Alternative Therapies Debunked or Denounced in 2009
by Christopher Wanjek
LiveScience Bad Medicine Columnist
The papers talked about concerning Reiki and Reflexology applicable to my paper.
The two largest scientific reviews of reiki, published last year in International Journal of Clinical Practice and in November 2009 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, reveal that reiki is not an effective treatment for any condition.
As summed up in a study of over 250 adults, published in November-December 2009 issue of the journal Heart & Lung, reflexology and other massage techniques had no effect for heart surgery patients on postoperative mood, pain, anxiety, hospital stay and several other measures. (Actually, anxiety was lower in the group not getting the foot massage.)
This study follows systematic reviews published in September 2009 in the Medical Journal of Australia and in June 2008 by Taiwanese researchers in the Journal of Advanced Nursing finding no evidence that reflexology helps any condition.
Now, the question that needs to be answered. Are there any flaws or weaknesses in these studies? Do these studies reflect good science?