Guenter W Ruchti is a complementary medicine practitioner with many years of highly successful practical experience.

He is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and holds nationally acknowledged qualifications in Naturopathy, Remedial Massage Therapy, Herbal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition. Furthermore his postgraduate studies and research earned him internationally recognized doctorates, namely a PhD and a Doctor of Medicine, in the field of Complementary Medicine.

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Guenter’s patients range from all walks of life, from the very young to the most senior of citizens.

Amongst those who sought Guenter’s help for soft tissue maintenance, rehabilitation, general health issues and even drug free performance enhancement strategies, are elite athletes of various sports including soccer, football, cricket, athletics, triathlon, cycling, horse riding/racing, boxing, martial arts and more.

Some are of national and international fame like: (Click on name for details and photos.)

Cyclist Robert Burns, Seoul Olympian 1988, Australian 20km Champion 1988, Australian Criterium Champion 1989, Triple Australian Madison Champion, 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 40km Points Race

1994 Australian Judo Champion Rowan Adams

Damon Bartlome, Australian Superstock Motorbike Champion 2004

Neil Boehm, 5th Dan Black Belt Master and Chief Instructor of South-East-Australian Taekwondo.

Above (L&R): Neil Boehm in action

Neil Boehm (L) with a modern martial arts legend: the former Full Contact Karate World Champion Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace (Middleweight) whose amazing techniques influenced the evolution of the South-East-Australian Taekwondo style.

Anyone interested South-East-Australian Taekwondo in order to get fit while learning self-defense please Contact Neil on 03 5447 7725 or Guenter on 0408 423 903

Justin Whitehead whose outstanding amateur boxing achievements include:

  • Victorian Titles in 1996, 1997, 1999 & 2002
  • Australian Titles in 1998, 1999 & 2004, (Silver in 2002)
  • Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1998)
  • Olympic Test Event – Gold (Sydney, Australia 1999)
  • Oceania Games – Silver (Papeete, Tahiti, 1999)
  • Tasman Cup – Gold (Bendigo, Australia, 2002)
  • Oceania Games – Gold (Lake Taupo, New Zealand, 2002)
  • Oceania Games – Gold (Papeete, Tahiti, 2003)
  • Commonwealth Cup – Silver (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2003)
  • World Police & Fire Games – Silver (Adelaide, Australia, 2007)

Then, as a professional fighter, his ring victories are marked by Justin being crowned the:

  • WBF Asia-Pacific Heavyweight Champion in 2009
  • WBF International Heavyweight Champion in 2009
  • Australian Heavyweight Champion in 2010

I am very proud of Justin and glad he has retired from competitive boxing.

Justin Whitehead becomes WBF Asia-Pacific Heavyweight Champion (pictured with his coaching & management team from Justice Boxing, Echuca)

Whitehead vs Haumono during their 10 round battle for the WBF International Heavyweight Championship in Melbourne, 14 Sep 2009. Based on its quality and excitement, Fox Sport classed this bout as their Fight of the Year.

Justin being congratulated by boxing legend Aussie Jo Bugner on his victory to become the WBF International Heavyweight Champion

Justin Whitehead is declared the new Australian Heavyweight Champion in 2010.

Lynden Hosking another boxing history maker, who as an amateur competitor became six times Australian Champion, three times Oceania Champion, 1996 Commonwealth Champion, represented Australia in two World Championships, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and retired as a 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist.

Lynden Hosking declared as winner following a 2nd round K.O. victory over the South Australian Champion, 17 May 1999

Bendigo boxing heroes Lynden Hosking (L) & Justin Whitehead(R) sporting their Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal with Scott Hosking (M)

Australian Rules Football stars Nathan Brown and the Selwood brothers during their pre-AFL career

Muscular Problems

In this field Guenter has a record of outstanding achievements in the treatment of acute and chronic musculo-skeletal disorders manifesting for instance as:

  • Generalized Back Pains
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Upper Back Pains
  • Lower Back Pains
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lock Jaw
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • ‘Tennis Elbow’
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
  • Sporting Injuries including sprains, strains, hematomas, muscle tears

The Ruchti Method

Guenter’s unique approach to soft-tissue dysfunction has been respectfully labeled by his clients as “The Ruchti Method”. The Ruchti Method is an integral approach comprising a number of proven therapeutic modalities which may be applied individually or in combination, depending on the particular complaint.

Skills utilized embrace techniques of the following modalities:

  • Remedial Massage Therapy
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Reflexology
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Orthomolecular Nutritional Therapy
  • a variety of deep soft-tissue manipulation techniques which Guenter has developed himself over his many years of practice.

Guenter’s in-depth education in anatomy, physiology and pathology is unparalleled by most other remedial therapists. These studies, complemented by his many years of practical experience, have proven to be of an outstanding treatment advantage.

High level education in complementary medicine have equipped Guenter with the knowledge to professionally prescribe carefully selected non-drug medicines. Where necessary, this ability can provide an important additional advantage in order to aid speedy recovery and healing.

Expertise, honesty and a genuine care for his patients are the strong foundation of Guenter’s most favorable reputation. This is what has allowed his practice to evolve from humble beginnings in 1976 to what it is today, with a vast clientele of satisfied patients who happily recommend Guenter’s services to family and friends. Records show that often up to three generations of the same family attend his practice. In one particular family alone that adds up to 17 people, which speaks for itself. Some of his clients travel vast distances to see him and come from places like Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Beulah in the Mallee and Leongatha in Gippsland to name a few. Others in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin etc. who know him or know of him make sure to coincide an appointment with Guenter when they visit Victoria. Additionally a number of businesses make him their first choice to attend to their injured workers. The reason is that managements have noticed that the speedy recovery achieved aids productivity and saves money when it comes to WorkCover related expenses, especially insurance premiums.

His successful work relieving back pain has earned him the name “The Back Man” from his patients. A name Guenter has proudly registered upon advice from a client, a marketing expert.

General & Particular Health Problems

In this capacity Guenter utilizes his skills in naturopathy, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, clinical nutrition and yoga therapy to help his patients re-establish and maintain well-being.

Guenter sees himself as a quiet achiever with a sincere desire to ease the suffering of all who seek his help. He is not too keen on the term alternative medicine since, regardless of their value, some rather strange and unscientific “therapies” tend to gather under this umbrella. He is more comfortable with the complementary medicine label, which recognizes the importance of conventional or allopathic medicine to which he offers an additional approach for greatest possible benefit.

“It is not about me and my type of medicine or them and their type. It is always about the patients and what is best for them. There are many situations when a multi-faceted treatment approach would be most advantageous.”

In his experience most people come to see him with health problems when, for one reason or another, they have become disillusioned with the conventional medicine system.

The following brief explanations may give some insight into the various treatment modalities which may be applied individually or in selected combinations to affect the best possible therapeutic outcome.


Naturopathy is a system of healing that aims to provide holistic or whole body healthcare by drawing on treatment methods from several traditional systems of medicine. Naturopathy seeks to use the natural healing powers of the body to cure itself. It focuses on treating the cause of a disease rather than the symptoms themselves. Lifestyle and dietary regulations may or may not be required. The role of a naturopath is to work with a person to promote the natural healing of the body. Naturopathy is rooted in the belief that health is more than just the absence of disease and works on strengthening the body’s natural defenses.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal or phyto-pharmaceutical medicine uses biological substances derived from specific plants to assist the body’s healing mechanisms. A huge body of scientific evidence supports the value of this form of medicine. Most herbal medicines these days are available in tablets, capsules or liquid extracts with standardized biochemically effective dosage. The medicinal quality of the plant depends often on where it grew, when it was harvested, the parts used, how the medicinal properties were extracted and on the manufacturing process. Guenter finds it imperative to source the highest quality products for his prescriptions.

Clinical Nutrition

Clinical Nutrition is a powerful progression from the original diet based thinking to one that is biochemically and physiologically based. This usually means the professional administering of supplements such as minerals, vitamins and amino acids with potent orthomolecular dosage for best and quickest possible therapeutic effects.


Homoeopathic medicines are biological substances based on many years of highly effective and successful use in treatment. Homoeopathy is one of the fastest growing forms of medicine in the world today. In a number of European countries it is prescribed by 75% of all doctors while in some countries, in recognition of its effectiveness, it is provided by national health schemes. There are indeed hospitals specializing in the treatment of illness using homoeopathy.

Guenter generally uses medicines which have a molecular size similar to our hormones and cellular messengers. This way the ill-informed and ignorant opponents of homoeopathy cannot argue that the particles are too minute to have any effect. Homoeopathic medicines are so perfectly safe that they are Guenter’s medicines of choice for pregnant mothers, babies and children.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is the expert application of yoga practices for particular physical, mental or emotional disorders. Guenter is an initiate in the ancient Dasnami Order of yoga sannyasa. In 1972 he commenced training in the system of Integral Yoga and also spent time at the International Yoga Research Foundation in Munger, India. In 1978, by the name of Swami Mahadeva Saraswati he established the Satya Centre, the first yoga ashram in Bendigo. From there he passed on his knowledge in many towns, from the most simple of exercises to advanced forms of meditation, to people of all ages and walks of life regardless of their personal philosophical and religious beliefs. He brought yoga to schools, sports clubs, centres for the physically and mentally disabled, prisons, radio and even television. His specialty was Yoga Therapy, and the success of this is what led him to Complementary Medicine.

… I have taken my vitamins and homoeopathic remedies prescribed for me by my friend Guenter. He is very learned, you know, and has lots of degrees. He has helped me a lot, given me massages when I needed it and provided me with his homoeopathic remedies, some of which are very old. I can feel them doing me good and I take them faithfully as he has instructed. I am doing my meditation now every day and I have learned this quickly and it gives deep rest to my body to enable my immune system to fight…
Excerpt from Paul Macura’s autobiography ‘Go Back Dago’ (pg. 58), published 2003

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