Benefits of Magnetic Bracelets
What is Magnetic Therapy?
Magnetic therapy has been practiced in different cultures all over the world for over two thousand years by those who believe magnets worn on the body promote good health. Magnetic therapy has long been believed to have healing powers associated with pain and stiffness.
About Magnetic Therapy
There are two theories that are used to explain magnetic therapy. One theory maintains that magnets produce a slight electrical current. When magnets are applied to a painful area of the body, the nerves in that area are stimulated, thus releasing the body's natural painkillers. The other theory holds that when magnets are applied to a painful area of the body, all the cells in that area react to increase blood circulation, ion exchange, and oxygen flow to the area. Magnetic fields attract and repel charged particles in the bloodstream, increasing blood flow and producing heat. Increased oxygen in the tissues and blood stream is thought to make a considerable difference in the speed of healing.
Magnetic Therapy for Healing
Since the late 1950s, dozens of studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of magnetic therapy.
- In 1997, a group of physicians at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas studied the use of magnetic therapy in 50 patients who had developed polio earlier in life. These patients had muscle and joint pain that standard treatments failed to manage. In this study, 29 of the patients wore a magnet taped over a trouble spot, and 21 others wore a nonmagnetic device. Neither the researchers nor the patients were told which treatment they were receiving. This study resulted in 75% of those using the magnetic therapy reported feeling much better.
-Gale Encyclopaedia of Alternative Medicine. Gale Group, 2001