Psoriasis Reflexology Case Study

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Reflexology is adopted by many massage centers all around the world. This is because of the great relief and treatment it offers to the body. Reflexology has been used extensively to cure varied skin disorders. The most common among them are eczema, psoriasis, acne, shingles, ringworm, erythema, seborrhea and dermatitis. By working on the feet and hands thoroughly, people were able to notice great change in their skin within few weeks. Most of these skin diseases are caused due to malfunction of internal organs. Reflexology will help in stimulating and improving the function of the organs.

Reflexology will increase the blood flow and circulation of oxygen in the body. It will also help in removing waste material from the body which will result in better skin. Itchy skin conditions are treated by stimulating the adrenal gland on the foot. The other skin conditions can be treated by providing a better blood circulation in the body. To get rid of your skin conditions try these reflexology massages to cure Skin problems:

Adrenal Reflexology:

The itchy skin disorders are usually caused due to inflammatory reaction in the body. This can affect a small layer of the skin or spread throughout the body. This reflex point will activate the adrenal point and will help to treat your itchy skin disorders. Wash your feet thoroughly and wipe them with a towel. Sit in a relaxed position, on a chair or your bed. Hold your right foot in your hands. With the help of your thumb press the point under the ball of the big toe. If you find it to be sore, you are pressing it correctly.

Massage that area with circular movements for 5 minutes. You will feel very relaxed. Repeat the same procedure with the other leg. The massage with calm the inflammatory process and reduce itching to a great extent. Try this every day for quicker relief of your disorder.

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Thyroid Gland:

To improve over all skin health you can access the thyroid gland. It will help you to balance your skin condition and provide you with better health. This point can be found in the joint of your big toe. Sit in a relaxed position and hold your right leg with your hands. Place your thumb on the joint between the big toe and second toe. Press it gently for 7 to 8 minutes till you feel relaxed.

You can also use your index finger to hold the joint together. This will allow you to put more pressure to the point. Repeat the same procedure with the left leg. This reflex point is great to treat all kinds of disorders as it will nourish the skin thoroughly from the inside.

Liver Point:

All skin conditions relate to disorders in the liver. By accessing the liver reflex point, the liver will function properly by nourishing the skin to the maximum. You will find the liver reflex point right above the wrist and under the little finger. It is a slightly fleshy area in the hand. Hold this point with your thumb. Rub it in and out with pressure for 5 minutes.

You will notice a few points to be sore. Work on these points for another 3 minutes and switch to the next hand. You will witness immense change in your skin in just a few weeks time, if you massage this point everyday.

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Gall Bladder:

Working on the gall bladder will help to revitalize the sluggish digestive system and eliminate the toxins and waste products in the body. Look at your left hand and notice the joint between the little finger and the ring finger. Just 1 centimeter below the joint is the reflex point of the gall bladder. It is the point where the left thumb is placed in the picture given. Place your right thumb on it and press it for 2 to 3 minutes with slight pressure. Repeat the same procedure with the other hand. This will help to reduce inflammation in the skin.

Pituitary Gland:

The reflex point for pituitary gland can be found in the thumbs. You need to hold the left thumb with your right and press it gently for 5 minutes. Make sure that you are pressing the top part of your thumb thoroughly. Now shift to the other thumb and repeat the same procedure. It will help to stimulate the pituitary gland which will in turn help the skin to absorb the minerals and vitamins. It will also help in proper circulation of blood flow to all the organs in the body.

The skin disorders can also be prevented by balanced intake of nutrients. Maintaining a balanced diet is extremely important for healthy skin. Do not eat any food that seems to aggravate the skin problems. Also make sure that you get enough sleep and don’t over work yourself. It is not a healthy sign. Stress is a close relative of illness. If you stress out, you are more likely to be a victim of major skin conditions. It doesn’t just spoil your mental health; it has a great impact on your physical appearance as well. Take care of yourself and follow these simple reflexology massages to cure Skin disorders and enjoy your beautiful skin.

Filed Under: Reflexology Treatment

Client: Jim Brown (Not his own name)
Sex: Male
DOB: 20/07/40

Psoriasis is a chronic skin complaint known since biblical times and suffered by between one and two per cent of the population. Most forms are mild or even transient, but for a small number of people it is a devastating and crippling condition, although generally not life threatening. All forms cause a great deal of distress among the sufferers, partly because of its appearance. In some of the more serious and rare varieties, e.g. guttate psoriasis, the distress is due to intense itching or burning. In some cases psoriasis is linked to arthritis and then the distress is due to pain.

Psoriasis is characterized by raised patches of wine red skin known as lesions. These are often covered in silvery white scales. The areas are mostly dry and rough, and quite often noticeably warm to the touch. Some forms of psoriasis, however, weep so that clothes stick to the affected areas and at times have to be cut away. The most vulnerable parts of the body are the elbows, knees, scalp, nails and groin area. It has been noted that these are areas that are restricted from air and sunlight, and this is given as a reason why the face is generally unaffected because it is usually uncovered. (It would be interesting to survey cultures where faces are covered.) In its more severe forms, e.g. guttate psoriasis, the whole skin may be involved, as that of the main character in the Dennis Potter TV drama The Singing Detective.

I first met Jim Brown in my Italian class. He presented as a cheerful, sympathetic stoic. I noticed that sometimes he walked badly and, as the weeks passed, I learned that he suffered very badly from psoriasis and that in his case this was linked to arthritis.

His main reason for trying reflexology was to gain some relief from the arthritic pain and he hoped to sleep rather better than he had been doing for the last ten years, which was only a few hours each night with perhaps a catnap in the day. Jim admitted to being sceptical as to the value of reflexology, but as I was taking him on as a case study for about six or eight sessions, and this would not cost him anything, he agreed to give something new a try.

Jim's psoriatic arthritis was sufficiently severe to cause him to enter hospital twice yearly. Here he was treated with various coal tar products such as shampoos and emollients. Many of these are now discredited but Jim always found them beneficial. While in hospital Jim was also treated with ultraviolet light. At the time of the case study, Jim also used a product called Dovanex. Unfortunately this had some undesirable side effects; for instance, if used over a long period, a large build-up of bone could result. Moreover, it had to be washed immediately from the hands after application, could only be used on lesions, and never on the face.

The lesions on Jim's legs were very large, hot and sore, with thick silvery plates or 'plaques' around them. He experienced intense burning and itching and he had much pain in the neck, shoulders and lower back. Furthermore, his feet were noticeably enlarged at the lymph areas on the ankles and the upper surfaces of the feet. They were also noticeably tender down the Achilles tendon (this is the reflex for chronic problems in the lower back or bowel areas). Jim commented that his feet had been tender around the base of the big toe, which is the reflex area for the neck.

When I began to work Jim's feet I found them to be tender and enlarged at the neck and lower back areas. The kidney and bladder areas were extremely tender. His feet were tender and enlarged at the reflexes for the thymus, large intestine and chronic bowel problems. It is generally accepted that in cases of eczema, asthma and psoriasis there are disruptions to the bowel. For this reason adaptations to the diet can help. I made a number of suggestions and Jim subsequently cut out caffeine and increased his intake of water.

After the first treatment Jim had six hours of uninterrupted sleep that night for the first time in ten years. He noticed that he felt a little 'off colour' for a few days, but then began to feel lighter. After three more treatments Jim's sleeping pattern was still showing improvement, and he began to feel that there was a lessening of pain in his neck.

Subsequent treatments proved helpful, as he experienced less bodily pain in general, an improved sleep pattern and, as the kidney reflexes became a little less congested, the middle and lower back pain eased. Jim commented that he was more mobile and felt more optimistic about his condition. He said, "I have had a good summer".

He did notice a disruption in bowel movements after the first and second treatments but then these, which had been inclined to be sluggish, improved and remained more regular for the duration of the course of treatments and continued to show improvement for some time after its conclusion.

This seems to be a very satisfactory result after only eight treatments. In order to improve his well-being further, I suggested that he cut out refined flour and sugar from his diet, where possible. I also suggested that he cut out, by rotation, citrus fruits, milk products and wheat. In this way any benefits or changes experienced after omitting each item singly might more easily be observed. It is generally advised that psoriasis sufferers eat a low protein, wholefood diet, which is rather bland. Because psoriasis sufferers lose calcium from their skin when scales are shed, Jim decided to take a supplement.

During the course of the treatments, Jim's psoriasis improved both in appearance and feeling. The lesions became less crusted, angry and hot. Jim commented that his skin itched less and this helped his state of mind and his sleep, although the sleep patterns improved from within. There was less arthritic pain in the joints and an improvement in the bowel function, which I think was part of the underlying reason for the improvement in the skin's condition.


Gillanders Ann. Reflexology and the Intestinal Link. British School of Reflexology. ISBN 0-951-186-892. 1999.


  1. Ken said..

    I've has psoreasis for many years and tried many treatmetns; some worked a little better than others. Homeopathy has been very helpful. I agree on what you say in the article about diet. When I moved over to a plant-based diet, mainly fresh sprouts, I really felt a great improvement.

    Interesting that I've also always had problems in my gut. Before I did not connect this with psoreasis. One more thing I wanted to stress is probiotics. Fermented vegetables or just a good probiotic supplemlent has been incredably beneficial for my gut health and psoreasis.

    Thanks for a nice article.


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