There is a distinct lack of published scientific research in this therapy and evidence mainly centres on the testimony of thousands of witnesses who have benefited from their use. Naturally, the essence world would like to see the therapy more widely accepted and used, but we have little technology available for monitoring efficacy that is based on an holistic model of a human, where physical health is seen as part of a larger picture that includes their emotions, mental state, lifestyle and aspirations. Additionally, a practice in which an individual’s emotional and mental state is taken into consideration and where ten clients with the same symptom may be given ten completely different treatments, does not lend itself to double blind studies. Neither is current research designed to take into account any growth in consciousness or change in feelings which can occur when taking essences.
Research using Kirlian photography or other aura photography can compare the ‘before’ and ‘after’ effects of taking an essence. Yet until there is mainstream acceptance of the importance of the subtle anatomy and its significance in health, this would be insufficient proof for those working in traditional health fields that essences can facilitate significant changes to a person’s wellbeing.
One of the first qualitative pieces of research, using the Bach Flower Remedies, was carried out in 1976 by Brian Forbes, a Consultant who ran the Bristol Cancer Clinic. Here he discovered that essences really helped patients cope with the challenges created by their treatment and condition. More recently, Michael Hyland, Professor of Health Psychology at Plymouth University used the Green Man Essences (see Focus Fixes TUTS 1 at www.greenmanshop.co.uk) for a quantitative experiment which proved, statistically, that this essence reduced the incidence and intensity of tantrums in children between two and five years old. See MCS courses for other examples of research and read the following Bach research.
There have additionally been several scientific studies carried out on essences in countries like Russia over the past few decades, but it has not been deemed advantageous to make information about these studies available to the general public. Hopefully this research will be disclosed in the years to come and many new studies undertaken.
Currently, the BFVEA is involved in a long-term research project to explore the efficacy of essences. The tool used by their practitioners to evaluate client progress is known as MYMOP (Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile), where clients numerically assess how they feel before and after taking essences. This provides immediate feedback as to whether the treatment has helped their problems or not and has proved a useful tool in a therapy where the aim is to make clients simply feel ‘normal’ and ‘themselves’ again. BFVEA research so far indicates that essences not only make a positive difference to clients, but that this change is statistically significant at the 1% level. Read the research written up in 2017.
To find out more about MYMOP please click on the following link www.bris.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/resources/mymop
If you would like to view the MYMOP video – What it is, How to use it and What is a good MYMOP, please click on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS4pblMO5RI