Ana Paula Nappi Arruda, Lynda G Balneaves, Ruth NT Turrini


Introduction: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), child sexual abuse is regarded as one of the greatest public health problems. Psychological and emotional effects of sexual abuse can be devastating to the survivors and social and relationship problems arising from this abuse can persist well into adulthood4. Objective: This case study reports on the treatment effects of Bach’s flower remedies on a 21 years old, female patient with a history of sexual abuse living in Brazil. Methods: Treatment consisted of remedies comprised of six flower essences that were selected each month over a four-month time period. Data were collected using two open-ended questions that explored the effect of the remedies on the patient’s physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual health as well as her perceptions about the positive and negative aspects of using Bach’s flower remedies. Qualitative content analysis was conducted. Results: Over the course of the intervention, the patient reported a significant improvement in her emotional well-being, being able to have a “good laugh” and no longer feeling ashamed of being happy. Also she started pursuing dating relationships throughout the period of treatment. Conclusion: Bach’s flower remedies may be a promising intervention for individuals who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and have experienced difficulties in developing relationships. In this case study, a female sexual abuse survivor reported Bach’s flower remedies as having beneficial effects with regards to her willingness to engage in dating behaviour and pursue the possible establishment of intimate relationships.


Bach´s flower remedie; Flower essences; Child abuse; Complementary therapies; Qualitative researchq

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19177/cntc.v4e6201567-75

Cad. naturol. terap. complem. Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, 2316-915X

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