Reflexology Association of America
Serving the profession since 1995
People often ask if there are any evidence-based studies to substantiate the claims clients make of reflexology. There are hundreds.
Most studies investigate whether or not reflexology has a positive effect on specific health challenges. Studies that explore the mechanism or route by which reflexology actually works – the "how of it" – are extremely expensive to conduct, so most studies have not focused on that goal.
Research literacy (the ability to find, understand and critically evaluate research findings) is very valuable for educating clients and groups to whom you may wish to speak regarding the benefits reflexology can offer. Below are links to case studies and randomized controlled studies conducted worldwide. Abstracts are generally available at no cost; full research data often involves a fee.
The following table lists studies on reflexology worldwide. It lists the source, whether it's a link to another website or PDF file, or whether it's a downloadable PDF from our website. See the Legend below for the sources.
American Academy of Reflexology
National Institutes of Health Clinical Reflexology Trials
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Reflexology Research Project