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RESEARCH STUDIES EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF REFLEXOLOGY IN RESPIRATORY SYSTEM CONDITIONS

A CLINICAL ANALYSIS OF FOOT REFLEXO MASSAGE FOR THE TREAMENT OF 45 CASES WITH INFANTILE BRONCHIAL ASTHMA


By Duanmu Hui-xian, Health Centre for Women and Children, Haimen, Jiangsu Province.

Daily 40 - 50 minute reflexology sessions were administered. The length of the therapeutic course ranged from 2 to 12 weeks

 Forty five patients in the out-patient clinic, aged 5 months to 7 years (mean age = 3.8 years), with 25 boys and 20 girls. The range of the course of the bronchial asthma disease was 3 to 63 months.

When the therapeutic course was complete:

* the clinical symptoms of all 45 patients disappeared, the rate of clinical cure being 100%.

It is pointed out that in such young children, if they receive drugs, toxic reactions will occur as their visceral states are not fully developed; and, that generally infants do not like injection and forceful administration of drugs, but, do accept foot reflexology.

REFLEXOLOGY, ASTHMA AND BRONCHITIS


Unpublished 1988, report available from FDZ Research Committee


 Received ten reflexology sessions each

Sixteen persons who suffered from asthma and bronchitis had received extensive medical treatment without real improvements were treated with reflexology.

At the end of treatment:

* 3 patients (18.75%) reported a complete cure, they no longer required spray treatments;

* 9 patients (56.25%) felt considerable improvement and could reduce their spray treatments from 8 - 10 x day to 1 - 2 x day;

* 2 patients (12.5%) felt better;

* 1 patient (6.25%) felt a little better, and,

* 1 patient (6.25%) felt no improvement.

TREATMENT OF UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION (URTI) IN CHILDREN WITH FOOT REFLEXO-MASSAGE


By Li fengchun, Clinic of the 3520 Factory of PLA

This paper asserts that URTI is a common respiratory disease and reports on treating 81 children aged 3 to 6 years with foot reflexo-massage. It is reported that the results were satisfactory and presents four typical cases.

In discussion it is asserted that foot reflexo-therapy, in combination with appropriate medical therapy, can not only

* shorten the clinical course and

* prevent complications, but also

* improve the immune activity,

* promote the child's recovery, and

* reduce the recurrence of the disease.

It is concluded that it is an excellent way to treat both the symptoms and the disease.

CLINICAL REPORT OF 18 CASES OF INFANT AMNIOTIC FLUID ASPIRATION PNEUMONIA TREATED WITH FOOT REFLEXOLOGY


By Duanmu Huixian, Health Center For Women & Children, Hai Men City, Jiangsu Province

Foot reflexology treatments were given twice a day, 30 - 45 minutes for each session. Three to seven sessions constituted a course of treatment

This paper reports on the use of foot reflexology for 18 patients (8 boys and 10 girls) with amniotic fluid aspiration pneumonia. Clinical symptoms are described and the method of treatment is presented.

After a course of treatment:

* the symptoms of all 18 patients were disappeared.

In the summary it is stated that the morbidity of amniotic fluid aspiration had increased in recent years with high mortality which accounted for 22.82% of the mortality of the newborn infants. It was proposed that by improving blood circulation foot reflexology facilitates elimination of respiratory secretion and therefore is beneficial for the absorption of amniotic fluid.

A CLINICAL INVESTIGATION ON 57 CASES WITH INFANTILE ASTHMA TREATED BY FOOT REFLEXOLOGY


By Duanmu Huixian, Health Center For Women & Children, Haimen, Jiangsu Province

This paper reports on 57 children, aged 5 months to 7.2 years, with infantile asthma treated successfully with foot reflexology.

* Fifty-five (96.5%) were evaluated as cured with no recurrence, and

* two (3.5%): one 4 - 5 years, one 6 - 7 years were improved but had recurrence.

Concerns regarding medication treatment included the toxic effect on the young children's incompletely developed organs, plus, the children's resistance to taking medication by injection or orally. In comparison infants and young children readily accept reflexology.

FOOT MASSAGE TREATMENT OF CHILDREN PNEUMONIA AND BRONCHITIS


By Wu Huiming, The Fifth People's Hospital, Jinan, Shandong, China


This paper reports on the use of foot massage (FM) as an adjunctive therapy in 103 children suffering from prolonged and repeated pulmonary or bronchial infections. The history in most cases was between 2 - 4 years, with recurrence for 2 weeks to 3 months.

In acute cases, applying antibiotics in conjunction with foot reflexology showed

* significantly better effects than using antibiotics alone.

In sub acute or chronic cases the foot reflexology was the priority treatment. The foot reflexology was observed to be able to

* cure prolonged, refractory cases in a relatively short time.

Some cases with frequent recurrence (1-2 times/month) were followed for six months with

* no recurrent infection after the foot reflexology.

In conclusion, it is claimed that in view of the present data collected, foot reflexology is better than other therapies in both preventing and curing pulmonary and bronchial infections.


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