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, our ability to control electromagnetic fields and to use them to diagnose and treat has expanded exponentially.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) aka Bioelectromagnetic Therapy is the application of electromagnetic fields to treat and prevent diseaseAlthough it may be unfamiliar to most Americans, PEMF has been studied systematically since World War II and has long been standard practice in eastern Europe in the countries of the former Soviet Union.   Thousands of studies  have been performed.

How important is PEMF?

In 1992 Dr. Andrew Bassett, who worked tirelessly to help achieve the 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.

Besides benefits documented in 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. There is speculation that regular treatment with pulsed electromagnetic field therapy may increase longevity and quality of life.  PEMF and laser therapies are frequently combined in the clinic and in research, and the combination of both methods may give better effects than either on its own.