Combining the magic of flower essences with the traditions of Chinese medicine to help you heal and grow

What is floral acupuncture?

Imagine if you could combine the rich history of Chinese Medicine with the subtle science of flower essences. What would it be like to take these two robust and beautiful medicines and combine them? It would be magical. And guess what? You can.

Floral acupuncture was introduced by Deborah Craydon and Warren Bellows. Together they developed a robust system of 5 element acupuncture and Bach Flower essences, combining them to supplement treatments for anxiety, fear, anger – any of the traditional flower essence maladies.

Floral acupuncture has grown since Craydon and Bellows published Floral Acupuncture, expanding beyond the original Bach formulas. And it might be what’s missing from your treatment plan.

Combining the magic of flower essences with the traditions of Chinese medicine to help you heal and grow

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Flower essences are ideal for emotional support, and are a great supplement to care during the postpartum period

Flower essences for the Baby Blues

Did you know that up to 75% of mothers will experience the baby blues postpartum?

The baby blues are an emotional and mental shift that happen when the cocktail of pregnancy hormones rapidly decreases while at the same time, a mother learns how to interact and care for her new baby. It’s a stressful time but it tends to be relatively short.

But 10-20% of mothers (and some new research shows that it may be higher) will develop postpartum depression, which has more severe symptoms than the baby blues and can but the mother’s life in danger. Postpartum depression or PPD often develops six months postpartum and sometimes as late as one year.

I go into more detail about the differences in this blog post but for this blog post I’d like to say right now: if you are showing signs of depression including withdrawing from friends and family, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy and having no interest in the baby talk to your midwife or primary care provider.

Flower essences can be very supportive in helping with emotional and spiritual shifts and are a powerful energetic medicine, but PPD can be life-threatening. Make sure that you have a support system in place before supplementing your care with flower essences.  

Flower essences are ideal for emotional support, and are a great supplement to care during the postpartum period
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Flower essences are a complementary therapy that can help with the emotional and spiritual aspect of labor induction and birth preparation

Flower essences for birth preparation

Flower essences for labor induction? Can it be?

Flower essences on their own? No, probably not. But while flower essences and Traditional Chinese Medicine are two separate systems, TCM theory opens the door to using flower essences as part of a natural birth plan.

Many births are delayed and labors prolonged because of the emotional and hormonal state of the mother. Birth can be stressful and scary, and sometimes we’re carried away by the hormones tearing their way through our systems. Flower essences can help bring us back into harmony, and anchor us in a place where we can trust the process, relax into the flow and enjoy the beauty of our graduation from mom-to-be to mama (or even, multi-mama).

Flower essences are a complementary therapy that can help with the emotional and spiritual aspect of labor induction and birth preparation
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Flower essences are the memory of a flower - it's energetic imprint in water. This memory can help shift emotional and spiritual imbalances in ways more physical medicines can't. Click to read more or pin to save for later!

What are flower essences?

Today I’m going to step outside of Traditional Chinese Medicine and talk about something thoroughly Western: flower essences.

Believe it or not, flower essences used to be cutting edge technology. Riding the wave of vaccine development and homeopathy, Dr. Edward Bach devoted his life to finding a simple, affordable way for people to treat common emotional and spiritual ailments.

Flower essences are what got me through my last year of acupuncture school and they are magical. I have no other word for it. Like I said in the last blog post, we don’t know why many things in Western modern medicine work. The reality is, we don’t have to know why they work to know they do. 

By the end of this blog post I want you to know a bit more about what flower essences are, their history and how they are used.

Flower essences are the memory of a flower - it's energetic imprint in water. This memory can help shift emotional and spiritual imbalances in ways more physical medicines can't. Click to read more or pin to save for later!
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