Research Shows Reflexology Complements Cancer Care


A cancer diagnosis is scary for all concerned. Not only does it affect the person who has received the diagnosis, but the family and friends of the person as well. We have all been touched by cancer, and know the emotional roller coaster that we find ourselves on through the diagnosis, treatment, and eventual outcome.

Reflexology has been shown to have a positive impact on the emotional and physical symptoms of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. Thirteen studies from seven countries (US, Italy, Japan, China, Switzerland, Korea, UK) show that reflexology can benefit those who are receiving care for a cancer diagnosis.

Reflexology has been reported to:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression

  • Decrease nausea, vomiting and fatigue due to receiving chemotherapy

  • Increase levels of emotional quality of life

  • Decrease and manage pain

In addition, hospice patients reported feelings of relaxation and comfort, improved well-being, and relief from tension.

Though reflexology does not claim to cure cancer, it does have its place alongside other treatment plans to help support the individual emotionally, and to address some of the physical discomforts. Reflexology is safe, gentle, and can provide a comforting touch for someone who is finding his or her way back to health, or through the transition of life.

*Research information from: Evidenced Based Reflexology Research for Health Professionals and Researchers by Barbara and Kevin Kunz

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