What is SpaEvidence?

We know that people are looking for ways to lead healthier and happier lives – and want to prevent illness before it begins. But consumers also want proof about which wellness approaches work, which ones don’t and what treatments are best for certain conditions.

That’s why Spafinder is excited to bring you SpaEvidence: the world’s first online portal dedicated to presenting the medical evidence that exists for 21 popular spa/wellness therapies.

SpaEvidence makes it simple to search the most authoritative medical databases, so you can easily explore the science behind spa & wellness.

Did You Know?
  • A single 45-minute Swedish massage has been proven to significantly decrease stress hormones, while boosting immunity from disease.
  • Acupuncture is beneficial for pain, nausea, stroke rehabilitation, lung problems, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, lower back pain, asthma, substance abuse and depression.
  • Acupressure is more beneficial than physical therapy in reducing chronic lower back pain.
  • Yoga is proven medically effective for people with depressive disorders.
  • Ear candling is not proven to remove ear wax and can be dangerous.

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Spafinder Presents the Science Behind Spa & Wellness

Explore the thousands of studies evaluating the benefits of approaches like massage and meditation, we've made it easy to search the most relevant, authoritative sources of "evidence-based medicine."

Search From Over 21 Therapies or Treatments:

SpaEvidence Highlights


The "Spotlight" section is your jumping-off point, highlighting a sampling of medical studies on a particular therapy. It's your springboard to the RESEARCH area.

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Search four medical databases (Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed, plus the search engine TRIP) for all the clinical studies that have been conducted about a particular therapy's impact on numerous health issues.

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Studies-in-Progress / Clinical Trials

Investigate the clinical trials currently underway in the U.S. and around the world for spa/wellness therapies (Where they're happening, which health conditions are being analyzed and how to get involved).

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It's A Fact
  • More than 4 in 5 people are "extremely" or "very interested" in improving their personal wellness.
  • Approximately 1 in 3 Americans currently uses complementary and alternative therapies/medicine.
  • Spas today have expanded far beyond massage and facials. Thirty-six percent offer other therapies like alternative medicine, fitness, nutrition, yoga, meditation, etc. – while another 38 percent plan to do so in the near future.
  • More money per person is spent on health care in the U.S. than in any other nation in the world, but the U.S. ranks 42nd for life expectancy and 72nd for overall level of health.
  • Less than 4 cents of every U.S. health care dollar is spent on prevention.
  • Up to 80 percent of cases of coronary heart disease, 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases, and 1/3rd of cancers can be avoided by changing to a healthier diet, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking.