The Bowen Technique National Asthma Research Program

October 2002 to March 2004
Organised by Nikke Ariff (Tel: 079811 54321)


The National Research program was launched to determine the efficacy of The Bowen Technique in the treatment of the Asthma condition. The research was aiming to record any changes in their pattern Volunteer's symptoms in terms of:
  •  frequency
  •  severity of attacks
  •  and reliance on medication
over a period of 12 months whilst receiving Bowen treatments.

Selection of candidates: The Volunteer Group

The parameters set were as follows:
  •  the volunteers had to be over 16 years of age
  •  they must not have been hospitalised for their condition
  •  they must have been diagnosed as an Asthma sufferer by a GP or hospital specialist
  •  Asthma must be their main health concern

The Volunteer Group: Profile

Of the 24 Volunteers: 16 women, 8 men.
Length of time diagnosed as an Asthma sufferer:
1 to 5 yrs    :    2 (8%) volunteers
5 to 10 yrs    :    8 (33%) volunteers
10 to 15 yrs    :    3 (13%) volunteers
15 yrs plus    :    11 (46%) volunteers

The Therapists

All were fully qualified in the Bowen technique and fulfilled the qualifications set out by the governing body The Bowen Therapists European Register (

The Research Program:

The Program was carried out over a 12 month period. No treatment protocol was set for the Bowen therapist to follow. This is because Bowen is a holistic therapy and it was felt that the Bowen therapist should not be compromised in having to treat according to a set protocol as opposed to treating the Volunteer as a unique individual. The Asthma Volunteer kept a weekly diary throughout the 12 month period additionally, a diary was completed for every Asthma attack experienced during the Research Period.

The Results of the Bowen Technique National Asthma Research Program

Of the 24 participants who completed the 12 month program:
All 24 volunteers reported that Bowen had made a positive difference to their asthma condition.
7 registered "My asthma has improved dramatically"   
14 reported "My asthma has improved substantially"   
3 reported "My asthma has improved slightly"     

20 (83%) reported a reduction in the frequency of their asthma attacks
18 (75%) reported a reduction in the severity of their attacks
18 (75%) were now using less medication than before starting the Bowen Research project
14 (58%) reported they were responding better to their medication
17 (71%) volunteers reported their sensitivity to triggers had reduced

Although only 15 of the 24 volunteers used Peak Flow meters at home, all 15 (100%) of them reported their readings had improved.

Volunteers were asked to rate their asthma condition on a scale of 0 to 10.
Before Bowen treatments were received:
Mild      :    3 replied (12.5%)
Moderate    :    12 replied (50%)
Severe    :    9 replied (37.5%)
After 12 months on the Research Program:
Mild      :   18 replied (75%)
Moderate    :    6 replied (25%)

Total number of Asthma attacks:
The total number of reported Asthma attacks for all the Volunteers as a group, showed a dramatic improvement in their second 6 months on the research program:
First 6 months    :    Total of 84 Asthma attacks recorded
Second 6 months   :    Total of 26 Asthma attacks recorded

This represents an improvement of 69% in the number of Asthma attacks over the first 6 months they were on the Research program.

Other Benefits:

Of the 24 Volunteers who completed the program, 22 reported that secondary health concerns had also improved within the 12 month Research period underlining the holistic nature of the Bowen Technique. These issues included:

Positive responses
Back, Neck & Shoulder problems    :     15
Knee problems & Other joint problems    :     4
Headaches & Migraine    :     3
Hayfever    :     8
Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Digestion    :     4
PMT & Circulation    :     2
Insomnia    :     4
Anxiety, Stress & Depression    :     13
Energy levels    :     8