Reflexology in the Last 30 Years: Giant Steps in Medical Uses and Scientific Research, Impacting Health Benefits

In the past 30 years, Scientific breakthroughs in reflexology  have allowed the increasingly frequent use of Reflexology in preventive and curative, family and specialized medicine, providing the user with complementary benefits to their physical and mental health, and quality of life. 

This recently published article Foot Reflexology: RecentResearch Trends and Prospects Dec 20, 2022 ( Pub Med Central  - U.S. National Institutes of Health's/National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) summarizes the bibliometric analysis of the scientific literature on Foot Reflexology published from 1991 to 2021, according to the non exhaustive data available from  the Web Of Science Core Collection.


  • Worldwide research by country / Data Sources (Medical Journals - Web of Science Core Collection): 62 countries investigated Reflexology, forming 12 clusters of collaborative research, publications by 28 countries, the 10 most prolific being: USA, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Canada, Australia, India, Taiwan.
  • Type of scientific study / Most prolific authors
  • Evolution of publications from 1991 to 2021: 801 articles published in 414 scientific journals 
  • Topics investigated/Guidance for future research: integrative complementary medicine; nursing; oncology; medicine, general and internal; neurosciences and neurology; psychology; health care sciences and services; rehabilitation; biomedical social sciences; and obstetrics and gynecology


Web Of Science Core Collection 

Foot Reflexology: Recent Research Trends and Prospects Dec 20, 2022 Deng-Chuan Cai,Ching-Yun Chen,Ting-Yun Lo,Teruhide Koyama NIH/PMC9819031  

Pub Med Central del U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)