What is magnetic field therapy?
Magnetic field therapy exploits magnets to keep good health and cure diseases.
The human body and the earth naturally create electric and magnetic fields. Electromagnetic fields also can be technologically made, such as radio and television waves. Practitioners of magnetic field therapy say that interactions between the body, the earth, and other electromagnetic fields lead to physical and emotional alterations in humans. They also explain that the body's electromagnetic field must be in balance to keep sound health.
Practitioners apply magnetic field therapy to the outside of the body. The magnets might be:
- Electrically charged, to bring an electrical pulse to a particular area.
- Used with acupuncture needles, to treat energy pathways in the body.
- Static (not electrically charged) and stationary on the treated area for periods of time, to provide ongoing treatment.
What is magnetic field therapy used for?
Some people use magnet therapy to get rid of pain, such as foot, back, or joint pain.
Scientific studies have been conducted on magnets, but there are not consistent findings demonstrating that magnets aid with pain relief.
Is magnetic field therapy safe?
Young children and pregnant women should not use magnetic field therapy, because the safety of this therapy is not proved. People who have medical devices or implants with a magnetic field, such as a pacemaker, should not use magnet therapy, because it could mess with the function of the implant.
Magnet therapy is not considered to pose adverse side effects or complications when it is mixed together with conventional medical treatment.
Consult your medical practitioner about any complementary health practice that you would like to try or are already using. Your GP can help you take care of your health better if they are familiar with all of your health practices.