Well, I have sat quietly on this site for over 2 years, but today I declare war on this Bowen fad that has overtaken this site. I am a qualified British GP and hospital doctor (MBChB,MRCP). I have PMR and GCA. Bowen therapy was invented by an unqualified Australian who called himself an osteopath (but couldn't get into the Australian association of osteopaths) in the last century. He never formally described his method, so today's practitioners are pretty much making it up as they go along. They are not wicked. They are just deceived. You can become a qualified practitioner with a paltry 14 hours training. (Mine took 6 years). It claims to treat everything from Asthma to Zoonoses - an absolute giveaway for a snake oil treatment. There are only about 6 reported papers in the medical literature about Bowen. Good medical trials are double-blinded, randomised, controlled, peer-reviewed and published in respected journals. Not one of those papers would pass this test. There are thousands of papers on steroids and PMR.
Ladies, you can do whatever you like to try to get well. But please, do not believe that Bowen therapy is a cure for PMR or will help you reduce your steroids. Two people who post on this site have had wonderful responses to therapy and I am delighted for them, but anecdotal medicine is not good medicine. If I posted a reply to every person on this site, then the site would be biased in favour of my opinions. I choose to restrain myself and stick to established facts. And I am a GP, whereas these other posters are not.
I am very sadly going to have to leave the site if this nonsense continues, because it is open to misinterpretation and could actually harm someone if they believe they do not need steroids or can reduce using Bowen therapy.