here, I cite extravagant claims from the web page of ND Saxe regarding craniosacral therapy luncacy:
001. Saxe, K. (ND NCNM) states in "Craniosacral Therapy" [vsc 2011-03-30]:
"'craniosacral therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease' - the Upledger Institute [quite a claim]. Craniosacral therapy was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger [...who supposedly] witnessed the rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system during a spinal surgery [...who] went on to research and document the influence of therapy on the craniosacral system [...] in 1985, Dr. Upledger established the Upledger Institute to teach this and other therapies. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, light-touch method of evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system [...] an imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system can cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments and learning disabilities, as well as other physical and psychological problems [really]. What conditions does craniosacral therapy address:
migraines and headaches, chronic neck and back pain, motor-coordination impairments, stress and tension-related problems, infantile disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, scoliosis, central nervous system disorders, emotional difficulties, temporomandibular joint syndrome, learning disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, orthopedic problems, and many other conditions.
In my practice, craniosacral therapy may be incorporated as part of comprehensive naturopathic medical care [...] please contact me to find out if this therapy or naturopathic medicine could be beneficial for you."
Note: wow! When I was in ND school, at the end of my first year I believe, a naturopathic conference was held on campus and for the first time ever I got to see this so-called therapy. After laying down on an exam table and having someone hold me head in my hands and perform the therapy, THAT is when I began to realize that I was accidentally now immersed in a cult.
002. some criticism of CST: