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Bach Flower Remedy

Rescue Remedy

You may well be familiar with the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. It is well known as the remedy used in emergencies for people as well as animals. Situations where it might be used are panic, shock, upsets, fear and terror. Rescue Remedy can also be taken before stressful events such as going to the vet, before and after operations, or any other emotional challenges.

Rescue Remedy does not replace veterinary treatment in the above situations in severe cases. It is however widely known that emotional trauma can delay and complicate the healing process. Rescue Remedy has proven particularly helpful in reducing fear, nervousness and neutralising shock.

Dr Edward Bach Dr Bach  (1886-1936)  approach to life and healing the sick person always reflected the simple way. He did not seek to eradicate a disease in a patient with strong medication but instead he wanted to foster harmony and balance within a person’s system in order to activate self-healing forces within them.

Disease and Emotions
Whilst treating people in the London Homoeopathic Hospital and later at his private clinic in Harley Street, London in the 1920s, he continued to search for a gentle, non-invasive remedy which could address the emotions and mental states of his patients. This, he found, was key to how quickly and effectively his patients improved. His observations led him to believe that recovery from illness largely depended on the person’s temperament and mental condition. Happy patients recover not only better but also quicker. He moved away from invasive medical treatment and left his practice in Harley Street, to seek a cure in nature for emotional conditions.

Walking Physician
bach_certificateDr Bach spent the next six years of his life wandering the English and Welsh countryside in search of flowers which are able to reverse negative emotional states. He completed the set of 38 flowers in 1936, shortly before he died.


Bach Flower Remedies for Animals

Bach Flower Remedy MimulusEach remedy relates to a particular state of mind or emotion, for example:

Mimulus is prescribed when fear of a known cause is indicated, such as fear of being left alone, fear of the dark, fear of noises etc. Shy, timid, over-sensitive animals also benefit from taking this remedy to aid their character.
The remedy, when administered four drops, four times each day on a treat, has the potential to change this negative state of fear into a positive characteristic and so helps the animal to feel relaxed without fear.



Starting Treatment

Two horsesBefore starting treatment with the Bach Flower Remedies your pet must be referred to me by your veterinary surgeon. It is important that I know of any medical problems beforehand. The remedies will work on the emotions and will not interfere with any other treatment your pet is receiving at the time.

However, if through the Bach Flower Remedy (BFR) treatment your pet is beginning to feel happier and more relaxed this is very likely to positively influence the healing of his/her physical condition as well. The BFRs promote greater balance and harmony, and thus help to enrich your relationship with your pet at the same time.



Duration of Treatment


It is vital to keep treating the animal with the flower remedies until negative emotions or behavioural problems have ceased. There may initially be a very noticeable change within a few days or weeks from when the first set of remedies are taken. Only in time will the underlying reasons for the animal behaviour surface and this emerging condition will then need to be remedied with different flowers. For example, you might be concerned about an aggressive behaviour you noticed in your dog. She/he might be lunging at other dogs whilst being walked.

We would treat this abnormal behaviour first, and as this condition improves, a lack of self-confidence or fear might come to the surface, which then unfolds and is important to treat. The remedies work particularly well in conjunction with behavioural training. In some cases we do recommend that an Animal Behavourist (link to Natural Animal Centre) is consulted at the same time so the problem can be addressed with remedies as well as by learning new ways of behaviour.

I work with a condition over a time span of at least three months in order to reach a deeper level with the emotional issues. This allows the animal to engage into a healing process so that with both your and my therapeutic support we can note all changes carefully and administer the different remedies at the correct time.


Treatment Plan
After the initial telephone conversation, which gives me information about the animal, breed, condition, and your details, we set a time for the first consultation session. For smaller animals you can bring your pet to my practice in Kings Langley.  For larger animals like horses, cows, pigs and others, I come to see you and them in the field, barn or sty.

Consultation lasts for 45-60 minutes and you will receive the first treatment bottle at this visit in order to start treatment straight away. A remedy bottle will usually last for about three weeks. During this time it is important that you observe any changes in your pet; perhaps note these down, and near the end of the three weeks (first bottle) I will ask you for feed-back on the animal’s condition.

Depending how the animal is progressing we either change some of the remedies or continue with the same remedies a little longer.


Commitment and Support
Treating your animal in this way requires commitment from you in administering the drops diligently and also observing your animal. Your support in this process is invaluable.

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Agnes has great intuition as a therapist and the remedy was spot on and I can now enjoy walking Gemma with confidence again and not worry about her attacking other dogs.

Earlier in the year I took my dog Gemma to see Agnes and wished I had seen her earlier.

Gemma for some unknown reason had started to change her behaviour in a way I had never seen before.  She is five years old and started attacking other dogs whilst walking off lead if they came into her space.  Gemma being a German Shepherd caused anxiety to myself and obviously other owners that I had been passing at the same location for many years.  I tried taking her to a trainer but he was teaching me ways which were quite alien to how I wanted my dog to be and even considered muzzling her, although if there had been nasty attacks I would have had to resort to this.  I even took her to the vets to have her blood tested for thyroid and any other hormonal imbalances.  There was nothing unusual there so I contacted Agnes.

After consulting my vet, Agnes performed a thorough consultation of myself and carefully observed Gemma.  We were given our first remedy to clear any old disturbances that had happened in her life.  After six weeks and close monitoring we then changed her remedy and the results were quite remarkable at the end of that course.

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