Most times I think I can just say, “Acupuncture is to herbalism, as reflexology is to herbalism.” Acupuncture is great, but acupuncture with herbalism is poignantly key to most traditional forms of Chinese medicine, and why? They work synergistically together to bring health to the body in ways neither of them could do alone.
With reflexology and herbalism, this is one and the same. Let me share with you a few good reasons why I blend reflexology with herbal medicine:
- 1) Herbal medicine extends the benefit duration of Reflexology
For most conditions, the effect of reflexology will last from a few hours up to a week.* Some clients feel better, lose pain, and sleep better for 3-5 days after a reflexology session, and then symptoms return because of continual misuse of the body and daily stress. It is time consuming, and expensive, to maintain regular weekly reflexology visits. Herbal medicine enhances the effect and extends the therapeutic benefit of reflexology.
*Note: Don’t be concerned by this. Many people are shocked one reflexology session doesn’t cure cancer or clear acne in a day, but they receive massage (a well accepted part of life) and are still aching from the same pain even that same day, or a few days later, and think nothing of it!
- 2) Herbs expand the scope of Reflexology
Not all that ails the body or spirit can be addressed by reflexology alone, and it can sometimes be unsuitable to do so. Foot reflexology is superior to banishing plantar fasciitis, inducing immediate parasympathetic response, and is especially helpful for pregnant women where many herbs are contraindicated; however, if there are chronic and severe conditions, herbs are more beneficial to use in conjunction because of their ability to work under the radar for daily long term use.
- 3) Combined treatments are more convenient and flexible to the client
Many clients have busy lives, and it’s these stressful lives that generally leads people to my clinic. Weekly visits, taking an hour or more, are not feasible to most, and many have to consistently reschedule their appointments around frequent business trips and vacations. Reflexology practitioners are few and far between, and travelling to a practitioner can be time consuming. Taking herbal medicine daily will help bring symptoms under control until another session can be attended.
Both herbs and reflexology can be applied separately for many conditions, but I have experienced quicker and more effective results by using their natural synergy together. Another way of thinking about this is to say; some things you can do with your left brain or right brain only, but most for most things you’ll want both halves working together! So keep an open mind and with all hands on deck, come and see for yourself what combination therapy can do for you.