As disloyal as this sounds, I do believe Bach improves on homeopathy. As do all things that come after the original, it takes off at the different point and doesn't need to rock the establishment, so it had an advantage in its position.
But Bach Flower remedies improves even more than that. First, it covers remedies that aren't even in Homeopathy - 12 out of the 38 don't have a proving in homeopathy and nearly 24 are only partially proven and slightly different plants from those in Bach. Only 7 plants correspond, and even those have only physical symptoms to show.
In Bach, there are only 5 kinds of fears, only 6 kinds of uncertainty, only 7 ways to be inattentive to the present, only 3 ways to see loneliness and 4 kinds of oversensitivity and 8 types of despair and 5 forms of over-protectiveness.
How hard is it to figure out something to give when compared to the 3500+ multi-symptom repertorizing madness of homeopathy?:)
So healing keeping the emotions in mind is far easier than healing keeping the 'mind' foremost, or god-forbid, the physical.
The physical parts, thanks to our crazy evolution, has left us with millions of parts that only partially work or rarely fit together. Combine that with the physical detailing of homeopathy's precision-healing, and you'd have to be a genius to get the remedy right.
What's more, you're warned not to use more than 1 remedy at a time, so finding the right remedy could take absolutely years, by which time the dog or cat or rat or human is long dead!
Bach on the other hand allows mixtures, so you've got at least 5 to 7 going at a time and some possibility of healing in the present when your patient is still alive.:)
Third, doing away with potencies makes our lives so much easier! I've spent literally tens of thousands on keeping potencies around without actually healing enough living beings to justify the expense. It's all based on hope and not results.
With Bach, I need to keep just 38 bottles around - finis. If each is twice as expensive (25/dram), so be it. It still costs me less than 9 bottles of the same in homeopathy (3, 6, 12, 30, 200, 1m, 10m, 50m, cm = 350-400/remedy vs 225 for as many drams in Bach)..The uncertainty of using the right potency in homeopathy is an added stress. I do believe the right potency heals fastest, but hey, if you've got no idea which remedy to use from a large number, and you're using the wrong remedy, then the potency is immaterial.
Fourth: Add to this the fact that you're using just one part of the plant - the flower - and therefore reducing it's influence to a finer frequency, so that one can almost claim that it is harmless.
Then fifth, healing using the mind and emotions is (even Hahneman agrees) far superior to healing just the body. It's just that he and his followers didn't have the sensitive intuition that Bach possessed or the words to describe emotion. For eg., I don't know what homeopathy's 'despondent' is (which pulls up 56 remedies), but 'despair' and 'fear' are so easy for me to identify with - I've felt those emotions. So Bach used language we can feel and empathise with, and uses primitive emotive words.
Also, animals are simple creatures. They have fears, indifference, overcare and despair - simple emotions. But despondent is hard to identify.
I'm sure I can come up with more giving this a few hours, but overall I'm just saying ... I think Schussler and Bach did improve homeopathy for the practitioner. They're all germanic in their detailing, but they've tried to take away the nightmare of too much information and replace it with sense or sensibility.:)
I think of it like religion: Christianity improved on Judaism, Islam improved on Christianity in the middle eastern religions, just as Buddhism and Jainism improved on Hinduism, clarifying it to its essentials in Ahimsa.
(I've never had much luck with Schussler's tissue remedies, maybe Bach will pave the way for those some day. All this is only relevant if I can actually heal fully with Bach better than I did with homeopathy - if not I might just have to give up on energy medicines as illusory.:)