Bowen technique
Bowen technique


The Bowen technique is a type of touch therapy developed by Tom Bowen (1916-1982), a self-proclaimed osteopath. It has been used for pain, fatigue, relaxation, frozen shoulder, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
The Bowen technique is POSSIBLY SAFE when performed correctly and for a short period of time. The Bowen technique has not been linked with any side effects.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know if the Bowen technique is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. However, there is no reason to suspect safety issues when used appropriately.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Frozen shoulder. Some developing research shows that the Bowen technique might reduce pain and improve symptoms in some people with frozen shoulder.
  • Chronic pain. Early research shows that the Bowen technique does not produce lasting relief from chronic pain.
  • Stress. Early research shows that the Bowen technique might reduce stress and improve wellbeing in healthy people.
  • Stroke. Early research shows that the Bowen technique might improve certain movements and physical health in some people recovering from a stroke.
  • Fatigue.
  • Relaxation.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of the Bowen technique for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The Bowen technique is a treatment that uses light pressure applied to specific locations throughout the body.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Practitioners of the Bowen technique believe that applying pressure in specific areas can stimulate the body's own healing ability. However, there is no reliable scientific support for this belief. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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