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Reflexology for Hormonal Imbalances

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Last Updated Jun 11, 2021

Reflexology for Hormonal Imbalances

Reflexology is a gentle and non-invasive natural treatment designed to help in maintaining the optimal state of general wellbeing in healthy individuals and aid in alleviating the symptoms of various disorders. According to practitioners and individuals who receive reflexology treatments, it seems to be effective for the treatment of hormonal imbalances.

Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones are special chemical messengers created via glands of the endocrine system that stimulate tissues or cells into action. The hormones released control and regulate bodily functions such as sleep patterns, blood sugar levels and metabolism. When hormones are out of balance, the body is not able to function normally.

In both men and women, it is important for hormone levels to be finely balanced to maintain optimal health. Different health issues may arise from hormone imbalance, depending on the cause, extent and impact of the imbalance. Nutritional deficiencies and stress are the most frequent causes of hormonal imbalance. Stress is probably the most common factor of these two as modern lifestyle choices and activities trigger overproduction of the stress hormone, which raises blood pressure and blood sugars to uncontrollable levels.  

When a person experiences stress, the body releases high levels of a hormone called cortisol. This is part of the body’s natural way of responding to danger, which is also known as the "fight or flight" response. Oversecretion of the adrenocorticotropic hormone in the body, which controls the production of cortisol in the adrenal glands, may cause an abnormality in heart beat and blood flow, overly dilute the bronchial tubes, and release excessive fats into the blood to be used as fuel in response to a crisis. In modern society, stress has become chronic and elevated cortisol levels are common. Negative effects of elevated cortisol levels include:

  • Different causes of hormonal imbalanceHigh blood pressure
  • A weakened immune system
  • Infertility, PMS and other sexual disorders in women
  • Prostate and erectile problems in men
  • Weight gain
  • Acne and other skin problems
  • Brain fog
  • Cushing's syndrome 

How Reflexology Works to Correct Hormonal Imbalances

Reflexology can be used in a number of ways to correct hormonal imbalances. The stimulation of reflex points located on the feet, hands and ears improve the energy levels in the body as it helps each endocrine gland function more efficiently. Foot reflexology, in particular, supports a wide range of hormones in the body. A specific point on your feet corresponds with the pituitary gland that is responsible for secreting hormones which regulate the functions of other endocrine glands, as well as the hormones that they produce such as thyroid hormones.

Moreover, a reflexology treatment stimulates thousands of nerve endings, which prompts the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, otherwise known as the happy hormones. Reflexology works directly on reducing stress levels, and therefore correcting the cortisol levels in the body which can potentially trigger a slew of health conditions. In addition, reflexology is said to benefit a person in a number of ways, including:

  • Removing toxins from the body
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Stimulating reproductive glands
  • Relieving pain caused by digestive issues

All of these benefits are directly or indirectly connected to the correction of hormonal balance.

Although only few clinical trials have been conducted to confirm the effectiveness of reflexology in the treatment of hormonal imbalances, the results have been encouraging. For example, a study conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1991 has revealed that 62 percent of women receiving weekly reflexology treatments have experienced relief from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.  

How Reflexology Works

Meridian lines that guides reflexology

Reflexology is based on the energy meridian system, a concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) regarding a path where life-energy known as "qi" flows through. Several important meridians can be located in the feet and are believed to be directly connected to the organs and glands of the body. Despite the energy meridians not having been scientifically verified, TCM has been practiced for thousands of years and is an accepted healing system in countries like China, Japan and Korea.

There is a difference in how Western doctors explain the benefits of reflexology. As there are tens of thousands of nerve endings located in the feet, it is believed that massaging them can have a relaxing effect on the body. It then stimulates the "relaxation response." When this occurs, hormones are released to flush out the excess cortisol and restore the body to its natural, healthy state of balance. The process of the body’s way of restoring itself to its natural healthy state is called homeostasis.

The therapeutic effects of reflexology go beyond physical health as it alleviates emotional distress that is often rooted in pain and discomfort. Contact a local reflexologist to experience the amazing health benefits of this complementary therapy. Be the judge. Afterwards, you’ll come away feeling refreshed and relaxed. You may even find that reflexology is the way to safely and naturally correct hormonal imbalances. Check out Natural Therapy Pages' comprehensive list of certified reflexology practitioners in Australia to find a qualified reflexologist near you.

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Originally published on Mar 24, 2014

FAQs About Reflexology & Hormonal Imbalance

How do you fix a hormonal imbalance fast?

The most effective way of addressing hormonal imbalance is by eating a balanced meal every day, getting regular exercise and managing your stress levels. Stress is the main culprit in many hormone-related health issues, and submitting yourself to a diet packed with refined carbohydrates and saturated fats can only worsen it.

How do you know if you have a hormonal imbalance?

Women with imbalanced hormones experience heavy or irregular periods and have too many androgen hormones that cause excessive hair on the face. Hormonal problems in men usually cause breast enlargement, hair loss and erectile dysfunction.

What hormones are released during a massage?

Massage and reflexology sessions stimulate numerous nerve endings to release endorphins, serotonin and dopamine hormones. These feel-good hormones reduce the levels of cortisol which trigger stress.

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