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Does foot reflexology work?

Does foot reflexology work?

Relieves some stress: Foot reflexology relaxes the patient, relieving some of his stress, because of the patient's getting a foot massage and getting to interact with a caring person. Stress-related symptoms can improve. The patient feels better because he believes he should feel better (otherwise he quits going to the reflexologist), but there isn't anything else about the "reflexology" that changes any disease state. ...Read more

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Does foot reflexology actually work?

Does foot reflexology actually work?

Nice: It's a nice foot massage, but as a way of treating your internal organs... Not so much! ...Read more

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Are there any proven health benefits of foot reflexology?

Are there any proven health benefits of foot reflexology?

No: Foot reflexology falls under the category of quackery. See: http://www.Quackwatch.Org/search/webglimpse.Cgi?Id=1&query=foot+. ...Read more

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Can you please define hand and foot reflexology?

Can you please define hand and foot reflexology?

The definition is...: ...pseudoscientific claptrap. Reflexologists have no more real knowledge of the human body or health and disease than you do. It is completely bogus. A few years ago Penn & Teller trashed it on their Shotime show, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qkXR9mflOo. I love foot massages, but I don't deceive myself that it delivers any more than a good feeling. ...Read more

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In reflexology is there a specific area on the hands or feet that I can massage or manipulate for insomnia?

In reflexology is there a specific area on the hands or feet that I can massage or manipulate for insomnia?

Not a proven therapy: Realy don't know. Probably reflexology charts online? Unfortunately, there are no double blind placebo controlled studies that indicate any clinical effectiveness of reflexology. ...Read more

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I have constant pain in your feet espically the arches and get charley horses often will reflexology help?

I have constant pain in your feet espically the arches and get charley horses often will reflexology help?

Plantar fasciitis: It sounds like plantar fasciitis a pair of custom molded functiona forefoot orthosis as well as a pair of quality running shoes should take care of your pain. A good foot massage is all your getting. The idea that pushing on the foot will cure complex problems with organ systems considering the fact there are no neuronal pathways to connect them is ludicrous. ...Read more

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"does foot reflexology help with diabetic foot numbness?" i message my feet daily after bathing an drying well.

"does foot reflexology help with diabetic foot numbness?" i message my feet daily after bathing an drying well.

No...but try this: Diabetic neuropathy can occur even when bs is controlled but the first thing you want to focus on is keeping your numbers at goal. Capscaicin is an otc cream that is known to help this neuropathy and a supplement called metanx which needs prescription can also help. Otherwise there are meds that can be prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does reflexology work for allergies?

Does reflexology work for allergies?

Not evidence based: Reflexology is time-honored but getting scientifically-controlled studies that show an effect above placebo has been problematic. The magic may come from the relationship with the practitioner, and i'd not criticize anyone who sought this out with a hope of relief. Use it as part of a comprehensive program of allergy management -- your health depends on this, as allergy isn't trivial. ...Read more