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Support for your body’s natural intelligence

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In modern life we often lose touch with the body’s natural genius. That’s when carefully chosen herbs and supplements, coupled with natural therapies, healthy habits and choices, can turn the tide and remind us of our inborn wisdom.


My mother, at this very moment of writing, is ‘under the knife’, having a mastectomy.

She’s paying around $15,000 of her own money for the surgery, including reconstruction.

Apparently the health care system will foot the bill to lop off a breast, but not to reconstruct it.

“Well”, some might say, “that’s fair enough, given her breasts are not essential for her survival.”

All right, I DO get that argument; that the system can only support ‘essential’ surgery, not ‘elective’. But surely ‘essential’ vs ‘elective’ is a matter dependent on the preferences of each woman –right? Some might feel empowered by the daily sight of their scar as a badge of courage and triumph; whereas others might feel disempowered, lose their identity, or become depressed. Then, when the depressed woman, who didn’t have the say and the choice re what’s essential or not, turns up in her GP’s clinic, what will be prescribed? That’s right. Anti-depressants. And how long do most people stay on antidepressants?

This is a matter of some debate, because, with the relatively recent availability, normalisation and popularisation of antidepressants, there just isn’t enough independent data to confirm anything.

Official studies cited by Harvard suggest a quarter of women in their 40s and 50s are on antidepressants, and that 1 in 10 of all Americans (from newborns to geriatrics) are on antidepressants at any one point in time. Local information suggests similar trends in Australia.

All that aside, let’s look at something completely different. Take Jonathon (not his name), a highly successful businessman, who works hard, so hard in fact, that he burns out and develops chronic fatigue. His life crashes down around him, he loses his business, his income, partner, his friends, his professional network and his identity. To pay his debts, he claims income protection insurance. To get it, he has to be diagnosed. Once diagnosed, he has to be treated with medication for chronic fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. His diagnosis means he is able to receive Centrelink support. After a while, he is offered the security of a permanent disability pension.

Eight years later, he is in session with a holistic healer. He wants to get out of the loop–and he does it. With courage and determination he pulls through. Six sessions over three months, and now he enjoys increased energy, confidence, purpose, and is off antidepressants. He does a course, and begins to work again; this time doing what he loves.

I’d like to ask you, dear reader, what did Jonathon’s time on benefits cost Australia? What did eight years of taxpayer-funded pill-taking cost? What portion of that was ‘essential’; what portion was ‘elective’?

Weekly, I see people who are the victims of a top-heavy, bloated health system, which uses cutting edge technology to run a 100+ year old model; an old-paradigm which treats the body as a mechanism, rather than as the conscious holism it is; a system which is based on data provided by medical research that has been primarily funded by pharmaceutical companies.

Time and time again, I witness the intelligence of nature, the body, the person; all of which are infinitely wiser than the system we routinely subject ourselves to.

And, let it be known that I consider doctors and health professionals as victims also, of this archaic system; limiting and discouraging them from developing and trusting their natural, intuitive and creative healing abilities. Hardly surprising, is it, when our society is becoming increasingly urbanised, increasingly nature-disconnected, and advances in health care are driven by financially motivated research.

“We are socially and environmentally dysfunctional because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and the natural.” -Al Gore

In modern life we often lose touch with the body’s natural genius. That’s when carefully chosen herbs and supplements, coupled with natural therapies, healthy habits and choices, can turn the tide and remind us of our inborn wisdom.

How to reconnect with your bodys natural genius

Conscious walking

Get into nature and walk as consciously and as slowly as feels good and right. Let yourself become part of the forest. See if you can walk through without disturbing the wildlife.


One of my favourite modalities is kinesiology. Try it. It relies on the natural genius of our innate consciousness.


Beyond the correct positions and sequences of the asanas, there is communion and oneness with your infinite self. As you open to this, you reconnect with the intelligence of the Divine.

Chi gong or pranayama

Consciously connect with the breath. Notice it flow in and flow out, and pay such close attention that ‘in and out’ just become ‘breath’.

Re-wild yourself

Crawl like an animal, wriggle like a worm, roll on your spine. Walk barefoot at home and in any safe green space.

Dance therapy

Begin to move to evocative and inspiring music. Avoid any ‘moves’ you normally make. Let the music dance you, and surrender totally to that.

Heart-centred meditation

Here’s a meditation practice with a difference. Breathe into your heart centre that which you enjoy and would like more of in your life. Breathe out that which you wish to surrender, change or transform. Continue until you breathe in what you love, breathe out what you love and would like to offer to the world. Let them become one, and let it amplify.

Some key herbs, extracts and supplements to promote natural health and wellness

DHA omega 3

DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid that is a major building block of the brain.

Omega 3 fatty acids are thought to play a key role in the development of brain and cognitive function, as well as production of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), vital for brain health and for proper function of the nervous system.

Deficiency is linked to psychiatric disorders and brain-nervous system dysfunction.

Healthy oils like fish oil are also purported to protect against cancer.

According to published research, it’s unlikely the average Australian gets enough DHA through their diet alone (it’s found mainly in wild salmon, krill, deep sea calamari and in some nut/seed oils), so it is well advised to consider taking a supplement.


The curcuminoid pigments in turmeric actually turn on genes which enhance the body’s own synthesis of antioxidants. It also protects the brain and skin, improves concentration and reduces wrinkling (bonus). Turmeric is the one of the key herbs currently being used by some natural health practitioners for assisting in modest to serious health issues due to its proven anti-inflammatory actions.


Your brain uses huge amounts of oxygen, making it highly susceptible to oxidisation/free radical damage. Antioxidants are therefore powerful brain protectors and brain-function boosters. They neutralise free radical damage and prevent premature brain cell death.

Antioxidants may also help prevent damage to blood vessels, decrease clots, lower cholesterol, prevent inflammation and ward off stroke. They contain powerful polyphenols which exist naturally in herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Talk to your health food shop staff or naturopath. There are many powerful antioxidants on the market, and there is sure to be one or a mix just right for you.


Co-enzyme Q10 naturally occurs in our bodies. However, it declines from our 20s on.

It is a vital part of the final steps of our energy production, as well as supporting cardiovascular health–and no other nutrient can replace it.

Note that Q10 may not absorb so well on its own. A trick that makes it more bio-available is to combine it with black pepper. Tests indicate that that Ubiquinol is believed to absorb substantially better than Ubidecarenone; so, even though it costs more, it might be more cost-effective.

Multivitamin and mineral

Today’s soils are much poorer than even just a few decades ago. Intensive farming practices mean soils are not managed in ways that maintain natural nutrient levels, which are compensated for by synthetic fertiliser. Unless you eat organically, and eat extremely well, you are well advised to source and take the best available multivitamin on the market. Do your research, and don’t skimp. Make sure it includes readily absorbed zinc and broad spectrum B vitamins, in a synergistic formula which boosts absorption.

Olive leaf and OR papaya leaf extract

Absolutely brilliant for anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitical, detoxifying, immune-boosting and cardiovascular benefits –simply a must-have.


Unless you eat organically and/or eat a lot of fish and/or seaweeds, an old but good tip is to buy the purest iodine you can, and smear some on your inner thigh once a month. If it disappears overnight, you are iodine deficient and need to supplement weekly.

Also consider

Tulsi/Holy basil, Ashwaganda/Withania, Brahmi bacopa monnieri, Brahmi gotu kola, Eleuthero/ ’Siberian ginseng’, Ginkgo biloba, Schizandra and Ginseng.


This information is offered peer to peer and is not professional advice. Always do your own research and see a naturopath or doctor if in doubt.

About the author
Boris von Rechenberg

Boris von Rechenberg

Boris von Rechenberg DCH RM DOT, is a transformational energy healer, meditation teacher and coach; combining transpersonal counselling, holistic psychology and quantum hypnotherapy with source energetics. Based in Melbourne, he helps others rediscover true self, ease, abundance and wellness through whole being.

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