Reflexology complementary treatment to diabetesBy Theresa S. Samaniego
Philippine Daily Inquirer
For many years, most people have relied heavily on the wonders of modern science to combat the debilitating effects of a silent killer known as diabetes.
Of course, the benefits of using medicines to keep at bay the complications brought about by diabetes such as heart attack and kidney failure have long been proven and are more than evident.
However, recent studies also showed that when the power of science is combined with alternative healing treatments, the results can be overwhelming.
One of the most popular natural methods that many doctors prescribe as complementary treatment to various ailments, including a chronic lifelong disease like diabetes, is reflexology, and the number of studies that prove and laud its use continue to increase.
Data from the Reflexology Association of Connecticut (RACT) titled Reflexology Footnotes: Diabetes and Reflexology, which came out in January 2007, revealed that reflexology stimulates the pancreas and liver, thereby aiding in the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels.
It further showed that reflexology is a holistic treatment that can effectively heal vulnerable organs, reduce blood sugar level fluctuations, as well as help alleviate stress and tension, which cause many health problems.
Another study, which was conducted by the China Reflexology Association among patients with Type 2 diabetes, has proven that with the help of reflexology, patients showed a significant improvement in their overall health, in the blood circulation in their feet and in their body’s natural energy flow.
In the Philippines, Dr. Marcelle Palanca Chen is among the growing number of doctors who believe in and advocate the healing effects of reflexology. She specializes in Pediatrics, subspecializes in Natural Medicine, has been practicing medicine for the past 10 years, and is affiliated with St. Luke’s Medical Center as well as the Makati Medical Center.
“What’s wonderful and beneficial about reflexology as complementary treatment to diabetes is that it naturally revitalizes, activates and strengthens the cells, glands and organs of the body. It helps remove blockages and improves the flow of energy in our bodies, allowing physical effects to be felt soon after. With these valuable benefits, reflexology helps diabetics, as well as patients with other diseases, attain a better overall quality of life,” she explained.
Dr. Chen, however recommended for diabetics or those prone to the disease to also adopt a healthier lifestyle, limit sugar intake, exercise, detox, and be stress-free, as well as watch one’s diet and weight.
Natural therapy center
Among those that offer reflexogy is the Reflex Zone, a natural therapy center in the Philippines, which exclusively offers the world-renowned Rwo Shur Health method of reflexology, an all-natural treatment that seeks to bring about numerous health benefits through the healing hands of extremely well trained licensed physical therapists.
The Rwo Shur Method, which combines centuries-old knowledge with thorough research and the actual findings of its founder, Fr. Josef Eugster, is said to have the ability to heal many ailments.
It works safely and naturally to break down and remove toxic deposits by stimulating different reflex points on the feet to encourage healing.
Pressure applied correctly on points found on the arches in the soles of the feet can aid in the long-term treatment of diabetes while stimulation of certain points on the upper areas of the top of the feet and lower areas in front of the ankles can contribute significantly to addressing immune system and lymph gland disorders, it claimed.
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