Magnetic Therapy for Pain
Discover how to use magnetic therapy for natural pain relief. Learn about the
history of magnetic therapy and why it is so effective at relieving pain without
any side effects.
Historically it is reported that magnets have been around for an extremely long
time. Magnets were first documented around 2500-3000 years BC. Their origins are
first noted in Asia Minor in a vast land called Magnesia. The earth there was
enriched with iron oxide which attracted metals to it. The locals named it
Another story is told of a young boy, who lived 2500 years
BC, called Magnes — a shepherd on Mount Ida. One day he was tending his sheep
whilst wearing sandals which contained iron in the sole. He found it hard to
walk up the mountain as his feet felt heavy and stuck to the rock face. Mount
Ida was found to contain a rock called Lodestone, which is the first known
magnetic mineral. It is reported that Lodestone was named Magnes after the boy
who discovered it, and it later came to be known as magnet.
Cleopatra was probably the first celebrity to use magnets. It
is documented that she slept on a Lodestone to keep her skin youthful. The
therapeutic knowledge was passed to the Greeks who have been using magnets for
healing since 2500 BC Aristotle and Plato talked of the benefits of Lodestones
in their work.
Magnets have been used in Chinese medicine from around 2000
BC in-conjunction with reflexology and acupuncture. It is still used today as a
first line treatment for many common complaints.
3,500 years after they were first discovered, magnets have
gained popularity in Europe and the USA. In the 15th century a Swiss physician
Paracelsus recognised the therapeutic powers of magnets. He wrote medical papers
on the influence of magnets on the inflammatory processes within the body.
In the 16th century an English doctor Dr William Gilbert made
a scientific study of electricity and magnetism. He published one of the first
books about magnetic therapy called “De Magnet”. Dr Gilbert was also Queens
Elizabeth I personal physician and it is said that she used magnets under his
Michael Faraday, also known as the founder of Biomagnetics
made extensive discoveries in magnetic healing during the 18th century. His work
is still used as a framework for modern day magnetic treatments. Dr Mesmer (the
father of hypnotism) and Dr Samuel Hahnemann (the father of homoeopathy) also
contributed to his remarkable work.
20th century pioneers include Dr Kreft a German doctor who in
1905 studied the healing effects of magnets on rheumatic disease, sciatica and
neuralgia. 1926 revealed Dr Criles work on the impact of magnets on cancer cells
and this was followed 10 years later in 1936 with Albert Davis carrying out
tests on the effects of the north and south poles of a magnet.
However the last 15 years has shown a prolific increase in
medical research into magnetic therapy. There have been over 57 studies in the
USA into incurable diseases and magnetics. Some of the most recent are:
1990 – University if Hawaii tested magnetic fields on
patients with osteoarthritis.
1992- Stiller et al a randomised double blind trial of wound
healing in venous leg wounds.
1999- New York Medical College tested magnetic insoles on
2001- University of Virginia tested magnetic mattress covers
on patients with Fibromyalgia.
2004- University of Exeter and Plymouth tested magnetic
bracelets on patients with osteoarthritis
Magnetic therapy is gaining in popularity worldwide with many
celebrity devotees including: Cherie Blair, Bill Clinton, Anthony Hopkins,
Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Shirley MaClaine, Venus Williams, Michael
Jordan, Andre Agassi, Jack Niklaus and many more.
therapy devices are now registered as prescribable medical
devices in 54 countries worldwide With new research being completed each year
and doctors at last acknowledging that it is not “witch doctory” we shall
hopefully see, with in the next few years, magnetic devices being prescribed on
the NHS in-conjunction with conventional pain killing drugs.
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