'brandy' only, because they have heard that these two are good for health. (It is said that one drop of wine is equal to one drop of blood!) They are over-conscious of nutrition, vim, vigour & vitality. They have forgotten that 'health is wealth' and wrongly think that 'strength is wealth.'

CHICORY

Here he is a miser and does not drink by buying from the liquor shop. But when it is available 'free of cost' such as in parties etc., even though he does not know how to drink, he gulps down as much as possible and comes home and vomits all. (The regular drinker knows his limit and does not overdose himself.) Examples are waiters working in Army Officers Mess and top-executives attending parties quite often resort to this type of drinking.

MIMULUS

Here is the 'nervous fellow' who has the fear-complex, drinks to become courageous. These types take liquor just before encountering his rivals.

Thus, we call Bach Remedies as a human medicine because every victim/patient is individualised. Be that as it may. Let us find the correct answer to the question as to why a person becomes an addict.

Again, let us reiterate, that we are here not doing any psycho-analysis of addicts, but in the above table, we have just and only given the classification as it exists and found by us, from time immemorial. (Mighty Nature cannot be studied or learnt!)

CAUSES OF ADDICTION / THE REAL NATURE OF DISEASE :

To a chain smoker or to a person who drinks daily without a break - as a matter of sheer habit or addiction, we give the Bach Remedy Walnut daily 2-4 times. Sooner or later he gives up the bad habit. But we do not stop the remedy even after he gives up alcohol/tobacco smoke. Why? This is because we have to find out as to why he became an addict. In the case of 99% of addictions wherever we had prescribed Walnut and when this was continued even after he gave up the addiction, sooner or later we noticed that all of them started learning painting or instrumental music. After 1-2 years of practice he started performing in stages earning 2-5 thousand rupees for each 2-hour performance compared to his 5-7 thousand rupees which he got by working for 30 days x 8 hours.

Thus, Walnut not only helped him to give up the bad habit but also enabled him to earn more money.

Let us now examine as to how 'addiction' is related to 'painting' or 'instrumental music.'

In alcoholism or tobacco-smoking, a person does daily one and the same thing repeatedly with his hands. In learning painting/instrumental music and after some years of learning, while performing in theatres also, he does the same thing repeatedly over and over again*.

Smoking is a sign of disease - 'negative' aspect of mind.

Instrumental (music) Painting - 'positive' aspect of mind.

In the above situation, the Bach Remedy Walnut takes a person from the 'negative' to the 'positive' side.

Addicts are called 'negative' Walnut-type personalities. Walnut type person cannot keep quite even for a moment and does one and the same work repeatedly over and over again. Just because the parents refused to send him to a painting or music school (and wrongly thought that he must first become at least a graduate and so put in an academic school) he got diverted to the readily available tobacco smoke or liquor.

Thus, we do not 'treat' or 'cure' addicts or addiction but from their NEGATIVE type (smoking tobacco/drinking alcohol) the indicated Bach remedy takes them to the positive aspect (painting/instrumental music).*

These remedies have the power to help us to preserve our personality.

Successful artists and instrumentalists like Sitar Ravishanker of North India or Mandolin Shrinivas, Veena Gayathri, Flute Sashank are called POSITIVE-WALNUT type personalities. Suppose parents of these personalities did the mistake of forcing their children to first complete their graduation, they would have by now become addicts to liquor/drugs.

From the foregoing analysis we can safely conclude that in De-addiction centres instead of treating them with drugs as in veterinary practice, painting/instrumental music should be taught.

It is not anybody's theory but we are in direct communion with the mighty Nature. Wherever Walnut was prescribed, the person not only stopped his cigarettes/ alcohol but also turned to painting/instrumental music and thus started earning several fold of what he was originally earning.

* We are not here advancing any of our own 'theory' relating smoking/alcoholism with painting/ instrumental music. It is practical. It only exists as it is and we have simply discovered it from repeated observations.

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Very informative, useful for lay person also
  Comment by: RK KAPUR, India.    on Oct 18, 2013 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

Good Work
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