The Healing Powers of Magnets
Who believes they work? An estimated 140 million people use magnetic therapy to relieve pain, improve circulation, reduce swelling, minimize stiffness, and increase overall performance. Can they ALL be wrong?
Professional athletes use them, Doctors, Veterinarians, Psychiatrist, Chiropractors on and on! Acclaimed scientist and thousands of medical experts around the world have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that magnets heal and strengthen the body.
A review in the Journal of Psychiatric Research 2001, suggests that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation benefits numerous psychiatric disorders, including depression and mania. A strong magnetic field is used to induce electric currents that modulate the neuronal circuits; these changes resemble those produced by antidepressant drugs.
Institute of Environmental Health and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Beijing, China. 1998, Study on the effects of static magnetic fields on free radical metabolism of human body. Results suggest that the function of the free radical metabolism of human body could be improved by static magnetic fields at that magnitude.
A double-blind study at Baylor College of Medicine, published in 1997 in Archives of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine concluded that permanent magnets reduce pain in post-polio patients. The results were reported in The New York Times and on PBS's Health Week in Bryant Gumbel's Public Eye.
Time magazine reported recently of the growing use of magnets by champion golfers and other professional athletes to relieve pain and improve strength.
Magnetic therapy has long been a significant component of the health industry in Japan and China. Therapeutic applications of magnetic fields is now becoming a scientifically acceptable and respected part of the medical communities of the United States and Europe.
There are now Neuromagnetics Institutes and the Bioelectromagnetics Societies all over the world which use magnets to treat and cure a wide range of illnesses and injuries.
Long considered only a component of quack medicine, new magnetic research is revealing much information on the therapeutic use of magnetic fields.Strong evidence gained from research suggests that magnetic therapy may.
- Relieve Pain
- Reduce Inflammation
- Naturally increase the production of Melatonin and the growth hormone
- Restore Energy
- Increase blood circulation and release of oxygen from free radicals
- Prevent or reverse infectious states and degenerative diseases
- Promote metabolic processing of toxins
- Support the healing process
Even strong magnetic fields don't interact very strongly with non-iron based materials. Human beings have iron in them. Magnetic fields exist and do interact with the constituents of human tissues. All physical matter including ourselves, consists of atoms and molecules, all moving about, some slow, some fast, depending on their molecular make-up. For instance, iron and nutrient rich blood cells are heavy and move slow, blood returning to be replenished moves fast. This constant movement in our
bodies causes friction, this friction gives us heat in the form of body temperature. This movement that causes temperature also causes a magnetic energy field.
Now, the problem is getting the rich blood to the proper location. Do you think maybe a magnet placed on the body would attract the iron/nutrient rich blood? Magnets deeply penetrate the flesh and create a magnetic field that energizes and oxygenates the blood, especially the white corpuscles which are the body's natural healing agent. The charged ion particles in the blood are moved about, creating heat. This constant heat helps increase blood flow, which helps to ease body pain and enables the body to perform its natural healing process. Magnetic therapy is safe, non invasive, and non addictive.
Who May Benefit from Magnetic Therapy
Studies on magnetic therapies in the Journal of Electro and Magnetobiology led some pioneering doctors in this country to experiment with magnets in their practice. Their activities helped to standardize the use of magnets. The magnets size and strength in treating various conditions. The length of exposure to a magnet for healing certain ailments was also determined. Because of their work we know which magnets work most efficiently. For example, a magnet placed in one specific area of the body may not activate the entire body's healing power, whereas sleeping on a magnetic bed pad radiates a magnetic field that can penetrate evenly into every part of the body and boost the entire immune system.
Magnetic therapists have general guidelines for magnetic use. Magnets with 1000 to 3000 gauss power are recommended for chronic diseases like rheumatism, paralysis, backache and injury to large muscles. More delicate parts of the body such as eyes or ears require less gauss power of around 500. 500 gauss should also be employed when treating children.
Magnets are not meant to be used with pacemakers or automatic internal defibrillators. Nor in cases of pregnancy. There are some other basics to know about magnets. To begin with the power of a magnet. The strength of a magnet is measured by a gauss meter in gauss units which is by the iron weight it can lift. For example, a magnet that can lift two pounds of iron weight has 530-600 gauss power; five pounds of iron weight has 900-1250 power; 25 pounds has 2500 gauss power. The magnet's strength is determined by its size, weight and the type of materiaI it is made of.
The range of healing using magnetic energy has been found effective in treating complaints from acne to asthma, but knowing the proper gauss strength, how and where to place a magnet on the body and the duration of exposure to magnetic energy are variables that a trained practitioner would know best. Keep an open mind as you explore this alternative therapy, but be practical and find a therapist who can help you to maximize its benefits rapidly and safely.
Copyright 2002 Herbal Remedies USA LLC & Deb Jackson
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