PEMF or Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy
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There are hundreds of research studies on PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Therapy) on pubmed.com. Go to pubmed.com and search “PEMF” or “Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy” (Please note: we recommend a portable PEMF unit for all of our distance patients)
What is PEMF?
Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Technology generates a pulsing magnetic field that is beneficial for supporting the body’s natural healing ability.
PEMF directly affects the systems responsible for healing the body.
No healing, repair or growth takes place in the body without the signals, or electrical impulses, sent by the central and peripheral nervous systems. PEMF directly impacts the nervous systems.
PEMF has also been found to induce GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter that calms and relaxes) in certain parts of the brain. When the body relaxes, the parasympathetic nervous system, takes control, and the body can start to continue its natural healing ability.
PEMF has been proven effective for:
- Pain relief by increasing endorphins (helps chronic pain syndromes)
- Increased energy via increasing mitochondrial function and therefore, ATP levels
- Increases brain, nerve and tissue regeneration (helps with neurological conditions…stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, etc)
- Improved Immunity (helps to heal autoimmune conditions…RA, UC, Crohn’s, Lupus, Sjogren’s, Psoriatic Arthritis, Type 1 diabetes)
- Better Oxygenation and circulation
- Better sleep
- Increases Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
- Relaxation and stress reduction
- Builds stronger bones (fx healing, osteoporosis, osteopenia)
- Decreases Inflammation…Better organ function…kidney, liver, heart, lung, gut, prostate and bladder function
- Increases cell voltage (normal = 70-100 mV….Chronic illness and cancer = 20-30 mV
The science of PEMF is based on the fact that humans are electrical beings.
Your body’s cells and the surrounding fluid carry charges that permit the flow of important nutrients into and out of your cells. Voltage imbalances, either too high or too low, can cause the cell to malfunctions. Dr. Harold Saxton Burr, a professor at Yale University, School of Medicine, discovered that cell voltage imbalances preceded the onset of disease.
A cell can be thought of as a circuit made up of capacitors and resistors. The cells’ membrane and those of its organelles, such as the nucleus, act like capacitors. The briny liquid encased within the membranes, the cytosol and nucleoplasm, is conductive and so can be modeled as resistors.
PEMF works to level the playing field. Studies using PEMF show this technology may normalize the cells potential and stimulate repair response.
All energy is electromagnetic in nature, and nothing happens in the body without an electromagnetic exchange between cells. We are all familiar with the electrocardiogram (EKG) and electroencephalograph (EEG) tests, which measure the electromagnetic activity of the heart and brain, respectively. When electromagnetic activity ceases, life ceases. Electromagnetic energy controls our chemistry. Disruption of this energy in cells causes impaired cell metabolism, and if our cells are not healthy, our body is not healthy, in whole or in part. The following is an introduction to magnetic fields, PEMFs, and their therapeutic actions in the body.
What is an electromagnetic field? What are PEMFs?
If you have ever held two magnets in your hands, tried to force them together, and felt a resistance between them, then you have experienced a magnetic field. The Earth has its own magnetic field, produced by fluxes in the molten metal in the core of the planet. The presence of this field is what causes a compass to rotate so that the ‘north pole’ of the compass points roughly north. A changing magnetic field (such as a magnetic field moving through a coil) generates an electric field (which would drive a current in the coil). This forms the basis for many electrical generators and motors. Similar to the way that a changing magnetic field can generate an electric field, a changing electric field generates a magnetic field. This is a natural activity of the universe. An electromagnetic field is a physical field produced by moving electrical charges. It affects the behavior of any other charged objects in the vicinity of the field.
PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields, which are widely used these days to improve circulation and cell metabolism. The body can become accustomed to nonmoving (or static) magnetic fields, which are generally unable to deeply penetrate the body. A pulsed electromagnetic field, however, is quite dynamic, is able to penetrate all the way through the body, and creates a cascade of effects within the body.
It is important to distinguish between the electromagnetic fields we use for therapeutic purposes, and other man-made electromagnetic fields from power lines, microwave ovens, cell phones, etc., which can cause damage to our bodies. The PEMF devices we recommend all produce safe, natural electromagnetic fields which are of lower frequency, and are complementary to the chemistry and functions of the body.
How can electromagnetic fields have an effect on my body?
As we now understand, an electromagnetic field affects the behavior of anything with charge in the vicinity of the field. Our bodies are electric – every heartbeat generates electromagnetic waves throughout the blood vessels of the body, stimulating tissues at a cellular level. External magnetic fields and the normal electric and electromagnetic fields produced by the body interact. So, a magnetic field passing through our whole body will have an electromagnetic effect on each of our 70 trillion cells. As a result, magnetic fields act in basic and fundamental ways on molecules and tissues. They affect the most basic functions of all cells—human, animal, and plant included.
What are some basic cell functions, and how do magnetic fields facilitate them?
Some of the basic actions of a cell are to generate energy to eliminate waste, to repair and regenerate itself, and perform its predetermined functions based on the cell’s type and location in the body. Magnetic fields cause or increase motion of ions and electrolytes in the tissues and fluids of the body. It’s both easy and quick to move an ion or electrolyte in a living organism using magnetic fields. This movement stimulates a vast array of chemical and electric actions in the tissues of the body, helping them to rebalance or heal themselves where necessary.
All cells need energy to function. Cellular energy requires ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) and is fundamental to all cell and body functions and is necessary to sustain life itself. ATP regulates cell metabolism by transporting chemical energy within our cells. Low ATP levels cause our cells to be sick, and decreases their ability to heal, regenerate, or function properly. Through the increased motion of ions and electrolytes, magnetic fields help cells increase their energy (or “charge”) by up to 500%.
Why do I need treatment at a cellular level?
Magnetic fields also affect the charge of the cell membrane, which allows membrane channels to open up. These channels are like the doors and windows of a house. By opening cell channels, nutrients are better able to enter the cell, and waste is more easily eliminated from the cell. This helps to rebalance and restore optimum cell function. If you restore enough cells, they will all work more efficiently. Cells of the same type come together to make tissues, and those tissues come together to make organs. So, by restoring or maintaining cellular function, you will, in turn, restore or maintain organ function, allowing the entire body to function better. We all know that the body ages over time. Maintaining the function of every individual cell at an optimal level every day is an important part of slowing aging.
Can PEMF therapy protect me from future illnesses?
Cellular “injury”, the state of a cell when it is not healthy, leads to disease conditions. Magnetic fields protect against cell injury by improving circulation, repair processes, and energy, and increasing special stress proteins in the cells. These proteins are used to prevent cell breakdown and wear and tear, as well as help speed recovery from injury. Magnetic fields balance cells, tissues and bodily functions at very fundamental levels, even before damage and problems become obvious to you.
I thought magnetic fields were bad for me.
There are distinct differences in the effects of devices at various frequency ranges, from extremely low frequencies (ELFs), to very low frequencies (VLFs), to microwave level frequencies, radio frequencies, infrared and ultraviolet frequencies, and more. Most magnetic field exposure risk comes from power lines and cell phones, because of their particular exposure times or field strengths and frequencies. These frequencies and intensities, known as ‘electro-smog’, can induce heat in the tissues of the body and modify genes, and therefore can damage cells. Most PEMF devices we recommend produce frequencies in the ELF to VLF range, since they do not induce heating actions. They in fact form a great defense mechanism against magnetic field deficiency casued by electro-smog. The home-based devices we promote have carefully selected frequencies which are most natural and balancing to the body. Our recommended treatment devices have a very safe track record – even the much higher intensity and frequency diagnostic MRI machines have been found to be safe to the people that operate them daily, as long as the safety directions are followed.