Updated May 04, 2024

The constant evolution of technology, science, and medicine has led to some amazing insights and discoveries allowing for exciting treatments. The constant push for better health and improved quality of life contributes to new understandings of the human body and the elements that influence how it functions.

Research on magnetic therapy suggests that it may provide many benefits and applications. What is magnetic therapy used for? Read on to find out

What is Magnetic Therapy?

Let’s start with what is magnetic therapy. While magnetic therapy is relatively new, the concept of using magnets for health goes back over 2,000 years. Early folk healers in Asia and parts of Europe used healing magnets to treat various ailments, believing that magnets could draw out impurities and pull diseases out of the body with the magnetic force, creating magnet therapy.

Today, magnetic therapy describes a variety of potential treatments that can boost your overall health or reduce symptoms for conditions. Static magnetic field therapy describes treatment that involves direct contact with a magnet, often with a magnetic bracelet, other magnetic therapy jewelry, shoe insoles, or special mattress pads. Magnetic therapy can also be used with acupuncture to open energy pathways or channels. Electromagnetic therapy involves magnets that have been electrically charged, which also usually involves the application of an electric pulse.

The exact mechanisms of action require further study, but the current research suggests that magnetic therapy operates on the human body’s natural biomagnetic and electric fields. Every molecule in your body generates a small amount of magnetic energy. The theory behind magnetic therapy suggests that certain health issues can disrupt the natural balance of these magnetic energies. Applying a magnet is believed to rebalance your molecular magnetic fields.

Similarly, your body is full of charged ions, like calcium and potassium, that generate a small electric current. This allows cells to send and receive signals for every basic function of the body. Applying magnetic therapy may alter the way these ions function, which may then result in physiological changes

Some manufacturers of magnetic jewelry claim that magnets can increase blood flow to areas where the magnets are worn. Increased blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients, which then means faster tissue healing. While blood does contain iron (an element that is normally attracted to magnets), iron is bound to hemoglobin and is thus not ferromagnetic. If your blood was ferromagnetic, you would essentially explode if you were placed inside an MRI machine.

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What Can Magnetic Therapy Be Used For?

Thanks to its broad mechanisms and easy application, magnetic therapy has reportedly been used for a wide range of health conditions. There are many magnetic therapy benefits, and below are 4 common health concerns that magnetic therapy is used for:

1. Pain Relief

The most commonly stated application for magnetic therapy is general pain relief related to just about any health condition, but most studies have focused on forms of arthritis (like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). This is mostly what drove the sales of magnetic bracelets and jewelry. So, do magnetic bracelets work? There’s little scientific evidence to suggest that magnets have any effect on joint pain, muscle pain, or inflammation. At best, pain relief from magnets is a placebo effect.

2. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects the muscles and soft tissues in the body. It is characterized by immense, consistent musculoskeletal pain all over the body. Fibromyalgia is believed to affect the way that your brain and spinal cord process signals to both painful and nonpainful triggers, which results in amplified pain signals.

Along with widespread pain, fibromyalgia can cause:

  • Physical fatigue
  • Sleep disruptions and sleep disorders, like restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties (often referred to as “fibro fog”) are characterized by difficulties focusing, paying attention, and concentrating on cognitive tasks.

Fibromyalgia can also come with co-existing conditions, including mood disorders, postural tachycardia syndrome, and painful bladder syndrome. Symptoms usually start following a significant event, like a physical or psychological trauma, surgery, or infection, but they can also come on gradually without any trigger or inciting incident.

There is no known cure for fibromyalgia. However, a clinical trial suggests that static magnetic field therapy may help to reduce pain symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Patients who used a functional magnetic sleep pad showed the most significant change in scores measuring pain and tender points for six months.

Fibromyalgia is often otherwise managed with a mix of medication, physical therapies, and lifestyle changes. Medication for fibromyalgia can include over-the-counter pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. Physical therapy and occupational therapy can help to reduce the effect of fibromyalgia on everyday life, while counseling can provide strategies for dealing with the stress and mental burden of the disorder.

3. Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

Insomnia is surprisingly common among Americans, affecting upwards of 25 million people in the United States. A consistent lack of sleep can have severe physical, mental, and emotional effects on a person’s health and reduce a person’s general quality of life. Insomnia also poses a danger to people around you if you operate heavy machinery in your occupation.

Some studies suggest that magnetic therapy may help with insomnia. A study found that impulse magnetic field therapy had a significant effect on patients suffering from insomnia. Patients in the treatment group experienced reduced values in nearly all categories, which included daytime sleepiness, sleepiness after rising, daytime headaches, and difficulty with concentration.

Another clinical trial is looking at the potential effect of transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat insomnia. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a process of stimulating the brain non-invasively with magnets. This treatment is usually reserved for forms of depression that are unresponsive to antidepressant medications. The investigators theorize that low-frequency TMS may inhibit the hyperexcitable cortical state in patients with chronic insomnia. This clinical trial is currently ongoing.

4. Cancer

Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in the world. In the U.S. alone, 2020 had an estimated 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses with over 600,000 estimated cancer-related deaths. Cancer is known to be caused by genetic mutations that cause cells to grow out of control, eventually resulting in the formation of tissue masses known as tumors. Left unchecked, cancerous cells may spread to other parts of the body (a process known as metastasis).

Unfortunately, research still is not sure what specifically causes these genetic mutations, though there is a broad understanding that they may come from heredity, environmental factors, and lifestyle. As such, there are currently no known cures for cancer. Traditional cancer treatments include surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Magnetic fields may play some role in treating cancer. Studies on mice suggest that applying magnetic therapy may reduce the size of tumors and support cancer cell death via apoptosis, though the exact mechanisms require further research. Other studies show that magnetic nanoparticles can be used as a means of killing cancer cells. The nanoparticles are injected into or near the tumor cells and then activated using alternating magnetic fields. The process is a form of hyperthermia therapy, which uses extremely high temperatures to remove abnormal tissue. The alternating magnetic field essentially heats the magnetic nanoparticles, causing damage to cancer cells while leaving healthy cells relatively intact.

Comparing Magnetic Therapy to Other Therapies 

Magnetic therapy stands out due to its non-invasive nature and broad applicability. Unlike traditional medical treatments that often involve surgery or pharmacological interventions, magnetic therapy offers a gentle alternative. For example, compared to opioid-based medications, which are commonly prescribed for chronic pain management but may lead to dependency and side effects, magnetic therapy presents a non-addictive option with minimal side effects, aiming to manage pain by improving natural body functions.

Compared to physical therapy, which requires active participation and can sometimes exacerbate pain symptoms, magnetic therapy also provides a passive treatment option that patients can use even while resting. This makes it especially suitable for individuals with mobility issues or those who are recovering from injuries. Unlike invasive surgeries that come with risks of infection and long recovery periods, magnetic therapy can be administered without any recovery time, typically allowing patients to continue with their daily activities immediately after treatment.

Additionally, when compared to electrical stimulation therapies, which also target the body’s electrical system but can sometimes be uncomfortable or painful, magnetic therapy is generally more gentle and less perceptible, making it an easier option for long-term use. This feature of magnetic therapy highlights its benefit as a sustainable and patient-friendly therapeutic approach.

Magnetic Therapy Treatment at Immunity Therapy Center 

As we continue to explore and understand the full capabilities of magnetic therapy treatment, be it pulsed electromagnetic field therapy or static magnetic therapy, it becomes increasingly important to choose treatments that align with our body’s natural systems. Immunity Therapy Center remains at the forefront of integrating such innovative therapies into comprehensive care plans. Our dedication to offering a holistic approach helps ensure that each patient can achieve optimal health outcomes. For more information on what magnet therapy is and how it can be part of your health journey, visit our detailed blogs on using therapeutic magnets to kill cancer, the benefits of magnetic therapy, and how pulsed electromagnetic field therapy works, or contact us to set up a consultation with one of our dedicated professionals.


Written By: Dr. David Alvarez

Dr. David Alvarez is a Board Certified Medical Doctor from Universidad Xochicalco and Certified by the American Heart Association (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support).

Dr. Alvarez has been collaborating with Dr. Bautista as an Assistant Medical Director at the Immunity Therapy Center for over 6 years. He provides daily on site patient care and participates on the medical board on research and development of patient treatment plans and programs. Dr. Alvarez is a knowledgeable and compassionate Doctor committed to helping patients get to where they want to be health wise through a more holistic and comprehensive approach.



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Dr. Carlos Bautista is a Board Certified Medical Doctor. He received his Medical Degree from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and has more than 20 years of experience working with Alternative Medicine to treat cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic degenerative diseases, and infectious diseases. He opened Immunity Therapy Center in 2007 with the goal of providing the highest quality medical care for more than 5,000 patients.

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