Field Therapy Top
The world is surrounded by magnetic fields:
some are generated by the earth's magnetism, while others are generated
by solar storms and electrical devices: motors, televisions, office equipment,
computers, microwave ovens, the electrical wiring in homes, and the power
lines that supply them. Even the human body produces subtle magnetic
fields that are generated by the chemical reactions within the cells and
the ionic currents of the nervous system.
Recently, scientists have discovered that
external magnetic fields can affect the body's functioning in both positive
and negative ways, and this observation has led to the development of magnetic
Is Magnetic Field Therapy? Top
The use of magnets and electrical devices
to generate controlled magnetic fields has many medical applications, and
has proven to be one of the most effective means for diagnosing human illness
and disease. For example, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is replacing
x-ray diagnosis because it is safer and more accurate, and magnetoencephalography
is now replacing electroencephalograph as the preferred technique for recording
the brain's electrical activity.
In 1974, researcher Albert Roy Davis, Ph.D.,
noted that positive and negative magnetic polarities have different effects
upon the biological systems of animals and humans. He found that
magnets could be used to arrest and kill cancer cells in animals, and could
also be used in the treatment of arthritis, glaucoma, infertility, and
diseases related to aging. He concluded that negative magnetic fields
have a beneficial effect on living organisms, whereas positive magnetic
fields have a stressful effect.
Robert Becker, M.D., and orthopedic surgeon
and author of numerous scientific articles and books, found that weak electric
currents promote the healing of broken bones. Dr. Becker also brought
national attention to the fact that electromagnetic interference from power
lines and home appliances can pose a serious problem to human health.
"The scientific evidence," writes Dr. Becker, "leads only to one conclusion:
the exposure of living organisms to abnormal electromagnetic fields results
in significant abnormalities in physiology and function".
According to Wolfgang Ludwig, Sc.D.,Ph.D.,
Director of the Institute for Biophysics in Horb, Germany, "Magnetic field
therapy has been used effectively in the treatment of:
Dr. Ludwig ads that magnetic changes in the
environment can affect the electromagnetic balance of the human organism
and contribute to disease. Kyoichi Nakagawa, M.D., Director of the
Isuzu Hospital in Tokyo, Japan believes that the time people spend in buildings
and cars reduces their exposure to the natural geomagnetic fields of the
earth, and may also interfere with health. He calls this condition
magnetic field deficiency syndrome, which can cause headaches, dizziness,
muscle stiffness, chest pain, insomnia, constipation, and general fatigue.
Researchers suggest that magnetic therapy can be used to counter the effects
by the electromagnetic pollution in the environment.
Infections and inflammations
Headaches and migraines
Insomnia and sleep disorders
Fractures and pain
Magnetic Field Therapy Works
"The healing potential of magnets is possible
because the body's nervous system is governed, in part, by varying patterns
of ionic currents and electromagnetic fields,"reports Dr. Zimmerman.
There are numerous forms magnetic field therapy, including static magnetic
fields produced by natural or artificial magnets, and pulsating magnetic
fields produced by electrical devices. The magnetic fields produced
by magnets or electromagnetic generating devices are able to penetrate
the human body and can affect the functioning of the nervous system, organs,
and cells. According to William H. Philpott, M.D., of Choctaw, Oklahoma,
an author and biomagnetic researcher, magnetic fields can stimulate metabolism
and increase the amount of oxygen available to cells. When used properly
magnetic field therapy has no harmful side effects. All magnets have two
poles: one is called positive and the other negative. However, as
there are conflicting methods of naming the poles of a magnet, a magnetometer
should be used as a standard method of determination (if one is using a
compass to locate the poles, the arrowhead of the needle marked "N" or
North will point to the magnet's negative pole). Dr. Philpott and
other researches claim that the negative pole generally has a calming effect
and helps to normalize metabolic functioning. In contrast, the positive
pole has a stress effect , and with prolong exposure interferes with metabolic
functioning, produces acidity, reduces cellular oxygen supply, and encourages
the replication of latent microorganisms. The strength of a magnet is measured
in units of gauss ( a unite of measuring the intensity of magnetic flux),
or Tesla (1 tesla=10,000 gauss), and every magnetic device has a manufacturer's
Magnets Are Used Therapeutically Top
Magnetic therapy can be applied in many
ways, and devices range from small, simple magnets to large machines capable
of generating high magnitudes of field strength (used for treating fractures
and pseudoarthrosis, a joint affliction caused by nerve breakdown.)
Magnetic blankets and beds have also been manufactured for the purposes
of promoting sleep and reducing stress. Specially designed ceramic, plastiform,
and neodymium (a rare earth chemical element) magnets can be placed either
individually or in clusters above the various organs of the body, lymph
nodes, or on various points of the head. In Japan, small tai-ki magnets
have been designed to stimulate acupuncture points, but no clinical studies
have yet explored this procedure. Magnetic devices are quite popular
in Germany, where the use of certain devices is covered by medical insurance.
After simple instruction is given to the patient, these devices can be
used at home.
Benefited by Magnetic Field Therapy Top
Treatments can last from just a few minutes
to overnight and depending upon the situation and severity, may be applied
several times a day, or for days or weeks at a time. Sometimes, though,
the results of magnetic therapy can be quite dramatic, as in case cited
by Dr. Ludwig. A forty-six-year-old man had suffered for years from
sever heart flutter, diarrhea, and nausea. No treatment seemed to
help, but when a magnetic applicator with less than one gauss of energy
was placed upon his solar plexus for only three minutes, his symptoms immediately
ceased. Two years later, he had experienced no relapse. In
a case described by Dr. Philpott, a seventy-year-old man who had undergone
coronary bypass surgery continued to suffer from heart pain. His
walk was reduced to a shuffle, his speech was slurred, and he lived in
a state of chronic depression. He decided to try magnetic therapy
and a plastiform magnet was placed over his heart. Within ten minutes,
the pain disappeared. Magnets were applied to the crown of the head
while he slept, and within a month his depression was gone, his speech
was clear, and his walking returned to normal. In other cases cited
by Dr. Philpott, magnets have helped to eliminate toothaches, eliminate
periodontal disease, and eradicate fungal infections like candidiasis.
Kidney stones and calcium deposits in inflamed tissues have also been known
to dissolve. Magnetic therapy has been shown to be particularly effective
in reducing swelling and edema. According to Dr. Philpott, "Symptoms
of cardiac atherosclerosis and brain atherosclerosis have been observed
to disappear after six to eight weeks of nightly exposure to a negative
static magnetic field."
A negative magnetic field applied to the
top of the head has a calming and sleep-inducing effect on the brain and
body functions, due to the stimulation of the hormone melatonin, according
to Dr. Philpott. Melatonin has been shown to be anti stressful, anti
aging, anti infectious, anti cancerous and to have control over respiration
and the production of free radicals. A free radical is a highly destructive
molecule that is missing an electron, and readily reacts with other molecules.
This can lead to the aging of cells, the hardening of muscle tissue, the
wrinkling of the skin, and in general, a decreased efficiency of protein
synthesis. As there are literally hundreds of diseases leading to
stress, infections and aging, magnetic field therapy could be considered
an important adjunct in their treatment and researchers are currently studying
Fungal, and Viral Infections Top
"A negative magnetic field can function
like an antibiotic in helping to destroy bacterial, fungal, and viral infections,"
says Dr. Philpott, "by promoting oxygenation and lowering the body's acidity."
Both of these factors are beneficial to normal bodily functions but harmful
to pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms, which do not survive in
a well oxygenated, alkaline environment. Dr. Philpott theorizes that
the biological value of oxygen is increased by the influence of a negative
electromagnetic field, and that the field causes negatively charged DNA
to "pull" oxygen out of the blood stream and into the cell. The negative
electromagnetic field keeps the cellular buffer system intact so that the
cells remain alkaline. the low acid balance also helps maintain the
presence of oxygen in the body.
A negative magnetic field normalizes the
disturbed metabolic functions that cause painful conditions such as cellular
edema, cellular acidosis, lack of oxygen to the cells and infection.
Dr. Philpott cites the case of a woman in her seventies who had experienced
pain and weakness n her left leg for thirty years stemming from a blood
clot in the groin area, and could not climb stairs without stopping several
times due to pain. AFter twelve months of sleeping on a negative
magneto-electric pad, the woman found that she could walk a long flight
of stairs without any pain or weakness in her leg. A negative magnetic
field cannot take the place of local anesthetics and analgesics, however.
A positive magnetic field on the other hand can increase pain due to its
interference with normal metabolic function.
Nervous Disorders Top
"When a negative magnetic field is placed
directly over an area of electrical activity in the brain, the electrical
excitement can be reduced," says Dr. Philpott. It can stop symptoms
as hallucinations, delusions, seizures or panic without disrupting the
patient's mental alertness and orientation. Small disc magnets can
be placed around the head to alleviate these kinds of symptoms. Dr.
Philpott has pioneered the use of magnetic therapy for numerous psychiatric
disorders, and he believes that in the future subtle uses of magnets will
be used to control a variety of symptoms and central nervous disturbances.
A woman who had a begin tumor removed from her spine could not walk without
dragging her feet. When Dr. Philpott placed a positive magnetic pole
over the area where the tumor had been removed, she could walk perfectly.
With practice, and with the help of both a positive and a negative magnetic
field, the neuronal function returned. The positive field stimulated
the non functioning neurons and produced endorphins while the negative
field prevented the neurons from becoming overly excited.
Future of Magnetic Field Therapy Top
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With the rising popularity of magnetic
field diagnosis techniques such as MRI, magnets, and electrical devices
are beginning to gain mainstream medical acceptance as human diagnostic
and treatment tools. According to Dr. Philpott, the application of
magnets provides the most predictable results of any treatment he has observed.
"it is not only valuable as a medically supervised technique, but for many
self-help problems such as insomnia, chronic pain and tension." Because
magnets do not introduce any foreign substance to the body, this will,
Dr. Philpott believes, make them safer over the long term than aspirin
or other over-the-counter medications.