therapy uses magnets to maintain health and treat illness.
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:
use magnet therapy for a wide range of health problems, including:
Studies on how well magnetic therapy works have been
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.
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.
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June 29, 2011
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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