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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bowen Therapy for Seizures: Scientific Evidence

Not a lot of alternative healing techniques are backed with scientific evidence. I think there are a number of reasons for this. A lot of healers have arrived at their specialty having been healed by it themselves. They know that it works from personal experience and that's all the evidence they need. Many alternative treatments are based on inner knowing, intuition and energy changes that are hard to measure and don't fit "under the microscope" for study purposes. Many of the clinical trials and science being done on health treatment is actually a marketing tool by large corporations in order to convince people they "need" something and because the risk of side effects or injury is significant enough to require careful analysis. Most alternative therapies don't carry the same degree of risk. Many true healers are also really not trying to get rich or famous from their talents. They often don't market in any way other than word of mouth and you don't find them advertising on television or in speaking circuits. In fact, you often have to look hard to find them! They don't feel the need to tell the world.

However, I personally think it's really helpful when there is some scientific study or research behind alternative techniques. It does help to bring possibilities to people that have no idea where to start or how to find help.

So when a friend of mine sent me scientific study results on the effectiveness of Bowen Therapy for seizures I felt compelled to "pass it on".

Interestingly, Bowen Therapy is not that old as far as alternative treatments go. It was first developed by Mr. Tom Bowen when he returned to Australia after military service in WWII. In 1975 an Australian Government inquiry into alternative health practices (created out of skepticism) actually ended up promoting his extraordinary success. Since 1986 his technique has been taught through the Bowen Academy of Australia.

Bowen uses gentle non-invasive muscle rolls that stimulate the body to reset and heal itself. A session usually lasts between 30minutes to an hour. It has been used to treat a multitude of symptoms and conditions from musclo-skeletal through respiratory, digestive and gynecological. It has also been helpful for anxiety, chronic fatigue and dizziness.

The seizure protocol includes 9 sessions over a 6 month period. Liz Corbtett conducted a study of 7 particpants between 2008 and 2009. Results document the number of seizures experienced prior to and after therapy. Subjective questions on quality of life were also tabulated. The number of seizures decreased and the intensity lessened for ALL participants. Significant differences in quality of life were also experienced.

You can find extensive information on Bowen therapy on Liz Corbetts website For specific information on the seizure protocol and study results go to

For information on alternative healing techniques for specific conditions visit my website at

Thanks to everyone that brings healing to the world and thanks to those that work to prove it!

1 comment:

  1. Looking for scientific evidence of the Bowen technique. Sorry, this did not do it either. Only 10 subjects, far too low a number, also, no other protocol..were they on meds? how many?, how often? As a field biologist that works with statistics frequently, the paired t-test is highly suspect without seeing the raw data.