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Campanini ME. Therapy with Bach flower remedies: results of monitoring 115 patients. Medicina Biologica.1997; 3:37-43.
One hundred fifteen patients with anxiety, depression and stress were treated with flower essences over an average period of 3 1/2 months. Positive effects of flower essences were found for 89% of patients, especially for those experiencing anxiety. Children and adolescents responded more quickly to treatment. Ninety-five percent of those who declared themselves initially skeptical about flower essence therapy nevertheless experienced improvement.
This small study examined the use of flower essence therapy in the treatment of mild to moderate major depression. Twelve patients from 4 clinics around the U.S. received one month of 'usual care,' followed by 3 months of usual care plus individualized flower essence therapy. Results showed a 50% decrease on both depression scores during the treatment phase, which is considered highly significant levels of change in depression for individual subjects. Use of antidepressant medications did not interact significantly with the effects of the flower essences. Although the study had no control group and a small sample size, it strongly suggests that flower essences may be used in addition to antidepressants to facilitate the resolution of mild to moderate depression.