What are some examples of theories and beliefs about magnets and pain?
Some examples of theories and beliefs about using magnets to treat pain
are listed below. These range from theories proposed by scientific researchers
to claims made by magnet manufacturers. It is important to note that while
the results for some of the findings from the scientific studies have
been intriguing, none of the theories or claims below has been conclusively
proven. For the following, summaries of research from peer-reviewed
medical and scientific journals appear in Appendix
- Static magnets
might change how cells function.
- Magnets might
alter or restore the equilibrium (balance) between cell death and growth.
- Because it contains
iron, blood might act as a conductor of magnetic energy. Static magnets
might increase the flow of blood and, therefore, increase the delivery
of oxygen and nutrients to tissues.
- Weak pulsed electromagnets
might affect how nerve cells respond to pain.
- Pulsed electromagnets
might change the brain's perception of pain.
might affect the production of white blood cells involved in fighting
infection and inflammation.
Here are two other
theories and beliefs:
- Magnets might increase
the temperature of the area of the body being treated.
- "Magnetizing" or
"re-magnetizing" drinking water or other beverages might allow them
to hydrate the body better and flush out more "toxins" than ordinary