Healing Depression Series: Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) – Are they a placebo? part 4 or do animals know the difference between placebo and the real thing?

Bach "Rescue Remedy" (Photo credit: salimfadhley)


Are they a placebo? Part 4

Over the years, I have used the remedies with great success, which would pretty much suggest that they are not a placebo.

I thought I’d share some compelling examples.

One day, my mother’s two year old dog suddenly collapsed and went limp for no apparent reason.  She carried her into the bedroom where he lay listless on the bed.

I decided to give her four drops of Rescue Remedy, so I placed it in his mouth, and watched as she smacked her lips, and then fell into a deep sleep.

A couple of hours later, she woke up, and I gave her four more drops. She repeated the exact same smacking noise, and once again fell into a deep sleep.

When she woke up the third time, she was perfect fine, as though nothing had been wrong.

Now, I’m not a vet, and I can’t say what was wrong, or if she was going to get better on her own, but I have no doubt that those four drops sent her to a healing sleep.  With the little I know about dogs, it would appear that dogs do go limp right before they die. Once again, it is speculation on if this would have happened, but healing certainly took place.

Another time, I came across a possum that was injured on the foot path. He or she as the case may be,  was barely moving, and didn’t look all that healthy.  As I carry a bottle of Rescue Remedy on me, I gave him a few drops.  He seemed to recover within a minute, and was quickly gone.

I have used the Bach Flower Remedies on other animals and have had good results.

It’s reasonable to suggest that animals are not subject to the placebo effect.


Next: Personal healing



4 thoughts on “Healing Depression Series: Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) – Are they a placebo? part 4 or do animals know the difference between placebo and the real thing?

  1. I watched a documentary about homeopathy, as unbiasedly as it could disproving it’s validity. The one thing they could not explain was the effect of homeopathic medicines on animals. They were able to palm off placebo on humans though. I don’t know. I’ve gone through phases of not believing in it then being open to it again. There is something special about the flowers that they give me which I can’t deny. I’m yet to try homeopathic remedies for physical ailments or detoxification.


    1. In all honesty, I have to say that I’ve tried homoeopathy, such as tissue salts, and can’t say I noticed any difference or effects. Maybe I was just taking the wrong ones.


      1. Oh yeah I remember taking tissue salts. For anxiety, they kept me loosing control at bay but then I ran out. I also put a few drops on Bach on them though. I used an insomnia formula, Kali phos, Mg for anxiety etc.. I think they work on a particular energy sphere, it’s probably weird to think this but keep one grounded as it is minerals. Like a really basic energy. In combination with Bach they kept me from floating off and functioning for a while. It affected my speech and communication from memory. But as I said, I ran out.


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