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.
Health Benefits of Magnetic Therapy
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.