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  • Barbara RotthalerBarbara Rotthaler 

    Phone:  376-108-0444


    German certified Naturopath and Health Practitioner

    My name is Barbara Rotthaler . I am a German certified Health Practitioner, living and working in Mexico for the last 15 years. I provide a holistic approach to acute and chronic conditions, based on 48 years of experience in Alternative Medicine and Pain Therapy. Getting healthy is like a path, it rarely happens over night, but it can happen if there is willingness to take responsibility for your own healing process. I see myself as somebody who can assist and support you on this path with my knowledge and loving care... 
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    After more than 48 years of experience in the field of medicine and having seen thousands of patients I am convinced that we need both parts of medicine, the alternative, natural medicine and the high technology based conventional medicine. I see myself as a bridge between these 2 parts. 

    Most important in my work is to get an understanding why a person is sick and why the body’s own healing system cannot bring back balance. This is a very individual approach. Together with the client I develop a healing regimen that enables the person to activate its own healing sources. Encouragement for self healing is one of my focuses. To help in this “journey” I also provide educational material and regularly lecture at Lake Side.  “As doctors we have to be teachers” – one of my mentors said and I agree:  Teachers with an open mind, with common sense and with a loving heart. 

     Alternative medicine/ Complementary medicine

    • Overall health and/or lifestyle changes
    •  Assessment and treatment plan for chronic and acute conditions
    • Cleansing cures

    Body Treatment / Pain Therapy

    • Pain Point Pressure /Osteo Pressure Therapy
    • Therapeutic deep tissue massages
    • Trigger Point Therapy
    • Medi /KinesioTaping
    • Foot reflexology
    • Lymph drainage
    • Individualized  program for Sensory  Body Awareness

     Affordable payment plans can be arranged for extended treatments.
    Sliding scale fees may be considered if necessary.



    “I want to thank you for the transformative work we did together yesterday. I truly felt like a NEW person afterwards and continue to feel that way today” 
    ~ R.K. Ajijic

    “I will certainly see you again when I come back. I appreciate all your encouragement and professional care, which I value more than you can imagine”
    ~ M.E. Florida

    “Thanks again for the “tender loving care”
    ~ L.V. Ajijic

    “We thank you for the special attention you gave us while we were there. We miss your wonderful massages. We hope to see you again in the near future”
    ~ P.M. Canada

    Articles by Barbara Rotthaler

  • A Different approach to arthritis
    Barbara RotthalerArthritic pain is one of the major complaints of people over the age of 60 and for many it seems to be almost normal and natural to have some sort of pain and stiffness. I dare to say that arthritis, like many other illnesses, has its cause in our modern sedentary life style and unhealthy eating habits.
    A different look at Flu epidemics
    Flu epidemicsThis year the USA and many other countries worldwide are facing several health challenges: flu epidemics, outbreaks of a new type of norovirus and a severe whooping cough. More people than ever are sick this winter, including those who got their flu vaccination. The recommendations for flu shots reaches a high point even though many studies have shown that flu vaccination don’t offer much in terms of protection.
    Activating The Lazy Bowel

      Activating the Lazy BowelConstipation is the number one digestive problem. More than a third of the population - particularly women are affected. Conventional medicine defines constipation as fewer than two or three bowel movements a week. One to three BMs a day are normal and healthy. A poor diet, lack of exercise, a stressful, hectic lifestyle or emotional issues are usually the common causes. The problem is still a taboo subject for many people. But regularity is so important for our overall health because without it, toxins accumulate in the intestines and then get reabsorbed into the  bloodstream.

    Alkaline water

    Alkaline waterA few weeks ago a device to produce alkaline water was introduced to our community. The promoters are claiming that it is the cure for all sorts of illnesses. Since that I have been asked many times what do I think from the point of Natural Medicine about that “curing water.”   My first answer is, yes it is important for our health to have a balance between alkalinity and acidity and to get rid of over acidity by increasing alkaline forming foods and drinks.

    An Holistic Approach to the Flu
    colds and fluAlternative medicine views the body as a whole functioning system: It also applies to colds and flu. In this article I want to introduce you to the alternative approach of colds and flu.
    Antibiotics and the holistic approach to infections
    Barbara RotthalerBy now it has been established that as a result of using antibiotics frequently, more and more bacteria and germs are becoming resistant to these antibiotics. Laboratories are developing new types of antibiotics, but do we know if they will be the same potent bacteria killers for future infections?
    BoneTapping Massage and Treatment of Osteoporosis
    BONE TAPPINGA few years ago we had a very interesting visitor here at Lakeside: Dr. Meir Schneider, Ph.D. LMT, an international health educator, therapist and founder of the San Francisco School for Self-Healing. While he was giving lectures and workshops, he presented a very encouraging treatment for osteoporosis.
    Breast Cancer Awareness

     Whole regulatory system in our bodyAs probably many of you noticed:  October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Because I have never heard it before,  I was curious, what it is and what is the meaning of it.I thought it will be a wide spread information for us how we  can prevent breast cancer, what we can  they do for early detection and what are the appropriate treatments.  I looked up English and German Websites but all what I found was  promotion of  mammograms – a real propaganda nation and world wide.

    Conscious Walking

    Conscious walkingLately I hear of so many people falling, some get sprained ankles and often get fractured bones. After these accidents, the fear of falling is even greater and people become more careful and insecure in their movements. I really have to say that no day goes by in my practice that I don't hear someone complain about the cobblestones. It is time to talk about them and how we can actually turn our fear, hate, worry and complaints into something very positive, funny, challenging and useful.  

    Curanderismo and its Concept of Healing
    Curanderismo and its Concept of HealingCompared to Western medicine, curanderismo is healing done in sacred, spiritual ways, incorporating body, mind, and emotions, but also soul and spirit. It is one of the basic beliefs of Curanderismo that “soul loss” is the cause of many diseases: emotional traumas, dysfunctional families.
    Dance for Health

    Focus Group Dancing at Manix in Ajijic VillageEditor’s note: To find out where the dancing is this week or this month, check out the ads in the Guadalajara Reporter, the Ojo del Lago and the Lake Chapala Review. You could probably go dancing every night if you wanted to. I want to ask you for a dance: A dance for your health – for your body, your mind, your spirit, your sensuality and your happiness. Dancing can be like a drug for wellness. It energizes and lifts up.   It is for your health that I want to encourage you to move and swing once in a while  to a  good beat (the one, where you can just not sit still) and  let the sound and the rhythm of the  music merge and unify with  your body and your soul.

    Fermented Vegetables
    fermented vegetablesA frequent health problem here in Mexico is recurrent infection of the intestines through amoebas or parasites. Natural Medicine supports the philosophy that it is the quality of the internal environment that determines if a person gets sick or can resist illness. The digestive system with the intestines needs particular attention in this regard, since about 80 % of our immune system is located there.
    Free Your Body Of Sludge Waste And Toxins

    Sludge Waste And ToxinsCleansing cures, also called detoxification cures, remain a basic part of classic traditional natural medicine and have been practiced for thousands of years in most cultures. Unfortunately, it is not acknowledged by conventional medicine even though the evidence is clear that people improve their health within a short period of time when they undergo the detox procedure. It is especially valuable in cases of metabolic syndrome and chronic illnesses. The cure costs almost nothing; only fruit and vegetables, a few teas and herbal remedies. That’s it!

    Fructose Malabsorption and Sugars
    Fructose Malabsorption and SugarsIn the last hundred years the huge increase in complex sugars, chemical additives and the introduction and permutation of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) in our diet has led to an equally huge increase in health problems ranging from severe bowel disorders to obesity, diabetes and brain function disorders.  Our body has not adapted to these changes in our diet. Only recently scientists are beginning to understand the role of (intestinal) microbes in our body and their importance for our overall health.
    Healers of Mexico Curanderos and Curanderas
    CurenderosCurenderos are very religious and very spiritual and believe you have to have God in your heart to be a true healer. I was very moved by the conversations in these stories…I felt it was an eye-opening experience. In fact, I have to say the whole experience of being with someone who feels the power of God in their hands.
    Heartburn and GERD
    Heartburn and GERDYou might be surprised to learn that "heartburn" and GERD (gastroesophagael reflux disease) are primarily caused by having TOO LITTLE stomach acid and NOT by too much.  Look at the most prominent displays in pharmacies and you see the most frequently sold products.  They are pain and high blood pressure medications and acid blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPI). The mainstream approach to treat heartburn and GERD involves antacid drugs for as long as these problems occur. These drugs don’t address the underlying cause and may make it worse. People who start taking them usually take them for the rest of their lives.
    Heartburn and GERD Part II

    Heartburn and GERD Part IIAcid reflux occurs when stomach bloating pushes the stomach contents through the LES into the esophagus. Besides obesity, eating too heavy or too late, there are two primary causes of increased intra–abdominal pressure: Bacterial overgrowth and mal-digested carbohydrates. Both conditions produce gas. One of the main roles of stomach acid is to inhibit bacterial overgrowth. The normal ph of the stomach is about 3 and most bacteria cannot survive this environment. But when the stomach acid is reduced and rises above ph 5, bacteria can grow. The long-term use of acid-reducing drugs reduces the stomach acid to almost zero.

    Meaning of life

    Gratefulness helps to deal with difficult situationsWe are a community with a high number of elders. It is wonderful to see how many of us are really happy; finally have time to do what we always wanted to do. We can choose to take care of our body by eating healthy and being physically active or we can join the book- writers or computer club etc. We can enjoy our lives in active and fulfilling ways and this gives purpose to life.

    Natural Laws of Healing

    Natural HealingMental, emotional and physical levels are always in dynamic interaction with internal and external stimuli. The first and fundamental task of a professional who has dedicated himself to the study and practice of medicine is to reestablish health in a sick person. It is therefore crucial for a therapist to ask “What are the laws and principles governing the function of the human being in both – health and disease?"

    Ozone and Chelation Therapies
    Ozone and ChelationOzone therapy has a 100% clinical efficiency in treating bacterially and virally produced diseases thanks to its strong bactericidal, fungicidal and virostatic properties; diseases associated with hypoxia symptoms thanks to its beneficial effect on the transport and release of oxygen through the tissues and oxygen-dependent processes; circulatory disorders.
    Paradigm Shift in Pain Therapy

    Pain Point Pressure Therapy Pain Point Pressure Therapy in combination with specific stretching exercises is an amazingly effective therapy for joint and muscle pain. In Germany, a new manual therapy technique for pain treatments is becoming well known. The founders are claiming it as a “revolution in pain therapy”. Olympic Game and National Ski Teams are now under the care of doctors and physiotherapists who are trained in this technique.   Orthopedic doctors are fascinated about the fast results, especially in chronic cases. Often just a few treatments are necessary to get astonishing results and scientific research studies have been initiated to learn why this therapy is so effective. One of the interesting questions in this regard asks if cartilage, once almost gone, can be rebuilt by improvement of the connective tissue around the joint. The results are so far are very promising. 

    Reactions to Food is it Allergy or Food Intolerance
    Allergy or Food Intolerance

    Food reactions are common, but most are caused by a food intolerance rather than an allergy. People often confuse the two. Even though some of the reactions are similar, food allergies are less common and the symptoms are generally more severe. In case of an allergy even a tiny amount of food can cause reactions, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, respiratory congestion and swellings and even death. If you have a food allergy, you have to avoid the offending food entirely. Food allergies can be checked by certain lab tests (intradermal test) or ELISA (blood test).

    Self Healing
    Time to HealUnder the current social and economic circumstances, the subject of Self Healing becomes more and more important. Our dependence on health systems and health insurances has reached its limit. All the recent measures to correct and improve the systems are just cosmetic.  Instead of waiting for a big political change, wouldn’t it be better to use one’s own initiative for healing? Can we become independent of these systems?
    Successful Aging
    Successful AgingOur life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last 200 years. Facing these facts we have to develop new and inexpensive health care models for the older generation with support systems that help keep the autonomy and independence of a person as long as possible. To reach that goal, there has to be some change in our medical care and social systems. This is only possible when everybody who is involved in this care system is willing to work as a team and being open for new concepts.
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