00:03:24 – Reading Time. Two decades ago, there would have been no discussion about Medication vs. PEMF. Back then, you could have had a comparison between Medication and, perhaps, Holistic Medicine. However, the countless PEMF studies and numerous PEMF devices call for a quick comparison between Medication and PEMF. We’ll start by thoroughly understanding the fundamental differences between them, their side effects, an example, and their future.
Understanding the core differences between Medication vs. PEMF
Medication refers to any drug or group of drugs for treating, curing, preventing, mitigating a specific disease or condition. (1) They are called medicines, and they can come in different forms, such as pills, liquid, capsules, injections, implants, patches, drops, unswallowable tablets, etc. Access to medicines is either directed by Health Professional with a prescription or freely over-the-counter. Medicines ought to be the professional method for treating abnormal or critical conditions and disorders such as the Flu, Diabetes, Anxiety, Herpes, Acne, Cancer, Cholesterol, etc. On the other hand, PEMF refers to Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field, a non-invasive, scientifically validated technology that stimulates and promotes your body’s natural healing process. PEMF is not intended in any way to substitute your original Medication. Instead, PEMF is viewed as a complementary treatment, rather than a substitute. Its mechanism is continuously under research.
PEMF is accompanied by PEMF devices that emit frequencies onto a body part to stimulate the cells. Each frequency serves a different function. For example, a low frequency such as 10 Hz relaxes our bodies. Whereas a 33 Hz improves focus. Since Medication is the treatment of many disorders such as Anxiety, Stroke, Sleep Apnea, Tinnitus, Parkinson’s, and many more, it does not mean that PEMF is out of the picture. In fact, PEMF has shown to significantly reduce many of the symptoms of Anxiety, RLS, insomnia, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD, to name a few. PEMF generally is harmless with little to no side-effects. However, depending on the PEMF device you use, you may experience varying results. In comparison, Medication has plenty of side effects. To help illustrate the differences between Medication and PEMF, let’s examine how Anxiety is treated.
Taking an example – Medication and PEMF for Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most developed disorders in developed countries. It makes life-crippling and steals everyday joy. A typical Anxiety Medication would involve a Health Professional diagnosing you. They would then prescribe an antidepressant or another prescription drug such as Benzodiazepines, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, or the common, Xanax. These medications are effective in reducing anxiety in most people. However, they do come with their disadvantages. (2) Many people experience side effects such as Fatigue, Dizziness, Vertigo, trouble focusing, poor memory, headache, migraine, bowel problems, and blurred vision. These put added stress onto anxious people, which, of course, serves no good. But these side-effects are considered the “obstacles to overcome” to tackle Anxiety. If we were, however, to relieve Anxiety with PEMF, it would be a different story.
Medical studies regarding PEMF and Anxiety
Countless studies proved PEMF to be useful for relaxing patients. It works by releasing frequencies that naturally relax brain neurons without chemicals which drag side effects with them. The Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry reported that the high-frequencies emitted by magnetic stimulation devices are significant enough to be a therapy for depression. (3) But the light was seen after a 10-year study proved that PEMF is strongly advised for enhancing relaxation and diminishing Anxiety. The results displayed remarkable consistency amongst patients. (4).
To conclude, Medication is the way we treat diseases, for now. PEMF hasn’t been cleared as a method for curing diseases yet. It is possible with the ongoing research that would change. In the future, PEMF may be seen as the ideal solution, followed by Medication as the second. Or perhaps, PEMF will continue to be a superb addition to a patient’s ongoing treatment plan, like it is right now. What we do know is that PEMF has a promising future and a great hope for patients with chronic conditions and disorders.
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(3). M.T. Kirkcaldie, et al., Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as Therapy for Depression and Other Disorders,” Australia – New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 31(2), April 1997, pp 264-272.
(4). Manzoni, G.M., Pagnini, F., Castelnuovo, G. and Molinari, E. (2008). Relaxation training for anxiety: a ten-years systematic review with meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, [online] 8(1). Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18518981/ [Accessed 13 Sep. 2020].