Flower Essence Therapy
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Flower Essence Therapy is a variation of Bach flower therapy, a sub-category of homeopathy. Flower Essence Therapy utilizes homeopathic dilutions of flowers as treatment. Due to the homeopathic dilutions of these remedies their mechanism of action is on the energetic plane rather than the chemical plane. Due to this action they are prescribed in accordance to a patient’s emotional disposition. Though the remedies originally only included Bach flower remedies it has now spread to encompass a wider variety of plants worldwide. Many producers of flower essences classically make essences that are specific to the region where they are located.
Flower Essence Therapy was developed by Richard Katz in the 1970s in order to expand the development of Bach flower therapy. With a focus on physiological benefits, Katz sought to develop a therapy that would treat stress and the resulting illnesses. This was very much in accordance with the original intent of Edward Bach, MD who developed Bach flower therapy to treat physical ailments through clearing emotional blockages. In 1979 Katz founded the Flower Essence Society (FES), with the intent of advancing the research and expansion of the Bach flower therapy. FES continues to further this research to date, funding double-blind placebo based research. In addition FES has a wide network of international practitioners, an extensive online database of flower essences and teaches classes in this therapy.
Author: Bronwyn Bacon, ND '09
Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicinehttp://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0003/ai_2603000368
Flower Essence Societyhttp://www.flowersociety.org/classes.htm
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