What Is CFT?

Clinical Flower Therapy combines traditional methods with the latest research. It is flower therapy for professionals.

Clinical Flower Therapy ( CFT ) is a new term to describe…

A flower essence therapist who combines (a) traditional methods of plant medicine with (b) the latest research in order to achieve (c) a high-standard in their clinical work.


Our mission to ensure a high-standard of education in the natural health field.

The second definition relates to the campaign to preserve, restore & respect the original practice of flower therapy.

  • Ensuring high-standards of education are provided to students so that they receive a full education in the fundamentals of plant medicine.
  • Implementing clear, industry-wide guidelines for the practice of flower therapy so practitioners achieve the best results possible.
  • Ensuring the full implementation of traditional flower therapy procedures when integrating flower therapy into external health-care systems such as kinesiology.

Clinical Flower Therapy is a new term to describe a very old practice. It is a term designed to (a) set a standard and to (b) set it apart from the modern, ‘digest’ form of flower therapy.

Clinical Flower Therapy contains many subtle differences in understanding & technique that add up to it being an entirely different practice. This is why a new term was coined to represent a whole new language and a new understanding of the practice of flower therapy.

Spot the Difference

By removing one piece of information, you soon lose sight of the whole truth.

Japanese Iris

Flower Therapy

Clinical Flower Therapy

The difference between Modern Flower Therapy and Clinical Flower Therapy ( CFT ) is can be instinctively understood by looking at these two images. They are of the Japanese Iris, Iris japonica. I have removed the color because this action best describes the difference between the two practices.

With the removal of one piece of information, the color, much detail is lost. Notice the color of the flower and the patterns? Gone! This is equally true of the modern practice of flower essence therapy. Parts of it have gone missing a long time ago and as a result, we don’t think to look for them.

Question. Can you think of what is missing from modern flower therapy?

Answer. The plants.

The Difference

Flower Therapy vs Clinical Flower Therapy

The thing that is missing from modern flower therapy is the plants. In modern flower therapy, ‘the plants have gone missing’ almost entirely.

They have been removed from the study of flower therapy. And with the removal of plant studies at the learning stage, many of the traditional diagnostic procedures have gone missing from the practice also.

Did You Know? Approx. 10 pieces of diagnostic information have gone missing from flower therapy. Information that the practitioner could use to effectively treat their clients condition.

The removal of plant studies has many implications in practice. Clinical Flower Therapy is about restoring plant knowledge and thereby achieving better results for your clients in the implementation of plant medicines.


Flower therapy is plant medicine. Plant knowledge allows you to use flower remedies as nature intended.

This chart shows the difference between a practitioner who is grounded in plant knowledge and one who is not. It is a checklist of the various ways practitioners can improve their technique and ensure that their clients are getting the best care possible. It also points out the bad habits that have crept into the practice of flower therapy that need to be weeded out of training and education.

 Modern Flower TherapyClinical Flower Therapy
Educational BasisBegins studies with a historical introduction to Edward Bach, etc. Begins study with no clear principle in mind and is open to confusion about what flower therapy is by definition.Begins study with the fundamental principle that "Flower Therapy is a form of Plant Medicine". Studies plants and the natural world and builds up an understanding from there.
Core DisciplineDoes not knows / know little about 'The Doctrine of Signatures'. Thinks it is an 'antique philosophy' that has no relevance in the practice of flower therapy.Knows 'The Doctrine of Signatures' to be the fundamental practice of 'reading plants' in order to treat their clients health issue. Assigns great importance to it as the key to knowing what to do.
KnowledgeDoes not know the plants inside the bottle. Does not see the relevance of plant knowledge when a book can tell you the answer. Knowledge is fairly limited such as matching names to properties. Knows the characteristics of the plants inside the bottle and understands their applications. Can describe the plants in detail and can relate why they have the properties they do.
LearningLearns a box of flower remedies at a time. Tries to understand them all, en masse.Learns one flower at a time. Builds up an understanding of the remedies, thoroughly, one by one.
PerspectiveThinks of flower therapy as a medication. A cure for emotional conditions.Thinks of flower therapy as a meditation on nature. An awareness raising exercise.
Emotional EducationTreats emotions but often lacks fundamental understanding of their mechanics. Emotions commonly demonized and viewed as 'negative'.Studies the growth habit of plants to learn how life energy moves. Gains insight into emotion that is based upon tangible facts of nature. Knows 'negative emotions' to be a myth.
SafetyBelieves that 'flower therapy is completely safe' despite there being inherent risks in any therapy. Does not 'safety check' practices as a result. Has no awareness of over-exposure issues.Knows that flower therapy is a potent tool. Pays healthy respect to the practice and is mindful of the inherent risks that exist in any therapy. Has awareness of over-exposure issues.
DisciplineCan sometimes use flower remedies in casual fashion by taking 'drops under the tongue' in an unconscious manner. Applies remedies to emotional conditions in a 'shotgun' approach to eliminate issues they don't want to face up to.Consciously applies flower remedies in the way a surgeon uses a scalpel. Knows when to and when not to apply them.
Diagnostic AbilityTends to rely on external techniques or intuition when prescribing flower remedies. Is largely unconscious as to the reason for their use.Can prescribe flower remedies using natural, in-built techniques based upon their knowledge of plants and nature. Is largely conscious of the reason for their use.
Information SourceSources instructions from belief and second hand sources such as books. Refers to personal beliefs about life, health and self which can be faulty.Directly sources 'health care instructions' from nature. Refers to nature and obtains health information directly 'from the source'.
Client EducationOften applies 'flower drops' without consciously preparing the client for the changes they will undergo. Does not regard the importance of verbal communication & proper education in flower therapy. Can leave client open to healing crisis due to poor education about the process.Talks to their client and educates them about the flower remedy being applied. Is acutely aware of the need for communication to 'prime the mind' and avoid undue risk and discomfort.
HomeworkTends to let the flower remedies 'do the job'. Can use flower remedies like a bulldozer, to 'do the work' and deliver a better lifestyle. Tendency to leave the client in the emotional realm, unclear about how to physically proceed in a logical path towards their goals.Uses flower remedies as support only. Encourages client to take proactive, tangible steps in their lives with flower remedies in secondary support. Brings client out of emotional realm into expression in the physical realm.
Spiritual Development & MaturityAdds a variety of beliefs, abstract spiritual concepts and popular new age thought into flower therapy. Acts like these things are part of the practice whether they are or not. Can be prone to confusion due to the use of beliefs that lack a firm basis.Observes nature and builds up their spiritual awareness based upon tangle facts & truths drawn from the physical aspect of creation. Builds an understanding of spirituality and natural law 'from the ground up' and is strong in their beliefs because those beliefs are based on reality.

Guidelines for Teaching Flower Therapy

See our recommendations for natural therapy associations, teachers and flower therapy practitioners.