Edward Bach (September 24, 1886 November 27, 1936) was a British homeopath and spiritual writer, most well known for developing the titular Bach flower remedies, a form of alternative medicine inspired by the classical homeopathic traditions.
Bach grew up in Birmingham, studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London and obtained a Diploma of Public Health (DPH) at Cambridge. Before turning to alternative therapies, he was a House Surgeon and a casualty medical officer at University College Hospital; he was in charge of 400 beds during World War I; he worked at the National Temperance Hospital and had a successful practice at Harley Street. In 1917 Bach had a malignant tumor removed from his spleen.
It was predicted that he had only three months left to live, but instead he recovered. Bach died in his sleep on November 27, 1936 at the age of 50.
Starting in 1919, he worked at the London Homeopathic Hospital, where he was influenced by the work of Samuel Hahnemann. In this period, he developed seven bacterial nosodes known as the seven Bach nosodes, which have received only limited recognition. Their use has been mostly confined to British homeopathy practitioners. These Bowel Nosodes were introduced by Bach and the British homeopaths, John Paterson (1890-1954) and Charles Edwin Wheeler (1868-1946)in the 1920s.
Their use is based on the variable bowel bacterial flora associated with persons of different homeopathic constitutional types.