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In Bach flower therapy, developed over 60 years ago by the English physician Edward Bach, 38 individual distilled flower essences are used to affect mental and emotional states. Scheffer is a longtime Bach flower therapy practitioner and the author of previous books on the subject, including Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice. While not an encyclopedia in any traditional sense (it is arranged more like a large-format book), this new volume does provide an exhaustive treatment of the subject. Scheffer covers the history, philosophy, and background of the therapy and then discusses each of the 38 flower essences. The results of Scheffer's years of study and clinical practice are reflected in the information on remedy preparation, interview questionnaires, checklists, tables for selecting remedies, and evaluation sheets for therapeutic use, as well as appendixes containing FAQs and a list of resources. Unfortunately, there is no index. While Bach's original publications remain the standard in this field, this volume represents the most thorough treatment on the subject currently available. Highly recommended for all alternative medicine collections in both public and academic libraries. Mary Stout, Pima Community Coll., Tucson
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"This Encyclopedia is recommended for those public and academic libraries that have collections in alternative and complementary medicine." (Lucille Whalen, ARBAonline, March 5, 2003)

"[This book] will appeal to anyone who is interested in the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing." (Marie-Sabine Thomas, Bastyr University Library)

"Mechthild Scheffer'sencyclopedia is simply the best reference work on Bach flower therapy available today. Splendidly produced, it carefully describes each flower, the symptoms for which each remedy was designed, and the manner of application--complete with color photographs of the virtuous healing plants and many other helpful illustrations." (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive, Feb. 17, 2006)

"This is the best reference book available for learning about Bach Flower Therapy. If you are experiencing any form of negative emotion, or having unexplained pain, this book may offer some very viable solutions. It could truly change your life in a very positive way." (Nora Caterino, Circlesoflight.com, Sep 2008)

". . . the most complete profiles available for all the Bach Flowers. . . . a perfect book for everyone who studies and uses this therapy." (The New Times, January 2002)

". . . this volume represents the most thorough treatment on the subject currently available. Highly recommended for all alternative medicine collections in both public and academic libraries." (Mary Stout, Library Journal, November 2001)

"A comprehensive guide suitable for the professional practitioner, student, and patient alike." (Chris Lorenz, Dell Magazines, September 2002)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819416
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book on Bach Flower remedies.
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I highly recommend the book to all students of flower essence therapy.
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This book is beautiful and very informative.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Brian Emo on June 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read Ms. Scheffer's first book "Bach Flower Therapy" nearly 20 years ago and found it to be a very useful resource. "The Encyclopedia Of Bach Flower Therapy" includes the information in her earlier book with new information and insights gleaned from years of application, study, and research. This is the one of the most comprehensive and legitimate explications of Bach Flower remedies that exists (Dr. Bach's original texts notwithstanding). If you want to study the use of Bach Flower Essences as a beginner or advanced user, then look no further. The contrasting explanations of essences which appear similar (Aspen & Mimulus; Crab Apple & Pine; Holly & Willow, etc.) are truly wonderful and helpful when diagnosing mental states -- worth the price of the book alone. I have worked with Bach Essences for over 20 years and can attest to the value and validity of this book!
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Expressionality on February 6, 2007
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I received this book for Christmas and I have nearly worn out the pages already! It is truly awesome, and I might venture to say - maybe the only one you need.

It has colored pictures of each flower with a background description and typically 2 full pages describing associated characteristics and symptoms. This is followed by a bullet list summarizing someone in the 'negative state', and another list for someone in the 'positive state'.

There are numerous charts and tables to assist in making the best selection of the essences.

I highly recommend this book. I also recommend Dr. Bach's book, "Heal Thyself".
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on March 24, 2008
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I found this a difficult read. There was never anything to really get excited about and no new amazing insights. It simply repeated the accepted wisdom on Bach flowers. Her description of each flower remedy was a long discussion of the negative state given in the Bach Flower brochure. It's her opinion that it is the separation from the higher self and not listening to your inner voice that causes this negative state.

For instance, when it comes to Chestnut Bud she focuses on the fact that they make repetitive mistakes. Chestnut Bud people have laser like focus, and can obsess on a tiny area of the universe. This makes them brilliant, but they miss many things outside of their field of interest, hence the mistakes. They are like the classic "absent minded professor". They have extreme talent in one area, but very little common sense. Many people with Asperger's will benefit from this remedy.

If you ask a Chestnut Bud if he makes repetitive mistakes, he will answer with an emphatic "No!" because if he makes a mistake in his area of focus, he learns from it, and does not make the same mistake twice. Where he makes repeated mistakes is outside his area of focus, which he doesn't see, and often doesn't care about. But if you ask him "Can you focus intensely on something you're interested in, finding answers that no one else can think of?" He will answer, "Absolutely!" So yes, he makes repeated mistakes, but that's not how you need to approach him. Instead focus on his intelligence and problem solving capabilities, and show him how to balance it.

She is very picky about how many drops to use, what kind of alcohol, and how to drink the water. They are flower remedies. They're an energy medicine.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 15, 2001
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The author's previous book presented the science behind Bach Flower remedies: Encyclopedia Of Bach Flower Therapy provides a comprehensive reference which integrates her research on the subject, from the techniques and methods of Bach Flower diagnostics to dosages, treatment guidelines, and specific ailments of adults and children of all ages. Color plates of the flowers accompany surveys of their uses.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Georg Feuerstein on October 9, 2006
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I was skeptical about the efficacy of Bach Flower remedies for years, until I discovered that Rescue Remedy, which I had found most helpful in dealing with a variety of physical or emotional traumas, is in fact part of the Bach Flower repertory.

The English physician Edward Bach (pronounced " Batsh"), a sensitive and compassionate individual, had, aged 31, a malignant tumor removed from his spleen and was given three months to live. Sheer will and the desire to complete his bacteriological research, however, helped him prove the doctors wrong. He lived on, studied homeopathy, opened his own laboratory, discovered the close connection between archetypal emotions or attitudes and health or ill health, and finally developed the complete system of 38 remedies that today carries his name. He died in his sleep in 1936, aged 50, shortly after placing the copestone on his research for the key remedies to countermand what he called "disharmonies."

Often confused with homeopathy, the Bach Flower system is a unique approach to self-healing by means of the deep-reaching effects of flower essences, which are "distilled" either by exposure of the blossoms to the sun or by boiling them in water before the mother tincture is mixed with alcohol. The system is based on theoretical considerations that fully acknowledge the spiritual nature of human beings.

Mechthild Scheffer's encyclopedia is simply the best reference work on Bach flower therapy available today. Splendidly produced, it carefully describes each flower, the symptoms for which each remedy was designed, and the manner of application--complete with color photographs of the virtuous healing plants and many other helpful illustrations.

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