Magnetic fields have long been known for their healing benefits. Even in ancient Greece, Hippocrates was reported to use magnets for pain, and even had people lay their heads on lodestones to alleviate their headaches.
In the early 1500s, Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus, supposedly used lodestones to treat seizures and psychiatric disorders. He used the then-undiscovered or otherwise misunderstood principles of magnetism to guide his practices in chemistry and symptom management.
In 1774, Franz Anton Mesmer, a German doctor, discovered extraordinary results treating patients suffering from mental illnesses by making them swallow an iron liquid and passing two magnets around them, resulting in immediate symptom relief for several hours.
PEMF was also explored by Nikola Tesla, as he discovered that the cells respond positively to PEMF energy, and besides the widely recognized “Tesla Coil” invented a similar electromagnetic device in 1891, which he used on patients as a tool for immediate physical pain relief. This is the standard magnetic loop coil seen in all PEMF systems today.
In 1932, the Diapulse (an early form of PEMF) was developed by American physician Abraham Ginsberg and physicist Arthur Milinowski. It consisted of a large cylindrical applicator device mounted on an articulated arm for localised treatments. Its primary aim was in boosting circulation and healing wounds and burns.
In 1952 Dr. Winfried Otto Schumann developed the Schumann Resonance. German researcher Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig then showed that human health declines when deprived of earth and atmospheric fields, but recovers when exposed to the Schumann Resonance delivered through PEMF.
NASA was amongst the first that researched PEMF technology and invested over 3.5 million dollars in its research. After Yuri Gagarin’s return from outer space in 1961, he and his fellow astronauts felt sick and suffered from several illnesses as their cells no longer received natural EMF frequencies that sustain life on Earth. NASA developed its own PEMF pads into spaceships and PEMF technology became essential in mitigating bone loss and muscle degeneration.
By the 1970’s, Dr. Kyoichi Nakagawa in Japan was showing that fatigue, insomnia and idiopathic pain, common among industrial workers could be relieved by magnetic fields. PEMF was also used in the USA with top racehorses.
In 1979, the FDA approved PEMF therapy for the healing of nonunion fractures
Three years later, they cleared low-powered PEMF devices called BGS or bone growth stimulators for human use. In 2004, the FDA approved the use of PEMF in cervical surgeries and in 2006 for treatment of depression and anxiety, and in 2011, approved PEMF therapy for treatment of brain cancer.
In 2012, Novocure chairman and engineer Bill Doyle shared remarkable findings that the pulsating EMF had on soft tissue cells and demonstrated Tumor Treating Fields as successful treatments for cancer patients.
PEMF is backed by a ton of research; over two thousand controlled clinical studies, and tens of thousands of research papers. Most have shown positive results, and there have been no signs of widespread harmful side effects. Therefore, PEMF is considered safe and non-invasive.
We already see it being combined with circadian rhythm, brain entrainment, music therapy and bio-feedback. The science in this department continues to develop and low intensity PEMF systems are evolving. But NeoRhythm stays the best, right? 🙂