Reflexology Research

Recently I received this question: Do you have any research regarding Reflexology. I was looking into Cochrane reviews and found nothing.

My Answer: There is an abundance of scientific reflexology research available, especially in countries where reflexology is well integrated in the health care system, e.g. Israel, Britain, Denmark, China, etc.

When I worked at UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine on the team with Dr. David Servan-Schreiber we put together a proposal for a scientific study to evaluate the effects of reflexology for kidney disease. The research team collected scientific research papers of more than a hundred reflexology studies from around the world.

At that time, in 2001, no studies had been conducted in the US yet.

We never received funding. The proposal was denied, reasoning that there was no research available in the US that validated the benefits of reflexology. It was baffling to us, since there was solid evidence from studies around the world. And ours would have been the first US research study.

Below are a number of links showing the positive effects of reflexology as proven in scientific studies.


Reflexology Relieves Symptoms of MS

Determination of Efficacy of Reflexology in Managing Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

Effect of Foot Reflexology Intervention on Depression, and Sleep Quality in Adults

Effects of Foot Reflexology for High Blood Pressure; Dr. Jesus Manzanares, M.D.

Efficacy of Reflexology in Prevention of Post-operative Nausea Vomiting; Dr. Shweta Choudhary

Effects of reflexology on fibromyalgia symptoms: a multiple case study.

The Effect of Reflexology on Pain Intensity & Duration of Labor on Primiparas


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