REFLEXOLOGY - the "Maps of Health"
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1999, the scientists Drs Sudmeier, Bodner, Egger, Mur, Ulmer and Herold
of the University Hospital of Innsbruck, published a study titled:
Using colour Doppler
sonography blood flow changes of the right kidney
during foot reflexology were determined in a placebo-controlled,
double-blind, randomised study.
In this placebo-controlled study, the researchers administered to 17
women and 15 men massages on the sole of the right foot. One half of
the participants was massaged the area of the right kidney, while the
other was treated at the zones of the paranasal sinuses and ears.
After an initial measurement of the flow rate of the right renal
artery, the feet were massaged. Neither the volunteers nor the giver
knew about what zones have been massaged. After 2 minutes after
starting a second measurment was carried out during the treatment and
the third measurement of the renal flow was followed after 6 minutes
after the massage.
The result was clear. In the group whose renal zones were massaged,
there was a significant change occurring in the flow of the renal
artery. This, says the study, represents a reduction in renal vascular
resistance that implies increase of the blood circulation. The results
substantiate the hypothesis that organ-associate foot reflexology
treatment affeted temporarily positively the renal blood flow.
In the discussion, the authors proceed even further and say that the
hope may be justified for a long-term effectiveness after a series of
Given the cautious scientific conclusions about this result we can
regard it as a milestone in the recognition of reflexology on the feet.
This study shows that the organ locations on the feet, which have
proven themselves millions of times in the experience, are even
scientifically quite sustainable.
Other interesting studies:
Universität Ulster - Reflexology
for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis
University of Jena (Ger)- Effectiveness of
reflexology at osteoarthritis of the knee proven
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