The use of magnets to treat illness has been described historically in many civilizations and was suggested by ancient Egyptian priests and in the 4th Century BC by Hippocrates. The 15th Century Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus theorized that magnets may be able to attract diseases and leach them from the body. In modern times, magnetic fields play an important role in Western medicine, including use for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pulsed electromagnetic fields, and experimental magnetic stimulatory techniques. Magnets have not been proven to work for any health-related reason, yet static, or permanent, magnets are widely marketed for pain control. The fact sheet Magnets for Pain Relief provides basic information about magnets for pain, and summarizes scientific research.
To learn more about magnets for pain relief use these library resources:
- Natural Standard – Magnet Therapy
- Alt Health Watch
- Magnet Therapy – Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
- Magnetic Field Therapy – The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
- Magnet therapy