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Healing Touch


Bach Flower Remedies


Traditional Chinese Medicine




Often flower essences work well when combined with other types of traditional or alternative medicines. We here at South San Diego Veterinary Hospital, have experience in the methods of mixing and matching the remedies that will be most beneficial to your pet.

Flower Essence Remedies

Flower essence remedies are tinctures produced from the essences of flowers. They have healing abilities and are used to treat people and animals.

brootEach flower resonates at a frequency that can cause healing to occur. Taking the tinctures can contribute to an adjustment primarily on an emotional level.

bsusanOriginally, 38 flower remedies were discovered by English physician Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930ís. These 38 remedies are called the Bach Flower Remedies. Today, many more flowers from around the world have been found to have healing abilities and are used as flower essence remedies.

Here at South San Diego Veterinary Hospital, Dr. McAndrew uses Bach Flower Remedies along with other Flower Remedies in her practice to successfully treat animals for various emotional problems. Once the basic problem is identified and the remedy administered, there is often evidence of rapid improvement.

The most commonly used Bach Flower Remedy is the Rescue Remedy, which has a calming effect on animals who are nervous, in shock, afraid or lonely. It contains essences of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem.


Here are some common problems and the flower remedy that works on them:

Being homesick or being separated from loved ones: Honeysuckle

Skin irritations: Agrimony, Beech or Crab Apple

Slow learners or to increase the ability to focus: Clematis or Madia

To quiet the animal that runs in circles: Heather and Cherry Plum, chestnut bud, White Chestnut

When traveling:

Beech (for intolerance), Scleranthus (for equilibrium problems), Impatiens (for nerves), Walnut (for transitions), Elm (for nerves), Red clover (for nerves), Star of Bethlehem (for comfort)