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Reflexology:Taking A New Look

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It isn't surprising that many people have dismissed reflexology. After all, there just isn't any obvious reason why a simple massage of the feet would have any kind of important therapeutic benefit.

Sure, we can all agree that it might be pleasurable - even very relaxing - but, that is about it, right? There is absolutely no precedent for the basic premise of reflexology that areas of the feet correspond to other parts of the body, and, that stimulation of these areas of the feet therapeutically relaxes the corresponding parts of the body!

And yet, advocates of reflexology have made far-reaching claims about reflexology. Some recipients have their arthritis completely cured, been cured of their headaches, back aches cleared up, asthma symptoms relieved, sinuses cleared, have been freed of their P.M.S., ovarian cysts disappeared, stomach ulcer healed C and on and on.

In the December 1993 issue of the prestigious American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology a research paper presented by William Flocco and Dr. Terry Oleson showed reflexology reduced women's P.M.S. symptoms by 46 per cent for the eight weeks of weekly treatments. This was sustained with 42 per cent reduction of symptoms for eight weeks after treatment. It was not as effective as drug treatments. However, reflexology had none of the side effects of drugs. The conclusion was that reflexology should be considered an effective therapy for PMS. This is the first scientifically accepted reflexology research study conducted in North America.

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