The below article was written by Dr. Mark Atkinson MBBs BsC (HONS) FRIPHH FCMA. Mark is a medical doctor, practitioner of integrated medicine and Vice President of the Complementary Medical Association. He specialises in the integrated treatment of chronic conditions such as arthritis and chronic fatigue by providing his clients with safe, effective and scientifically validated strategies designed to support the body’s natural healing process.
Magnet Therapy represents one of the cheapest and most widely available forms of energy therapy.
One of the problems that face professionals and companies who are involved in marketing and researching magnetic therapy is that the scientific evidence to date has generally been of fairly poor quality and often contradictory in its findings.
Magnetic therapy is not:
- A miracle or magic bullet
- The answer to every illness & condition
- To be used by persons who are pregnant, wearing pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps or other electro-insulin devices should not use magnetic therapy.
- To be used when a diagnosis has not been established
- To replace certain medications needed for infections, diabetes or heart disease for example.
Magnetic therapy is:
- Safe, with no side effects.
- The World Health Organisation published a study in 1987 that essentially laid to rest the notion that magnets in the strengths commonly used for therapeutic uses have any detrimental effect on the human body.
- Popular -Used by an estimated 35 million customers in 22 countries use magnet therapy products, this equates to 1 in 7 Japanese, 1 in 200 American and 1 in 10,000 European households.
- Growing – The fastest growing market is Europe, with the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden providing the top 3 growing markets (Nikken UK Ltd)
- Affordable – Most static magnet therapy products retail for £9.00 to £40.00.
- Non-Invasive – Magnets are applied either directly to the skin or near to the skin in a neoprene or similar wrap.
- Anecdotally effective – There are thousands of testimonials available from patients who have used magnet therapy to treat a wide range of conditions.
- Used and recommended by professionals. Doctors, nurses, complementary health practitioners.
- Used and recommended by the general public.
- Used and recommended by sports personalities. Many senior pro golfers use and endorse magnet therapy to treat sports related conditions.
- Recorded in the history of most civilisations. The first usage is noted in Chinese writings (approx 2000 B.C.) on the usage of magnetism with acupuncture. Ancient Hindu, Egyptian, Persian and Tibetan writings refer to the use of a lodestone. Cleopatra is said to have worn a lodestone on her forehead to forestall aging.
- Used by pioneering physicians such as Paracelsus. The idea that magnetic therapy could be used to treat disease began in the early 16th century with the Swiss physician, philosopher, and alchemist Paracelsus, who used magnets to treat epilepsy, diarrhoea and haemorrhage. Charles Mackay, in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841), says of Paracelsus that “his claim to be the first of the magnetisers can scarcely be challenged”.
Properties of Magnets
- Magnetic poles are always found in pairs. No matter how many times a magnet is cut there is always a North (-) pole, and a South (+) pole.
- The two poles are attracted to their opposites (North to South, South to North).
- Gauss refers to the designated strength of a magnetic field of energy. Surface gauss depends on thickness and size of the magnet. The Earth’s natural surface gauss is approximately 0.5 gauss. Gauss strength diminishes the further the distance from the magnetic field.
- Rare earth magnets such as neodymium-Iron-Boron have permanent magnetic capabilities are far more advanced than rubber and plastic magnets. Their characteristics and properties are stronger and very distinctive.
- With its permanence, high energy and depth of penetration, Neodymium leads the