“Magnetic forces help the body to heal itself by stimulating the biochemistry of the body so natural healing can take place.” ~ Magnetic Healing by Buryl Payne
Magnetic therapy is an alternative healing technique, which practice dates back to ancient times. Egyptian nobles were reported to wear magnetic earrings, necklaces and head adornments to preserve their youth and beauty. While an early African tribe was noted to use magnetic ores in food preparation to enhance food flavor – recent research discovered that magnetic fields could actually alter the flavor of some foods.
When it comes to its health applications, magnetic therapy has solid scientific evidence proven by physicists, physicians, chiropractors and other healers who dedicated their lives to the study of the Earth’s magnetic field.
In the east, magnetic therapy has been used in China for over two thousand years already. This was recorded in the oldest medical book, Chinese Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine, which mentioned the practice of placing magnets in acupuncture points to treat paraplegia, arthritis, and rheumatism.
In the west, Aristotle wrote in 300 BC about the healing benefits of magnets. Greek physician, Pliny, also wrote in 100 AD about the use magnets for healing eye diseases. In 1600, Queen Elizabeth’s physician and scientist, William Gilbert, wrote a comprehensive book detailing about the magnetic therapy, which resulted to a widespread interest in magnetism.
Meanwhile, 20th-century studies supporting the therapeutic uses of magnets include the 1936 research by Albert Davis who discovered that the magnet’s two poles have different biological effects. According to Davis, one pole stimulates the body while the other calms. Russian physicians also reported in 1948 that magnetic treatments help reduce pain after limb amputation.
Today, magnetic treatments are widely used around the world. Japanese have been doing extensive studies on magnetic effects, and have now been marketing a number of merchandises, including necklace and bracelets. Europe has been using electrically generated pulsed magnetic forces in some health spas too.
Magnetic therapy is also now being used as alternative or supplement treatment for a number of ailments, including but not limited to:
- Acute injuries
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Magnetic therapy is not for everyone, however, particularly those with pacemakers, pumps and other implanted medical devices. So, make sure to consult with your physician before undergoing any magnetic treatment.