Magnetotherapy – Wellness

Introduction – Magnetotherapy

Magnet therapy involves the use of magnets of varying sizes and strengths which are placed on the body to relieve pain and treat diseases.

In the middle ages, doctors have used magnets to treat gout, arthritis, poisoning, and baldness. The modern version of magnet therapy reportedly began in the 1970s when scientists noticed that positive and negative magnetic charges had different effects on human biological systems. It was claimed at that time that magnets could cure arthritis pain, glaucoma, infertility, and other conditions.

Effects of magnet therapy on human body:

The magnetic therapy is based on the fact that some cells and tissues in the human body give off electromagnetic impulses. Some practitioners think thatthe presence of illness or injury disrupts these fields. Magnets have a property to produce energy fields of different strengths, which are believedto penetrate the human body, thus correcting disturbances and restoring health to the affected systems, organs, and cells. Most magnets used for this therapy are static magnets, also called as constant magnets, as their magnetic field doesn’t change. They are usually made of magnetized metal or lodestone. Static magnets are different from electromagnets, which only produce an energy field when electricity is passing through them.

Researchers claim that magnetic therapy can relieve pain caused by arthritis, severe headaches, migraine headaches, and stress. They can also heal broken bones, improve circulation, reverse degenerative diseases, and cure cancer symptoms. It is also postulated that placing magnets over areas of pain or disease strengthens the healing ability of the body. Some believe that magnetic fields increase blood circulation, alter nerve conduction, increase the flow of oxygen to cells, decrease fatty deposits on walls of arteries, and improve thought patterns to promote emotional well-being.

Magnetic therapy has undergone some scientific study. Many randomized control trials have been conducted worldwide.
It is also believed that the magnetic fields produced from the negative pole of the magnet have healing powers. Negative magnetic fields are said to stimulate metabolism, increase the amount of oxygen available, and create a less acidic environment within the body. As many people using magnet therapy believe cancer cells cannot thrive when acidity is low, they claim that the negative magnetic fields can also halt or reverse the spread of tumors. Similar analogy can be applied in the theory that the negative magnetic fields speed the healing of cuts, broken bones, and infections. The magnets can also counter the effects of toxic chemicals, addictive drugs, and other harmful substances.

Methods of application:

Magnetic therapy involves the use of thin metal magnets attached to the body alone or in groups. They can be sometimes mounted on bracelets and necklaces, or attached to adhesive patches that hold them in place. Some magnets are also placed in bands or belts that can be wrapped around the wrist, elbow, knee, ankle, foot, waist, or lower back. Other methods include use of magnetic insoles, blankets, and slumber pads. These magnets need to be worn for just a few minutes or for weeks, depending on the condition being treated and the preference of the practitioner.

Evidence of efficacy of magnet therapy:

Magnetic therapy has undergone some scientific study. Many randomized control trials have been conducted worldwide. However, most of the success stories have come from a few isolated sources that have not provided proof about how the treatment actually works. The studies performed have only focused on the short-term results and were intended to be pilot studies. Pilot studies are done only to decide whether it is worthwhile to do larger studies. To date, larger studies are lacking. However, studies on electromagnets appear to be promising and their use may prove beneficial in future.

Possible problems or complications:

The magnets used for magnetic therapy are generally considered safe. However, implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, or infusion pumps may be adversely affected by these magnets.

It should be noted that relying just on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying necessary conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.

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This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.


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