Magnetic field therapy uses magnets to maintain health and treat illness.
The human body and the earth naturally produce electric and magnetic fields. Electromagnetic fields also can be technologically produced, such as radio and television waves. Practitioners of magnetic field therapy believe that interactions between the body, the earth, and other electromagnetic fields cause physical and emotional changes in humans. They also believe that the body's electromagnetic field must be in balance to maintain good health.
Practitioners apply magnetic field therapy to the outside of the body. The magnets may be:
People use magnet therapy for a wide range of health problems, including:
Studies on how well magnetic therapy works have been mixed.1
Young children and pregnant women should not use magnetic field therapy, because the safety of this therapy is not proved. People who have medical devices or implants with a magnetic field, such as a pacemaker, should not use magnet therapy, because it could interfere with the function of the implant.
Magnet therapy is not thought to have negative side effects or complications when it is combined with conventional medical treatment.
Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012). Get the facts: Magnets for pain. (NCCAM Publication No. D408). Available online: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/magnet/magnetsforpain.htm?nav=gsa.
Other Works Consulted
- Murray MT, Bongiorno PB (2006). Osteoarthritis. In JE Pizzorno Jr, MT Murray, eds., Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd ed., pp. 1961–1975. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
- Weintraub M, et al. (2008). Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management. New York: Springer.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD - Complementary and Alternative Medicine|
|Last Revised||June 29, 2011|
Last Revised: June 29, 2011
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