Reflexology involves the manual stimulation of
reflex points on the ears, hands, and feet. It is similar to shiatsu and acupressure.
Thumb pressure is applied to specific points that correspond somatopically to specific
areas or organs of the body.
To relieve the menopausal discomfort, reflexology treatment may be aimed at the
pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands, the solar plexus and reproduction organ reflexes.
A controlled clinical study of thirty-eight women with premenstrual syndrome examined
the effects of a thirty-minute reflexology treatment weekly for eight weeks. Those
receiving the treatment were treated by ear, hand, and foot reflexology. Those in the
control group were given placebo or sham reflexology. Based on a daily diary that
monitored the severity of thirty eight premenstrual symptoms, the treated group had a 46%
reduction, which was a significantly greater reduction than the 19% reduction of the
Unlike the hormone treatment or antidepressant medications that is normally used for
the treatment of PMS that results in severe side reactions, the treatment by reflexology
produced no side effects. The researchers suggested that reflexology might work by
softening adrenocortical reactivity to stress, which is known to exacerbate symptoms in
See Also: Reflexology
in Stress Management
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