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Reflexology for irritable bowel syndrome
EXPLORING THE APPLICATION OF REFLEXOLOGY FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF FUNCTIONAL CONSTIPATION
By Yang Yu-Ru, Chao Ling-Yun, Meng Guan-Ling, cao Su-wen, Hao Jia-Mo, and Zhang Suhui

This study evaluated the effectiveness of reflexology in treating functional constipation. Forty subjects, 18 males and 22 females, aged 48 - 90 years, mean age 70 years, were used for the study. Twenty subjects were diagnosed as having constipation; the other 20 subjects were free of constipation. The time elapsed between taking a carbon tablet and the last black stool eliminated was recorded pre and post treatment. Ten 30 - 40 minute reflexology sessions were administered every other day for treatment. Frequency and features of stool excretion, administrating of laxative medicine, diet and appetites were all recorded. From statistical analysis of the data it was concluded that reflexology had a remarkable effect in shortening the emptying time of the digestive tract, and, that reflexology is highly effective in curing functional constipation.

USING REFLEXOLOGY TO RELIEVE CHRONIC CONSTIPATION
By Leila Ericksen, FDZ Research Committee

Twenty female subjects were selected from 257 female applicants. The selected subjects had suffered constipation from 5 - 54 years, with an average of 24.6 years. Subjects completed questionnaire pre and post treatment. Before, during and after treatment daily observation charts registering the frequency of defecation and stool consistency were completed. Subjects received two treatments a week for four weeks, with a minimum of two days between treatments, then, one treatment a week for seven weeks, for a total of 15 treatments. Prior to treatment defecation occurred on an average of every 4.1 days. After treatment the average defecation occurred every 1.8 days. 40% of subjects experienced painful defecation prior to treatments, none after treatments. 50% of subjects obtained normal stool consistency after treatments, whereas none had before treatments. 85% reported a change in digestion. 55% reduced use of laxatives, and, of 19 women reporting other health problems, 15 (80%) reported a positive improvement in their other health problems.
2012 Hayley Brookes. All rights reserved.