Breast Cancer Patients See Benefits of Ancient Therapy

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

After an eight-week pilot study, researchers at M.S.U. found women with late-stage breast cancer on chemotherapy benefited from reflexology.

Reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt. Certified reflexologist Barbara Brower of Footnotes for Health in Okemos says there at 7,200 reflexes in your hands and feet. Those reflexes connect to different parts of the body so by applying pressure it can relax the whole body.

Head researcher of the study, Gwen Wyatt, says participants reported less anxiety, decreased depression and an overall better quality of life. The pilot study has lead to a $3.1 million government grant to further prove the benefits of reflexology for late-stage breast cancer patients when coupled with conventional medicine.

Enrollment for that study will begin in January.


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