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Craniosacral therapy was formally introduced by osteopath, William Garner Sutherland in 1939 in his book The Cranial Bowl.


The ASA adjudicated on the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA) of 27 Old Gloucester Street, London in 2010.  


The complaint was regarding claims that the therapy could:

Assist the bodies natural capacity for self repair.

Identify and help to relieve pain or tension held in the body.

Benefit fragile or acutely painful conditions ... by helping raise vitality and supporting the bodies own self-healing processes.

Aid people with almost any condition.

Successfully treat medical conditions, which were listed on an advertisement, which were forty different medical conditions of varying severity including: Arthritis, Asthma, Autism, Bronchitis, Depression, Headaches, Migraines, Impotence, Infertility, learning difficulties and Stroke.


The key conditions, which the ASA adjudicated against were claims to be able to treat those conditions contained on the list.


The CSTA had said that their leaflet merely advised readers of the potential of their service, who were then welcome to attend a therapist for further clarification without any obligation to engage in treatment.  The CSTA also said that their practitioners did not offer diagnoses and were advised to do nothing to discourage or prevent anyone from seeking appropriate medical advice or treatment.


The ASA concluded that the ad could discourage readers from seeking essential treatment for serious medical conditions from a qualified medical practitioner.


The full text is available from:  

http://www.asa.org.uk/ASA-action/Adjudications/2010/9/Craniosacral-Therapy-Association/TF_ADJ_49005.aspx