Magnets and the Body
How Does Magnet Therapy Work?
To understand how magnets work within the body, it helps to understand some basic anatomy and physiology. This helps to understand exactly how magnets affect the body.
Blood: Your blood is a living tissue that circulates around your whole body via a network of arteries, veins and capillaries, it carries nutrients, oxygen, hormones, antibodies, heat, electrolytes and vitamins to the body's tissues. Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma, electrolytes, hormones, minerals and iron.
Blood flows around the body in arteries, veins and capillaries. The blood is transported from the heart to the lungs where it picks up oxygen and then transports it to all the organs and tissues. Every part of the body depends on blood to provide the necessary oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive.
How Do Magnetic Fields Affect Blood Flow?
blood flow to improve.
The increase in blood flow is localized to the area where the magnets are placed, unless the magnets are placed directly over a major artery such as the radial artery (the wrist pulse point) or the carotid artery (the pulse point in the neck). When magnets are placed over a major artery, there is a much larger perfusion of blood flow so the magnetic field is carried further around the body.
When the body's blood flow oxygen level is increased, nutrients and hormones are distributed to the organs and tissues much more effectively and quickly. Your organs have a fresh rich supply of oxygen and nutrients to nourish them. Plus the tissues also gain oxygen, healing nutrients and hormones including endorphins, which are the body's natural pain killing hormone.
If you have an injury or ailment which is supplied with regular fresh oxygen, nutrients and endorphins then your injury or ailment will heal much faster and the pain will be reduced by the body's own pain killing hormones (endorphins).
Magnetic fields also affect the dispersement of red blood cells. As the cells move along the circulatory system and through our tissue, these cells "pick up" oxygen and nutrients. When magnets are applied these cells "spread out" more, thus giving them more room to do their jobs. More surface area means more oxygen and nutrient delivery and removal, and more energy. Yet another way magnet field therapy helps the body to more efficient.
How Do Magnetic Fields Affect Cells?
All cells in the body share common components, regardless of their type. One of the common constituents of all cells areions. Ions are positively and negatively charged particles that conduct electro-magnetic pulses from within the cell. The electro-magnetic pulses allow the cell to function. Without ions, a cell can not live. (nor could we!)
In a normal healthy cell, the ions are distributed around the cell with all of the positive ions on one side and the negative ions on the opposing side. The ions which live outside of the cell in the tissues will align with those inside of the cell so that opposing poles are together with the cell membrane between them (see diagram of healthy cell below). This allows fluid, oxygen and nutrients (fluid exchange) to move freely in and out of the cell, while maintaining the natural balance within the cell (homeostasis).
In a diseased (injured) cell, the positive and negative ions do not stay on opposing sides of the cell. They are disrupted and scatter randomly around the cell. At the same time the ions on the outside of the cell membrane also become scattered as they try to find their opposing pole, this results in cellular imbalance. Extra fluid from the tissues outside the cell is able to penetrate the cell which in turn pushes vital nutrients, hormones and electrolytes (salts) out of the cell. The cell's ability to function is greatly reduced and cellular degeneration begins, which if not corrected will lead to the cell dying.
When a static (fixed in place)
magnetic field is applied over an injured (diseased) area, the
magnetism penetrates into the tissues and surrounds the damaged
cell. The magnetic field that is created around the outside
of the cell will pull the ions, both inside and outside, back
into alignment. The result is that the ions once again
return to their correct position within the cell. The extra
fluid that has penetrated the cell is pushed out (via osmosis
and diffusion) and returned to the surrounding tissues. The cell
regains its natural healthy balance and any damage is repaired
over a period of days (see diagram of a cell with a magnetic
The Inflammatory Process
fibromyalgia, and spondylosis, inflammation can become chronic. When removal of the foreign bodies that are causing the inflammation is ineffective, damaged cells become fused together, forming gigantic cells with multiple nuclei (the brain of the cell) which in turn eventually become granuloma.
How Do Magnetic Fields Influence Inflammation?
When static magnets are placed over an area of inflammation, the magnetic field penetrates through the skin and deep into the tissues and blood stream. Damaged cells will react to the presence of a magnetic field by realigning their ions into the correct position. This begins the process of eliminating the excess fluid from with in the cell. Cell damage will stop and healing of the cells will begin over a period of days.
injury and fighting the disease. White blood cells fight infection and disease by engulfing infectious and diseased and consuming them (phagocytosis). During this process the white blood cells release toxins into the blood stream. The body can not detoxify and excrete these toxins safely so they are stored in the tissues as small hard pockets of fluid (cellulite).
Waste (toxins) are released into the blood stream after the white blood cell has eaten the bacteria
Magnets Do Not Block Pain Signals, They Treat the Cause of the Pain.
Trauma alone does not cause all of the pain. Pain is also caused by pressure on the nerves. This can occur with out a traumatic injury, as with long standing chronic conditions. Joint wear and tear, chronic damage from earlier injuries or chronic inflammation can cause pressure upon nerves. The pressure upon the nerves is usually caused by swelling or inflammation around the injury, this extra fluid causes the tissues to swell and thus places pressure upon the nerve endings. Compression of the nerves causes constant pain stimuli to be sent to the brain. This causes the chronic constant pain, that is often associated with long term ailments.
To relieve the pressure on the compressed nerves the excess fluid in the tissues must be removed. Once the pressure has been removed the pain will subside. Magnets do reduce the inflammation in the tissues therefore they are very effective at reducing pain at the point of injury. Because the cause of the pain has been removed ( i.e. the inflammation) the pain relieving results will last for a much longer period of time than pain killers, which are just blocking the signal. While the magnetic field is reducing the inflammation, it is also improving blood supply to the injured area. The extra blood flow brings fresh rich oxygen, nutrients and hormones. One of these hormones is endorphin. Endorphin is known as the "happy" hormone as it is responsible for mood enhancement. The other function of endorphin is to kill pain naturally. As increased blood flow reaches the injured area the concentration of endorphins increases and pain is reduced.
When the magnets are removed from the area of pain, the cause of the inflammation will return, as the magnets are a treatment for the inflammation and poor circulation, they are not a cure for any disease process. Depending on the severity of the injury or ailment the effects of the magnets can last days, weeks or even months. Each individual will experience different time scales for the return of the pain as the disease process for each individual is slightly different
How Long Before Magnets Will Relieve Pain?
injury is entirely dependent on the severity of the ailment, the amount of inflammation surrounding the injured area, the cause of the ailment, and the type of magnets used. Long standing chronic conditions, with large amounts of inflammation and cell damage will take longer to treat than a recent acute injury.
The process is similar when looking at different peoples reactions to magnets. Each individual will react to magnets in a slightly different way. Some people react very quickly to magnetic fields and others will take a longer period of time. An individual's medical history and symptoms must be taken into consideration when estimating how long magnets will take to work for a particular ailment.
As a general rule of thumb, you should not expect to gain exactly the same results as another other person that has used magnets. Just because one person experiences pain relief within 2 days it does not mean that you will garner the same results. Many people are only too pleased to talk about their own experiences with magnet therpay and while it is always great to hear an individual's personal success with magnet therapy, it is sometimes hard not to expect to receive the same level of response for you.
Results can take any where from 2 days - 6 weeks depending on the condition and the severity of the injury.
Magnetic water remains a little known treatment in the field of magnetic therapy, plus there is always much speculation as to the validity of magnetizing water. Despite this skepticism, magnetic water remains one of magnet therapies most powerful treatments. Many scientists and doctors profess that it is impossible to magnetize water, that water quite simply can not hold a magnetic charge. Our answer to these people is... do a little more scientific research and you will find that all water in it's natural state (such as a spring) has a magnetic charge.
In order to fully
understand how magnetized water works, it is important to know a
little bit about the water that comes out of your tap. The
original source of water is mountain streams, which flow into
rivers and eventually out to sea. The water has had contact with
both over ground and under ground during the
passage to the sea. As the water passes under ground (many
rivers and streams pass under ground) it comes into contact with
the earth's magnetic field, the magnetic charge is passed into
the water and it becomes magnetized. Similarly, as the water
flows over ground it comes into contact with magnetic rock
(lodestone) and water is again magnetized.
Detoxifying with Magnetized Water
Your body stores harmful toxins within the tissues (dermis) of the skin, to keep the toxins from poisoning the body they are stored in small pockets of fluid, this is seen ascellulite and feels like lots of little raised bumps ( the body can store an extra 2 litres(4 pints) of fluid containing toxins in the tissues). Toxins are released during many processes in the body such as: during the inflammation process; from the breakdown of medications (particularly painkillers and high blood pressure tablets); and from the chemicals and additives in food and from environmental pollution. Toxins are normally detoxified by the liver and sent to the kidneys for excretion (expulsion of waste products). Some toxins are potentially harmful to your body and can not be safely detoxified by the liver.
As magnetized water increases the size of the water molecule, it's ability to absorb toxins is much greater! So, as the magnetism of water is absorbed into the blood stream and transported around the body, harmful toxins are drawn out of the tissues and safely transported to the liver and then onto the kidneys for excretion from the body.
In a nutshell, you can lose as much as 2 liters (4 pints) of excess fluid that you don't need! The effect of losing this excess waste fluid is that you will have so much more energy, and sleeping will be easier and generally you will have a great sense of well-being.
The Effects of Magnetic Fields on the Taste of Water.
Depending on the where you live magnetizing water may have no effect at all on the taste of your water, or it may dramatically improve the taste of the water. This is due to the vast differences in the calcium and magnesium (the minerals that make up lime scale) content of the water. Most people will be familiar with the terms hard and soft water.
Rain water is naturally soft - it does not contain any minerals, but as it seeps through the ground it can pick up minerals, such as calcium and magnesium compounds, from the soil and rocks it passes through. If rain water passes through soft rocks like chalk or limestone, it picks up these minerals. If it passes through hard rocks, such as granite or through peaty soils, it does not pick up these minerals and so remains soft.
Hard water causes pipes to fur up and scale to collect in kettles and in electric irons and washing machines. If the scale collects on heating elements it shortens their life and makes appliances less efficient. It is also more difficult to work up a lather from soap, washing up liquid and washing powders. It can also cause "tide marks" on basins, sinks, baths and toilets.
If you live in a hard water area you will notice quite a considerable difference in the taste of your water once it has been magnetized. The magnetic field reduces the calcium and magnesium content in the water, which softens the water and improves the taste. If you already drink soft water, you will probably notice very little difference, or no difference at all to the taste of your water once it has been magnetized.
Magnetized water may sound like a panacea for all illnesses and ailments, but unfortunately it isn't that simple. Magnetized water has numerous benefits for the body and it will boost the strength of externally used magnets by 10 times, but when used alone it will not take all the symptoms of an ailment away with out any other magnetic devices.
Having said this, magnetic water is an extremely powerful natural liquid that has immense potential for assisting in the treatment of a huge variety of conditions. As research into magnetic water continues, we can only conclude that an even greater list of properties and benefits will continue to be discovered.
It is perfectly safe to drink as much magnetized water as you like, there is no limit and you can never overdose on it. In some chronic and severe conditions, the more you drink the greater the benefit.
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