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therapy uses magnets to maintain health and treat illness.
human body and the earth naturally produce electric and magnetic fields.
Electromagnetic fields also can be technologically produced, such as radio and
television waves. Practitioners of magnetic field therapy believe that
interactions between the body, the earth, and other electromagnetic fields
cause physical and emotional changes in humans. They also believe that the
body's electromagnetic field must be in balance to maintain good health.
Practitioners apply magnetic field therapy to the outside of the
body. The magnets may be:
use magnet therapy for treating pain, such as foot, back, or joint pain.
Research studies have been done on magnets, but there are not consistent results showing that magnets help with pain relief.footnote 1
Young children and
pregnant women should not use magnetic field therapy, because the safety of
this therapy is not proved. People who have medical devices or implants with a
magnetic field, such as a pacemaker, should not use magnet therapy, because it
could interfere with the function of the implant.
is not thought to have negative side effects or complications when it is
combined with conventional medical treatment.
Talk with your doctor about any complementary health practice that you would like to try or are already using. Your doctor can help you manage your health better if he or she knows about all of your health practices.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (2008, updated 2013). Magnets. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/magnet/magnetsforpain.htm. Accessed April 11, 2016.
Other Works Consulted
Murray MT (2013). Osteoarthritis. In JE Pizzorno, MT Murray, eds., Textbook of Natural Medicine, 4th ed., pp. 1651–1661. St. Louis: Elsevier.
Weintraub M, et al. (2008). Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management. New York: Springer.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKathleen M. Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH - Internal Medicine
Current as ofJune 30, 2016
Current as of:
June 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen M. Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH - Internal Medicine
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