One study indicates that reflexology can help with vertigo.
The most frequent cause of vertigo in the elderly is something called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV.(1) This condition has been found to affect at least 64 out of every 100,000 Americans, while a study of residents with this condition in Germany found only eight percent of them were able to receive effective medical treatment for the condition.
Seminal Chinese Study
The most oft-quoted scientific study relating to the benefits of reflexology was conducted, not surprisingly, in the country of the practice’s origin, China.(2) At a conference held in China in 1996, Dr. Wang Liang presented his extensive findings.
He compiled clinical results relating to 63 different ailments. Vertigo topped the list with a ratio of 75% of patients finding significant improvement in their condition as a result of reflexology. Of the 106 patients monitored, only five—or less than five percent—found that reflexology had no effect on their vertigo condition.
American medical researcher and health consultant Jonas Tielstrom, a self-described chronic sufferer of vertigo who came to the option of reflexology after trying every other possible cure option, has a popular e-book on the market titled Vertigo Killer.(3) By virtue of his lifelong battle against the disease and exhaustive compilation of information about it, he is one a reliable subject matter expert.
He lists a number of other natural remedies for the condition, besides reflexology. These include: byronia, ferrum metallicum, Ginko Biloba, and soaked almonds. But his book incorporates some basic principles of foot reflexology and reflects the general prominence, especially online, of a number of vertigo-reflexology gurus. Each of whom claims to have suffered from the condition previously and essentially cured themselves.
Patient testimonials attached to individual reflexology institutes and commercial practices range as far and wide as different people’s particular foot types. This is a reflection of the fact that foot pressure-point treatment is expensive, still a minority pursuit, and not governed by an agency such as the FDA. But based on the evidence of both the Chinese study mentioned above and UK sufferers such as Jen,(4) it most definitely appears as if reflexology can have a positive impact on vertigo.
(1) Vestibular Disorders Association – Statistics, Retrieved August 14, 2011 from http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/statistics.php
(2) Reflexology Research Project – Analysis of 8096 Clinical Cases and Foot Reflexology, Retrieved August 14, 2011 from http://www.reflexology-research.com/CHINAs_1.HTM
(3) VertigoKiller.com – Retrieved August 14, 2011 from http://www.vertigokiller.com
(4) ReBalance – Testimonials, Retrieved August 14, 2011 from http://www.re-balance.co.uk/testimonials.html