2020: Reflexology benefits in various pathologies - New scientific publications


 In 2020, NICE (National Institute of Health -England) compiled some of the latest publications of scientific studies where clinical reflexology is applied to treatments of various health conditions and diseases.

All studies conclude positively on the beneficial effects of reflexology:

  • It is recommended to include clinical reflexology as complementary non-pharmacological therapy in the nursing care of patients or by their caregivers
  • Reflexology has been proven to be safe and has no harmful side effects
  • Placebo effect in reflexology was ruled out

Clinical reflexology proves to be:

  • Anxiolytic
  • Analgesic
  • Sedative
  • Anti-spasmodic

Reflexology improves:

  • Physiological parameters
  • Mental and emotional state
  • Quality of sleep
  • QOL (Quality of Life index)

2020 NICE clinical reflexology studies addressed the following conditions and diseases:

  • Pediatric health
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and sleep quality
  • Childbirth
  • Back pain and stress in coronary angiography 
  • Stress and extubation time after coronary artery bypass
  • Quality of life in multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep quality of patients in intensive care
  • Dyspnea in patients with advanced cancer


Reflexology medical studies 2020 – published by NICE https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?from=2020-01-01&to=2021-02-12&q=reflexology

The effect of reflexology on baroreceptor reflex sensitivity, blood pressure and sinus arrhythmia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0965229997800039

The effect of foot reflexology on physiological parameters - Arash Khalili, Negin masoudi Alavi, Davoud Mardani, Nastoor Bekhradiani Pour, Akvan Paymard, Mehdi Daraei, Shapour Yaripoor, aba Bashiri, and Mehdi Molavi Vardanjani - Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, and Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan. Iran 2016 https://www.ijmrhs.com/medical-research/the-effect-of-foot-reflexology-on-physiological-parameters.pdf