Healing with magnets is an idea that’s been around for hundreds of years—since ancient times in some cultures (such as China and Greece). But recently, due to an increased interest in alternative medicine and news of some well-known athletes using magnetic therapy for pain relief, the interest in healing with magnets seems to be growing. Here is an introduction to the theory behind what magnetic healing is, why some doctors believe it works, and how it might help you.
The two main goals of magnetic healing are to speed healing and reduce pain. Additionally, some people believe that magnets can improve circulation and re-energize the body.
So, does it really work? Some studies have been done on magnetic healing, but with varied results. It seems that for every study with a high rate of success using magnetic healing, another study comes along with a low rate of success.
And it’s important to remember all the variables, too, because every person’s injuries are different. In addition, one magnet might work and another might not, so trying a different magnetic healing device might yield different results. The bottom line is that at this point there is limited scientific evidence to either support or deny the positive results of healing with magnets.
Plus, some experts argue that those who use magnets and believe in their benefits are only suffering from the “placebo effect”—that they are experiencing healing or pain relief because the power of the mind simply wants it to be so. Still, golfers, football players, and several other athletes from a variety of sports backgrounds, as well as some doctors and many patients, swear by the benefits of magnetic healing; so, anyone interested in the option of healing with magnets needs to make his or her own decision.
Most researchers and experts agree that there are no negative side effects of magnetic therapy. However, if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker or automatic defibrillator, or use an insulin pump, you should not use magnetic healing. Likewise, magnets should never be placed over an open wound.
If you decide to give healing with magnets a try, here is more information you’ll need to get started:
Magnetic healing may be an ancient idea, but it’s also a modern and increasingly popular tool in the arsenal of alternative medicine. And while yielding great benefits, it’s important to remember that most experts advise magnetic healing should never be used as a replacement for traditional medical care. It’s always a good idea to discuss magnetic therapy with your doctor as an addition to your treatment. Here’s to good health!