Energy Healing Magnet Therapy

Both practical and mysterious, magnetism is a force of both attraction and repulsion, with opposite poles of a magnet pulling together and similar poles repelling. Magnets are found in nature and made by humans, and are used widely in everything from MRIs to computers and doorbells.

Magnet Therapy Background

Magnetic therapy advocates maintain that magnetic fields affect all living things, basing their support of magnet therapy on the fundamental electromagnetic nature of life. Scientists have even found magnetite, a magnetic substance, in human brain tissue.

Although doctors have used magnets for thousands of years, the beginning of magnet therapy is often attributed to Paracelsus, a physician and alchemist in the 16th century who believed that magnets could pull disease from the body. Magnetic therapy healing fell out of favor for a while, but it’s made a comeback in the past few decades.

Today, magnet therapy is a popular alternative health care practice. Magnetic bracelets, mattress pads and many other products used in magnetic therapy healing are a multi-million dollar business in the U.S. and abroad.

Benefits of Magnetic Therapy Healing

According to supporters, magnet therapy works by altering the body’s own magnetic field, prompting the following positive physiological responses:

  • Balance of acidity/alkalinity of body fluids
  • Boosted electromagnetic energy flow along acupuncture meridians
  • Hormone production
  • Increased blood flow.

However, because the power of a magnet for healing dissipates with distance, tools such as magnetic bracelets, shoe inserts and belts are designed to keep magnets close to the affected area to maximize the potential magnetic therapy healing.

Some of the reported health benefits of magnetic therapy include:

  • Accelerated healing (especially bones)
  • Better sleep
  • Enhanced energy and athletic performance
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved energy
  • Improved immune function
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced inflammation.

Magnet Therapy Research

Much of the research on using a magnet for healing focuses on magnetic therapy for pain relief. In a double-blind randomized trial, researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine (1997) tested the use of magnets (or a placebo) placed directly over pain trigger points in 50 patients diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. After treatment, 76 percent of patients treated with magnets reported pain relief, compared to only 19 percent in the placebo group.

In another controlled study at Tufts University School of Medicine (1999), fibromyalgia patients slept on either a magnetic mattress or a sham mattress for 16 weeks. After the study period, the patients sleeping on the magnetic mattresses reported significant decreases in pain and improved sleep, while the placebo group reported no such changes.

As with other forms of alternative treatments, inform your health care provider if you intend to use magnetic therapy.

Resources

Colbert, A. P., Markov, M. S., Banerji, M.