Reflexology for Hysterectomy




  Hysterectomy, Pain, Thermography  

Study Conducted:



  Korea   College of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University  



Shin, KR., Kwak, SA., Lee, JB., Yi, HR., “The Effectiveness of Hand Acupressure and Moxibustion in Decreasing Pain and ‘Coldness’ in Korean Women Who Have Had a Hysterectomy; a Pilot Study.” Appl Nurs Res. 2006 Feb;19(1):22-30.


  10 women, ages 40-65, with hysterectomies within 5 yr prior to study, were divided randomly into two groups. Group I was given hand moxibustion; Group 2 was given hand acupressure. The visual analogue scale was used to evaluate and measure the pain and digital infrared thermographic imaging to measure “coldness” and blood circulation. Results: the two groups did not differ much; but in Group I, temperature of the internal parts of the body (abdomen and waist) increased while in Group 2 the temperature increased in the peripheral parts of the body. Pain scores decreased in both over time.


  Hand acupuncture and hand moxibustion was found to be effective in reducing pain and coldness in Korea women who have had a hysterectomy.

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