Biomedical research explains the body is not based simply on chemical reactions, but also electro-magnetic interactions. The majority of chemicals inside our bodies are electro-chemical ions. These have either positive or negative charges, and produce electro-magnetic fields.
The balance, movement and interaction of ions is what signals and regulates different biological processes. These ion channels control many physical and behavioral functions, like blood flow and sleep. Most fascinating, is that ions can be influenced by chemicals (drugs), by electrical stimulation, and by magnetic fields.
Pain Relief & Nerve Signals
The electrical signals produced by nerves are the most well-known example of how the body uses electro-chemical ions. Nerves maintain a careful balance of positive ions(sodium, potassium) and negative ions (chloride, calcium), together keeping a slightly negative charge.When triggered, the balance of ions shifts, and the nerve’s charge becomes more positive. This sends a pain signal to the brain.
Applying the negative side of a strong magnet can reduce and/or block pain signals. It affects the movement of ions, and helps to restore the normal balance. Electrical stimulation has also been shown to block pain signals in a similar manner. Unlike medications that induce chemical changes, magnetic therapy does not produce side effects.
Ion channels also control the contractions of smooth muscle tissue. These are muscles that function independently, like the heart. The walls of capillary blood vessels are made of smooth muscle, and will tighten or relax to adjust blood flow. Magnetic therapy has been repeatedly proven to affect blood microcirculation inside capillaries, by affecting smooth muscle ion channels. Applying strong magnetic fields makes it easier for capillaries to increase or decrease blood flow, depending on what response the body requires.
- A number of clinical studies using magnetic mattress pads and pillows have shown significant improvements for people with insomnia, chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia. The pineal gland produces melatonin, the natural hormone that promotes sleep and regulates circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle). This gland actually contains a bio magnetic crystalline. Its activity is affected by changes in the earth’s natural magnetic fields, which shift throughout the day and the seasons. This may relate to conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression and insomnia.
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) specifically uses electro-magnetic fields near the brain. It’s been increasingly used and studied for treating depression, insomnia, drug addiction, and Parkinson’s disease.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans have shown the sinuses are magnetically-sensitive. Their different composition may be similar to the tiny bio magnetic bones that birds and certain animals have. Like a natural compass, these tiny bones help birds know what direction they’re traveling in, by sensing the earth’s magnetic fields. While humans do not have this innate ability, sinus pain and congestion tend to respond to magnetic therapy very quickly – often providing significant relief within 30-60 minutes.
- Several Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field therapy (PEMF) devices are FDA-approved for healing non-union bone fractures. These are severe fractures that sometimes cannot fully heal on their own. PEMF is only used in about 20% of all cases, because it is not well known.
- Several clinical trials have shown magnetic knee braces can provide significant knee osteoarthritis pain relief and improved knee function.
- Collective research provides strong evidence that magnets placed on specific acupuncture points (instead of needles) can provide similar health benefits for low back pain, diabetes, insomnia, stress, fatigue, and motion sickness. When properly applied, magnets can provide a non-invasive method of acupuncture.