Practitioner Bulletin no. 45 Sept/Oct 2002

Bach Foundation International Register
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The Homeopathic Conversation

As you know, Dr Bach moved away from classical homoeopathy as his work with his system of 38 remedies developed. Why then is the Bach Centre now stocking copies of a book called The Homeopathic Conversation, by the well-known homoeopath, doctor and teacher Brian Kaplan?

The answer is that this book is only partly about homoeopathy. It is much more to do with talking to clients and – even more importantly – with really listening to them.

Dr Kaplan shows how approaches pioneered by psychotherapists and counsellors can be adapted to the rather different framework of a one-hour consultation, one that ends not with a further appointment in a few days’ time, but with the selection of a medicine. The relevance to practitioners working with Dr Bach’s system is clear.

The book itself is a good example of the kind of simple open communication that its author recommends. Written in an easy and friendly style it is accessible and – unusually for such a worthy book – good fun to read.

Congresses in Argentina…

At the end of July a Congress on ‘Bach Flower Remedies – A Hope for the Present’ took place in Argentina, at the Teatro Pablo Neruda in Buenos Aires.

Stefan Ball was there representing the Bach Centre, along with Miriam Pescara of the Instituto Edward Bach in Argentina, Bach International Education Programme trainers Gustavo Masieri, Claudia Belou and Dorana Carrera Ortiz, Eilis Jordan of Nelsons, John Jarvis of Flores y Aromas and Carmen Monari of the Brazilian Instituto Edward Bach.

The audience – mainly made up of Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners and students on BIEP courses – came from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador – to hear more about how the remedies are made and about how Dr Bach wanted them to be used: simply and in an open way, so that they should be available to all.

And then just a week later –

…and in Brazil

– a second Congress took place in the imposing surroundings of the Parlamento Latinoamericano in São Paulo.

Nearly 400 practitioners and students from across Brazil gathered to hear Stefan, Carmen, Eilis and no less than 18 BIEP trainers talk about the remedies and their use.

The question-and-answer section at the end was particularly lively, with questions on everything from dosage to dilution to Dr Bach’s love life.

Our thanks, on behalf of all the practitioners who attended, to Nelsons for their financial support of these events, and to everyone in Argentina and Brazil for their wonderfully warm welcome to their foreign guests.

Your letters

We want you to use this Bulletin to keep in touch with each other. If anything wonderful, funny, interesting or just plain typical has happened to you in your work with the remedies, or if there are any questions that have been nagging away at you, or if you simply want to say hello, please write to us at the Bach Centre, marking your letter clearly as being ‘FOR PUBLICATION’.

We can’t promise to print every letter in the Bulletin, but even if we don’t use your contribution we always love to hear from you.

I have had a couple of amazing results with Rescue Cream on severe leg ulcers on two old ladies.

I wish I could have taken photos of the leg of one lady – but the image of a black area about two to three inches wide will always be in my mind. She had had long unsuccessful hospital treatment and daily dressing by a visiting nurse. I managed to persuade her to try the cream and to our delight it worked like magic.

She was so amazed she told a friend of hers who had a similar problem following an operation for varicose veins. Again the skin repaired beautifully.

Beth Darrall BFRP, UK

The other day I had another proof of how useful and beautiful Dr Bach’s discovery is.

A little bird fell down on my balcony. I don’t know if the bird had something broken or not but he couldn’t fly and was in shock.

I immediately put some drops of the crisis formula in his mouth and also some cream all over his body and legs.

I put my hand over it – I am a healer – and prayed. After 5 or 10 minutes I gave it another few drops and his mouth opened to swallow like a little baby taking milk from the bottle.

I put some bed socks over it to keep it warm and stroked his head and waited. After 15 minutes the bird jumped out of the socks and tried to fly. It fell down at first, but I picked it up and took it outside and stroked him again. A few minutes later if flew away.

Diana Yedid BFRP, France

Hand-made boxes and 20 ml bottles

As those of you affected will know by now, Nelsons have decided to introduce a range of 20 ml stock bottles in some parts of the world. Those of you who have bought one of Bob Appleyard’s beautiful hand-made boxes from the Bach Centre or direct from Bob and his partner Wendy may be concerned that the 20ml bottles will not fit into it.

Three models of box are affected. One, the Consultant, the large desk-top case with a roll top, unfortunately cannot be modified to take the new size stock bottle. However, the other two models, the Traveller (the small box that holds forty bottles) and the Practitioner (the larger box with a draw at the bottom), can be changed. The modified Practitioner box would still carry eight treatment bottles and would maintain its current features of a drawer, consultation pad and literature store. Both the Traveller and the Practitioner box will once modified take a full set of 40 x 20ml stock bottles.

If you have a box and want it modified it will have to be returned to Bob and Wendy for a full rework in Bob’s workshop. The cost of reworking is the same for both the Traveller and Practitioner boxes: £30, plus postage and packing, charged at cost price. All efforts to minimise the cost of the box rework have been made.

For more information contact Bob or Wendy via the Centre.

Guidelines for practitioners

A reminder that our guidelines on treating animals, on Continuing Professional Development, on giving talks and on email mailing lists, are always available online at

If you have ideas for other guidelines you would like to see please get in touch at the usual address.

Welcome to…

Since the last (July 2002) issue was prepared, 34 new practitioners have joined the register:

  • in Argentina, Marta Bossio and Norma Haydee Sardella;
  • in Australia, Bernice Vergou, Elayine McCallum, Lynette Thomas, Lorraine Owler and Gill Sullivan;
  • in Brazil, Maria Emilia Fagundes Goncalves and Claudia Franchi;
  • in Canada, Alison Sturton;
  • in England, Karen Patterson, Janyce Lusis and Mark Dalgarno;
  • in France, Anne-Marie Baile, Claudie Thiel and Marie Stephan;
  • in Ireland, Phyl Nolan;
  • in Japan, Michiko Kumakura, Marie Hayashi, Sakimi Matsukuma, Nobuko Ishido and Akiko Uno;
  • in Netherlands, Lian Spaninks-Postelmans;
  • in Scotland, Heather Cathcart and Marie McBride;
  • in Spain, Gerardo Rodriguez Fuentes;
  • in Sweden, Marie Beskow, Anita Borjesson, Titti Radle, Birgitta Holmqvist, Kjerstin Ekenberg, Eva Swenson and Bodil Pettersson;
  • and in Wales, Clare Stamp.

There are now 1,158 practitioners on the register.


This archive material has been edited to remove some out-of-date advice and information.