The Bowen Technique: A successful, cost effctive therapy to complement NHS treatment



A beneficial, cost-effective therapy to complement NHS treatment

by Christine Burd, Communications Officer, Bowen Therapists’ European Register


 Practitioners of one of the fastest-growing complementary therapies in the UK, the Bowen Technique, can now be registered by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This came into effect on 15 February 2010 and CNHC already has several hundred Bowen therapists on its Register.

CNHC is the only regulatory body for complementary healthcare to have official Government backing, through the Department of Health. By ensuring an independent verification of quality and safety, CNHC provides protection, assurance and a national ‘gold standard’ for users of the approved therapies.

This is a very significant step forward for Bowen. It enables Primary Care Trusts, NHS Trusts, health insurance companies and other elements of health provision to view Bowen as a valuable addition to the health services they offer. Medical practitioners will also be able to refer patients, with confidence, for Bowen treatment. We therefore anticipate that it will soon become more readily available in health centres, clinics hospitals and doctors’ surgeries.

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