Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Reflexology as effective as nasal irrigation

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Thought this was interesting.
Kevin Kunz

"Reflexology massage" was found to be as effective as nasal irrigation for alleviation of chronic sinusitis in a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine study. Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing reports that "After two weeks of daily treatment, more than 70 percent of those who practiced either form of nasal douching (with hypertonic saline)reported improved symptoms. But surprisingly, the group that practiced reflexology massage - where pressure is applied to the feet or hands but may produce changes elsewhere in the body - appeared to fare equally well. The unexpected results for this technique may prompt further research." ("The Saline Solution?," Self Healing, January 2002, page 2) "Overall, 36 percent of subjects reported decreased use of sinus medication (decongestants, antihistamines, pain relievers, and nasal sprays) during the study with no measurable difference between the three groups."

(Diane G. Heatley, Kari E. McConnell, Tony L. Kille and Glen E. Leverson,"Nasal irrigation for the alleviation of sinonasal symptoms," Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery , Volume 125, Issue 1, July 2001, Pages 44-48

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