It would not be inaccurate to say that a spiritual hunger combined with emotional stress is a major cause of obesity and other eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and related illnesses. Our society has deified thinness and has promoted it constantly through television, radio, print media, and the fashion culture.
This constant selling of the idea that a sense of salvation—happiness, contentment, and a more meaningful life—comes with an ideal body has caused both men and women to become obsessed with food and thinness. Many people restrict their caloric intake to dangerously low levels, and then binge from an emotional need to gain a sense of control and meaning in life.
Many people react to stress, tension, and the grief that comes with a great loss by overeating as well. If you are to be successful in losing weight, and maintaining a normal, healthy weight through a well-balanced herbal and dietary program, you mustaddress the cause of your tension. You must learn to control your responses to stress, rather than become a victim of unpleasant situations. Homeopathy is one system for doing this. Dr. Edwin Bach, British scientist and physician, took the energetic principles and applied them to balancing emotional states through homeopathically prepared flower remedies. He discovered that behind many of his patient’s physical ailments were certain emotional and psychological disturbances to which those illnesses were directly and undeniably linked.
Today, this may seem an obvious conclusion since, in the current Age of Information, psychology is uncontested as a science. One need only log on to their personal computer in order to receive therapeutic advice, free counseling, or a quick consultation with fate. But it was not so long ago that science and psychology, which was considered more emotional than rational and therefore less serious and less favorable, were so different in their makeup that they repelled one another.
Though Bach was primarily a pathologist, immunologist, and bacteriologist, he realized that inherent to these sciences was a vibrational and emotive element. By looking beyond the conventional boundaries of medical science, he was able to monitor his patients’ progress from less of a distance. He took into account how they actually felt, as opposed to simply examining the symptoms exhibited in relation to particular maladies, and in doing so bridged the gap between physical and emotional pain. He also brought into question the cause and effect relationship of pain when dealing with illness.
Bach remarked in his findings that emotional problems, especially feelings of despair, hopelessness, worry, resentment, anxiety, fear, and lack of self-confidence, so depleted a patient’s vitality that the body lost its natural resistance and became susceptible to a host of organic illnesses.
Today, research in such fields as psychoneuroimmunology supports these findings, not only linking the two elements of science and psychology, which had previously repelled one another like oil and vinegar, but whipping them into a holistic salad dressing, so to speak, with one ingredient indistinguishable from the other.
Today one would be hard-pressed to find a scientist or doctor who did not at least look into the emotional and psychological factors affecting a patient when attempting to cure a disease, promote weight loss or longevity, or even heal a sprained ankle or a scraped knee.
Following extensive research, Bach found that picking certain species of wild flowers at certain times in the blooming cycle, and preparing them homeopathically, optimized the healing qualities of those plants. He eliminated from his studies plants that he found to be toxic or that produced side effects. Ultimately, he succeeded in discovering thirty-eight flowering plants, trees, and special waters that had profound effects on stabilizing a wide range of mental and
emotional stresses as well as dysfunctional behavior patterns.