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Reflexology uses pressure points primarily on the soles of the feet, hands, or ears. Practitioners of reflexology believe that applying pressure to these points can affect specific organs or processes in the body.

Historians believe that reflexology was first practiced in China about 5000 years ago. The first practitioner of reflexology in the United States was Dr. William Fitzgerald, who called the practice "Zone Therapy" in 1913. He believed that the body was made up of 10 zones running lengthwise down the body and that applying pressure to zones on the feet stimulated organs contained in the corresponding zone of the body.

In the 1930s, a physical therapist named Eunice D. Ingham adapted Zone Therapy, suggesting that pressure points on the feet correspond to organs in the body. She then designed the foot reflexology chart that is the "map" used today for practitioners of foot reflexology.

Practitioners of reflexology do not require any specific certification or licensure. Education can include lecture, self-study, or advanced hands-on training.

Reflexology is primarily used for ongoing (chronic) pain, especially cancer-related pain. It is also used for asthma, back pain, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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There is no scientifically reliable information about how reflexology might work to reduce pain or treat other medical conditions. Reflexology practitioners believe that disease is caused by an energy imbalance and the reflexology can correct this imbalance. They believe that this helps the body's natural ability to heal itself.

Reflexology is LIKELY SAFE for most people. Practitioners of reflexology say that some people experience some side effects such as feelings of fatigue, nausea, or flu-like symptoms. But there is not enough information to know how often this might occur.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Reflexology is POSSIBLY SAFE during pregnancy and breast-feeding. So far, no harmful effects have been identified. But reflexology has not been well-studied in pregnant or breast-feeding women.

There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The appropriate or safe use of reflexology depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

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