Flower Essence Therapy still lacks research results where it significantly outscores placebo. This paper explores the diverse research methods, models, and results that have been employed in the last five years of research in Brazil, in order to set forth a new methodology of research based on the theoretical framework and principles briefly conveyed by Dr. Edward Bach in his writings, and current scientific and health policy requirements for its recognition as a mode of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Flower Essence Therapy is here defined as a triangular relationship between the therapist, the patient, and the Flower Essence. The Protocol for Flower Essence Therapy—here designated as a Therapeutic Process—is defined within five distinct phases including: (i) Therapeutic Moment, (ii) Therapeutic Act, (iii) Therapeutic Fact, (iv) Therapeutic Cycle, and (v) Therapeutic Phenomenon. These distinct segments of the Therapeutic Process are of fundamental importance to propose a uniform model of treatment as a mode of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, so that both, protocol and model are useful to define this line of therapy to authorities in charge of its recognition, and to scrutinize more easily the advancement of therapeutic results throughout research.
|Keywords:||Flower Essence Therapy, Theory, Methodology, Principles, Protocol|
Member of the Complementary and Alternative Practices Research Group-EEUSP, Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil