The effectiveness of reflexology

Numerous interesting research studies have looked into reflexology and its effectiveness for a wide variety of medical conditions.

Generally speaking the results are very positive and show that reflexology can help on the physical as well as the emotional level. Here are a few interesting results.


• 220 patients presenting headaches (migraine or tension) as their primary problem were treated by 78 reflexologists over a three-month period. Result: 16 per cent reported they were cured, 65 per cent said that reflexology had helped, 18 per cent were unchanged. [National Board of Health Council, Denmark, 1995]

• 50 female patients with dysmenorrhoea, hysteromyoma, pelvic inflammation, cysts and masses, endometriosis, menstrual disorder, infertility and 'chocolate cysts' were treated with reflexotherapy over a period ranging from ten sessions to two years. Result: 84 per cent found their symptoms had completely disappeared, 16 per cent that symptoms had almost completely disappeared. [Beijing International Reflexology Conference report, China, 1996]

• 42 women (aged 20-60) participated in a study to assess the impact of reflexology on chronic constipation. Result: the average number of days between bowel movements was reduced from 4.4 to 1.8. [FDZ-Danish Reflexology Association, 1992]

• 32 cases of Type-II diabetes mellitus were randomly divided into two groups, one of which was treated with a conventional Western hypoglycaemic agent and reflexology, and the other group with just the hypoglycaemic agent. Result: after daily treatments over 30 days, fasting blood-glucose levels, platelet aggregation, length and other factors were greatly reduced in the reflexology group, while no significant change was observed in the medicine-only group. [First Teaching Hospital, Beijing Medical University, China, 1993]

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