Overview of Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic Therapy (also referred to as biomagnetic therapy, medical magnets, or healing magnets) are generally classified as a type of alternative health therapy or product. Healing magnets are commonly used for helping to reduce or eliminate pain, for treating depression, as well as for improving overall health and wellness.

The traditional, western, medical establishment has been somewhat reluctant to acknowledge the use of medical magnets for their health promoting properties. However, the use of magnetic therapy for health purposes has started to gain increased acceptance and credibility among a growing number of physicians and other health professionals, as more studies and research show that patients have been successfully treated with magnetic therapy.

Types of Magnetic Therapy Products

Medical magnets have been used to treat a wide range of medical disorders, and there are a variety of magnetic therapy products and devices designed to heal and alleviate pain for virtually every part of the body. These products include jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, etc.), wraps, braces, and even magnetic mattress pads.

How Does Healing With Magnets Work?

There are a number of plausible theories regarding the process of how the interaction of magnetic fields with the human body can heal and provide pain relief. A primary basis of these theories relates to the fact that the earth's powerful magnetic field has a noticeable impact on living things, and that life itself depends on this magnetic field.

Also, exposure to magnetism is thought to have beneficial effects on the circulatory, nervous, and endocrine systems by increasing the electrical conductivity of blood, resulting in better circulation, and more efficient transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. Visit the section of the website on magnetic pain relief for more details on the process of healing with magnets.

How Long Have Therapy Magnets Been Used?

The use of magnets for their healing and reegnerative properties has been recorded and documented around the globe, for thousands of years. Many of the great ancient civilizations recognized the healing properties of magnets. One of the earliest written medical texts, the Yellow Emperors Book of Internal Medicine, a Chinese medical record which dates back to around 2000 BC, describes how the application of magnetic stones to the body was used to correct imbalances in the "Qi" or lifeforce.

Other writings originating from ancient Egypt document that Egyptian physicians attributed various therapeutic and health benefits to magnetism. A fairly well known story even relates how Cleopatra regularly adorned herself with magnetic jewelry, or wore a magnetic stone around her forehead, in order to preserve her beauty and youth.

In more recent times, various studies and experiments have been performed which suggest the healing and pain relief properties of therapy magnets.