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Bach Flower Essences and Homeopathy

The present literature review aims to show the distinction between Bach Flower Essences and traditional Homeopathy and the extent to which these two are dissimilar even though both are considered homeopathic. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) notes on their website that:
Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician’s prescription. Today, although conventional prescription drugs and new OTC drugs must undergo thorough testing and review by the FDA for safety and effectiveness before they can be sold, this requirement does not apply to homeopathic remedies (2004).
Current available literature is not forthcoming on the topic of the distinction between Bach Flower Essences and Homeopathy, however what is readily available are studies on the increasing use of complementary alternative medicines and therapies (CAM). CAM remedies and therapies have risen in prevalence and use in the last 30 years and so have gained much popularity with the general populace as well as the medical establishment. …
Not only are health care providers utilizing CAM remedies in their practices, in Scotland they are making efforts to incorporate CAMs into the total health picture of their patients. In the Featherstone study, complementary and alternative medicines are defined as ‘any treatments, self-help techniques or remedies which are not normally provided by doctors and other healthcare professionals in the [National Health Service]. Many different therapies and remedies are available such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, herbalism, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, osteopathy, reflexology, psychotherapy [all "therapies"] and homeopathic remedies (like arnica, chamomilla), flower essences (like Rescue Remedy, Bach Flower Essences, aromatherapy oils, herbal medicines (like St. John’s Wort, Echinacea, Valerian), and nutritional supplements (like Vitamin C, cod-liver oil, evening primrose oil, glucosamine) [all "remedies"]’ (2003).
As noted in the above definition, Bach Flower Essences are considered homeopathic remedies. So what is the defining difference Let us first set forth a complete summary and background of each entity.
Hahnemann: The Father of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is an ancient system to create wellness and bring back balance to the body through the concept of similarities (eMax, 2004). The concept has been available to health care practitioners since the time of Hippocrates, the founder of medicine around 450 BC (eMax, 2004). The eMax article states ‘more than a thousand years later the Swiss alchemist Paracelsus employed the same system of healing based upon the principle that "like cures like"’ (2004).
This concept became enlivened in the early 1800’s when

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