Today, in the presence of so many medical innovations, there are still old practices that may not be deemed effective by the medical community but are still favored by those who practice them. One is magnet therapy.
It has a long history dating to as far back as 600 BC. Like acupuncture, magnet therapy has only been recently become an accepted form of natural healing in the U.S.
Until the 16th century, the healing powers of magnets were not officially recorded or advocated. It was first noted by the Swiss physician Paracelsus and at around the same time by Dr. William Gilbert who prescribed magnets for Queen Elizabeth I.
More than a century later, Dr. Frank Mesmer and Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathy) conducted several experiments and treatments using magnets which they later advocated.
Magnet therapy is almost similar to the theory of acupuncture. The north-seeking pole of magnets is placed on the afflicted areas.
These are the specific points on the meridian channels of energy. The idea is to improve energy and blood flow. The main difference is that magnet therapy is non-invasive and dos not cause additional pain.
Magnet therapy?s main objective is to enhance the body?s own powers to heal. Likewise, it promotes pain relief without use of foreign objects or chemicals into the body.
This will dispel any notion of contamination or undesirable side effects.
After thousands of years, magnets have been found to have the power to influence or cause movement (attracting and repelling) in other objects.
By placing magnets at strategic points, the magnetic force causes the molecules to align according to the magnetic field of the magnets.
This is the alignment used to help the body recover quicker and be on its own. It is also used to relieve physical pain caused by numerous ailments.
Several conditions that were corrected by magnet therapy include bacterial and fungal infections, pain relief, stress, and certain nervous system disorders.
Because placements of these magnets need some knowledge, health care professionals have strategically placed the magnets within orthopedic supports. They are also in knee braces, ankle and elbow braces, all to simplify self-administration.
For patients suffering from headaches, arthritis pain, menstrual cramps, or sports injuries, magnet therapy can bring safe and effective relief that is inexpensive and non-intrusive.
It had long been established in the scientific community that magnetic energy can pass through most known materials and affects living things as well. It had also been observed that injuries register a south-positive energy at the time of the injury itself.
In the healing process, the injured site registers a north-negative energy. It is here that the north-negative magnetic field was discovered to possess healing qualities.
Because the body?s own electromagnetic fields are affected by the weakest of magnets, several precautions are given in the use of magnets.
For those using pacemakers and other electronic devices, refraining from the use of magnets is the best policy.
Magnets should not be used by pregnant women or if there is internal or external bleeding. Magnetic beds should not be used for more than 10 hours at one stretch.
When in doubt, one should consult with a health professional before using magnet therapy on oneself.