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I am assuming that this is a discussion page.

I suffered a stroke a few years ago, and, like many sufferers, the hand and foot on my affected side tend to "claw as the tendons and muscles wither through lack of use. I've found both relexology and electro-acupuncture usefull to stimulate the nerves and muscles that can no longer be stimulated by my brain. Although it's a bit painfull to start with, when you get used to it it's very relaxing. I normally fall asleep, and find the sessions beneficial.--Unclebill 03:39, 20 December 2007 (EST)

Hi Unclebill. I'm sorry about your stroke and I'm glad to hear you're getting better.  :-) I have to point out however that what you have given us is a Testimonial, the lowest level of Evidence. The fact is, that there seem to be no Randomized controlled trials which show that reflexology works. However if you can find some, and refer to them here, I'm sure people would be happy to take it further. --Bobbing up 03:57, 20 December 2007 (EST)
Actually, I don't think there's much doubt that massage helps with restoring muscle and nerve functions - that's simply a part of general physical rehabilitation for people in Unclebill's situation. As I understand it, reflexology refers more to the claim that e.g. massaging a particular area of your foot can cure a liver disease or something like that. That should probably be clarified. --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 11:33, 20 December 2007 (EST)

Perhaps this forum has limited access to research that's been done. The functional MRI alone shows direct benefit of reflexology for a host of situations. To refer to reflexology as a "pseudo-science" is to choose to ignore volumes of research that has been done or is being done that indicates the validity of this work. I refer to the studies being done presently with breast cancer patients, MS, diabetes, autism, infertility/ maternity, stress and pain relief.

Perhaps this panel just needs a session.

Shalom, Cynthia B Hill Certified Reflexologist

Citations for that? - π 13:54, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
(EC)Hi Cynthia, if you have citations for this research, please share them. — Signed, by: Neveruse513 / Talk / Block 13:55, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
Oh for goodness sake - quantum touch, Cynthia? Really? Prediction: you will fail to provide any adequate evidence of the efficacy of reflexology in achieving any of its claims. Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svgUser:Nutty Roux/sigtalk 13:58, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
And this "shalom" shit from "jews for jesus" and "messianic jews" is totally unnecessary and has to stop. In the English speaking world we say "goodbye" or the like. And we're waiting for just one citation to scientific evidence of the efficacy of reflexology in doing anything but making your feet hurt. Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svgUser:Nutty Roux/sigtalk 15:06, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
Ear Candling, too! Great stuff. ħumanUser talk:Human 20:37, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
Therein lies the problem in a nutshell. I suspect reflexology is potentially provable for some foot and ankle conditions, note, foot and ankle conditions (not anything else). But when its proponents make claims it is effective for, and I quote, "breast cancer patients, MS, diabetes, autism, infertility"...my bullshit meter goes off the scale at that point. Secret Squirrel (talk) 00:01, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

If my stomach is sore, we're supposed to rub the middle of the foot to make the stomach feel better. If the middle of the foot is sore, do we rub the stomach to make the foot feel better? --Sigma 7 (talk) 21:19, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

how do you guys explain phantom limb syndrome? 24.147.211.225 (talk) 22:04, 22 December 2013 (UTC)