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Flower Essences and Depression

Flower Essence Therapy In The Treatment Of Major Depression:

Preliminary Findings

Jeffrey R. Cram, PhD


This preliminary study examines the adjunctive use of flower essence therapy in
the treatment of mild to moderate major depression. Flower essence therapy is
similar to homeopathy in that it involves the ingesting of a substance which is
physically dilute, but energetically active. Flower essences were prepared from a
solar infusion of the fresh blossoms of plants.

Twelve patients from 4 clinics around the United States were offered one month
of "usual care," followed by three months of usual care plus flower essence
therapy. Usual care for 11 of the 12 patients entailed psychotherapy, while 1
patient was offered nutritional support and counseling. The flower essence
therapy was individualized and 60 different essences were used, with a mean of
8 flower essences given to a patient.

The results of this study were measured using the Beck Depression Inventory
(BDI) and the Hamilton Depressions Scale (HAMD). A time series analysis of the
data was conducted using an ANOVA for repeated measures. The first month of
usual care showed the BDI and HAMD to be unchanged. Flower essence
therapy produced significant reductions of approximately 50% in both indices.

The results strongly suggest that flower essences may be used adjunctively to
facilitate the resolution of mild to moderate depression.

This abstract is taken from The International Journal of Healing and Caring and the full report can be found at; http://www.wholistichealingresearch.com/user_files/documents/ijhc/articles/Cram-I-1d.pdf
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