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Magnetic therapy is a system of alternative medicine that uses permanent magnets to cure or alleviate various health issues. In case of mild health problems or for everyday application it is possible to utilize magnetic jewelry, such as neodymium magnetic jewelry.
The basic premise of magnetic therapy is that our body is an electro-magnetic apparatus that can be influenced by external magnetic fields. Hemoglobin is a substance in the blood that contains iron. Iron is also a chemical element that has inherent magnetic properties. As such, iron is thought to be able to contribute to our human electromagnetic field.
The human body in general and the nervous system in particular are filled with electric impulses. One of the most straightforward methods of influencing these electric currents is by using magnetic fields. Magnetic field can change the flow of positive or negative ions that are present in the various bodily systems.
Magnetic therapy is performed by placing individual magnets on certain areas of the body to stimulate blood flow, reduce pain, decrease swelling and accelerate the healing process.
The proponents of magnetic therapy say that magnetic therapy is natural and safe, without any side effects and therefore, people have nothing to lose when they wear magnetic healing jewelry. Any type of jewelry can be used for therapy, such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, anklets and watches.
Magnetic therapy is advocated as an excellent method to alleviate pain in osteoarthritis, pelvic pain, and migraines. There are some scientific studies that support the use of magnetic field for fracture healing, as denture aid, for diabetic foot pain, fibromyalgia, hot flashes, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, wound healing, etc.
Neodymium magnet or Neo magnet is a chemical compound of neodymium, Nd, iron, Fe and boron, B. Because neodymium is a rare-earth element, this type of magnet is also called rare-earth magnet. They are often abbreviated as NdFeB, or NIB. The first magnets of this type were made in 1984, but they didn't see widespread use until recently.
In fact, neodymium magnets are the strongest permanent magnets known to man. These neodymium alloys are man-made compounds developed for various industrial applications. The magnetic fields and magnetic flux densities generated with this magnet are much higher than those of the natural magnets.
It is rather simple. Just wear your magnetic bracelet or other magnetic jewelry directly on your skin or close to it. The magnetic field from the jewelry extends beyond the spatial dimensions of the magnet; therefore there is no need to tight your bracelet too strongly to your wrist.
If you are not sure how your body will respond to the magnet, put on your jewelry for just a brief period of time, and then gradually increase the duration of the therapy. The effects of your neodymium magnet should be more pronounced than the usual magnetic jewelry, so be careful. You should go slowly also because the effects of magnetic field on human body are not known in detail. Some people claim to be able to experience improvement within one or two weeks of regular application.
If you use pacemakers, insulin pumps, liver infusion pumps and defibrillators you should NOT use magnetic jewelry therapy. Magnetic therapy is also NOT recommended in cases of myasthenia gravis, bleeding disorders and pregnancy. Cancer patients are encouraged to consult with their physician before engaging into this therapeutic technique.
Additional care is needed to keep your jewelry far from certain magnetic and electronic devices that can be damaged by the generated magnetic field. Keep your magnetic jewelry away from credit cards, monitors, TV sets, computers and watches. That is a general rule regarding any magnetic material, but it is even more noticeable in case of neodymium magnets due to their strength.
Beware when you work with two or more neodymium magnets or jewelry items with embedded magnets at the same time. When they are brought close to one another, they will attract and collide, which may cause injuries or damage anything that stands on their way.
Neodymium can have a strong effect on, and cause permanent damage to any magnetic or recording media, like credit cards, computer discs, monitors or TV screens.
If you have children be extra careful. There are documented cases of children swallowing Neodymium magnets, which can be a great health hazard!
Using magnetic therapeutic jewelry for pain and healing - yes or no? It is not easy to give a definite answer. It all comes down to your individual experience. Try and see if it works in your case. Science does not provide a definite answer in either direction. Whatever you choose, remember that magnetic therapy is like crystal therapy - a supplementary method - you should not stop your regular prescribed therapy.
Interesting article. However, a recent study http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0071529 showed that magnetic jewelry is not effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. The eventual effects on pain management are ascribed to placebo. In spite of the popularity of magnetic bracelets, its effectiveness is questionable for treating pain and inflammation. If you still use them, don't use them as a replacement for more efficient and established therapies. it's true though that you should avoid them in case of pacemakers or insulin pumps.
Thanks for the interesting link plos.
I purchased neodymium magnets from Walmart recently. it's amazing how strong they are, but only the larger neodymium magnets. the smaller ones are not as strong. i just wanted to have a couple of them stronger than the usual magnets for my crafting gigs. my question is can i use them as healing magnets as well?
I see no big difference between the ones embedded in jewelry and the standard standalone type. Therefore I would say yes, you can use them provided that you are aware of the usual disclaimers. I repeat, we still don't know the effects of strong magnetic fields on human physiology. Go slowly, and monitor your conditions. Be aware of the possible injuries - as you said, these little fellows are very strong, and can easily chip when attracted by the nearby metal surfaces.