Magnetic Therapy i.e. use of magnets for cure has been a part of basic healing procedure since recorded history. Egyptian nobility and royalty were supposed to wear magnetic jewelry i.e. jewelry made of magnetic materials to preserve youth and beauty. African tribes have also been known to use magnetic ores in food preparations- it is only recently it has been “rediscovered” that, the magnetic fields can alter the flavor of some foods.
Magnets have been known for their healing properties and their use in prevention and cure has been noted in ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). One of the oldest medical book from the orient- “Chinese Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine” written around 2000 B.C. has elaborate mention of the use of magnets in healing day to day ailments such as aches and pains. Magnetic Therapy has also been known in it’s use to cure paraplegia, rheumatism and arthritic limb swellings by eating certain potent magnetic ores. Orient has always used magnets along with other traditional therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure.
Within the western world, Aristotle noted around 300 B.C. the many uses of magnets in healing therapies. In 100 A.D. Pliny, a younger Greek physician wrote about the uses of magnets in healing eye diseases. Galen, a third century Roman physician, observed that magnets could also help in constipation when placed correctly over the abdomen and colon area. In 400 A.D. first known use of magnetic jewelry in the form of a necklace of noted for healing. Thus there are numerous noted mentions in recorded medical history of the use of magnetic therapy- particularly for subsiding chronic pain.
It was only in the early 1800s that magnetic therapy came under the ridicule of the Western Medicine methodologies. But recently since the mid 1900s, much research has been done and various clinical studies have been carried out in Japan, Canada, old Soviet Union and many other countries in the use of magnets in subsiding chronic pain and healing certain other common ailments such as insomnia, stress, arthritis, kidney problems etc. Magnetic Therapy is a well-advanced accepted mode of healing in Japan China, India, Australia and Germany. It’s use in USA has been slow due to lack of knowledge, research and understanding of this force and the “hows” and “whys” of healing.