There are many types of reflexology techniques and foot and hand reflexology are just two of the many mapping therapies (see below) to help a person identify which areas of the body are experiencing high levels of stress and tension or illness.
If pain or tightness is felt in the corresponding mapping points on the feet, hands and ears - with the eyes, problems are indicated by dullness and color changes when compared to a mapping chart-- then the person can learn which areas of the body require intervention.
Reflexology (zone therapy) is described as an alternative medicine, complementary, or integrative medicine method of treatment involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand reflexology techniques.
It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that are believed to reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
Auriculotherapy, also called auricular therapy, ear acupuncture, and auriculoacupuncture, is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem with the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Ailments of the entire body are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.
Iridology is an alternative medicine technique whose proponents believe that patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient's systemic health.
Practitioners match their observations to iris charts, which divide the iris into zones that correspond to specific parts of the human body. Iridologists see the eyes as "windows" into the body's state of health.
Iridologists use the charts to distinguish between healthy systems and organs in the body and those that are overactive, inflamed, or distressed. Iridologists believe this information demonstrates a patient's susceptibility towards certain illnesses, reflects past medical problems, or predicts later health problems.