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17 Holistic Natural Therapy Modalities

Vital in Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases

Active Prevention ... the Future of Health Care!

Natural Therapy Modalities

The NHMRC ruled 17 Natural Modalities as NOT effective.* (2015)

*National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

NHMRC has failed to evaluate Natural Therapy Modalities as vital for Active Prevention of LIfestyle Diseases.


Each Natural Therapy Modality has special attributes for supporting "Individual patients" in their personal pursuits for complete physical, mental and social well-being!

NOTE - See the individual Natural Therapies Review Submissions

Natural Therapy does not fight a disease; instead it "treats to support" an individual person's ability to improve health.

The Medical System is a DIRECT disease treatment. - The Natural system is an INDIRECT treatment system.

Both systems are needed, neither is right or wrong.

NOTE: Governing Health Bodies need to consider the patient, and ask the question: "Why do people seek those alternative treatments?"

ANSWER: Patients are NOT getting the advice or support needed from their medical practitioner!

Natural Therapy Active Prevention Modality Menu:

Explaining and offering information on how the 17 different modalities are practiced, and how they deliver their own unique way of supporting a patient's health.

Alexander technique - Aromatherapy - Ayurveda - Bowen therapy - Buteyko - Feldenkrais - Herbalism/western herbalism - Homeopathy - Iridology - Kinesiology - Massage therapy - Naturopathy - Pilates - Reflexology - Rolfing - Tai Chi - Yoga.

Other possible modalities not listed under the NHMRC ruling, will be added as well.

Alexander Technique:

A technique (AT), named after Frederick Alexander. - The "Active Preventative Principles" of AT work well for patients seeking to prevent decline in postural integrity and for stress related reasons. The practitioner, "actively, "works and"educates" their clients in the process that develops the ability to realign posture and to avoid unnecessary muscular and mental tension.

This technique is often preferred by professional singers/vocalists, musicians, actors, dancers or athlete, who aim to perform at their full potential, while preventing unnecessary strains or stresses and attributed side effects. 

There is No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" support the Alexander Technique has to offer.

Aroma Therapy:

Aroma Therapy is a natural healing technique incorporating essential plant oils - aroma oils.

The "Active Preventative Principles" are tailored to each individual's requirements, the oils are carefully selected to "assist" in restoring physical and emotional wellbeing.

This technique is often preferred by people who feel sensitive to stress and function better with "preventative" calming and relaxing healing techniques, as well as for the preventative action of essentials oils in skin applications.

Essential Oils are very potent and are NOT to be used un-diluted for skin applications.

NOTE: All essential oils have functional scientific evidence, and can be used for aroma therapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine preventative treatments.

There is No recommended medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" support Aroma Therapy has to offer.


Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditional healing system practiced. The sanskrit term 'Ayurveda' is composed of two words- Ayus + Veda.
Ayus means life and Veda means knowledge, Ayurveda is science of life.

As the science of life, it is primarily concerned with working for achieving a complete physical, mental and social well-being!

Ayurveda, can Not be limited to the reduction methodology of NHMRC, seeing a specific disease and treatment in isolation.

Ayurveda is Lifestyle, Philosophy and Active Prevention all in one.

The "Active Preventative Principles" are tailored to people who are dedicated to improve their health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda is also essential as an Active Preventative Health Care System of "ethnicity"!

To devalue Ayurveda can be seen as devaluating a culture.

In any form of treatment, the individuality of a person has to be considered. The disease is NOT the patient.

There is No recommended medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" health and lifestyle support Ayurveda has to offer.

Bowen Therapy:

The Bowen Technique, developed by Tom Bowen - Australia, is supporting muscle and connective tissue health care.

It is not intended to treat a muscular "Disease", it is intended to support patient in overcoming muscle and connective tissue discomfort, as well as stress related tension problems.

The "Active Preventative Principles" are tailored to "individual" people who are suffering from muscular discomfort. Clinical evidence has shown to alleviate pain and stiffness.

There is No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" health and lifestyle support Bowen Therapy has to offer.


Buteyko is a breathing technique, providing improvements of symptoms for any breathing-related conditions.

The "Active Preventative Principles" are tailored to "individual" people who are suffering from breathing-related conditions. There are no "claims" that it is "treating" any diseases. Indeed learning specific breathing techniques is one of the "core" Active Prevention techniques.

There is No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" health and lifestyle support Buteyko Breathing has to offer.


The Feldenkrais Method ® is named after its originator, Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). Feldenkrais developed lessons to teach principles of efficient movement. - The method teaches self-awareness and improved brain/body functioning through movement. It offers an enjoyable way to increase ease and pleasure of movement and enhance overall health. 

The "Active Preventative Principles" are tailored to "individual" people who are seeking improved brain/body functioning through movement.

NOTE: Research on Brain Plasticity has advanced this modality as a major Active Preventative Method.

There is just No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" health and lifestyle support of the Feldenkrais Method.


Herbalism/western herbalism:

A Herbalist uses the beneficial effects of Herbs to aid and support health.

Herbal Medicine, some argue, is the oldest form of medicine, and even today, is still the first choice in many cultures, being successfully used for thousands of years.

Herbalists prepare and mix unique tinctures defined to the individual, after consultations with clients that will include a case study about lifestyle, diet, family health and personal medical history.

Herbal preparations are especially useful for a truly holistic and individual treatment as the y can be formulated and mixed according to a client needs. The term medical herbalist simply means that a Herbalist is properly trained in the science of herbal pharmacology and prescribing

The "Active Preventative Principles" are tailored to "individual" people to prevent health issues deteriorating.

NOTE: The medical use of herbal substances are that of isolating an active constituent and use that as a 'treatment' for a specific disease. Subsequently the action is potencies and may do harm or cause side effects.

Herbalism instead is NOT treating a specific disease, it is supporting an individual system for better functioning and prevention.
A mixture of herbs has the added benefit of synergist herbal action without side effect.


Homeopathy is a Natural Therapy System based on the belief that the body given the right circumstances, can cure itself. Homeopaths use tiny amounts of special prepared natural substances to stimulate the healing process. - Based on like cures like. The treamtnet is always directed to a complete patinet picture. The combined sihns and symproms are used to come up with the one remedy which matches this patinet picture most closly.

There is just No medical treatment like this availabe. - Medical treatment specifies a treatment for one disease at a time.

Homeopathy is a complex science, please read more: Homeopath reviewed


Iridology is the study of patterns and structures in the iris of the eye. It locates areas and stages of strength, weaknesses, irritation, under or over-activity, congestion and possible inflammation throughout the body.

Active Preventative Principles: The iris is a good indication of body constitution, showing inherent strengths and weaknesses, and an ideal indicator for preventative health suggestion.

Iridology is not a diagnostic tool to name a specific disease, as often suggested by the skeptic(1) movement.

However, together with taking a health history and other diagnostic procedures, the iridologist may conclude that a certain problem in a body exist and will endeavour to support the body to overcome that condition.

NOTE: Iridology is only one part of the over all health history taking process. it is NOT intended to be the only way to look for indications of weaknesses. 


Kinesiology is a muscle testing technique, and a very versatile Natural Healing Modality, which can be used and applied in many different forms.

Kinesiology, the term originated in the Greek language, meaning the study of motion; in particular it is monitoring coordinated muscle movement. 

Kinesiology has many different application, here are some:

Educational Kinesiology: is a movement based programme which offers you a dynamic way of re-educating the mind /body system to use more of your optimum potential in your daily life. It is designed for anyone who wishes to be more relaxed, or create harmonious relationships at home and work and to apply more of their potential in study or sport.

Vibrational Kinesiology: It is a muscle testing technique, which allows the practitioner to identify the cause of illness and pain.

BrainGym®: an educational, movement based programme which uses simple movements to integrate the whole brain, senses and body, preparing the person with the physical skills they need to learn effectively. Brain Gym can be used to improve a wide range of learning, attention and behaviour skills.

Educational Kinesiology and Brain Gym® are the result of many years of research into learning and brain function by an educationalist, Dr Paul Dennison PhD, from the United States. It is now used in over 100 countries and is recognised as a safe, effective and innovative educational and self-development tool. - Originally created to help children and adults with learning challenges, for example dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD, Brain Gym® is now used to improve functioning and life quality by people from all walks of life from education to the arts, business, healthcare, sport and personal development. The movements can be safely used by people of almost any age and mobility.

Active Preventative Principles: The treatments are tailored to "individual" people to prevent health issues and improve stress related responses, emotional and behavioural related issues.

There is No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" health support Kinesiology has to offer.

Massage Therapy

Remedial - Sports - Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage - Myotherapy - Myopractic

Visiting a massage therapist patients will experience instant results. Someone is actually doing something for your muscle pain, headache, migraine, tennis elbow or what ever muscular - skeletal problem you may have. - Isn't that better than getting a prescription for some painkillers?

Massage is the physical work of a hand on manipulation of muscle tissue / connective tissue in order to bring about better circulation, muscle tone, lymphatic drainage, better mobility... and relaxation. It is not only an active therapeutic system, but also a stand alone active preventative treatment.

Massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, improves circulation, increases flexibility in the joints, and reduces mental and physical fatigue.

Benefits of Massage include: REDUCES STRESS AND TENSION - When we experience sustained stress in our daily lives, our brain responds in a manner known as "fight or flight". This signals our sympathetic nervous system, which is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain. Muscles tighten in our neck, shoulders and back, blood vessels constrict, our eyes dilate, large amounts of energy are expended as the adrenal glands excrete hormones.
When this process continues for a long time, you feel "stressed out"! Massage breaks this tension by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system (the body's way of conserving and restoring energy).
Touch helps our body and mind to refocus and relax.
Squeezing, stretching and kneading releases tight muscles and natural endorphin's.
This results in decreased pain, decreased heart rate and a sense of calm.

IMPROVES MENTAL RESPONSE AND ALERTNESS - The more massage you receive, the more supple and relaxed your musculature becomes. 

Active Preventative Principles: The treatments are tailored to "individual" people to prevent muscle, skeletal, lymph, circulation and stress problems. In addition, massage has added benefits of acting similar to an exercise workout and it's benefits. - Editor Note: It is beyond me, how anyone could rule such benefits as "Not effective".

... more info .. Association of Massage Therapists Ltd - Association of Remedial Masseurs

There is No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" holistic health support Massage has to offer.


Where do I begin, how can a body like the NHMRC who does not understand the principles of Naturopathy, and is influenced by misinformation, even be allowed to make statements like they did?

There is simply no equivalent to Naturopathy within the medical system. To rule Naturopathy with medical standards, shows already the misunderstanding of this vital Holistic Treatment and Preventative Modality.

Here is an article about the advantages of Naturopathy, naturopathic-medicine-advantages.

A key advantage of Naturopathy is the holistic nature and the ability to "Activate a Patient", where the patient is actually actively involved into their own health recovery or improvement. The Medical System, has a limited view by concentrating on specific diseases, instead of the patient. The Medical System also keeps the patient mostly "Passive", and The Medical System has NO Active Preventative Treatment. (Vaccination is Passive prevention)

There is simply No medical treatment to replace the "active preventative" holistic health support Naturopathy has to offer.

Tai Chi
... more info .. Tai Chi for Health Institute and Tai Chi Association of Australia
Additional Modalities:
Brain Plasticity - read info
Brain Plasticity signals a new era in thinking within the often conflicting systems of modern Medicine and Holistic Complementary Therapies.
... compiled by: Dieter L. Editor of useNature

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