An alternative medicine technique, reflexology stresses the importance of pressing on specific areas on the body for temporary and long-term pain relief. With important nerve endings that run throughout your feet, hands and ears, you can apply reflexology to improve organ functioning.
Although it might not be a miraculous method of treatment, reflexology helps restore your body’s natural balance, while providing relief from pain and stress.
Here are some conditions in which reflexology is beneficial:
Depression. Involved in the chemical imbalance that causes depression are the hypothalamic, pituitary, pineal and adrenal glands. Your hormonal activity in your body is inhibited. All you’ll have to do is massage the tops of your toes. This is where your brain reflexes are located. So by stimulating this area, you will enhance serotonin production.
Nausea. Studies have shown that reflexology helps in the cases of nausea symptoms. Studies conducted on cancer patients have shown reduced symptoms of nausea, vomiting and fatigue. All you’ll have to do is massage the upper side of your foot. This is where your stomach and duodendum reflexes are. By massaging in a circular motion you will subside the symptoms of nausea.
High blood pressure. The main culprit for heart attacks, strokes and heart failures, high blood pressure is a very dangerous condition. All you’ll have to do to is massage the center of the upper side of your foot. Here is where your lung and adrenal gland reflexes are. Hypertension usually affects other organs as well, so it would be best to take the appropriate course of action.
Menstrual cramps. If you are looking for alternative ways to relieve menstrual cramps, reflexology can come in handy. More convenient and noninvasive, it is a good choice over medication. All you’ll have to do is massage the lower side of your foot, just above your heel. This is where your uterus reflex is.
Migraines. Painful and really uncomfortable, migraines rarely go away without medication. But this medication, over time, can cause dependency that is harmful in the long run. All you’ll have to do is massage the top of each finger. This is where your reflexes that correspond with the spine and head are. So, stimulation will induce relaxation and favor a proper blood circulation.
Colds. Although they are usually harmless, colds will hinder you from performing usual daily activities. All you’ll have to do is massage the footpads to promote movement in congested organs and also your big toes, to provide relief from clogged sinuses and nasal breathing.
All in all, these are just some of the conditions in which reflexology can prove beneficial. It can be as equally effective as acupuncture. The good thing about it is you can try it yourself and do it in the comfort of your own home. Simple, cheap and noninvasive! Sounds good, right?