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Magnetic Therapy


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Abstract:  A critical review of randomized controlled trials of static magnets for pain relief.

PMID 15992236  (PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE)

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2005 Jun;11(3):495-509.

OBJECTIVE:  The aim of this review was to establish whether there is evidence for or against the efficacy of static magnets to produce analgesia.

CONCLUSION: The weight of evidence from published, well-conducted controlled trials suggests that static magnetic fields are able to induce analgesia.


Abstract:  Effects of static magnets on chronic knee pain and physical function: a double-blind study

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2002 Jul-Aug;8(4):50-5.

OBJECTIVE:   To determine the effects of static magnets on the pain and functional limitations associated with chronic knee pain due to degenerative joint disease.

CONCLUSIONS:  The application of static magnets over painful knee joints appears to reduce pain and enhance functional movement. However, further study is needed to determine the physiological mechanisms responsible for this analgesic effect.


Abstract:  A randomized controlled trial of the effects of a combination of static and dynamic magnetic fields on carpal tunnel syndrome

Pain Medicine2008 Jul-Aug;9(5):493-504.

OBJECTIVE:  To determine if a physics-based combination of simultaneous static and time-varying dynamic magnetic field stimulation to the wrist 4 hours/day for 2 months can reduce subjective neuropathic pain and influence objective electrophysiologic parameters of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

CONCLUSION:  PEMF exposure in refractory CTS provides statistically significant short- and longterm pain reduction and mild improvement in objective neuronal functions. Neuromodulation appears to influence nociceptive-C and large A-fiber functions, probably through ion/ligand binding.



American Journal of Physiology.  Heart and Circulatory Physiology 2008 Jan;294(1):H50-7. Epub 2007 Nov 2

OBJECTIVE:  External application of static magnetic fields (SMF), used specifically for the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as soft tissue injuries, has recently become popular as a complementary and/or alternative therapy with minimal investigation into efficacy or mechanism.

CONCLUSION:  Acute exposure to a moderate strength static magnetic field reduces edema formation in rats


Abstract:  Chronic static magnetic field exposure alters microvessel enlargement resulting from surgical intervention.

Journal of Applied Physiology (1985). 2007 Aug;103(2):629-36. Epub 2007 May 3

OBJECTIVE: Magnetic field therapy has recently become a widely used complementary/alternative medicine for the treatment of vascular, as well as other musculoskeletal pathologies, including soft tissue injuries. Recent studies in our laboratory and others have suggested that acute static magnetic field (SMF) exposure can have a modulatory influence on the microvasculature, acting to normalize vascular function

CONCLUSION:  These results suggest that chronic SMF exposure can alter the adaptive microvascular remodeling response to mechanical injury, thus supporting the further study of chronic application of SMFs for the treatment of vascular pathologies involving the dysregulation of microvascular structure.



International Journal of Radiation Biology 2011 Jan;87(1):36-45. doi: 10.3109/09553002.2010.518200. Epub 2010 Oct 21

OBJECTIVE:  The present study was designed to reveal, whether the 30 min daily full body exposure of mice to an inhomogeneous static magnetic field (SMF) has a statistically significant effect on diabetic neuropathy.

CONCLUSIONS:   Daily SMF exposure repeated for several weeks is protective against the development of high blood glucose level in diabetic mice.



International Journal of Radiation Biology 2012 May;88(5):430-8. doi: 10.3109/09553002.2012.661916. Epub 2012 Feb 28

OBJECTIVE:  Static magnetic field (SMF) exposure was shown experimentally to beneficially affect the healing process. The aim of this randomized, controlled trial was to evaluate the pain-inhibitory effect of local exposure to SMF on temporomandibular disorders, on alveolitis and on aphta in the oral mucosa.

CONCLUSIONS:  SMF exposure as a drug-free, fast and easy to use method could potentially help stomatologists, who seek for alternative methods of local anesthesia, especially when systemic anesthesia is contraindicated.


Abstract: Effects of 180 mT static magnetic fields on diabetic wound healing in rats

Bioelectromagnetics 2010 Dec;31(8):640-8. doi: 10.1002/bem.20592

Objective:  Diabetic wound (DW) problems are becoming a formidable clinical challenge due to the sharp increase in the diabetic population and the high incidence of DW. Static magnetic field (SMF) therapy, an inexpensive and accessible noninvasive method, has been proven to be effective on various tissue repairs. However, the issue of the therapeutic effect of SMF on DW healing has never been investigated. The objective of this study was to systematically evaluate the effect of a 180 mT moderate-intensity gradient SMF on DW healing in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

CONCLUSIONS:  The results indicated that 180 mT SMF presented a beneficial effect on DW healing, and implied the clinical potential of SMF therapy in accelerating DW repair and releasing the psychological and physical burdens of diabetic patients.


Abstract:  A moderate static magnetic field enhances TRAIL-induced apoptosis by the inhibition of Cdc2 and subsequent down regulation of surviving in human breast carcinoma cells.

Bioelectromagnetics 2014 Jul;35(5):337-46. doi: 10.1002/bem.21849. Epub 2014 Feb 20.

CONCLUSION:  Therefore, the combined treatment of SMF (static magnetic field) and TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) may offer an attractive strategy for safely treating resistant breast cancers.


There are many more studies.  This page will be added to over time...but this is an initial posting.