Research Shows Reflexology Influences Physiological Measures

July 6, 2017


The physiological functions of the body are many. They include all of the ways the organs, glands, and cells work to keep our bodies functioning in a state of homeostasis, or balance. Research has shown that reflexology work can influence the following functions of the body:


Alpha amylase (a salivary enzyme sensitive to psycho-social stress)

     Statistically significant reduction (Dementia)


Blood pressure, systolic blood pressure and pulse rate are lowered


Blood uric acid level normalized (Gout)


Carbon dioxide (exhaled) Increased


Cholesterol remarkable reduction



     Significant decrease (dementia)

     Statistically significant difference (menopausal women)

     Difference (MS patients)


Doppler sonogram

     Improvement in blood flow rate, time, and acceleration in lower limbs (diabetes)

     Increase in real time blood flow (intestines and kidneys)


ECG (measurement of heart’s activity)

     Improved remarkably (coronary heart disease patients)

     Relaxation real time

     Disappearance of angina symptoms


EEG (measurement of brain waves)

     Results showed that there was a clear difference in characteristics of EEG signals with and without  reflexology.          Results show relaxation effect of reflexology.



     Reflexology stimulus shows activation in parts of brain


Hemoglobin increase


Immune System increased


Oxygen density and saturation increased


Pancreas function positively affected (diabetics)


Serotonin levels higher


Respiratory rate lowered



     Decreased in (hypertension)

     Strong effect (high cholesterol)


White blood cell count improved (Leukopenia)


Information from: Evidence-Based Reflexology Research for Health Professionals & Researchers  by Barbara & Kevin Kunz

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