Can Reflexology really diagnose health problems before they appear?

My reflexology treatment threw up ‘ kidney problems, liver problems, breast problems, pancreatic problems ( beginnings of diabetes ), malfunctioning thyroid, heart problems. I am disgustingly healthy as of now. Could my therapist be right? Or is reflexology just another alternative therapy which is not tried and tested enough to be reliable?

  1. greydoc6, 23 May, 2010

    Reflexology is based on a theory that has never been shown to have scientific merit. Visit three reflexologists and you get three different diagnoses. The zones reflexologists describe have never been anatomically demonstrated. You get a good foot massage that feels relaxing and stress relieving, but no valid prognostications about diseases in any of the human body’s organ systems.

  2. Bubby, 23 May, 2010

    I have a friend who practices Reflexology, and she has many clients. She says toxins and harmful crystals gather in the soles of our feet and they can tell which part of the body has a problem. I let her try it on me for about 2 minutes, but my feet are too sensitive. She said she didn’t feel much wrong with me in that short time. She says she would have felt areas of hard lumps or something under the skin certain places on my soles if there was a problem. Might be something to it, but I can’t stand anyone doing stuff with my feet. I go nuts.

  3. elena, 23 May, 2010

    I personally practice reflexology and I find Iridology and sclerology are a better and more accurate forms of diagnosis. Those points in reflexology can be toxins stored in those areas presently and pockets of lactic acid. I found it not to be a complete diognostic tool thats why its good to go to a practitioner that has more than three or more forms of diognostic techniques. Muscle response testing, iris reading hair and urine analisis, tongue and fingernail diognosis ect..
    I hope this helps Helene / Folk Healer / botanica west

  4. Dr. Anand Amembal, 23 May, 2010

    Please do not underestimate the power of reflexology or acupressure or acupuncture. All are good in their own fields.
    During the diagnostic process, in reflexology, the soles of your feet or the palms of your hands show areas which have weak energy levels called reflex points and they hurt when pressed by fingers or a wooden jimmy. These areas are the parts of the body or the organs through which the energy levels flow. Thus pressing these points on the soles of your feet or palms of your hands will tell the therapist exactly what is wrong with you.
    Continued treatment will also give relief to the patient.

  5. Gevera Bert, 23 May, 2010

    Reflexologists cannot diagnose disease unless they are also medical doctors. Your reflexologist should have explained more clearly what s/he found on an energetic level.

  6. Pierre@Reflexologist, 21 September, 2011

    Respon to story about reflexologist care access targeted to all:
    Reflexology on the principle that there are areas, Science, Health and legs hands and ears, it follows that all parts, glands and organs in the body of the base of the eye reflexes. Reflexologists apply pressure to the feet, hands and ears to make a difference in parts of the body. The session is a complement to traditional medicine and is not intended to be an option.
    Learn more about the reflexologist at REFLEXOLOGIST

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