Bild: This electromagnetic headband relieves headaches

NeoRhythm electromagnetic headband

BILD takes a close look at the device in Berlin’s Charité

Electromagnetic headbands are supposed to help against pain and insomnia, depending on the program, make you more focused, relaxed, or energetic. Professor Surjo Soekadar from the Berlin Charité explains what is behind it.

Brainwave devices are supposed to make us better people, help sleep, and relieve pain. Therefore, devices like NeoRhythm could reduce the use of sleeping pills, coffee, and pain relievers.

Maja Hoock has done a self-experiment and in that way tested this neurostimulation device, Neorhythm. The headband is optically more for home use. There are seven modes in the app, from “deep relaxation” to “energy and vitality”. She chooses the latter, it supposed to give strength to the body and mind.

The manufacturer cites two studies. According to this, the brain is able to adapt to pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) from the device. In other words, the name of it is brainwave synchronization.

Gamma waves (30 – 150 Hz) are supposed to increase concentration, beta (15 – 30 Hz) make you more alert, alpha (9 – 15 Hz) more relaxed, theta (4 – 9 Hz) promote creativity, and delta waves (0, 5 – 4 Hz) deep sleep

The impression of being more awake with electromagnetic headband

Maja Hoock tried the ”energy and vitality” program. The results surprised her.  If she was just very tired, she is suddenly much more lively, almost a little exhilarated, and can work faster than before during the half-hour run.

Later on, she tried another program for pain relief. That therapy should help with acute or chronic problems with magnetic fields that oscillate in the range of 303 Hz and 12 Hz.

Again, she experienced incredible results. The stinging office back pain is subsiding. She saved herself from the pain pill. She still tries sleep aid in the late evening. That seems to work too! She actually falls asleep after a short while.

Electromagnetic effect measured

Professor Surjo Soekadar expressed some doubts about NeoRhythm when Maja Hooked said him the results that she experienced. He is the first professor of clinical neurotechnology in Germany. Together with his team, he researches how electromagnetic impulses affect the brain and the mind.

At the Charité in Berlin, the psychiatrist uses these impulses on his patients. Impulses are attached to the head with a TMS device and in that way act on the brain waves. This has been shown to help with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and pain. TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation”, which means something like magnetic stimulation through the skull. However, he uses medical devices for this, not headbands.

So, the psychiatrist examines the Neorhythm device in the Charité laboratory.  It can measure electromagnetic impulses in the range of 33 Hertz (Hz), just as the manufacturer of the Neorhythm states in the “Focus and concentrate better” program. He further explains that in the headband, similar to his professional device, several magnetic coils provide electromagnetic impulses. However, they are significantly weaker than with TMS treatment.

In contrast, with the clinical TMS, it is 2.5 Tesla, about a thousand times as much. The TMS device is definitely not suitable for at-home, because you can feel a clear impulse on your head.

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