Are they a placebo? Part 2
Because they are so small, I would carry around a bottle of Rescue Remedy in my pocket, and keep a tube of Rescue Cream at work. A practice that has continued to this day.
There were many departments no my floor, and across from me, there was a young lady who was complaining about her knees, and how, for years, she had problems with them hurting. I suggested she put some Rescue Cream on them, and she agreed to try.
A few weeks later, she came up to me and said that ever since she used the cream, she had not experienced any more pain and said it was amazing stuff.
Word quickly spread around my floor about the remedies, and by the time I left that place, a couple of years later, at least half the staff were using Rescue Remedy and Cream, and swearing by it.
I have had similar results elsewhere, too. Those who follow my suggestions, in spite of them being doubtful, come back with amazing stories, especially when they use it on their families.
And nearly everyone starts off doubtful, that is, until they try them.
But are they a placebo? Is this all the power of suggestion?
Trials have been done on the remedies which suggest as much.
However, just looking at one of the trials, all that was used was Rescue Remedy, which, as it goes, is wonderful in an emergency, but considering that it only uses five of the 38 remedies available (six in the Rescue Cream) , it is hardly a cure-all.
Furthermore the fact that five remedies are mixed into one bottle dilute their healing potency. This is a very important fact to be aware of, and it amazes me that no one has ever mentioned it or even considered it. (At least no one I’ve found.)
In order to successfully conduct trials, you first need to understand, not only what each remedy does, but what remedy the subject actually needs.
Let’s say that someone is depressed and a double blind test is done to see if the remedies work, administering Rescue Remedy is quite unlikely to work.
If the cause of depression is guilt, then there’s nothing in the Rescue Remedy that will help the subject.
To break it down, as stated, there are five remedies mixed into the Rescue Remedy.
Cherry Plum (for fear of letting go)
Star of Bethlehem ( Shock / Trauma)
Clematis (dreamy / unconscious)
Rock Rose (fear / terror)
Impatiens (Impatience / in a hurry)
As you can see, there is nothing in there that would deal with guilt. For that, Pine would be the appropriate remedy.
In actual fact, Rescue Remedy is very limited in its use. Make no mistake, it is wonderful in an emergency, and I’ve seen miraculous results, especially on animals, but if you’re going to test it to treat specific conditions, you would first need to identify the cause of the condition, and then ensure you are using the right remedy.
Otherwise, nothing will happen.
Next: Why nothing will happen
- Healing Depression Series: Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) – Are they a placebo? part 1, or wait, this is just alcohol! (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- Rescue and Remedy; Saviour in a spray (itstheturningtables.wordpress.com)
- Rescue Me from the Remedy (ifat80.wordpress.com)
- Depression series – Empaths and Trauma or why am I clinically depressed? (xeraphax.wordpress.com)
- For Coping With The Stressful Scenarios Of 21st Century (bachflowertherapy.org)