Magnet therapy or magnotherapy is principally associated with the circulatory system and with the iron content of the red blood cells (hemoglobin), with the electromagnetic force of the magnet intended to affect and improve the flow of blood throughout the body.
Natural Remedies: Magnetic therapy has many proponents, particulary among those who use magnets to relieve pain and inflammation, especially in the case of headaches and joint pain (research supports the use of magnet therapy for osteoarthritis). However, magnetic therapy is also indicated for reducing cholesterol levels, purging toxins from the cells, sore muscles, foot and heel pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, bone fractures, and many other conditions.
Some healthy skepticism should be employed against the claims of many purveyors of magnet therapy jewelry, blankets, and other relatively inexpensive devices. This is because weak magnets are much less likely to penetrate the body properly in order to have a measurable effect on one's health. At the other extreme, speaker magnets are very powerful and somewhat readily available, if you know how to tear a stereo speaker apart.
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11/14/2010: Almeda from Knowlton, Quebec Canada: "Yes I use magnetic products and have had great help for over 20 years now! My rhuematoid arthritis started 30 years ago after the birth of my third son.. which was also my third C section. I am still mobile and independant after all these years.. Thank God!!"
[YEA] 07/21/2007: John from Brunswick, Ohio: "I repaired my arthritis that was causing three bad discs in my lower back. My surgeon told me I was to full of arthritis and there was nothing they could do for me and sent me to the pain clinic. A friend of mine called me to tell me about a meeting on using permanent magnets to repair my arthritis problem. I went to the school and learned how to use magnets. I bought a few magnet pads, and experimented with my problem, the one that made me believe in the magnets was what happened when I went to the hospital to have my pacemaker replaced, they took the pacemaker out, but held me for a few days while they run me throw an MRI to better see what was going on with my back and put a new pacemaker in on the other side of my chest a few days later. That night after they removed the old pacemaker, the incision from cutting out the old pacemaker swelled up, so I put one of my magnet pads over the swelling, and to my surprise after forty-five minutes the swelling was down to nothing. After what the magnets did for the swelling made me want to make my own magnet pads, I wanted something to penetrate deeper into my back so I made my own magnet pads using 12,000 gauss magnets to reach deeper into my body. I placed the pads on my side of the bed and slept on them for a year, and during the day I would put a pad over my lower back were I had the bad discs. I also started taking coral calcium to rebuild the discs that was eaten out from the arthritis, I needed to get a lot of exercise to bring the mussels back that I lost to support my body, but it was all worth it to be able to enjoy life again."Replies
04/13/2012: Bless from Karachi, Pakistan replies: "Re : Magnet Therapy.
This is with reference to a response regarding Back pain treatment with Magnets. The person has mentioned that magnet pads were made by one self.
Whatever little I know of the vast benefits of treatment by magnets, I would like to know how the POLARITY of the magnets are used. That is which Pole side I. E. North or South has to be touching the skin to reduce pains.
Thanks for all the interesting responses on your page. Regards"
04/14/2012: Jr from Coloma, Mi replies: "Are you using the magnets with your pacemaker? From what I have read, they say you're not supposed to use magnets if you have a pacemaker."
07/11/2012: Healthierbin from Dallas, Us replies: "My mom has severe arthritis, is looking for a natural cure. This seems to be promising."
10/08/2012: D from Any Town, Usa replies: "to Bless from Karachi, Pakistan, this was on same page but an earlier post...
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "The use of north pole magnets (using a very powerful neodymium magnets) will help reduce inflammation. South pole increases inflammation, so please take note to apply the correct one. To identify the north pole is to get a compass. If the north pointing compass points to your magnet. It means this side is north. So mark the positions accordingly. The idea is well accepted in sports area, but are not well accepted in conventional medicine. Sports people need results and the faster they heal, the faster they can compete.""
[YEA] 05/31/2008: Chu from Edmond, Oklahoma: "i have found that sleeping with magnets applied to my back completely eliminates my back pain, i was having pain in my back for two weeks so i researched and read that magnets may help, it took about on week but the pain was completely gone, it came back once more after i strained my back again and the same remedy worked again, i was able to find a back magnet called norso on ebay for around $10."
[YEA] 03/30/2008: Christopher from kirkland lake, Canada: "Again this isnt very natural but i insist it is worth while...
Back in the day i had a G/f with a bird. im allergic so i was getting lesions?.. i wonted is theres a mold or something associated with those animals.. anyhow, she had had Genital warts, I didnt know... i ended up with dyer skin on my Wang :) and resultingly i aquired a cauliflower kinda wart thing. Talking about feeling like totally helpless. I looked on the net for a solution and at that time didnt come across anything except a machine....
It was a magnetic pulser. prolly 300$ i thought well its that or my junk is gunna fall off. :) so rather quickly i got the machine and started an intense pulsing on my penis. probbaly 6 times a day for about 5 minutes. glad to say after 4 days it was going/gone. i kept it up for a while....
Nothings ever scared me that much. apprently the machine bring better circulation to the area and the magnetics kill alot of different things...
i bought an ozone generator and colloid silver generator because it that gizmo works the other should... the zilver thing is said to kill over 700 kinds of viruses, fungi, bacteria ect... 700 seems like alot but apparently its so cheap to manufacture that in the 50's they got away from from it cause theres was more money in antibiotics and not fixing the problem...
thanks and i hope my story helps anyone with a persistant problem..."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "The use of north pole magnets (using a very powerful neodymium magnets) will help reduce inflammation. South pole increases inflammation, so please take note to apply the correct one. To identify the north pole is to get a compass. If the north pointing compass points to your magnet. It means this side is north. So mark the positions accordingly. The idea is well accepted in sports area, but are not well accepted in conventional medicine. Sports people need results and the faster they heal, the faster they can compete."
[YEA] 03/06/2008: BEV from SPRINGFIELD, MA: "HELLO EVERYONE,' THANKS FOR HAVING THIS SITE I LEARN SO MUCH...I USE MAGNETIC THERAPY FOR MY JOINTS AND HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS ( WRISTS, KNEES,BACK, FEET ) I ALSO TAKE SUPPLEMENTS . IS ANYONE ELSE USING MAGNETIC THERAPY AND HAVING SUCCESS?? OF COURSE THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS *ELECTRONIC DEVICES EG: PACEMAKERS ETC, AND PREGNANCIES . ASK YOUR MD. THANKS FOR ANY INPUT"Replies
08/19/2012: Ang from Maine replies: "Have you considered learning about the bloodgroup diet. All the problems you mentioned seem to come with the unhealthy foods causing the associated illnesses with the group o."
[YEA] 04/24/2008: Lisa from Brampton, Canada: "I have had horrible migraines weekly for the past 2 years, ever since I had my miscarriage. I was at my last resort when I tried a magnetic therapy pillow case, and unbelievably, I have not had a migraine, or headache even in the 3 1/2 weeks since I have been sleeping on it!"
02/19/2012: Jaques from Brighton, England: "i have been reading a lot about these items, I bought a small metal rod containing a magnet which is put into a glass of water in order to "liven it" and am thinking of buying another product in order to relieve painful knees, hi blood pressure and hi colestorol, the last 2 of which arent caused by diet, but likely hereditary. I wonder what feelings Ted might have about this please?"
06/30/2011: Nancy from Saint John, New Brunswick: "Hi, I live in NB, where do you buy a magnetic pillow case? I have never heard tell of them, thanks Nancy"
03/28/2011: Mae from Mayerthorpe, Ab, Canada: "I have just found this site - not surprising as I'm restricted to dial-up internet. What is surprising is the lack of information/comments about magnets and magnetic therapy.
Twelve years ago, I purchased a negative field magnetic mattress (that actually is a pad for under your mattress) when desperately seeking to relieve my husband's horrendous pain as the lung cancer that was killing him was growing and crushing his ribs. (Individual magnets had been helping, but were awkward and too small to be adequate. ) He was able to cut back on the amount of mind-deadening narcotics he was taking for several months, but eventually had to go back on them. No - his cancer was not cured, but he was given some quality in his life for his last months.
The unexpected effect was the instantaneous help for my crippling 14 year chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia. From the first night, I was amazed at my ability to really sleep. I had forgotten what it was like to wake up feeling like I had slept! My pain lessened and my energy improved, so that I not only stayed functional through this very traumatic time, but was also able to learn and to provide care for my husband at home where he wanted to be.
I still have chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, take my vitamins and EFA's, but I have never been even close to the level of repeatedly enforced inactivity I had suffered before getting that mattress. Spending a few nights away from home reminds me of just how good it is! I do get pain, and I'm tired, but it's because I do a lot of working, playing and living! No, I do not have any investment in the mattress company.
I've also used magnets to relieve headaches, lower back pain and on a once injured ankle that bothers me on occasion. I've shared my success, and magnets, with others. Though commonly used to relieve pain while not curing the underlying causes, they can help other conditions. I have known them to cure carpal tunnel syndrome. (Relieving carpal tunnel is usually within an hour, while a full cure may take months of several hours a day with it tied or taped to your inner wrist. But it sure beats surgery! )
Almost anyone with pain should try them, but magnets should not come near pacemakers or insulin pumps - or your computer or credit cards. Also be cautious if you are on medication as magnetic energy can cause meds (that the body recognizes as foreign) to move through your system too quickly. Don't use them if you are using "patch" applied meds. Find disc magnets that are over 1000 gauss, and always use the negative side toward the body. Apply on the area of pain, or on an energy pathway (as in accupressure point) near by. (For "bad" knees, use them on your hips.)
Often, new injuries, areas that have been operated on, and some forms of arthritis, get more painful - so take the magnets away and don't use them for that! I don't know why this happens, and if anyone knows a way around it, I would be very interested in knowing.
I hope my sharing is helpful to someone.
06/03/2012: Jackie from Capetown, South Africa replies: "After trying so many cures and having no success or little success over many years, I totally cured my chronic 15 year fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue thanks to this site and became a new person. I did this by eliminating fluoride, using borax as stated on earthclinic in distilled water, on top of this my menstruation returned after 4 years of nothing my gynae does not understand as my bloodtests show I am very much into advanced menopause. My arthritis also disappeared sametime."
01/20/2011: Matt from Millbrook, Ny: "I just realized that I made a mistake awhile back here, regarding which side of a magnet is north. PLEASE IGNORE MY LAST POST! I would like to ask Earth Clinic to please remove it if possible.
There may be some confusion as to which side is north (as was in my case), but Ted correctly stated that the compass needle that points north should point to the north pole of the magnet being tested. There is a great amount of information available on bio-magnetics, and I'd like to try to supply as much factual information as possible. That's for another time, however, and for possibly a new page on this site.
I should also note that there are many magnetic water treatment devices available that cost anywhere from $20 to over $400. You can magnetize your own water using magnets for only a couple dollars :) , But I suggest doing plenty of research before you attempt this."
10/26/2009: Matt from Millbrook, Ny: "What we call the South pole (in the Antarctic) is actually a physical North pole, the physical South pole then being in the Arctic. So the red needle that points north is actually South seeking, therefore we want the red needle to point AWAY from a magnet to find it's north pole. A simple way to remember it is that the "northern" end on our compass is actually a north pole magnet.
A simple and informative video demonstrating this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKpviTjRT0Q
I woke up today with a very sore, stiff neck from sleeping in an awkward position. As I am writing this, I have a strong north pole ceramic magnet on my neck, and my pain has become more tolerable after maybe ten minutes.
[YEA] 05/29/2008: WT from Spartanburg, SC: "I have used magnets to eliminate stubborn pain. I think one was something torn in my shoulder. After a few months of chronic pain I strapped on a magnet from a set I had gotten as a gift. After wearing it daily, the pain vanished after maybe a week never to return. I had a similar stubborn pain in my wrist for a few months. Applied the magnet and after a week or so it too vanished and never returned. I don't know what it does or how but I'm a believer."
[YEA] 12/04/2011: Yogagirl In Orange County from Placentia, California: "I had a buzzing sound in my ear off and on for the last six months. I purchased a magnetic bracelet on e-bay and noticed that it got less and then went away after about one week. The magnetic bracelets are a couple of dollars so not a big investment. I wear mine all the time even in the shower. They are actually a very attractive piece of jewelry. I am curious to know if anyone else has a similar response."