Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
©Copyright 2010 by David Rindge. All rights reserved.
Charge is one of the universe’s fundamental powers. It has been applied medicinally for thousands of years. With the advent of electricity and advancing technological development, our ability to control strong electromagnetic fields and to use them to diagnose and treat is expanding exponentially.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), also known as Bioelectromagnetic Therapy, is the application of electromagnetic fields to treat and prevent disease. Ultimately, we believe that the therapeutic application of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy will be recognized as a far more significant benefit for our health than its diagnostic counterpart, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a method that has already revolutionized medical diagnosis.
Though it may be new to the American reader, PEMF has been studied systematically in eastern Europe in the countries of the former Soviet Union where it has been standard practice since World War II. Benefits are well documented in a broad range of conditions, and thousands of studies have been performed.
How important is PEMF?
In 1992 Dr. Andrew Bassett, who worked tirelessly to help achieve the first FDA clearance for a pulsed electromagnetic field system, 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 conditions above and much more, click on Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Research Library.
At the Center for Cooperative Medicine, we may apply pulsed electromagnetic field therapy as a stand-alone treatment and unattended therapy which can be highly cost-effective to help in a great many health conditions. More and more often nowadays, we are administering high intensity Combined PEMF-LED Therapy along with laser and/or laser needle acupuncture to treat pain.
Combined treatment with PEMF, laser and/or leds both methods may give better effects any single treatment on its own.
Besides the benefits documented across a broad range of conditions, PEMF has been shown to increase energy and availability of oxygen, enhance transport of ions (calcium, potassium, sodium) across cell membranes, improve circulation, induce sleep, alleviate pain and reduce stress. Many believe that regular treatment with pulsed electromagnetic field therapy may increase longevity and quality of life.