Frequently Asked Questions
1. WILL MAGNET THERAPY WORK FOR ME?
According to recent scientific studies 75 to 95% (depending on the condition) benefit from magnet therapy. It is estimated that over 120 million people worldwide use magnet therapy.
“I can’t say anything officially yet, but let’s face it: this treatment (magnetic therapy) is a Godsend. It’s good for almost anything.” Dr. Kenneth S. McLean – MD Bioenergy Newsletter, Feb. 1986
2. HOW LONG SHOULD I USE A MAGNETIC PRODUCT?
Listen to your body and decide according to your personal results. Some people use magnetic therapy until the pain or symptoms disappear and re-apply when pain or symptoms return. Other people use magnetic products most of the time.
Generally, magnetic therapy is used short term to recover from injury and enhance the healing process. For chronic conditions and to promote wellness, vitality and balance, it is recommended that the magnetic product(s) be used most of the time.
3. IS MAGNET THERAPY SAFE?
The World Health Organization study on magnetic fields, published in 1987, declared magnets safe. All the scientific studies to date confirm that magnet therapy is a safe form of natural therapy. It is important however that persons fitted with pacemakers, defibrillators, implanted insulin pumps or other electro-medical devices keep magnetic products at least 18” (45cm) from the device.
4. DOES MAGNET THERAPY HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
As indicated in the results of all the important scientific studies, no adverse side effects have been observed with magnet therapy. A very small percentage of users may experience mild, temporary symptoms such as light-headedness, tingling sensation, feeling of warmth and increased thirst. In rare instances, as part of the healing process, a particular condition may feel worst before starting to improve. These sensations are temporary and can be eliminated by removing the product and introducing it to the body at a slower rate.
5. HOW QUICKLY DOES MAGNET THERAPY WORK?
This can vary from a few minutes to several weeks. Generally people will notice an improvement within several hours to one week. With some conditions the results are very dramatic while with others the results can be very subtle. If you are not sure if your magnetic product works for you, simply take it off for a while, if your pain or symptoms re-appear it is a confirmation that magnets are helpful for your condition.
6. HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH MAGNETIC PRODUCT TO USE?
In general the rule of thumb is “put the oil where it squeaks the loudest”and choose the product(s) you would be most comfortable using. Nothing works if it is not used!
E.g.: Back problems – back or waist wrap, magnetic pad, sleep systems. Foot problems – magnetic insoles. Stiff Neck – necklace, neck wrap. Wrist, elbow or shoulder problems – bracelets. Small but powerful magnets placed on pain trigger points or acupuncture points can also be used for most painful conditions.
For general health and well-being, energy and balance most people prefer easy to wear, attractive magnetic jewelry, insoles and sleep systems
7. HOW LONG WILL MAGNETS RETAIN THEIR POWER?
Magnets contained in good quality magnetic products should retain their power for your lifetime. Magnets can be demagnetized if exposed to very high heat of 250 F (140 C) or more.
8. CAN I BUY A FRIDGE MAGNET AND GET THE SAME RESULTS?
No. The magnetic field emitted by fridge magnets will not penetrate deep enough to be effective.
9. CAN I USE MAGNETIC PRODUCTS DURING PREGNANCY?
Although no harmful affects have ever been reported, you are advised not to use magnetic products during pregnancy, simply because no research has been done on how magnet therapy may affect pregnancy.
10. WHAT IS GAUSS?
Gauss is the unit used to indicate the strength of a magnetic material. It is greatly misused by unscrupulous manufacturers who use material gauss strength to indicate the strength of their products, when in truth the strength of a magnet depends on:
a) Strength of material
b) Size and weight of the magnet
For example: The earth’s magnetic field is 0.5 Gauss and a refrigerator magnet is 10 Gauss. Considering only these numbers one would think that a refrigerator magnet is more powerful than the earth. This of course is incorrect, the earth, due to its immense size is immeasurably more powerful. Unfortunately there is no standard mathematical formula to calculate the strength of a particular magnet.
Generally, magnets used in magnet therapy products range from 300 to 3000 Gauss.
11. WHAT ARE TODAY’S MAGNET MADE OF?
The four most common types used in magnet therapy products are:
- Flexible Magnetic Rubber. Most commonly used in shoe insoles.
Material Gauss Rating: 2500 Gauss. On the average products made with this type of material will measure 200 – 350 gauss on the surface, depending on the thickness of the material.
- Ceramic. Most commonly used in body wraps, pads and cushions.
Material Gauss Rating: Grade 8 – 4000 Gauss. On the average ceramic magnets used in magnet therapy products will measure 800-1100 gauss on the surface depending on the size of the magnet.
- Neodymium. Most commonly used in magnetic jewelry and individually on pain trigger or acupuncture points.
Material Gauss Rating: 12500 Gauss. A typical neodymium magnet used as above will measure 1000-3500 gauss on the surface depending on its size.
- Samarium Cobalt. Most commonly used in good quality jewelry where rusting is to be avoided. A very expensive magnet, very brittle, therefore labor intensive.
Material Gauss Rating: 11,000 gauss. On the average a samarium cobalt magnet used in jewelry will measure 1000 – 2500 gauss depending on its size.
12. CAN YOU EXPLAIN NORTH POLE, SOUTH POLE, BIPOLAR?
Every magnet has a north and a south pole. In bio-magnetic terms the side of the magnet attracted to the earth’s South Pole is designated as the North Pole of the magnet. The side of the magnet attracted to the earth’s North Pole is the South Pole of the magnet. In North America reputable magnetic products are either North Pole or Bi-Polar.
When a magnetic product is called North Pole it means that all the magnets in the product are placed so that the North Pole contacts the body. When a magnetic product is called Bi-Polar it means that the magnets are arranged so that both North and South Poles contact the body.
The polarities are said to have the following effect:
North Pole: Calming, relaxing effect
South Pole: Stimulating, activating effect