Magnet therapy involves applying a magnet to the skin or close to the skin to improve a condition such as pain.
The strength of magnets is described in terms of "gauss" or "Tesla." A Tesla is equivalent to 10,000 gauss. Magnets used for treatment usually have a higher magnetic strength than typical refrigerator-type magnets. Therapeutic magnets are most often in the range of 200-10,000 gauss. Typical household magnets are typically around 200 gauss.
Magnet therapy is most often used for pain or swelling. It is also used for other conditions, but there is no good evidence that magnet therapy works for any condition.
Magnet therapy is a big business. Worldwide sales of magnets for treatment is estimated at over $5 billion annually. In the US the market is about $500 million.
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The body has many naturally occurring electromagnetic fields. It is thought that magnets might alter these fields in the body and improve their function. But there isn't enough information to know exactly how magnets might work in the body to treat disease or pain.
Magnet therapy is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people. In scientific studies, some side effects have been reported, including painful menstrual periods, heavier menstrual periods, nausea, diarrhea, abnormal sensations in the arms, and a feeling of "fuzzy headedness." But it is unclear whether these side effects were caused by the magnet therapy.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of magnet therapy during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Epilepsy: There has been some concern that magnet therapy might make people with epilepsy have more seizures. However, there is no reliable evidence to support this. Nevertheless, if you have epilepsy, use caution if you choose to try magnet therapy.
Pacemaker or implantable defibrillator: If you have a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, use magnets cautiously. Magnetic mattresses might interfere with these devices and make them work incorrectly. Most other magnets seem to be safe if not placed within 6 inches of the device.
There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
The appropriate and safe use of magnet therapy depends on several factors, such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.
Magnet therapy might involve wearing a magnet or laying or sitting on furniture with a magnet inside of it. These magnets can be programmed to be on all of the time, part of the time, or to constantly alternate between being on and off (pulsing).
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