It is known that many patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases use a number of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). There has been a great deal of interest into the CAM recently, with the House of Lords select committee for science and technology’s report suggesting randomised-controlled trials are the best means of researching the area. There is very little research into the effects of reflexology specifically on the effects it has on COPD. As such a randomised-controlled trial was set up to examine the effects of reflexology treatments on COPD. Results were qualitative and quantitative and showed that there are a number of areas of possible benefit for patients with COPD, but a larger scale study with a longer time frame is needed for a full evaluation of these effects.
Wilkinson IS, Prigmore S, Rayner CF. A randomised-controlled trail examining the effects of reflexology of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2006 May;12(2):141-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.10.004. Epub 2005 Dec 27. PMID: 16648092.
The conclusion of this research paper in Greek
The purpose of this section is to make this research paper useful to Greek speaking reflexologists. This is a tool developed by the Center of Reflexology and Research (Κέντρο Ρεφλεξολογίας και Έρευνας) in Greece and supervised volunteers from across the world.
Μετάφραση των συμπερασμάτων της συγκεκριμένης έρευνας:
Τα αποτελέσματα ήταν ποιοτικά και ποσοτικά και έδειξαν ότι υπάρχουν διάφοροι τομείς πιθανών ωφελειών για ασθενείς με χρόνια αποφρακτική πνευμονοπάθεια, αλλά απαιτείται μεγαλύτερη κλίμακα έρευνας με μεγαλύτερη χρονική διάρκεια για την πλήρη αξιολόγηση αυτών των επιδράσεων.