He was born on September 24, 1886, in Wales, where his family was from. His last name should therefore be read Bach, not “Batch ” as English people read it.
Since a young age, he was interested in nature and showed his strong sensitivity towards the suffering of all beings, so that soon he decided to become a doctor. He graduated in 1912 from the University of Birmingham.
He began working in London and, being in daily contact with suffering, he realized that "official" allopathic medicine couldn’t go beyond the symptomatic aspect of the problem; its attention was always directed towards the disease and never towards the patient.
He noticed more and more the differences of the approach that each individual had with the disease: despite the symptoms, each of them emotionally reacted in a different way from the other when they had to face the same problem. Less and less pleased with the results of symptomatic medicine, he started getting interested with homeopathic medicine. He paid particular attention to the aspect of intestinal toxemia.
In 1917, due to a hemorrhage, he was urgently and successfully operated. Nevertheless, he was told he had only a few months of life left due to a serious illness. He then completely devoted himself to his work, night and day, without thinking about anything else, sure that an interest and an ideal in life are better than any cure, so that he didn’t make any.
He felt the need to find a method based on the individual, a simple and natural method, usable by everyone. He kept working on his interests; he discovered seven nosodes (types of homeopathic vaccines) that are still used nowadays by some homeopaths. He noted that to each group of nosodes, you could link a personality type; he therefore began to prescribe them according to this remark and it successfully worked. But he wasn’t satisfied yet and he kept looking for more natural remedies: he thought that some plants could replace the nosodes (that had been obtained, instead, by intestinal bacteria).
Following these remarks he then decided to close his medical office in London and to devote himself to the research of a method for the treatment of human problems. In 1929 he moved to Wales. He travelled a lot through its countryside, refining his innate sensitivity.
Like an old herbalist, trying and trying again, he felt that some plants had some wonderful therapeutic powers on the human emotional state. While choosing the plants he wanted, he didn’t pay attention to those that were poisonous and those that were cultivated.
He sensed that some flowers transmitted unique therapeutic powers through their dew or through an immersion in some water. He first discovered 12 flowers, which then became the first 12 "healers", like they were called by Bach himself, and then all the currently known others.
He immediately began to suggest his method to his patients and, more and more pleased with his discovery, he decided that it had to be known by everybody: therefore he tried his best to spread it.
During the last years of his life, he tried to find someone who wanted to learn his method (not only doctors), so that he was accused many times by the medical establishment. In response, Bach wrote that he considered it an honor to teach someone how to cure themselves and at the end of his days he asked to be removed from the Medical Association and to be considered only as a herbalist.
Edward Bach died, happy, on November 27, 1936, considering concluded his mission on this earth.