Bach Cromer conference: 23-24 September 2006.
Subject: Physicians (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Author: Turner, Derrian
Pub Date: 12/22/2006
Publication: Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2006 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330
Issue: Date: Winter, 2006 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8011000 Physicians & Surgeons NAICS Code: 621111 Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists) SIC Code: 8011 Offices & clinics of medical doctors
Persons: Biographee: Bach, Edward
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 174817363
Full Text: On the weekend of 24-25 September 2006 the seaside town of Cromer in South East England was host to the celebration of the life and work of Dr Edward Bach who died in 1936 but whose Flower Remedies continue to live and thrive in the hands of practitioners and ordinary people all over the world.

The celebration was the brainchild of Julian Barnard whose life's work is devoted to keeping Dr Bach's remedies available to all in the original spirit and intention as set out by the founder. Approximately 400 people came from 32 countries including North and South America, Japan, Taiwan, Cuba, China, Germany, Italy, France, UK and of course Australia. I was privileged to be a speaker at this warm hearted gathering.

As a herbalist returning to my native land and one who uses plant medicine and Bach Flower Remedies as naturally as breathing, it was an especial delight for me to be in a rural landscape where plant medicine is so abundant and lush. If all the plants were used to good effect there would be minimal heart problems using the hedges of hawthorn (Crataegus spp), minimal anemia with the understory of nettle (Urtica spp), precious little vitamin C or iron deficiency with more rosehips than you could imagine, and glorious healthy hair, teeth and nails with horsetail (Equisetum arvense) growing everywhere. I was itching to harvest, macerate and press plants everywhere I went but the result would exceed the baggage allowance disastrously!

Dr Bach, who trained as a doctor and surgeon towards the latter part of his life, was proud to call himself a herbalist as his research led him to a profound understanding of the healing that can come from plant life. His insights are especially appropriate today with our return to the idea of holism as his Flower Remedies work at the level of mind/emotions and the healing effect is thereby felt in the body. Eminent writers such as Deepak Chopra and Candace Pert refer to the "body mind" quite naturally and this term is gaining wider acceptance. Medicine is gaining an understanding of "psychoneuroimmunology" as an integral connection between mind and body.


At the two day conference teachers, healers, social workers, doctors, music therapists, flower essence practitioners, herbalists and dentists all spoke of the way Bach Flower Remedies have been instruments of healing incorporated in their daily work. A Brazilian social worker told of her work deep in the Amazon rain forest, a music therapist from Finland told of his incorporation of the Remedies with his primary modality, a dance therapist from Switzerland has choreographed the Remedies and set them to folk tunes from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania--the effect of the latter was mesmerising. A Taiwanese doctor is running clinical research with her patients, a Japanese doctor is doing the same. I spoke of the 50 year tradition of making the Remedies here, to the amazement of many who thought of Australia as little more than desert!

At the end of the presentations Dr Bach's birthday was celebrated (as all good birthdays should be) with champagne, many cakes decorated with his original 12 Remedies, and happy birthday sung in all the native languages representing everyone present--there was not a dry eye in the place.

Dr Bach died while still relatively young at just 50 years; he believed his method was so simple and available it should be in the homes of all for treatment of our moods when they become inharmonious and to restore us to our happy internal balance. Judging by the countries represented by people who travelled far and wide to come together in celebration, it seems as though his hope and vision is being realised 70 years after his passing.

Derrian Turner

8 McLaren Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

Phone (02) 9955 6338

Derrian has been a member of the NHAA since the early 1980s and teaches Bach Flower Remedies at Nature Care College in Sydney. She is happy to answer any queries about courses or supply of Remedies.
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