Reflexology and PMS

Reflexology and PMS

Can Reflexology be used to reduce or eliminate symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS? Maybe. One study conducted at the Division of Behavioral Medicine, California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles by Oleson and Flocco looked at whether pressure at certain points on the ears, hands and feet could reduce symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome compared to a placebo.

In the study 35 women kept track of 38 pre-menstrual symptoms on a four point scale for 2 months before treatment, two months during treatment and two months after treatment. The reflexology treatments were done for 30 minutes once a week for eight weeks by a trained reflexologist.

In the end they found that there was a significantly greater decrease in premenstrual symptoms for the women given true reflexology treatment than for the women in the placebo group. They concluded that reflexology could be used effectively for treatment of PMS.

* Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology [Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1993;82(6): 906-11] titled “Randomized Controlled Study Of Premenstrual Symptoms Treated with Ear, Hand, and Foot Reflexology.”

Another study conducted at Sun Cheon Cheong Am College in Korea in 2002 gave the participants reflexology sessions that lasted one hour six times in a sixty day period. Before the study the participants average score related to premenstrual symptoms was 8.35. After they had undergone the reflexology treatments their mean score dropped to 4.16 during their first menstruation. By their second menstruation their mean score had fallen to 3.25.

So, it appears as though reflexology may be effective at reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

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