About Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Charge is organizing force and a fundamental power of the universe. Positive or negative, it determines the structure of atoms and molecules and how they interact. It has been applied medicinally for thousands of years. With the advent of electricity, our ability to generate and control strong electromagnetic fields and to use them to diagnose and treat has expanded many-fold.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) is the application of electromagnetic fields to treat and prevent disease. PEMF, also known as Bio-electromagnetic Therapy, has been standard practice in Eastern Europe in the countries of the former Soviet Union and studied systematically there since World War II. Thousands of studies have been performed
How significant is PEMF? In 1992 Dr. Andrew Bassett, who worked tirelessly to advance it and to achieve the first FDA clearance treat non-union fractures, wrote:
“In the decade to come bioelectromagnetics will assume a therapeutic importance equal to, or greater than, that of pharmacology and surgery today. With proper interdisciplinary effort, significant inroads can be made in controlling the ravages of cancer, some forms of heart disease, arthritis, hormonal disorders, and neurological scourges such as Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. This prediction is not pie-in-the-sky. Pilot studies and biological mechanisms already described in primordial terms, form a rational basis for such a statement.“
Effects of magnetic and electromagnetic fields have been studied in:
Alzheimer’s Disease • Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis • Arthritis • Asthma • Atherosclerosis • Bone Healing • Bronchitis • Burns • Cervical Osteoarthritis • Chronic Venous Insufficiency • Dental Problems • Depression • Diabetes • Elbow Pain • Endometriosis/Endometritis • Epilepsy • Eye Disorders • Facial Nerve Neuropathy/Paralysis • Fibromyalgia • Glaucoma • Gynecology • Headache • Hearing Loss • Heart Disease • Herpetic Stomatitis • Hypertension • Insomnia • Kidney Failure/Inflammation/Stones • Knee Pain • Laryngeal Inflammation • Leprosy • Limb Lengthening • Liver/ Hepatitis • Lupus Erythematosus • Lymphadenitis • Mandibular Osteomyelitis • Maxillofacial Disorders • Migraine • Multiple Sclerosis • Muscle Rehabilitation • Muscular Dystrophy • Neck Pain • Nerve Regeneration • Neuropathy • Optic Nerve Atrophy • Osteochondrosis • Osteoporosis • Pain • Pancreatitis • Parkinson’s Disease • Paroxysmal Dyskinesia • Pelvic Pain • Peptic – Duodenal Ulcer • Periodontitis • Pneumonia • Poisoning – Detoxification • Post-Mastectomy • Post-Polio Syndrome • Post-Herpetic Pain • Prostatitis • Pseudoarthrosis • Psoriasis • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Schizophrenia • Seasonal Affective Disorder • Shoulder Pain • Sinusitis • Sleep – Insomnia • Spinal Cord Injury • Stroke • Tendonitis • Tinnitus • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation • Trophic Ulcer • Tubal Pregnancy • Tuberculosis • Urinary Incontinence • Urinary Inflammation – Trauma • Uterine Myoma • Vasomotor Rhinitis • Vestibular Dysfunction • Whiplash • Wound Healing • Wrinkles
To view research on any of the above and much more, click on Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Research Library.
Since all chemical, biological and molecular interactions are fundamentally electromagnetic, an externally applied electromagnetic field might be expected to have profound biological effects at many levels. PEMF has been documented to increase energy (ATP production) and availability of oxygen, enhance transport of ions across cell membranes (calcium, potassium, sodium), improve circulation, induce sleep, alleviate pain and reduce stress. There is speculation that regular PEMF may increase longevity and quality of life.
Our bodies are transparent to electromagnetic fields which pass through them, inducing electrical currents which account for many of their biological effects. PEMF, laser and other light therapies are frequently combined clinically and in research and have been documented to enhance the effects of one another in many conditions.
Pulsed electromagnetic and laser therapies are frequently combined in research and in the clinic and may enhance one another.