Do Bach ﬂower remedies have a role to play in pain control?
A critical analysis investigating therapeutic value beyond the placebo effect, and the potential of Bach ﬂower remedies as a psychological method of pain relief.
The Bach Centre, Mount Vernon, Sotwell, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 0PZ, England, UK
This paper explores the potentiality of Bach ﬂower remedies as a means of pain relief through a retrospective case-study analysis to establish how clients suffering with painful conditions responded to the therapy.
The use of Bach ﬂower remedies has brought about positive emotional changes in the majority of clients in this study. Whilst it is difﬁcult to draw a deﬁnitive conclusion as to signiﬁcance of the therapeutic value of these remedies in relation to pain above that of a placebo, the results are encouraging. In particular, relief of negative emotions and promotion of positive thought including how clients opened up about, and dealt with, emotional issues.
The indication is that potential for Bach ﬂower remedies as a therapeutic agent in the relief of pain does exist and is worthy of further qualitative and quantitative investigation through robust, purpose-designed studies to replicate and progress the results shown here.