Refexology for a graceful menopause
Research has shown that reflexology can help smooth the menopause path and some is listed below.
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by Barbara and Kevin Kunz
British researchers found that both foot reflexology and foot massage … reduced menopausal symptoms of anxiety, depression, hot flushes and night sweats by some 30%-50% of what they were at the outset.” Sessions were for 45 minutes, 9 times over 19 weeks (once a week for six weeks followed by once a month for three months).
Korean researchers found statistically significant differences in menopausal symptoms for women who received reflexology twice per week for 6 weeks as opposed to those who had not
Chinese researchers found that daily sessions of 30 minutes for 60 days showed results of: 40% of the women fully recovered (symptoms disappeared, no relapse at 2 months); 48% of the women had significantly recovered (symptoms disappeared, relapse at 2 months but disappeared with more treatment); 4%of the women had effective results (symptoms relieved) and 1 woman had ineffective results.
Eighty-two women diagnosed with menopause were randomly divided into two groups. Forty-two women received foot reflexology and forty received foot reflexology with auricular point magnet adhesion. Thirty minute session were provided daily for 60 days.
Among women provided with foot reflexology at the conclusion of the study, 17 (40.48%) of the women had fully recovered, 20 (47.62%) had significantly recovered, 4 (9.25%) had effective results and 1 had ineffective results.
Among women provided with foot reflexology and auricular magnet adhesion at the conclusion of the study, 9 (22.5%) of the women had fully recovered, 16 (40%) had significantly recovered, 9 (22.50) had effective results and 6 (15%) had ineffective results.
Sun Jianhua, “Observation on the Therapeutic Effect of 82 Cases of Climacterium Syndrome (menopause) Treated with Reflexotherapy,” 1998 China Reflexology Symposium Report, China Reflexology Association, Beijing, pp. 60-61
* Controlled Study
In the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology a study using traditional foot reflexology and non-specific foot massage sought to discover the clinical findings of Reflexology benefiting women with menopause. In the end both groups reported drops in anxiety, depression, night sweats and hot flushes. (Randomised controlled trial of reflexology for menopausal symptoms, PMID: 12269681). Anecdotally Reflexology has helped women overcome the intensity of hot flushes and the many symptoms associated with menopause.