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"Magnet Therapy" Shown to Be Effective in Treating MS Symptoms

December 6, 2016

Recent studies have produced evidence that treatments involving magnetic fields can help reduce symptoms of MS. A study published in the October issue of Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery highlighted the benefits of pulsing magnetic fields on a common symptom of MS, paresthesia, also known as pins and needles.

The concept of using magnets to heal dates back thousands of years and has been used around the world. These findings finally give this ancient method some substance.

There are two different types of magnet-therapies, static electromagnetic fields (EMF) and time-varied/pulsed (PEMF).

EMF has the ability to heal based on ability to influence the tissues that come in direct contact with the magnet and its static magnetic field. This is often used as an alternative method.

PEMF provides an electrical frequency, as well as strength, and work by stimulating ions and electrolytes in the human body. This action improves circulation and energy and may be found in devices that range from portable pads to full size mattress pads.

While the static type of therapy is unproven, the use of PEMF therapy is gaining momentum as a healing therapy and is finding application in the treatment of people with MS.

PEMF therapy is not new, but past studies have concluded it can be used to reduce pain, inflammation, and the damaging effects of stress.

It is also FDA approved for treating other conditions, including treatment of migraines, which are twice as likely to occur in people with MS, according to the National MS Society.

People with MS and their doctors keep track of symptoms because they could reflect the progression of the disease in an individual.

Managing these symptoms is critical to people with MS wanting to maintain quality of life and daily activities, as well as limiting disability. Researchers in the October study concluded paresthesia could be successfully treated with magnetic impulses.

A 2013 study concluded that stimulation and electromagnetic therapies also had beneficial effects on MS-related spasticity. Fatigue also affects many people with MS and can often be debilitating. It is frequently treated with pharmaceuticals, many with serious side effects.

Magnets may have more control over MS than we know.

A geomagnetic storm is a naturally occurring, temporary disturbance of the earth’s magnetosphere. A study published in April concluded the rate of hospital and doctor visits due to acute MS relapses was higher during these solar and geomagnetic events.

And there may be effects after a storm as well. The April study also stated there is a primary peak in MS remission rates shortly after intense geomagnetic storms, followed by a "secondary" peak seven to eight months later.