‘Gorse, Clematis and Sweet Chestnut’ influenza

Wu Hsieh-sing and Dr Li Ying-che


Traditionally, the classification of influenza is based on the type of virus a host is infected with, e.g. influenza A, B and C, avian influenza (bird flu), etc. In the last couple of years in my clinical practice of flower remedies, I have discovered an interesting and amazing fact: almost all the patients with influenza had negative Gorse, Clematis and Sweet Chestnut states. Some of these patients (such as infants and children), even though they did not have such negative emotional states, showed the same symptoms in the specific zones of Bach flower body maps. Such types of influenza have become a prevailing trend.

Besides common cold symptoms, such as headache, sore throat, cough and running nose, the body symptoms of this type of influenza also include diarrhoea, fever, nausea, vomiting, etc., among which the most interesting one is somnolence. The patients often feel fatigued (Clematis) regardless of how long they sleep. They also have a stiff neck, especially the two sides below the ears, and a tense sternocleidomastoid muscle. Their left neck muscles are usually more tense than the right ones (Gorse, Sweet Chestnut and Clematis reactions according to Bach flower body maps). This influenza usually lasts a long time and is difficult to cure. Without the flower remedies, it sometimes lasts several months.

This type of influenza is highly contagious and generally infects the whole family. Once a family member is infected, very soon the rest of the family starts to see a doctor for the same symptoms. Even the medical staff in the hospital are infected. The negative emotions of Gorse, Clematis and Sweet Chestnut are spread out like a virus, seemingly filling the air throughout the country.

Since the end of October 2004, we have observed this situation. In the beginning, there was only the Clematis and Sweet Chestnut state. However, from the beginning of this year (2006), we have noticed that, along with it, there was the Gorse state. Moreover, infected patients were only found in Taipei in the beginning, but since the end of last year (2005), we have also observed the same patients and a prevailing trend of the influenza in Kaohsiung. Many of the patients showed negative emotions, such as dreaminess, depression and despair. This made me wonder what exactly the reason was that people in Taiwan were coincidentally and successively infected with this influenza.

I had to find the answer to this haunting question. These states could be explained by Jung’s collective unconscious and were alleviated to a certain extent every time the appropriate flower remedies were applied externally or internally. However, this so-called ‘Gorse, Clematis and Sweet Chestnut’ influenza was still prevailing, easily relapsing and long-lasting. After two years of observation and interviews with the patients, I have finally discovered that the negative emotions are actually discontent with the real world, disappointment for not being able to fulfil dreams, or downheartedness and sense of loss caused by lack of happiness and satisfaction even after the dreams come true, which as a result, lead to this type of influenza.

The world has been changing rapidly in the last few years. People are under more work pressure than ever. The TV commercials and Internet media have been telling people that success is shown by living in luxurious houses, buying brand names, driving nice cars and spending holidays in 5-star hotels. Everybody is encouraged to pursue such ‘success’ – to seek perfection in almost everything, including health, beauty, wealth, leisure life, children’s education, etc. They end up working like dogs and finding themselves running around to manage their relationships with others, but ultimately get nowhere. They have tried their best, but are still depressed because they haven’t had the perfect life described in newspapers, magazines and advertisements. As a matter of fact, pursuing perfection and eternal youth and beauty will always disappoint people. The whole society is filled with such fantasies (Clematis), and people are feeling lost, depressed and hopeless again and again (Sweet Chestnut, Gorse) as they fail to make their fantasies come true.

We anticipate that this ‘Gorse, Clematis and Sweet Chestnut’ influenza is going to continue to prevail in the future. Facing this difficult situation, we would like to recommend that, besides the three flower remedies that provide instant help, people should also learn from the illness and examine their lives to see if they have too many expectations and desires. Maybe they are confused by the deceptive brand names and advertisements and should really change their dreams and their attitudes toward life so that a true realistic sense of happiness will come.

I hope the three flower angels, Gorse, Sweet Chestnut and Clematis, will pass on God’s love to us. Now is a time to reexamine our desires and embrace a new life.



Wu Hsieh-sing and Dr Li Ying-che

Taiwan 2006