Reflexology for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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  Colon, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)  

Study Conducted:



  China   The People's Hospital  



Xin, W., and Gong, Z., "Treatment of 58 Cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Reflexotherapy." 1998 China Reflexology Symposium Report, Beijing : China Reflexology Association, page 15.


  58 cases, both male and female, ages 23-67, with irritable bowel syndrome for 25 years, were given 15-30 minutes of moderate to strong pressure of foot reflexology twice a day for 2 weeks. All shared some basic signs and symptoms. 36 (62%) fully recovered. 8 (13.7%) improved. 5 (8%) partially improved, for 9 (15%) the treatment was ineffective.


  Foot reflexology was found to be mostly effective for the relief of irritable bowel syndrome.

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