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Title: An analysis of selected Bach flower remedies and their relationship to existing Homoeopathic Materia Medica
Authors: Andrew, Crystal Jade 
Keywords: Bach flowers;Bach flower remedy;Homoeopathic remedies
Issue Date: 27-May-2021
With the increase of daily stressors in our lives, an individual may find it debilitating
and can subsequently reduce the quality of life. According to a study done on the life
time prevalence of common mental disorders in South Africa, it was found that anxiety
disorders have the highest prevalence in life time disorders. Thus, appropriate
treatment or management of anxiety disorders and fear-related disorders may be
The Bach flower remedies have been used to treat mental or emotional states. These
remedies were discovered by Dr Edward Bach. Dr Bach analysed the flower remedies
and categorised them distinctively into groups based on similar characteristics of
which flower remedies displayed. The Bach flower remedies Aspen, Cherry plum,
Mimulus, Red chestnut and Rock rose have been placed into the fear group as a result
of being collectively fearful, although the cause of the fear and anxiety are diverse.
The aim of the study was to explore the relationship of selected Bach flower remedies,
the fear group, to the existing Homoeopathic Materia Medica noting the themes that
This study paradigm involved an intensive literature-based review study with detailed
analysis of data in the public domain. There were no participants needed for the study.
The repertorisation method has been used extensively in Homoeopathy to detect the
remedies of repertorial similarity. In other words, the common remedies that arise in
symptom patterns. The development of the repertory came from the idea of having
multiple remedies which was difficult to memorize. This study employed this method
to detect the emerged Homoeopathic remedies per selected Bach flower remedy.
The mental/emotional symptoms of the Bach flower remedies were converted to
rubrics with the use of Schroyens (2012) repertory. The study integrated thematic
analysis using the data achieved after repertorisation.
The remedies of repertorial similarity were determined by the repertorisation of the
characteristic symptoms of the selected Bach Flower remedies. Three best suited
remedies were selected per Bach flower remedy of which the researcher thoroughly
analysed to distinguish common themes that arise. Upon further comparison between
the selected Bach flower remedy mental and emotional symptomology and the
emerged Homoeopathic remedies, the researcher noted the results showed significant
similarities of the mental/emotional symptoms between the Bach flower remedies and
the Homoeopathic remedies.
After much analysis, the researcher found that for each Bach flower remedy there was
a distinctive Homoeopathic remedy which showed similarities of the Bach flower
remedies pertaining to the mental/emotional symptomology. The Homoeopathic
remedies following simply displayed the main themes of anxiety and fear, but not in
detail when analysed with the corresponding Bach flower remedy. The researcher thus
noted that since there are similarities between the Bach flower remedies and the
emerged Homoeopathic remedies, the Bach flowers will be of aid as a conjunctive
therapy which will enhance the treatment of the Homoeopathic remedies for anxietybased disorders.
Mini-dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements of the
Master’s Degree in Technology: Homoeopathy, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2021.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Health Sciences)

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