James M asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 9 years ago

What is the difference between Acupuncture and Reflexology?

Update:

@ Devoted 1. Sorry but it doesn't really help. I was actually wondering if the two are the same in theory.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Acupuncture is done with a series of very thin needles that are made to vibrate along nerves. (in many cases, it really works!)

    Reflexology is massage of specific points, like acuPRESSURE, where nerves end, supposedly helping with pain, etc.

    Hope this helps

    D1

    Source(s): They're both related to Eastern Mysticism, but not the same theory.
  • 4 years ago

    Acupuncture And Reflexology

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    9 years ago

    The philosophies behind both ideas are different, but none of them work better than placebo.

    In acupuncture you are stabbed with needles in points, where the acupuncturists believe "the flow of chi' is disturbed. The original system had 360 acupuncture points (based on the number of days in the year - not anatomy). This number has risen to more than 2000 points, so hardly any spot on the skin is not an acupuncture point. Different acupuncture systems operate with 9 to 11 meridians. After all these years that acupuncture has been around, no research has been able to document the existence of acupuncture points, meridians or chi.

    Reflexology is essentially just glorified foot massage. A reflexologist believe that every organ is reflected at specific points in the foot. The argument is that the shape of a foot resembles the shape of a fetus. Massaging these points will help diagnosing and treating disturbances in these organs. A good indication that the philosophy behind reflexology is wrong is presented in a study that found:

    1) Experienced reflexologists were unable to detect presence/absence of specific conditions - even when they have a list to choose from.

    2) Experienced reflexologists were unable to agree among themselves if specified conditions were present or not.

    A summary of the study can be read here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11068346

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  • 9 years ago

    I'm a Reflexologist and I've worked alongside acupuncturists. Both modalities share the theory of stimulating one part of the body (through needles or thumb/finger pressure) to cause a response in a far-reaching part of the body. From there the theories of how the body is connected and how to apply stimulation differs greatly.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Why don't you consider their similarities

    1 they are both nonsense

    2 neither could possibly work

    3 both involve random prodding in the belief this will achieve something

    4 you spend your money

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