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Foot Reflexology

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • A California Graduate Institute (US) randomized controlled trial showed foot reflexology significantly reduced premenstrual symptoms.
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  • An Inje University (Korea) study revealed foot reflexology massage was effective in reducing depression and stress, and strengthening the immune systems, of middle-aged women.
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  • A Kangwon National University study (Korea) found that foot reflexology reduced stress and fatigue in female undergraduate students – but cortisol levels and immune response were not measurably improved.
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  • An overview of the foot reflexology evidence concludes that while studies show its benefits for conditions like back pain, anxiety or urinary symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, it’s not possible to firmly indicate its effectiveness, because higher-quality trials are needed.
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  • A randomized control trial at a Taiwanese hospital concluded foot reflexology considerably improved sleep quality for postpartum women.
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