Q. I was told that reflexology can treat vomiting during pregnancy. Is this true, and is it safe to have reflexology in pregnancy?
Reflexology is not recommended during pregnancy.
The basic theory behind the practice of reflexology is that there are specific points on the hands and feet that are “linked” to other areas in the body. Pressure to these various points can stimulate beneficial effects on the corresponding organs, glands or parts of the body.
In traditional Chinese medicine, reflexology is an ancient technique that is considered effective for preserving good health. Its main benefits are said to be relieving fatigue, aiding relaxation and preventing some diseases. However, the effectiveness of reflexology has not been conclusively proven, and there is certainly no statistical data to show that reflexology can treat vomiting and nausea during pregnancy.
Some traditional physicians may even subscribe to the belief that reflexology can cause miscarriage, although again, there is no statistical data to prove or disprove this theory. However, it is this age-old belief, combined with the lack of sound research into the safety of reflexology during pregnancy, that will prompt a responsible traditional Chinese physician to advise against it as a means to treat pregnancy discomforts.
Furthermore, traditional Chinese medicine considers the physical condition of a pregnant woman as much more complicated than that of a woman who is not pregnant. Preventing and avoiding injuries to maintain the safety of mother and baby are the main priorities of antenatal care. That’s why traditional physicians will tell you that as long as there are uncertainty and risk, you should be cautious.
Even in China, reflexology is mostly carried out in beauty salons and personal clinics. Most hospitals in general do not provide reflexology or any kind of foot therapy treatment.
Nevertheless, gentle rubbing of the body and feet is still good for you. There’s no harm in that.
(Translated from BabyCenter China)
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