A randomised-controlled trail examining the effects of reflexology of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2006 May;12(2):141-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.10.004. Epub 2005 Dec 27.


It is known that many patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases use a number of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). There has been a great deal of interest into the CAM recently, with the House of Lords select committee for science and technology's report suggesting randomised-controlled trials are the best means of researching the area. There is very little research into the effects of reflexology specifically on the effects it has on COPD. As such a randomised-controlled trial was set up to examine the effects of reflexology treatments on COPD. Results were qualitative and quantitative and showed that there are a number of areas of possible benefit for patients with COPD, but a larger scale study with a longer time frame is needed for a full evaluation of these effects.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • London
  • Male
  • Massage / methods*
  • Massage / psychology
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / psychology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Life
  • Research Design
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome