An Introduction to Magnet Therapy
By Gloria Vergari, Expert in Magnotherapy, Founder of Vergari
Biodynamics and Original Founder of Norstar
Our bodies are incredible things, designed to heal themselves
whenever possible. Magnets help speed up the process, and much
more. As a species we were developed in an environment, rich in
magnetic fields, oxygen and water. Indeed, the nature of 'life'
is 'electro-magnetically' charged.
We were designed to live amongst nature, but in today's world we
simply don't. We live and work inside concrete structures and
metal tubes; we insulate ourselves from the natural magnetic
field our bodies need to function at their optimum potential.
Subsequently, our health pays the price. In fact, we need 5
‘essentials’ for a healthy life; oxygen, water, food,
exercise and magnetic fields.
Think of all those planets, moons and stars out there, just
hanging around in space. What is it that keeps them up in their
own particular place? It is gravity and magnetic fields
continually pulling and opposing, holding the planets in their
appointed place and orbits. The Earth is in fact a giant
magnet. From physics, 4 forces give and maintain order on our
planet and in the universe: the weak nuclear force, the
strong nuclear force, gravity and the electromagnetic
The earth, mankind, animals, cells and atoms - indeed life
itself - are exposed to and charged with, terrestial magnetic
fields. Every cell in our body has some energy or force flowing
through it. This magnetic energy field we were born into is
crucial, in fact vital for our health and well-being.
Living within today's modern world and lifestyle, put simply,
we’re receiving less energy from the terrestial magnetic fields
than we have in the past, in the days when we would live and
work outside, in what was to us our natural environment. The
changes we have made to our lifestyle have been major; they have
occurred in a relatively short space of time, not giving us time
to evolve and adapt physiologically.
The changes that have occurred over the last 2 generations mean
that we expose ourselves constantly to unnatural magnetic
environments. Isn't it true we commute everywhere in metal
capsules, work in metal framed buildings, expose ourselves to
electrical appliances, lights, heating, computers, mobile
phones, microwaves and TVs - all with their own magnetic
Modern electromagnetic pollution causes a new type of stress on
our bodies. Radio waves, microwaves, electric fields from
overhead cables, mobile telephone masts and even our own home
lighting and power are presently surrounding us.
This cocktail of electromagnetism is now known to be depleting
our own natural energy source. How much is electromagnetism the
subject of intensive research? In Japan, links between
electromagnetic pollution and ‘modern’ diseases (e.g. ME,
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) are being
heavily researched. More widely, links of electromagnetic
pollution to a variety of disorders including neck and shoulder
tension, headaches, lassitude, chest pains, lumbago, insomnia
and constipation are being established.
The History of Magnetic Therapy
Magnetic therapy is not new. Over 4,000 years ago, Chinese
Medicine was based on the understanding that good health
depended on the circulation of vital energies, known as Qi
(Chi). The first major work on healing was called ‘The
Emperor's Book of Internal Medicine’, which recorded how
imbalances could be corrected by the use of acupuncture and
In Egypt, Cleopatra, well known for her youthful looks and
beauty, used a lodestone (magnet) in an amulet on her forehead
to preserve her youth. We know today through science, that at
the back of the forehead lies the pineal gland, home to the
chemical ‘melatonin’ which is known as the ‘youth hormone’ due
to its potential for cell repair and anti-ageing benefits.
History of medicine is dotted with anecdotal evidence of the
power of magnets. But when, in more modern times, did we
really understand the therapeutic power of magnets?
Modern or Therapeutic Magnets
When man first ventured into space in the 1960s, this was the
first time man had left the intensity of the earth's magnetic
field. On return to earth, even after a very short period in
space, it was discovered that the astronauts were losing bone
density, their immune systems were being affected and they were
experiencing calcium deficiency, meaning that they had to have
intensive medical treatment following their return to earth.
The solution was discovered to be magnetism and the need to
place the astronauts within an environment that simulated the
earth's magnetic field. However, traditional magnets made of
iron were too heavy, so this led to the development of extremely
high-powered magnets that were lightweight. These are the
magnets and materials that are now widely used in modern magnet
Today, when astronauts go into space, they wear suits lined with
flexible magnetic materials and the spacecraft has a magnetic
lining. The difference to the astronauts upon return from space
today enables them to go straight from the space-craft into
The strength of the magnets used is important. A magnet that
may hold a note on the refrigerator door is about -100 gauss
(gauss is the term for measuring magnetic strength); whilst a
magnet now used in health care (of the same size and weight) can
hold a magnetic strength of -12,300 gauss. What this means to
us is that it is now possible to have lightweight, portable
magnets that are strong enough to stimulate changes in the way
our cells behave and react.
How Do Magnets Work?
The science of Magnotherapy indicates that 2 vital things happen
when a magnet is placed on the skin:
First, the soft tissue will lengthen and will help to relax a
muscle or ligament that is damaged or traumatised. It will work
in an area and depth directly proportional to the type and
strength of the magnet used. Depending on the strength, you can
effect a change to a radius of between 3-5 inches around any one
magnet and to a similar depth.
· Secondly, as the tissue relaxes, more oxygen and blood flow is
able to gain access to the damaged site, and so it enters the
damaged area with increasing magnitude. This effect can be seen
using thermal imaging techniques.
Normally an injured site, whether from arthritis, torn muscles
or any other condition, will be surrounded by inflammation. This
can comprise of lactic acids, calcium and other deposits.
Basically the site is ‘hot’ with acidity. The increases in
oxygen and blood flow brings with it increased alkalinity. This
neutralises the acidity, allowing the body to re-commence its
own healing abilities. Magnets merely encourage this in a truly
Once the tissue area starts detoxifying, the thermal benefits of
magnets can begin. As the blood in our body continuously
circulates, periodically, it comes close to the magnet placed on
the skin above it. In this magnetic field, the ions in the
blood become agitated and are attracted to the magnet. As a
result, atomic particles begin to spin inside the cell (known as
‘The Hall Effect’).
This ‘switching-on’ causes the body to
stimulate its own beta-endorphin (pain relieving processes).
So, in summary, magnet therapy activates the following responses
in the body;
Lengthens and relaxes tissue.
the process of flushing out debris and inflammation from the
Starts the body's own pain relieving system.
The key point is that the magnet only works where it is placed.
If a magnet is going to work for you, it will happen within
hours when quality magnets are placed over the damaged area.
Normally, improvements should be seen within 1-7 days, when you
are directly treating the site of pain.
With magnet therapy, it
must be remembered that it is also necessary to drink at least
3-4 glasses of water a day, which is required to flush from your
system the toxins that are being released from the cells.
The Benefits That Can Be Obtained From Using Magnets:
The use of
powerful magnets truly
encourages and speeds up the body’s natural healing abilities.
Find out more about the 'Magnetic Pulser Therapy' from
Natural Body Healing, or indeed why not purchase your own high quality
for your own use and in your own home?
The above information should not be treated as a substitute for the
medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care