How Magnetic Therapy Works
Proponents of magnetic therapy believe that injury and illness cause disruptions to the body’s electromagnetic field. In response, magnets of different strengths are used to produce energy fields, correct imbalances, and restore health to affected organs, cells, and systems. In particular, magnetic fields produced from the negative pole of a magnet are thought to have healing powers such as:
- Stimulating metabolism
- Increasing amount of oxygen available to cells
- Creating a less acidic internal environment
- Speeding the healing of cuts and broken bones
- Healing infections
- Countering the effects of toxins, harmful substances, and addictive drugs
Conditions Treated by Magnetic Therapy
Magnetic field therapy has been used to provide relief from, treat, or improve:
- Arthritis and other joint problems
- Broken bones, sprains, and strains
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries
- Degenerative diseases
- Nerve impulses
- Emotional well-being
- The body’s healing ability
Magnetic Field Therapy: The Evidence
The jury is still out concerning the effectiveness of magnetic therapy. While scores of individuals report healing effects and while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers magnets harmless, they also deem them of no use for medical purposes since current scientific evidence does not support magnetic therapy health claims. On the other hand, the success of magnetic principles are well known in the form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses magnetic fields to produce detailed pictures of the body. Conventional medicine researchers are also studying the use of magnets in the treatment of tumors by attaching anti-cancer drugs to the surface of microscopic magnetic particles that are guided towards a tumor by magnets outside the body.
Static or stationary magnets are placed near, above, or around the affected area. They can be used individually or in groups and can be worn for a few minutes or a few weeks. They are available in the form of:
- Pouch pockets
- Seat covers
More complex magnets are used in electromagnetic therapy, administered in hospitals. These include:
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), which exposes the brain to low-frequency magnetic pulses and is being studied for the treatment of depression, epilepsy, schizophrenia, OCD, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic regional pain.
- Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), which delivers a constant, low current and is being studied for the treatment of stroke and depression.
Magnetic Therapy and Energy Healing
Magnetic therapy can be used in conjunction with other energy healing practices such as Shiatsu, reflexology, and acupressure. Magnets are placed or applied to the same pressure points, enhancing the effects of the treatment. The north pole or positive side of a magnet is said to have a relaxing, calming effect on the body while the south pole or negative side of a magnet is said to have an activating, stimulating effect.