(Last Updated on : 11/12/2012)
Magnetic Therapy is a science as well as an art, postulating knowledge of human organisms and the expertise to cure through the appropriate application of magnets. This alternative branch of medicine, also known as Magnet therapy, Bio magnet therapy, or Magnotherapy, is evidently, far-reaching in terms of possibilities in physical as well as mental disorder treatment through exposure to the magnetic fields.
Magnets designed specifically for human applications contain the power to interact with the energy system of the body, in order to create a distinct field for efficient cellular and hence organic activities. Be it localised or generalized application of magnets, the outcome tends to be visible on the basic functioning of cells, and is thereby reasoned to be effective. Two theories are used to elucidate the magnetic therapy.
The history of Magnetic therapy depicts that this particular therapy possesses an ancient heritage and has occupied a central role in the medicinal practices of Egypt, India and Greece. Until recently the scientific explanation of magnetic action was not available. Magnetic therapy utilizes the natural energy of magnetism that is important to human existence and overall health. Magnetic therapy is widely used in the sections of alternative medicines since the ancient times in India when the latest ways of treatment were not available. In some ancient scriptures of India, the mention of Magnet therapy was found. In Atharva Veda, there was the mention of Magnet therapy as the practitioners of Ayurveda suggested it as the best way to alleviate pains and rejuvenate the body and mind.
The primary theory asserts that, magnets affect the electrical current in cells. When magnets are functional on the afflictive region of the body, the nerves in that area stimulate, thus discharging the body's innate painkillers. This is responsible for the application of magnets for pain relief
According to the secondary, but equally relevant magnetic therapy theory, when magnets are applied to a painful area of the body, the cells in that area respond to increased blood circulation, ion exchange, and oxygen flow to the area. Magnetic fields attract and repel charged particles in the bloodstream, thus increasing blood flow and producing heat. Increased oxygen in the tissues and blood stream is considered to create a significant difference in the pace of healing.
This branch, although widely popular and widespread in the modern world, is subject to incessant scrutiny, observations, experimentation, ardent follower-ship and scepticism. Magnet therapy has ventured into the fields of physical disorders like cancer treatment, and mental disorders like depression, where path-breaking research continues till date.
All sciences require to be mastered in order to harness them for the benefit of mankind; and the science of magnetic healing is no exception to the rule. Although sheer scepticism and faith in healing go hand in hand, millions of people are yet continuing the experiments with the science on a personal level, with the aid magnotherapists and extensively available commercial magnetic products.
Magnetic therapy is a safe, non-invasive method of applying magnetic fields to the body for therapeutic purposes. It accelerates the natural healing process, provides natural pain relief, relief from arthritis-induced pain and betters sleep, without any adverse side- effects. It has elevated hopes; even where advanced drug therapies have failed.
The results of Magnetic therapy vary from person to person depending on the quality of Magnets used, duration of use and the mode of application. Magnetic therapy would be ineffective, if not followed appropriately. The astonishing pain relief and calming effect it provides, has by and large, facilitated in boosting its popularity to greater extent.
The modern science reciprocate that Magnet therapy is effective in all kind of diseases including circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory and urino-genital systems and can be beneficial in all types of pain, swelling, inflammation, ulcers and diseases of the bowels and the uterus. Since the modern science has accepted the efficacy of magnet in treating diseases that causes pain and bring proper alleviation, this very ancient Magnet therapy has been admitted and included into the list of modern treating technologies. Magnetic therapy is used to treat headaches and migraines, insomnia, muscle and joint pain, varicose veins and other ailments of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.
It has been observed that when an area of the body is injured, positive ions flood the area, causing pain and swelling. Magnetic therapy causes the positive ions to flee the affected area and allows the body to return to its normal negative state. This allows an increase in circulation and oxygen flow to the injured area, thus promoting the benefits of natural healing. Treating with magnetic therapy privileges the patients to get proper healing without the use of traditional medication and promotion of natural body function. Though magnetic therapy is useful in almost all diseases related to skin, pain and inflammation, blood pressure, back muscle pain or sprained knee, carpel tunnel syndrome in the wrist, sinus inflammation and even headaches, hair and other diseases, it takes a considerable amount of time to cure depending on the severity of the disease. This therapy not only pertains to human beings, but to animals as well. As a matter of fact, several rodeo horses undergo magnetic effects for their superlative performance. Hence, such is the impact and scope of Magnetic therapy these days.
As magnetic therapy is applied and used in almost all over the world, some jewellery professionals are keen in creating ornaments and different devices like wristlet, chains, necklace, back belts, ace bandages or athletic support bandages worn on the back, knee or elbow which are designed with special magnets to delivery proper magnetic therapy to the injured part of the body.