Perhaps you know someone who wears a copper bracelet to help with arthritis or tendonitis pain. Magnetic therapy works along the exact same lines and is a centuries old form of alternative medicine. Rulers as far back as Cleopatra were known to have worn metallic bracelets and bands around the head for this purpose. While magnetic therapy is a common form of healing in India, China, and France, America only began to realize the healing effects within the last few decades- in the early1900’s with resurgence in the late 90’s. Now you can purchase them through the shopping network!
Magnetic energy is found everywhere in nature and is called by many other names. The Chinese call it “Chi” and use this energy when practicing acupuncture. Any material that is capable of becoming magnetized does so by aligning groups of atoms. This is what is called a magnetic energy field.
The human body is made of up cells. These cells can renew themselves, and practitioners of magnetic therapy believe that these cells can be manipulated through the use of magnets, that the same energy used to recharge cells as they wear down can become magnified through the energy contained in magnets.
Not all magnetic energy is healing-anyone concerned about the effects of computers and cell phones will tell you that these types of magnetic energy are harmful. They contend that this type of magnetic energy can cause headaches, memory loss, even tumors.
Beneficial magnetic energy, however, can reduce scars on internal organs-as in after surgery-by increasing blood flow. This same treatment can relieve patients of migraines and chronic pain. The increased blood flow is caused by the heating effect magnets have on the circulation.
Magnets have different strengths and sizes. The power is determined by how much iron weight it can lift, and so if using magnets for healing a specific wound-like acute swelling- you may want to consult an expert in the field. Sleeping on a magnetic mattress, however, is safe because they only come in one strength and can stimulate blood flow allover the body. Do not attempt to use magnetic therapy if you have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or are pregnant.
Magnetic therapists will determine which strength of magnet you should use-stronger magnets for large areas and chronic pain, lighter magnets for sensitive parts of the body, such as the ears.
You can also drink magnetically treated water. It has been documented to be relaxing; simply place a 6-8 once glass of water on the negative pole of a magnet for several minutes and drink twice a day.
Knowing how and where to place a magnet on the body involves good training, so be sure that the magnet therapist has been trained to know the size, strength, and placement as well as the duration of different magnets for the various ailments. There are literally hundreds of magnet sales websites and while they are tremendously helpful in treating different conditions, it would be wise to seek counsel from a trained practitioner before ordering any magnetized item for alternative medicinal use.
The magnetic mattress pads can be good for overall immune system regeneration, and for pain and increased energy, and if you have lower back ache the magnetic insoles are a great help. I know bowlers who swear by them, and people who stand on their feet for most of the day without pain are testimonies to the healing effects of magnets. Magnetic pads and wraps are available for easing conditions such as bad joints, elbows and knees, but again, it is wise to consult a professional before ordering any of these items.