Reflexology is used to aid in healing foot ulcers, as a complementary therapy for cancer patients, and to alleviate the symptoms of aging and menopause. However, the quality of studies on reflexology has varied greatly, and more still needs to be learned, explains About.com.
Reflexology may help heal foot ulcers by improving the circulation of the area. It has the potential to supplement surgical and medical treatment of foot ulcers. In addition to reflexology, massage and acupressure are used to supplement medical treatments for cancer patients, states About.com. Many studies have shown that cancer patients experience decreased anxiety, pain, nausea and fatigue with this treatment.
One study conducted with middle-aged women found that self-reflexology reduced stress, depression and systolic blood pressure, and strengthened the immune system. It has also been shown in studies to decrease anxiety, depression, hot flashes and night sweats for women going through menopause, reports About.com.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to feet, hands and ears. The specific areas targeted in reflexology are believed to connect to certain organs and systems within the body, explains Mayo Clinic. When pressure is applied to these areas, it may have positive effects on the organs or overall health. Foot charts are used as guides for applying measured pressure to specific areas.