What should consumers know if they are considering using magnets to treat pain? It is important
that people inform all their health care providers about any therapy
they are using or considering, including magnetic therapy. This is to
help ensure a safe and coordinated plan of care.
In the studies
that did find benefits from magnetic therapy, many have shown those
benefits very quickly. This suggests that if a magnet does work, it
should not take very long for the user to start noticing the effect.
Therefore, people may wish to purchase magnets with a 30-day return
policy and return the product if they do not get satisfactory results
within 1 to 2 weeks.
If people decide
to use magnets and they experience side effects that concern them, they
should stop using the magnets and contact their health care providers.
Consumers who are
considering magnets, whether for pain or other conditions, can consult
the free publications prepared by Federal Government agencies. See "For
You Buy a Magnet…
- Check on
the company's reputation with consumer protection agencies.
- Watch for
high return fees. If you see them before purchase, ask that they
be dropped and obtain written confirmation that they will be.
- Pay by credit
card if possible. This offers you more protection if there is
- If you buy
from sources (such as Web sites) that are not based in the United
States, U.S. law can do little to protect you if you have a problem
related to the purchase.
The FDA and the Pennsylvania Medical Society