The funding for Reflexology research is miniscule compared to the huge medical and pharmaceutical multinationals.
Many of today's medications have had decades of research behind them, with millions of dollars invested in this exercise.
Times are changing and more research studies are conducted around the world.
Research indicates there are real benefits from reflexology treatments. Some of the benefits are that they reduce pain, enhance relaxation, and reduce psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. Research also shows lymphatic drainage is stimulated.
However, even though real benefits are experienced through treatments, the quality of some reflexology studies is mixed and more high-quality research is needed.
This was a randomized controlled study of premenstrual symptoms treated with ear, hand and foot reflexology that demonstrated a significantly greater decrease in premenstrual symptoms for the women given true reflexology treatment versus women in the placebo group. The research study concluded reflexology is indicated for women suffering from PMS.