Bach proposed that- “The real primary diseases of man are such defects as pride, cruelty, hate, self love, ignorance, instability and greed. Each of these defects… will produce a conflict which must of necessity be reflected in the physical body, producing its own specific type of malady.”
Thus he reasoned that by correcting emotional factors, one could increase the physical and mental vitality. This then would help resolve or heal the physical malady or sickness thus forming the basis of his flower remedies.
It was only much later in the 1970s that similar studies were undertaken for flowers from other parts of the world, from the heights of the Himalayan Mountains to the dense forests of the Amazon; from the coasts of Hawaii to the unique flora of Western Canada and New Zealand.
Bach’s flower remedies were intended to address the mind-body connection making them very suitable for treating various psycho-physical ailments. The newer flower remedies consider the spiritual needs of the modern man in addition to their psychological disposition, and so are intended to address the entire mind-body-spirit makeup of the ailing person.