Edward Bach was born on the 24th of September 1886 close to Birmingham, England. As a pupil already, he was interested in medicine, nature and known as a sensitive, observing person.
At age 17, Bach worked in his father’s brass foundry. During those years he studied the men he worked with, noticing their illnesses and difficulties and how medicine had little influence on their afflictions.
It is said that at that time already, he was wondering whether chronic diseases may have spiritual, emotional causes.
Bach entered university at the age of 20 and qualified in 1912. At university, he realized that one and the same medication had a different effect on different persons, despite the exact same symptoms. He continues to investigate in the emotional, psychological causes for physical discord.
After graduating, Bach stayed at the University College Hospital, where he started his research in bacteriology.
His pioneering work in this field eventually became famous throughout the medical profession. As a result of his research into intestinal bacteria he developed a series of nosodes or vaccines, which enabled him to help many with chronic disease who had previously been beyond help. These are now known as the Bach Nosodes.
In 1917, Bach collapsed with a severe haemorrhage in the stomach and was operated on by his colleagues. The outlook was black, he was given no more than 3 months to live. But Bach was desperate to continue his work and managed to overcome the disease.
1918 to 1922 Bach worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital, further developing his nosodes. For each nosode, he identified a personality type.
Later on, he realized that 7 was not enough and he expanded the system to “type groups”, which we still find in this method today.
Dr. Bach opened his own practice on the famous Harley Street in London in 1920. Yet, despite the ensuing great success of his clinic, Bach wanted to continue to do his research. And then, in September of 1928, he had the sudden intuition to go to the countryside in the search of natural remedies.
In the nature, he was looking for replacements for his nosodes. One after the other, he discovered the world-famous flowers. On the basis of his 7 personality types, he developed 38 states of mind, which negative sides are each reflected in a flower. By taking the right essence, the body is able to harmonize the emotional level, which in turn influences the physical symptoms.
Bach published his book “Heal Thyself” and in 1936, he considered his Flower Therapy as complete. He went on to introduce the broader public to his method with lectures.
In the same year, Dr Bach died peacefully. He was only 50 years old, but his legacy is a unique wealth of experience and a medial system used all over the world. His mission was complete.