Neurosurgeon amazed by Bowen Therapy

This blog post is written by Catalina Acsinte, MD:

“My name is Catalina Acsinte. I am a MD neurosurgeon with 18 years of experience in traditional medicine and a student of Bowen therapy (Bowtech).

I would like to share with you the case of a patient of mine, both from my point of view as a doctor, as well as considering my knowledge about Bowen Therapy.

Patient TC, 29 years old, professional driver, is brought by an ambulance on the 20th September 2010. After the first tests were conducted, he is diagnosed with severe diffuse cerebral contusion, acute subdural hematoma in the right hemisphere, left rib fractures, left upper lobe pulmonary contusion, pneumothorax left, left temporal linear fracture. He undergoes an emergency surgical procedure, which consisted of the evacuation of the subdural hematoma by undergoing left-side frontal temporal parietal decompressive craniotomy (the surgical removal of the frontal temporal parietal bones on the left side, on an areas of about 7-10cm, and discharging the blood that compresses the brain).

The general state of the patient improved; he was conscious, but unable to move voluntarily, eat on his own or have control of his sphincter. At a later date, he underwent another surgery, for hydrocephalus, which consisted of ventriculoperitoneal shunting. When discharged from our service, the patient was conscious, but collaboration proved to be difficult; he was able to answer only by movements of the eyeballs; sometimes he would slightly move his right arm. He had trouble swallowing (he was fed through a nasogastric tube), had no control of the sphincter (he needed a urinary catheter) and was completely unable to walk.

Later on, the patient was hospitalised in the Medical Rehabilitation Clinic, where he started physical therapy and speech therapy. His movement ability improved slightly. After trying to remove the nasogastric tube, the patient suffered bronchopneumonia due to his swallowing difficulty. Endoscopic gastronomy is performed on the 24th of June 2011. All this time, the patient had also undergone physical therapy at home, but without any significant results.

In September 2011, the patient’s family finds out about Bowen therapy and decides to try it, as a last resort, in weekly sessions, with therapist Niculina Gheorghita. After the first sessions, remarkable results appeared; he started talking and swallowing in November and later on he was able to sit and take a few steps. In a few months after starting the Bowen therapy, the patient regained his sphincter control as well.

In February 2012, the patient showed up at our clinic in order to undergo cranioplasty (correction of the bone defect with an acrylic plate). Everything went fine, with good evolution of the patient: he was able to talk, walk and eat by himself by the beginning of the month.

In September 2012, the patient presented a left front suppurated wound. After trying to solve this with antibiotics, according to the antibiogram, it is decided to remove the acrylic plate, considered to be the foreign body maintaining the infection. This decision was also influenced by the existence of a post-surgical dehiscence (separation of the layers of a surgical wound).

At first, I did not have an explanation for this dehiscence. I was able to find an explanation during surgery, when, after removing the acrylic plate, I observed a fibrous structure at that level (a reaction of the body), which looked like onion layers.


The vegetative state of the patient was constant for one year after the accident, despite the medical treatment (physical therapy, speech therapy). One year after beginning Bowen therapy, the patient looked and acted like a healthy person: he thought, spoke, ate, and walked all by himself. The fact the infection was not followed by meningitis, considering that the head plate was a foreign object for the body, can only be explained by the ‘inner doctor’ work – activated by the Bowen technique.

Finally, the fibrous structure I found after removing the acrylic plate seems to be another consequence of the self-healing. Seeing bone regenerate itself has left me amazed. During my time as a doctor, I have had the chance to see the body react after

I have to admit I wouldn’t believe such a story if I didn’t see it happening with my own eyes. I was so impressed about this case, that I decided to register for Bowen courses and since I started practicing this technique myself, I encounter many other amazing recoveries.

Happy Bowening!”

Dr. Catalina Acsinte

Iasi, Romania

Originally printed in Bowen Hands, September 2013

Photo CreditAlex E. Proimos via Compfight cc


  • Sean Johnson says:

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  • Juliana Allen says:

    Why am I not surprised, after my stroke my family were told I would be in hospital for 3-4 weeks then I would go to Shenton Park rehab for 3- 4 months, I had Bowen for two weeks everyday on the advise from Ossie Rentsch and in 2.5 weeks I was talking, walking etc. I suffered an acute infarction of the lest Basel ganglia-posterior limb internal capsule in the territory of penetrating arteries from the middle cerebal artery. Prior to this on the same day a CT scan showed a peripheral left middle cerebral artery distribution stroke.
    Bowen saved me & restored my body to a parasympathetic mode and allowed my body to recover and recall.

    • Kelly says:

      What an incredible result, Juliana! Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Rita Santamera says:

      Hi Julian, I have read your post above, which is quite remarkable. I am currently having bowen treatment, the lady who does the treatment for me, advised me to leave at least1 to two weeks between each bowen session. I note you say above you had it every day for 2 weeks. I am very interested to hear this. I will show this to my bowen therapist. Any other advice you can offer would be much appreciated. I am recovering from a brain aneurysm which has left me with limited mobility, I can walk very slowly and only for very short distance. I have had one bowen therapy session yesterday and have been advise to wait between 1 and 2 weeks before next session.

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