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A common question asked is “can you prove Complementary Therapy is effective?”.  There is an increasing amount of research currently being conducted on this question - a few of the research papers and articles are shown below. Financing clinical trials is an on-going challenge but as more and more people become interested in this important area, it is hoped that more grants will be made available.


Evaluation of anxiety, salivary cortisol and melatonin secretion following reflexology treatment.

Reflexology profoundly reduced the anxiety ‘state’ with a statistical significance of p<0.001 but has no effect on the underlying ‘trait’ anxiety. The reduction was consistent with ‘an increased feeling of ease and a reduction in anxiety.

A pilot study in healthy individuals

The Touchstone Process. An Ongoing Critical Review of Reiki in the Scientific Literature (Baldwin et al, 2010).  Research carried out by Ann Baldwin, PhD, University of Arizona. There is preliminary scientific evidence that Reiki reduces stress, pain, depression and anxiety, and can help mild Alzheimer’s patients to overcome their cognitive impairment to some degree.

Back Pain

Reflexology in the management of low back pain: a pilot randomised controlled trial


The effect of foot reflexology on pain in patents with metastatic cancer.  Foot reflexology was found to have a positive immediate effect for patients with metastatic cancer who report pain.

A study led by a Michigan State University researcher offers the strongest evidence yet that Reflexology can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks.  This is the first large scale, evidence based, randomised study of Reflexology used to complement standard cancer treatment.


A randomised, controlled trial of the psychological effects of reflexology in early breast cancer

The effects of foot reflexology on nausea, vomiting and fatigue of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Reflexology techniques for ankle/foot oedema in late pregnancy.

Effect of foot reflexology on duration of labour and severity of first-stage labour pain


A pilot study of the effectiveness of reflexology in treating idiopathic constipation in women.  

This study shows that in this sample reflexology has potential benefit for treating idiopathic constipation in women.

Reflexology in the management of chronic constipation


A randomised-controlled trail examining the effects of reflexology of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


The Clinical Efficacy of Reflexology in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Conclusion: This study provides preliminary support for the efficacy of reflexology as a treatment of stress in nursing home residents with mild-to-moderate stage dementia.


Effects of reflexology on fibromyalgia symptoms. The conclusion is that it may help to decrease symptoms. -

Heart Attacks

Yale researchers find patients who received a 20-minute Reiki treatment within three days after a heart attack showed an improved mood and hart rate variability


Randomised controlled trial of reflexology for menopausal symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis

1.  Reflexology and progressive muscle relaxation training for people with multiple sclerosis:

Positive effects of both treatments following sessions and over the 6 weeks of treatment are reported

2.  Reflexology treatment relieves symptoms of multiple sclerosis: a randomised controlled study

Conclusion: Reflexology resulted in an improvement of various symptoms of MS to a statistically significant level

3.  Reflexology and multiple sclerosis.  

Conclusion: There were no dramatic results but lots of small ones that improved the patient’s quality of life and ability to cope with the disease INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

4.   Reflexology for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a double-blind randomised sham-controlled clinical trial

Pain and Fatigue

The Effect of Foot Reflexology Massage on Pain and Fatigue of Patients undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

Parkinson’s Disease

Can reflexology maintain or improve the well-being of people with Parkinson's Disease?  The results suggest that continuous two or three weekly reflexology may limit further deteroration or maintain improvement of wellbeing.

Quality of Life

Clients' perceptions of the benefits of Reflexology on their quality of life

Workplace Stress and Emotional Needs

1. Using reflexology to manage stress in the workplace: A preliminary study.

This study was limited by the size of the sample and the nature of the design, which cannot demonstrate cause and effect.  

The trends towards improvement associated with reflexology suggested that further research may be warranted.

2.  Reflexology meets emotional needs.  Making connections - user perceptions of the effects of Reflexology and counselling.

Jointly financed by MIND and West Sussex district health authority