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Electromagnetic Therapy

What is electromagnetic therapy?

Electricity and magnetic energy exist in the human body, controlling the heart beat, stimulating muscles, and more. Each molecule in the human body actually contains a small amount of magnetic energy.

Electromagnetic therapy is based on the belief that an imbalance of the electromagnetic frequencies or fields of energy can cause illness. By applying electrical energy to the body, the imbalance can be corrected. Many electrical devices are available on the market to treat a variety of symptoms. However, most are not approved by the FDA and many electronic devices marketed as disease cures have not been scientifically proven to be effective.

Electromagnetic therapy is also called bioelectricity, magnetobiology, magnetic field therapy, and magnetic healing.

Standard or conventional medicine makes some use of electromagnetic energy. Examples include:

  • "Jump starting" the heart after cardiac arrest

  • Using electrical currents to increase bone growth

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators, which are used to treat some types of pain

Online Medical Reviewer: Fincannon, Joy, RN, MN
Online Medical Reviewer: Marcellin, Lindsey, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 1/28/2013
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