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An Introduction to Magnet Therapy

Posted by Administrator on 5/17/2013 to Healing
Magnet therapy has been used by different cultures for healing for a very long time. Cleopatra may have been the first historical figure to use magnet therapy as she was known to sleep on lodestone or magnetite to keep her skin youthful. This could also be the same reason why ancient rulers wore metallic headbands and bracelets. Even Aristotle and Plato were said to mention the benefits of lodestone in their works.

As a means for healing, magnets are widely used in countries like China, India and France. Magnet therapy was introduced to the United States in the early 1900's and is now fast gaining wide acceptance. Magnetic products from jewelry, to shoe inserts, mattress pads and other things with magnetic properties are extensively marketed everywhere, from malls to TV and online shopping.

There is a natural electromagnetic field surrounding the earth and it largely affects our state of health and general well-being. This magnetic energy is called by various names, one of which is the Chinese "Qi", which they use in acupuncture. The magnetic energy field is the area around a magnet in which magnetic forces act.

The cells making up the human body are capable of renewing themselves. And, as proponents of magnet therapy believe, magnets can be used to manipulate these cells. They contend that the same natural energy responsible for cell renewal can be amplified by magnetic force.

The thing is, not all magnetic energy is beneficial and can be used for healing. It is common knowledge that cell phones and computers emit harmful magnetic energy that cause memory loss, headaches, and in rare occasions, even tumors.

On the other hand, beneficial magnetic force can be harnessed to increase blood flow. Blood flow improves when iron in the blood is attracted to the magnetic field which causes movement within the blood stream. By this principle, magnets are used to relieve migraines and other chronic pains and to heal scars on internal organs caused by surgery.

You can have access to magnets in different sizes and strengths. Magnetic power is determined by the weight of iron that it can lift. Magnetic strength is measured in terms of Gauss and Tesla. Your therapist will know which strength of magnet you require. Usually, stronger magnets are used to cover large areas and to treat chronic pains while lighter magnets are meant for the sensitive body parts like the ears. You have to consult a magnet therapy practitioner to know what particular size and strength of magnet you need to heal a specific part of your body, say a wound or an acute swelling.

A good training is necessary to know the many applications of magnet on the human body. The magnet therapist should be knowledgeable with the different sizes, strengths, and proper placements as well as the duration of magnetic exposure required in treating various ailments. If you wish to try magnet therapy, you can order online from the hundreds of websites selling magnets and magnetic devices. However, it is best to consult with a trained magnet therapy practitioner before you do so.

Magnetic insoles are recommended for lower backaches. They benefit those who are on their feet for the most part of the day and are popular with bowlers. Magnetic mattress pads help improve the overall immune system, relieve pain and increase energy. Magnetic mattresses come in the same strength and blood flow is stimulated all over the body. You can use this therapy on your own as sleeping on them is safe. However, magnet therapy is not recommended for pregnant women and those who have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator. For bad elbows, knees and joints, magnetic pads and wraps are recommended. Then again, people who intend to use magnet therapy should first sit with a professional to determine the particular size and strength they need as well as the best device to use.