(Last Updated on : 19/07/2017)
Magnet is a material or object that produces a magnetic field. Magnetism is a common term in the fields of physics, industry and commerce. Although invisible, it is the most significant property of a magnet. There is a simple way to detect a magnetic field by scattering iron filings and observing their pattern. Ferromagnetic substances are referred to the substances that are strongly attracted by a magnet or in which the properties of a magnet can be effectively induced.
Etymology of Magnet
The magnet is known by various names in different languages
. The original iron-ore
, which possessed the attracting power and was natural magnet, was named Magnetite. It was also known as Loadstone or Lodestone. In Hindi
, magnet is known as Chumbak or a kissing stone.
Types of Magnet
There are several different types of magnets, each with their own set of characteristics. A hard or permanent magnet is one that stays magnetized and creates its constant magnetic field whereas a soft or temporary magnet is one that loses its memory of previous magnetizations. Permanent magnets are composed of ferromagnetic materials such as ferrite and alnico. Temporary magnets constitute soft iron materials like paper clips. Third category of magnets is electromagnet which acts as a magnet only when electric current is passes through it.
Uses of Magnets in Naturopathy
The remarkable effects of magnet on certain metals as well as on living organisms are known for centuries. Magnet is also highly beneficial with its clinical impact on human ailments, which is a comparatively recent development and is not yet widely known. The medical use of magnet in the recovery of certain diseases is proved now. It has the power of drawing pain out of the body, relieving stiffness of joints and muscles and of removing toothache
immediately. The long time use of magnet reduces weight in obesity
, increases height of short-stature boys and girls and also increases intelligence and wisdom. The magnet also corrects blood pressure
and provides immunity against certain diseases of human body by increasing the vitalising secretions. Magnetic therapy
in fact forms a prominent medical technique to relieve several maladies.
Other Uses of Magnet
According to the Gemmologists, the magnet is considered to be one of the several precious gems
, which are advised to be worn for various purposes. It is worn mainly for maintenance of health, peace of mind and other general prosperity. The celebrities wear magnets for the purpose of maintaining vigorous health and to stop ageing of their bodies. Magnet is also used as a good luck charm and also to get relief from headaches
. Common people believe in the divine force of the magnet.