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An Introduction To Reflexology

Updated on June 1, 2010

Reflexology is an alternative medicine. It is most commonly associated with the feet, but it can also be used on the hands and the ears. 

What Is Reflexology ?

According to the basic principles of reflexology, blocked "Qi" (life energy) in the body can affect its ability to heal properly. A reflexology chart is used to divide the feet (and sometimes hands) into areas according to the areas of the body that they relate to. 

How Can Reflexology Benefit Me?

The general idea behind reflexology is that general health can be improved by stimulating specific areas of the feet and hands. Each area of the body relates to an area on the feet and hands. For example, the big toe relates to the head and neck. Stimulating this area of the foot is supposed to relieve headaches and migraines. Both physical and emotional health problems can be treated using reflexology. 

Reflexology experts suggest that deposits of calcium and uric acid can develop in the feet and cause problems elsewhere in the body. Using reflexology, these toxins can be removed from the body, as massaging and stimulating the relevant areas of the feet will break them down. 

Is It Safe?

Reflexology has been widely criticized by medical experts as there is no scientific proof that it has health benefits. In addition, there are concerns that regulation is too weak. This means that almost anyone can set themselves up as a reflexologist without having any prior training or medical knowledge. As there is no specific accreditation that reflexologists must receive, it is very difficult to separate the bogus individuals from the credible professionals. Ending up in the wrong hands can be dangerous if the individual in question does not really know what he or she is doing. 

Reflexology is not advised during the early stages of pregnancy. It is best to see a doctor before receiving reflexology treatment if you suffer from thyroid problems or diabetes, or have chronic health problems. If you are currently taking medication, it is also recommended that you consult a medical professional before receiving reflexology treatment as the removal of waste toxins from the body can potentially interfere with conventional medicine.

Reflexology is sometimes used in cancer wards, but experts have expressed concern that using alternative medicine as an attempt to treat serious health conditions can be highly dangerous as it can cause individuals to delay treatment. 

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