News Source: Research News
Jan. 2, 2008 — Magnets have been touted for their healing properties since ancient Greece. Magnetic therapy is still widely used today as an alternative method for treating a number of conditions, from arthritis to depression, but there hasn’t been scientific proof that magnets can heal.
Lack of regulation and widespread public acceptance have turned magnetic therapy into a $5 billion world market. Hopeful consumers buy bracelets, knee braces, shoe inserts, mattresses, and other products that are embedded with magnets based on anecdotal evidence, hoping for a non-invasive and drug-free cure to what ails them.
“The FDA regulates specific claims of medical efficacy, but in general static magnetic fields are viewed as safe,” notes Thomas Skalak, professor and chair of biomedical engineering at U.Va.
Skalak has been carefully studying magnets for a number of years in order to develop real scientific evidence about the effectiveness of magnetic therapy.
Skalak’s lab leads the field in the area of microcirculation research—the study of blood flow through the body’s tiniest blood vessels. With a five-year, $875,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Skalak and Cassandra Morris, former Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, set out to investigate the effect of magnetic therapy on microcirculation. Initially, they sought to examine a major claim made by companies that sell magnets: that magnets increase blood flow.
The researchers first found evidence to support this claim through research with laboratory rats. In their initial study, magnets of 70 milliTesla (mT) field strength—about 10 times the strength of the common refrigerator variety—were placed near the rat’s blood vessels. Quantitative measurements of blood vessel diameter were taken both before and after exposure to the static magnetic fields—the force created by the magnets. Morris and Skalak found that the force had a significant effect: the vessels that had been dilated constricted, and the constricted vessels dilated, implying that the magnetic field could induce vessel relaxation in tissues with constrained blood supply, ultimately increasing blood flow.
Dilation of blood vessels is often a major cause of swelling at sites of trauma to soft tissues such as muscles or ligaments. The prior results on vessel constriction led Morris and Skalak to look closer at whether magnets, by limiting blood flow in such cases, would also reduce swelling. Their most recent research, published in the November 2007 issue of the American Journal of Physiology, yielded affirmative results.
In this study, the hind paws of anesthetized rats were treated with inflammatory agents in order to simulate tissue injury. Magnetic therapy was then applied to the paws. The research results indicate that magnets can significantly reduce swelling if applied immediately after tissue trauma.
Since muscle bruising and joint sprains are the most common injuries worldwide, this discovery has significant implications. “If an injury doesn’t swell, it will heal faster—and the person will experience less pain and better mobility,” says Skalak. This means that magnets could be used much the way ice packs and compression are now used for everyday sprains, bumps, and bruises, but with more beneficial results. The ready availability and low cost of this treatment could produce huge gains in worker productivity and quality of life.
Skalak envisions the magnets being particularly useful to high school, college, and professional sports teams, as well as school nurses and retirement communities. He has plans to continue testing the effectiveness of magnets through clinical trials and testing in elite athletes. A key to the success of magnetic therapy for tissue swelling is careful engineering of the proper field strength at the tissue location, a challenge in which most currently available commercial magnet systems fall short. The new research should allow Skalak’s biomedical engineering group to design field strengths that provide real benefit for specific injuries and parts of the body.
“We now hope to implement a series of steps, including private investment partners and eventually a major corporate partner, to realize these very widespread applications that will make a positive difference for human health,” says Skalak.
— Written by Melissa Maki
Science of Magnets for Health: "BioMagnetism"
Magneto-Biophysics is the science of magnetism in which specifically designed magnets are used to support the normal electrical charges of the human cells to achieve and maintain a healthy state. Sounds awfully scientific doesn't it? Actually it is. It is very scientific. You would be very foolish to drive down to the local hardware store, purchase a couple of magnets and just place them on your body; without knowing what you are doing or for that matter, worse; how your body operates. From this point forward we are going to refer to Magneto-Biophysics as Biomagnetics, a more commonly used, friendlier term. Think of it as magnetic nutrition to support the normal structure and function of the body electric.
Our goal is to help you understand the principles of Biomagnetics and to properly (let us repeat that) -- "properly", apply the techniques of Biomagnetics. We are committed to teaching and producing the proper scientifically designed Biomagnetic systems and correct protocols to allow your body to heal itself, because providing health is not an experiment.
Biomagnetics science is taught, used and studied at universities, medical research centers, hospitals and clinics worldwide. The results have shown breakthroughs that could be considered miraculous but are firmly based on scientific laws.
All Biomagnets are not of the same quality and safety. There are many Biomagnets that are dangerously designed with improper magnetic fields. There are also many that are so low-powered they are useless.
Our Team has designed its Biomagnetics to specifically follow all the scientific laws of the energy patterns that make up the biochemical physiology of the body. The essence of energy therapy - Magneto-Biophysics – is to amplify the body's natural energy mechanisms to quickly enhance healing.
We are gravely concerned about the deleterious effects to health of both the dangerous products and scientific ignorance that is commonplace in the field of Biomagnets.
Size and material composition determine the power of a magnet. In the required dynamics for the necessary therapy protocols, BiomagScience has created Rare Earth Biomagnets. Biomagnets from BiomagScience are available in three different sizes and are designed using the most powerful, available magnetic material in the world – Rare Earth Neodymium-iron-boron (NeFeB)
The advantage of Rare Earth Biomagnets is that they are 50 times more powerful than most other Biomagnets available on the market today. The result is improved deep tissue penetration for quicker pain relief. This is necessary in order to have a positive healing effect on cell tissue. The strength of Rare Earth Biomagnets can address many health conditions that ordinary magnets cannot.
Our Rare Earth Biomagnets are: Powerful Biomagnets for deep tissue penetration
Small Biomagnets can be placed anywhere on the body with ease and comfort
Convenient Biomagnets no cumbersome, hot sweaty wraps
Affordable Biomagnets compare our to other, inferior Biomagnets which cost four times as much!
The Science of the Magnetic Poles
All Biomagnets have two fields – negative (-) or positive (+) polarity. This is important because the body's healing is naturally energized by the negative pole. The negative pole helps the body to normalize and heal painful conditions. Techniques using positive polarity are used sparingly and only for very specific therapies.
In science, negative (geological North) Biomagnets are always marked with the negative symbol (-) and colored green. Positive (geological South) is always marked with the positive symbol (+) and colored red.
Using Negative or Positive Placement
Always place the negative (-) green side towards the skin at the pain location as shown in the Correct Polarity Placement diagram.
Positive Therapy techniques that are the exception to the rule are shown for back pain and acid indigestion. (There are more advanced healing protocols in Conquering Pain, the Art of Healing with BioMagnetism by Peter Kulish that use the positive pole techniques.)