Posted on Aug 06, 2009 | Comments 1
Western medicine works on the basic fundamental theory of cracking open the mechanics of a process, and understanding how that process functions.
It wants to do this with such detail that every aspect of a process is known.
This has caused a lot of problems between Western medicine and alternative medicine.
In many ways, alternative medicines takes a radically different approach.
Alternative medicine functions on a “black box” theory. In short, if we do something to the outside of the box, we get the result we want.
We don’t particularly care what goes on inside the box so long as we get the result we need on a consistent basis. This is the way flower essences function, and the way flower essences are criticized. In the final analysis, this many mean absolutely nothing.
The basis for the functionality of flower essences is the same as the basis for a homeopathy medicine. The idea behind this is that very small amounts of biologically active substances can be given and the body will act as if it wants to create a tolerance to these very small amounts.
This idea makes some assumptions that are, from a strictly biochemical standpoint, unfounded that these substances hang around and affect the body is only true in certain instances, and most of those are poisons.
There is also the idea that the body “remembers” the tiny amount and then learns how to respond to a larger amount, or to the effect of that tiny amount. This has never been shown to be proven anywhere.
Given these two explanations, it would be logical to assume that flower essences, indeed all of homeopathy, have no function whatsoever, and are just this side of snake oil.Except that flower essences work.
What the scientific establishment has to admit at the end of the day is that while the “science” behind flower essences may not seem to make sense according to science and medicine the way we understand them, they work.
There have been a number of documented cases which have shown the effectiveness of using these products again and again. It is quite frankly disingenuous for Western medicine to say that because they cannot prove or understand why these products work that they should not be used, when there is ample evidence that they do work.
The problem Western medicine has, which is a limitation alternative medicine practitioners will readily admit, is that these products are not regularly effective. We cannot say that these products will work 99 or 98 percent of the time.
They tend to fall into one of two categories: they either work incredibly well, or not at all. There is no way to know whether or not they will work for you until you try them.
Western science says this unpredictability alone is enough to avoid these products. They say that because they cannot understand the mechanics and cannot guarantee safety, these products should be avoided.
The problem is that even in Western medicine, there is a long established history of using something that works before how it works is understood. Consider aspirin, for example.
Aspirin became very popular at the beginning of the 19th century, even though how it works on a biochemical level was not understood until the beginning of the 20th century.
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