Dr. Dhiren Gala is a registered medical doctor practicing holistic medicine, effectively
combining the positive features of Homoeopathy, Acupressure/ Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Magnet
Therapy, Reiki Therapy, etc.
He has worked as a lecturer in visual sciences at the prestigious College of Optometry,
Municipal Eye Hospital, Mumbai. He has lectured on a variety of subjects (e.g., Eye-care,
Acupressure, Magnet Therapy, Homoeopathy, etc.) at seminars organized by various institutions
all over the country.
He has authored a number of health-related books, one of which is in your hands.
The co-author of this book, Dr. Dhanlal Gala is a qualified Naturopathic physician. He has
over thirty years’ experience in treating chronic diseases through non-medicinal measures such
as dietary changes, exercise and yogasanas.
Of late, a lot of public interest has been aroused in reflex zone therapy (reflexology).
Disillusioned with medicines, more and more people are looking for alternative modes of
treatment. To satisfy their curiosity and to meet their needs, a number of books on
reflexology have sprung up.
As we read some of these books we realize and, therefore, feel concerned about the fact that
somewhere along the way, this therapy has become contaminated with mistruths and unreasonable
claims of efficacy. Many of these books are chatty, repetitive, sometimes confusing and
usually chock-full of unproved statement and facile explanations. And a few books even venture
to prescribe Ayurvedic, Biochemic and Homoeopathic medicines. Come to think of it: A book on
reflexology suggesting medicinal treatment to people who are tired of medicines.
Naturally, such books tend to antagonize scientifically trained minds. It is for this reason
that reflexology has not found favour with qualified doctors. Thus, its development and
advancement have been hindered.
We, therefore, feel that the time has come to establish the basic tenets of reflex zone
therapy. We realize that a book should be brought out which (1) presents scientific facts
about reflexology in clear, simple language and (2) brings together and collates all diverse
information involving treatment on key points of the feet.
We have sought to bring all pertinent material up-to-date and to discuss it in an intelligible
manner. Moreover, for the sake of objectivity and going against common practice, we have
refrained from fluttering the book with personal anecdotes and numerous accounts of miraculous
case histories that do nothing but impose pressure upon the credibility of the reader.
This is truly a ‘do-it-yourself’ book. There is nothing complex or difficult about the
techniques described. They are well within the reach of any person, even the most untrained or
the one without any previous medical knowledge.
Though the scope of reflexology is wide and its efficacy remarkable, we do not claim that he
pressure treatment suggested here will work in each and every case in spite of the most
conscientious applications. Indeed, no therapy (not even a medical science) can boast of cent
per cent success. If a condition does not improve even after a considerably long course of
treatment, or seems to be getting worse, the reader should consult his physician.
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