Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC., O.M.D.
Magnetic energy is a structuring force of the universe. As such, it is a reflection of the order that causes the infinite stars and planets throughout the galaxies to revolve and spin at incredible velocities while remaining in their respective orbits. As one of the four fundamental forces of nature along with gravity, nuclear energy and radioactivity, electromagnetism is equivalent in definition to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concept of '˜Qi', or the East Indian Ayurvedic definition of '˜Prana'. These concepts are what many in the West, regard as the '˜life force'.
Personally, I have had long occasion to experiment and use magnets beginning with myself and then extending to family, friends, students and patients. Two particular occasions on myself were most convincing. Both were soft tissue injuries, one to my elbow and the other, a ligament injury of my knee which I will describe further on.
The elbow pain stemmed from an unknown cause, perhaps an injury or strain. It had persisted for at least 2 weeks during that time I tried acupuncture and herbal treatments which offered only minor temporary relief. As is well known, soft tissue injuries can take some time for repair. It would be most helpful, however, if during that time, there was a simple, non-invasive method to hasten the healing and relieve the pain.
I decided to experiment using magnets to treat the problem. While I had previously heard of magnet therapy, basically that there was a difference therapeutically between the magnet's North and South polarities, I had no previous experience or further knowledge of their use. When I taped a small 1000 Gauss acuband magnet directly on the skin over the '˜trigger' point or center of the pain in my arm. I was amazed to find that the pain almost completely disappeared within 5 minutes. I decided to experiment further, first by removing and reapplying the magnet a few times. Each time the pain returned when the magnet was removed and all but completely disappeared again when reapplied. I then experimented by turning the magnet over to change its polarity from North, which is cooling and dispersing, to South, which is heating and building. I discovered that when the South side of the magnet was against the skin, the pain intensified and by reversing the magnet to North, it was alleviated.
Since that time, I have been intrigued with the therapeutic possibilities of bio-magnetic therapy. However, I still had no idea whether the magnet treatment to my arm was only symptomatic or could eventually promote complete healing. Further, I found that there was discrepancies both in print and from various distributors concerning the importance and definition of the North and South sides of a magnet. Despite my confusion, I tentatively began to use magnets on my patients. Because, however, I had such an unsure grasp of any basic theoretical or practical methodology, my results were inconclusive.
I say all this because there may be others who, like myself, felt or presently feel unsure about the value and results of an experience of biomagnetic therapy. Through my example they may appreciate a further corroboration by another who has become fully convinced that biomagnetic therapy may well be one of the safest and most powerful natural healing methods, especially for the relief of pain ever discovered by humankind.
My interest in magnets was rekindled a few years later when I had a crippling soft tissue injury to the medial aspect of my right knee. It was particularly debilitating because there were few positions either standing, sitting or reclining that could provide relief. Having nearly all but forgotten about my previous experience with the magnets on my elbow, I began by using acupuncture, moxabustion (heat applied to specific acupuncture points) and herbal poultices, fomentations and liniments. Everything helped but I still could barely walk or find a comfortable position to either sit or recline.
I certainly was not looking forward to having to stand and be present at a forthcoming natural products trade show that included a promised diversion to my excited young son to a nearby entertainment park. In desperation I remembered the all-but-forgotten magnets that I stored in a cupboard near my bed. I systematically applied the North magnets to the trigger points located near the site of pain around my knee. Estimating what meridians were involved, I positioned the South magnets further up the femur and hip on the Gall Bladder and Bladder Meridians. I found, however, that it was the local application of the North magnets around the knee that was most effective. Within two hours after their application, the pain was 95% gone.
Again, I decided to conduct the same experiments on my knee that I had done a few years previous on my elbow pain, by removing and reapplying them, changing the magnets to irrelevant locations and reversing their polarity. My previous findings were absolutely corroborated. I eventually discovered that I needed to wear the magnets on the trigger points around my knee nearly continuously for about two months before the problem became sufficiently stabilized and resolved.
After this second powerful experience with bio-magnetic therapy, I decided to apply magnets on all my patients along with the acupuncture, dietary and herbal therapy that was part of my normal practice. I wanted to discover for myself the range of their effectiveness for a wide variety of complaints. Since that time, I have found biomagnetic therapy to be around 90% effective for the relief of pains and conditions caused by inflammation. For examples, a woman with diagnosed symptoms of colitis, had tried many forms of conventional and non-conventional treatment over the year previous but was relieved with the application of magnets to her lower abdomen within a week. Another man with arthritis in his hands and fingers with only minimal response from acupuncture and herbal therapy used magnetic balls to relieve and eventually remedy his condition completely. Similarly, another man had encroaching stiffness in his fingers that was threatening to impair his main love, playing the guitar. He also found the results he was seeking with the use of magnetic balls. As a pianist, I can only imagine the benefit these simply magnetic balls could be to the many who have suffered injury from repetitive use or wrong playing.
Everyone, who had acute or chronic lower back, elbow or knee problems found relief and in many cases, complete recovery from the local application of magnets. Patients with asthma, found that the application of magnets to their upper back or chest would provide them the relief they desperately needed without any further external medication. The list goes on to include patients with upper respiratory allergies, gastro-intestinal and digestive complaints, migraine headaches -- all were relieved with the use of magnets -- and the list of conditions continues to expand. Now with the expanded methods of application using magnetized water, magnetized oils, magnetic mattresses and mattress pads, jewelry and so forth, I am convinced that there is no condition that bio-magnetic therapy would not be at least helpful.
Because of my experience with traditional Eastern systems of medicine, including Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) and East Indian Ayurvedic medicine, I was able to tangibly experience the fundamental energetic basis of healing with magnets described in various traditional healing systems around the world. I could tangibly understand that the North facing side of a magnet was equivalent in energy to the definition in TCM of Yin, or in Ayurveda of Shakti energy. The South facing side was equivalent to TCM Yang, or Ayurvedic Shiva energy. I also understood that the relative strength of a magnet determined whether it was to be used as an important energetic nutrient when in low strength (under 1000 gauss), or a high powered therapeutic tool in high strength (over 3000 gauss) that should be used with due respect. Essentially, like other forms of natural healing energy, if reasonably used, magnets are very forgiving. Except for the obvious contraindications noted, it is rare that anyone would experience anything more than a minor discomfort or aggravation usually caused by using magnetics that are too strong, applying the wrong North-South polarity for a given area or generally an overexposure to a strong magnetic field. If, for instance, one misapplies them over a wrong area, uses the wrong polarity or uses magnets that are inappropriately too strong, there may be a period of minor aggravation and discomfort that is easily remedied as soon as they are appropriately changed or removed. As with herbs, acupuncture and all other systems of natural healing, trial and error is a valid approach to biomagnetic therapy.
Science recognizes a close relationship between electricity and magnetism. In 1820, Hans Oersted of Denmark discovered a direct relationship between electricity and magnetism by showing that an electric current flowing in a wire caused a nearby compass needle to be deflected. Following the discoveries of Oersted, Ampere, the 18th century physicist whose notable achievements were germinal to the harnessing of electrical energy, discovered a quantitative relationship between the strength of an electric current with the magnetic field it creates (Ampere's theorem). Noting the close relationship between electricity and magnetism, he described magnetism as 'electricity thrown into curves'.
Just as the stars and planets revolve in galactical orbits, each atom has a nucleus around which spins various positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons that in turn generate a magnetic field. To reiterate, health represents a balance of these positive and negative forces described in TCM as Yin and Yang, in Ayurvedic medicine as '˜Shiva' and '˜Shakti', and in Western physiology as the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
The current theory of '˜free radicals' as the cause of degenerative diseases and aging, is based on the concept of a negatively charged electron spinning out of their orbit, invading another cell which in turn causes a cellular disruption that sends other subatomic particles off their respective orbits. This results in cellular chaos. Biomagnetic healing is able to passively provide a stimulus for the restoration of balance at a subatomic level and offset the devastating domino-effect of harmful free radicals.
Because every atom generates an electromagnetic (EM) field, we, along with all of nature, are imbued with the power of electromagnetism. It is also possible for us to channel our innate positive electromagnetic energy for healing both ourselves and others.
Herbs and Biomagnetic Therapy
Similarly the traditional understanding of herbal medicine extends far beyond the mere classification of the biochemical constituents of plants. Imbued with their own unique cellular subatomic electromagnetism, plants, are capable of carrying a positive and negative charge. These are appropriately described in traditional herbalism as '˜heating' or '˜cooling' energies and correspond to their therapeutic properties and flavors and more ambiguously to their various shapes, textures and colors.
Herbs that are cooling and eliminative such as chickweed, mint, malva leaf, plantain, red clover and laxative herbs such as rhubarb root or cascara are understood to be cooling and would have a negative polarity while those that are warming and stimulating such as ginger, cayenne, cloves, angelica or ginseng would have a warming or positive polarity.
Stressing the importance of electromagnetism, Einstein said,
'we may therefore regard matter as being constituted by the regions of space in which the field is extremely intense .....There is no place in this new kind of physics both for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality.' (Our italics)
The mystic founder of Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky states similarly in different terms when she describes: 'Matter is spirit at its lowest level and spirit is matter at its highest level.'
It is said that what may be described as matter, the nucleus of an atom, is so infinitesimal that if we were to gather all the nuclei of a human body, it would be no larger than a period at the end of a sentence. Thus, modern physics theorizes that what we call matter may not be particles at all, but the presence of an impenetrable electro-magnetic field.
Life, comprised of a complex chain of bio-chemical and physiological processes is activated and animated by an invisible bio-magnetic force. Apropos of this, Dr. F.K. Bellokossy of Denver Colorado, described life as an 'infinitely intelligent interaction of electro-magnetic energies carried by chemical substances.'
Modern medicine has come to depend upon such high tech diagnostic procedures as the (ECG) electro-cardiogram, the (EEG) electroencephalogram, the (EMG) electromyogram to measure the electrical activity in the heart, the cerebral cortex and the skeletal muscles respectively. If there were no electrical energy in the body, such tests would not be possible.
From the perspective of bio-magnetics, health is based upon the individual cells of the body vibrating at a characteristic normal frequency. Disease, on the other hand, represents an abnormal change in cellular vibration. The therapeutic application of magnets and herbs, at the deepest level, is based on the principle of restoring normal cellular vibration.
This understanding should make magnetic therapy very accessible to those who have an energetic approach to treatment and it would include Traditional herbalism, TCM, Ayurveda and some Western '˜holistically' oriented mind-body therapies.
MAGNETIC ENERGY: A FUNDAMENTAL EARTH NUTRIENT
The Earth's magnetic field strength is about a half gauss.(1) While seemingly small, the magnetic field strength of gauss as a measurement is in proportion to the total mass of the magnet. With that, a half gauss in proportion to the size of the Earth becomes very significant. As a matter of fact, it is essential to life.
With the exploration of space in the 1960's, there came increased awareness of the importance of magnetism in maintaining health, since it was found that astronauts, beyond the protective magnetic field of the Earth often returned with symptoms of psychiatric disturbances, calcium and mineral deficiencies along with other physiological disturbances. Conversely, companies who needed to conduct experiments or manufacture biological products outside of the magnetic field of the earth were, and continue to be major investors in the space program. Since that time, an integral aspect of space flight research involves studying the effects of magnetic fields on living organisms in space travel.
Part of the Earth's magnetic field is created by the '˜ionosphere'-- a layer of air containing electrically-charged particles that extend from sixty to a hundred miles above the surface of the Earth. Extending some thousands of miles into space is the '˜magnetosphere', sometimes called Van Allen Radiation Belt, after the scientist who discovered it. This is a huge swarm of radioactive particles that are threatening to life. If it were not for the fact that the harmful radiation particles are trapped by the Earth's magnetic field, life on Earth would be impossible.
The half gauss strength of the Earth seems to be in a state of cyclic change so that over time, the Earth's magnetic poles have repeatedly shifted and changed their location. Scientific research estimates that these reversals occur approximately every half to one million years. The most recent reversal occurred about 700,000 years ago. It has been documented that the Earth's magnetic field has diminished about 50% of what it was 500-1000 years ago, with a full 5% decline recorded in the last 100 years. From this we can appreciate the vital importance of geomagnetic energy to life.
Drs. Barnwell and Brown of the Department of Biological Sciences, North Western University, USA, conducted a number of experiments exposing magnetic fields on living organisms and reported that, 'There remains no reasonable doubt that all living organisms are extraordinarily sensitive to magnetic fields.' The effect of magnetic fields on living organisms continues in the USA and throughout the world but some of the most important medically is that done by the Japanese.
Dr. Kyoichi Nakagawa, MD, Director of Isuzu hospital, Tokyo, Japan, has described a pathological condition called Magnetic Deficiency Syndrome (MFDS) (2)that causes a variety of symptoms including stiff shoulders, back and neck, chest pains, habitual constipation and general fatigue.
He mailed questionnaires to 11,648 Japanese users of magnets 2.5 mm thick x 5 mm in diameter with external gauss strength of 590. Only the North magnetic side was in direct contact with the skin for treatment in these studies. Women represented 57% and men 43% of the total with a representative age group between 40 and 49 years.
Magnets were used for the following conditions: Stiff neck and shoulders 45.20 Lumbago 19.00% Neuralgia 13.90% Painful muscles 12.30% Rheumatism 1.30% Other 6.30% No reply 2.00%
Effects were usually noticed from the second to the fourth day. No adverse effects were reported, while over 90% of the users classified results as very efficacious, efficacious or fairly efficacious, and 105 as ineffective or not very effective.
A number of other studies were conducted with 400 subjects in 1976 by professors Akio Yamada and Shuwichi-Hirose of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo; professor Yamada, University, Juntendo, Tokyo; and Kyoshi Kurmskima, Kohnodai National hospital. Some tests were double-blind placebo using a variety of different magnetic devices. Symptoms addressed included pains in the back of the neck, shoulders, backs, arms, hands and legs. Effectiveness was in the range of 60 to 80% within a period of 7 to 14 days. No side effects were reported.
A double-blind study by Dr. Yoshio Oay treating 80 subjects with lumbar pain using strong magnetic belts containing magnets of 1,500 gauss. Fifty subjects were given the magnetic belts while 30 received placebos or less powerful belts of 200 gauss. All subjects using the full strength belts evidenced marked improvement while those using weaker magnets or placebos showed only slight or no marked improvement.
Some confuse the electro-magnetic energy generated by power lines, computer and TV monitors, electrical wiring in our homes and vehicles as equivalent. These, however, represent alternating current (AC) which is deranging to normal cellular metabolism. The earth and other metallic substances, in contrast represent a permanent magnetic field or direct current (DC) which when used appropriately can be integrative to the sub-atomic particles of cells.
Many factors, beside the natural cyclic waxing and waning of geomagnetic energy contribute to the diminishing of direct current (DC) magnetic energy to our body. Some of these are the result of interference from the AC current of man-made electromagnetic radiation which is incompatible with our bodies' biomagnetic emanations which include television, radio, radar, household appliances, computers, electrical wiring in buildings, nearby power lines and other sources.
The effects of working and living in concrete and steel structures further cut us off from the Earth's direct magnetic force. The automobile, train, jet plane, bus and other hi-tech modes of travel are other ways we are deprived of important natural magnetism from the Earth.
Shrinking open spaces, living high above sea level on ground covered with concrete and asphalt and the decreasing amount of ground water all contribute to lack of conductivity and Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome (MFDS).
The magnetic energy of our planet is responsible for the natural biorhythms of life. In Traditional Chinese Medicine these biorhythms describe how Qi or bio-magnetic energy is concentrated in certain areas of the body according to cycles of each day and season. It may also be concentrated in certain areas on the Earth that inexplicably have been able to retain their magnetic strength. These are recognized earth healing areas such as Lourdes, France and Sedona, Arizona.
Symptoms of MFDS may be similar to a variety of chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, candida albicans and environmental allergies. MFDS typically is associated with a general malaise and low energy, frequent susceptibility to disease, tightness of the neck and shoulders, fibro-myalgic body pains, forgetfulness, headaches, digestive and circulatory problems and a general '˜foggy' feeling.
At many healing retreats that I have both attended and conducted, we would hug a tree to experience the grounding of accumulated unnatural magnetic distortions. While this may be impossible to scientifically prove, anecdotally everyone who has ever hugged a tree will acknowledge a certain feeling of well-being afterwards, characterized by a lessening of mental and physical heaviness. Perhaps, this is another indication of an innate need for a certain type of natural energy that is lacking in our daily lives.
Magnetic energy has such all-encompassing, powerful effects that no one description of how they exert their positive therapeutic effects could adequately describe all the many complex ways it effects mind and body. However, one theory based on the concept of diseased cells losing their magnetic equilibrium, explains how topically applied magnets are able to support and encourage the normal functional relationship both within the molecular structure of each cell as well as positively influencing the relationships throughout the entire body-mind process.
Another theory is that magnets exert a powerful attraction to the iron content in the blood, penetrating the outer layers of skin, muscle and fatty tissue to the capillaries that feed directly into the bloodstream. By attracting iron and perhaps other inorganic molecules to a diseased area, circulation is increased. This is enhanced by the increase of oxygen and other vital nutrients to the affected site that assists in healing. The combined effect is regulating the pH of the cells and tissues, balancing, ionizing and oxygenating them and generally relieving congestion and pain by improving blood circulation.
Scientific research documents the following specific physiological effects of biomagnetic therapy:(3)
If we consider that all functions of the body are essentially biomagnetic, we can understand how each body cell down to the DNA has a positive and negative biomagnetic field and that cell division, itself, is fundamentally a magnetic process that occurs throughout the various tissues and organs of the body. Physiological biochemistry that utilizes various amino acids requires biomagnetic energy to occur.
It has been found that the pineal gland, a tiny pine-cone shaped gland located directly in the center of the brain, responsible for the production of melatonin, enzymes, immune function, oxidation, carbohydrate metabolism, pigmentation by melanin and the cyclic patterns of sleep and awakening is regulated, according to Robert Becker in his book on biomagnetics called Cross Currents, 'by exposure to steady magnetic fields of the same strength as the geomagnetic field'. Since the pineal gland and melatonin govern stress tolerance and the production of antioxidants that help control the harmful effects of free radicals that cause degenerative disease and aging, biomagnetics can have a very beneficial effect in helping to regulate the pineal gland to offset the natural and unnatural disruption of our exposure to natural geo-magnetic fields.
The following chart derived from Bengallineville's book, Magnet Therapy: Theory and Practice outlines the various factors that are responsible for cellular magnetic disturbances:
|Extrinsic Factors||Intrinsic Factors|
|Solar flares||X-rays||Hormonal imbalances|
|Sunspot activity||Cobalt-60||Infectious or pathogenic microorganisms|
|Eclipses||Radium implants||Deficiencies (iodine deficiency produces thyroid imbalances)|
new and full moon
|Nuclear plants using radioactive substances like Strontium-90 and Plutonium||Deficient or imbalanced diet|
|Thunderstorms||Radiation from color televisions and computer monitors.||Ovulation|
|Cosmic rays||Radiations from microwave ovens.||Injuries (serious)|
|X-rays||Chemical additives in food||Injurious habits like excessive intake of alcohol and drugs.|
|Radioactive fallout from nuclear tests.||Pregnancy|
|Certain planetary configurations||Irradiated wheat and other foods.||Menopausal period|
|High tension cables|
|Aluminum vessels used in cooking.|
According to my personal experience and the experience of biomagnetic therapists and patients from around the world, magnets are corrective and regulating and therefore have little risk of either dependency or negative interaction with drugs. Magnets under 2500 gauss seem to be safe regardless of their North, South polarity (nevertheless, as a kind of energetic nutrient when used or worn daily in a mattress or shoe insole, I prefer using magnets no stronger that 1000 gauss strength). Over 3000 gauss strength, prolonged exposure to the wrong magnetic field polarity can create an minor imbalance in a small few. Therefore, exposure to high strength magnetic fields should be limited to a period of no long than 30 minutes at a time once or twice daily. This is generally not true, however, of high powered acuband magnets which can be left on the affected site for days providing the correct North-South magnetic field is in use.
I once met a women who was treating herself for a year for candida albicans and attendant symptoms, using very high strength magnets on a daily basis. She became frightened when she discovered that her hair began to fall out. This, despite the fact that most of her other symptoms were alleviated. and she even claimed to feel more energetic and vital than ever. Because the thought of losing her hair was so frightening to her, she resolved never to get near a magnet again. One day I was gratefully surprised to find a varied collection of high grade industrial strength magnets deposited in the waiting room of my clinic. I later asked her what she felt about the use of magnetic mattresses. She asserted that there was no comparison with her unfortunate experience and that their relatively low gauss strength made them virtually impossible to cause any significant harmful reaction.
Given the fact that it is impossible to predict what is otherwise known as an idiosyncratic reaction that an individual may have to practically any substance or thing, overwhelmingly the potential benefits of biomagnetic therapy makes them well worth a try for a wide variety of conditions.
A few positive experiences from my own clinical experience may serve to offset any concerns or negative impressions one may have to magnetic therapy. One was the prolonged use of high gauss magnets to completely eliminate and control the pain of a man diagnosed with incurable liver cancer. Because of the use of strong North facing magnets applied over the site of pain, he was able to spend his last days with a minimum amount of discomfort without the use of morphine or any other deadening pain medication. Two women, one with lung and another with breast cancer were able to minimize or completely eradicate any attendant pains in a similar way. Finally, A man with a diagnosed brain tumor, fastened a strong neodymium magnet on a cap which he wore for half to one hour periods twice each day. He was reexamined after a period of several months and doctors were amazed to find that his tumor had shrunk.
I must add, that all these patients were given adjunctive dietary and herbal therapy which I am sure contributed greatly to their response.
I hope that if for no other purpose than for simply the relief of pain, magnets should become either an adjunctive with other modalities or first therapeutic option.
Despite the safety of magnets, there are some contraindications to be aware of. First, do not use magnets during pregnancy, on those who have a history of epilepsy, those wearing a pacemaker or other metal implants that might be dislodged by exposure to magnets. Strong magnets should be used with care on small infants and children, on the eyes, the brain or over the heart.
Because magnets have such a positive effect on vascular circulation, some individuals may experience a temporary aggravation as a consequence of the increased discharge of toxins. Some healing crisis reactions may include symptoms such as light headedness, itching, allergic reaction, headache, sleepiness or a sensation of heat. When this occurs it is best to gradually ease into their use over a period of time.
Materials used for magnets are those whose atoms can be permanently or semi-permanently lined up. Of all magnetic materials, an alloy comprised of one-fifth cobalt and four fifths platinum makes the most powerful magnet. Other materials used for magnets are Alnico magnets comprised of an alloy of aluminum, nickel, iron, cobalt and copper. These are about 10 times more powerful than steel magnets and 100 times more powerful than the Earth's magnetic field. Ferrite magnets are comprised of carbonates of barium and iron. They are very powerful and significantly cheaper than alnico magnets but have the disadvantage of being very fragile.
The magnetic field is the area where magnets exert their force. This is easily determined by holding a compass near the magnet to determine if the strength of the magnet overrides the magnetic force of the poles.
Up until recently, scientific technical study of magnets describe the nature and effects of the two poles of a magnet as being the same. The years of research by Dr. Albert Roy Davis Ph.D., based on isolating and measuring the effects of the two poles has confirmed the different reactions they produce on living systems.
Dr. Davis was able to measure the direction of electron spin given off and transmitted from the two ends of magnet's poles. From this, he was able to determine that the spin of the electrons were in reverse of each other. The electrons coming from the South pole of the magnet cycled and moved clockwise, to the right while those emanating from the North pole moved and cycled to the left or counterclockwise. (4)
This was confirmed from the use of complex technical magnetometers measuring the magnetic field of Earth from space. It was discovered that magnetic energy moves in an spiral forming the infinity pattern. Upon leaving either the North or South poles it travels halfway backward, clockwise or counterclockwise depending upon the exiting pole, to reenter and rephase itself inwards where it takes on the reverse spin in the opposite direction.
Dr. Davis was able to use a cathode ray vacuum to photograph in color the different North and South energies emitted from a long bar magnet. By a series of experiments first on animals and seeds and then on various fluids and foods, he was able to observe the physical effects on living systems. He confirmed the positive effects of the South pole energies in promoting rapid growth, fertility and a general metabolically heating effect as opposed to the inhibiting negative effects of the North pole that had a quieting, soothing and metabolically cooling effect.
Using untreated seeds as a comparison guide, Dr. Davis conducted a series of laboratory experiments on seeds and vegetables that were first exposed to the South pole magnet. An analysis of the end products of these plant products showed a noticeable increase in protein, sugars and oils as opposed to the control group. In contrast, those exposed to the North pole were lower in protein, sugars and oils than the control group.
He then studied the effect of South and North pole to the development and growth of Earthworms. Again, worms treated with South pole energy multiplied faster, grew more and larger than those treated with North pole energy. The protein of Earthworms is approximately 90% on the average but the effect of the South pole evidenced a marked increase of their protein content. He was also able to corroborate similar results on the growth of mice and rats.
As stated, the difference between magnetized and demagnetized material was that electrons in a magnetized object are aligned to go in a single rather than a seemingly randomized direction. The direction follows the magnetic poles of the Earth between the Southern and Northern hemispheres. (5)
Following the system described by Davis and Rawls, the bio-North (-) pole of a magnet has the same polarity as the true geographic North pole of the Earth. This bio-magnetic definition of North and South is in contradistinction to that of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS).
To determine the North-South direction of a magnet, tie a thread to the center of the magnet bar and the other end to a high place such as a ceiling or door frame. The suspended magnet will tend to spin and eventually position itself in the direction of geographical North and South as is determined by a compass. Permanently mark as South the side facing the South pole of the magnet with red paint or fingernail polish. With one marked magnet, it can be lined up and used to indicate the polarity of all other magnets.
Another method is to align the needle of a compass to point North. Bring one side or end of the magnet near the compass. The side of the magnet that is able to attract the North end of the compass needle is to be marked as North. All other magnets can be so marked and aligned to conform to one predetermined indicator magnet.
. The power of a magnet is measured in terms of gauss units with the Earth's surface gauss being approximately 0.5 gauss. The total line of force is called magnetic flux. The gauss or flux density is the line of force per unit area of the pole. Precise gauss measurement is not possible without specially engineered technical instruments. Most commercial magnets are sold and described according to their lifting power. A roughly approximate equivalence of gauss strength to lifting power is as follows:
|500 to 600 gauss
900 to 1200 gauss
3500 to 4500 gauss
As can be seen, the lifting power of commercial magnets have a wide range variance. For practical purposes, however, without the purchase of costly measuring instruments, the only way magnet strength can be insured is to purchase them from manufacturers and reputable distributors (see index).
Magnetic strength is classified as follows:
|Low gauss||300 - 700 g||High gauss||3000 - 6000 g|
|Medium gauss||1000 - 2500 g||Super gauss||7000 - 12000 g|
The gauss level employed is dependent upon the severity and duration of a complaint, together with the age and condition of the patient. It is always best to begin treatment with a low to medium gauss range and then increase to higher strength as necessary. On infants, young children, the frail and elderly, use only low strength magnets.
Finally, many biomagnetic therapists believe that magnets whose gauss measure less than 2500 can be used irrespective of their North or South polarity. It is my experience that the quickest and most dramatic results is when the North and South are appropriately applied according to an evaluation of the condition to be treated.
To prevent them from losing their power or becoming totally broken and destroyed, magnets must be carefully handled. Dropping a magnet or subjecting it to a sharp blow may cause it to lose much of its strength. Furthermore, magnets subjected to temperatures in excess of 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit will lose all of their energy.
U-shaped magnets need to be placed on a flat bar or cylinder so that both ends of the magnet make contact with the metal. This is called a 'Keeper' and prevents the dissipation of their magnetic power. For long, flat, wide surface magnets, bend a piece of iron, a tin can or a metal bar that can be fastened to both ends to provide a passage of energy between both poles and again prevent its lose into space. Try to keep different sizes and strengths of magnets away from each other to prevent them from bleeding off their charges.
All magnets can be stuck together but they should be positioned so that they are symmetrical in a single row and not balled up in any way with magnets of various sizes hanging off the ends. This is especially true of inferior quality magnets while with higher quality industrial strength magnets this is not a consideration.
Finally, magnets can be dangerous. The attractive force of even two 25 pound magnets is capable of inflicting serious injury to pinched fingers or other bodily parts that may get caught in their way. It is easier to handle strong magnets if they are wrapped in some kind of thin soft fiber such as a cotton wash towel.
Summary of Precautions in the Handling and Use of Magnets
a. Remove battery powered wristwatches and any other magnetic objects whose field can be altered by the presence of an externally applied magnet.
b. Avoid dropping, banging or heating magnets above 700 degrees Fahrenheit as this may dissipate their strength.
c. For U shaped magnets, use a 'keeper' to connect the two ends when it is not in use.
d. Be careful in handling large heavy magnets as one can injure a body part if they were to suddenly slam together from a distance.
e. If possible, do not allow different sized magnets to remain together.
f. Keep magnets away from homeopathic remedies, computer hard drives, recording tape, credit cards, videos and CD's to prevent their being damaged or erased. Magnets should also be kept away from battery operated watches, hearing aids and from individuals who have a pacemaker or any metallic parts placed in their body.
Biomagnetic therapy is used for the control of pain, to stop infections, heal bones and scar tissue, rejuvenation of cells and balancing the body's energy levels. It can also be effectively combined with most other therapeutic modalities. The strength of the magnetic field chosen is based on the magnetic strength, shape and size of the magnet selected based on the following considerations:
THERAPEUTIC APPLICATION OF THE South and North poles
Understanding and utilizing the unique application of the North and South poles of a magnet is fundamental to any biomagnetic therapeutic application.
The North pole of the magnet is cooling, sedating and dispersing. This corresponds to Traditional Chinese medicine definition of Yin or negative polarity.
The South polarity is heating, stimulating and accumulating. This corresponds to the TCM Yang or positive polarity.
All descriptions of positive and negative are not qualitative definitions but express the relationship between the opposite poles to each other and outer phenomena.
|SOUTH||Tonifying, strengthening, building, heating, Yang in nature. Can be used for pains caused by weakness, coldness and deficiency (usually of a more chronic and '˜achy' nature), also for hypometabolic conditions associated with low energy, weak digestion and weak immune system.||Not for acute inflammatory conditions, bacterial infections, cancers and tumors, excess and stagnation conditions, excess Yang|
|NORTH||Clearing, eliminative, detoxifying, dispersing, cooling, Yin in nature. Can be used for acute pains (sharp or burning) caused by heat, inflammation, hyper metabolic conditions, hypertensive conditions, insomnia, nervousness, infections and inflammations.||Not for deficiency conditions, coldness, low metabolism, weakness|
|SOUTH AND NORTH COMBINED||When pain, infection or another condition has gotten to a point where the body apparently lacks both the positive and negative energies to fully recover, both poles should be applied. This can be done either by alternating the application of North and South every 15 minutes or by applying a number of both North and South acu-magnets simultaneously over an area. This approach can also be used if the site of pain encompasses a large area. This is equivalent to a deficiency of both Yin and Yang.||This harmonizing approach is one of the most commonly used because conditions are seldom either/or. It is especially useful when a single center of the pain or disease extends over a larger area or cannot be discerned. The disadvantage is that if the particular site can be found and appropriately treated, positive results are quicker.|
The North magnetic pole is inhibiting and sedating. It slows down cellular metabolism. Because of this, it is cooling, soothing and retarding and useful for painful or inflammatory conditions such as:
Arthritis, spondylitis, prostatitis, lumbago, chronic and acute headaches, bruises, injuries, and sharp pains, bacterial infections, dysentery, skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and ringworm, tumors, mental retardation, epilepsy, cataract, glaucoma, neuralgia, nervousness, insomnia and initially on hernias.
It can be applied for the initial inflammatory response to any injury. When a condition assumes a more chronic state, however, one may need to switch to the more tonifying South pole to relieve symptoms.
North energies over 7000 gauss retard bacterial growth as well as cell and tissue regeneration. In the September 1990 'Journal of the National Medical Association', it is clearly shown how the North magnetic pole inhibits the growth of lung carcinoma cells. In general, the North polarity tends to have a normalizing effect regardless of the length of exposure.
The South magnetic pole is heating, tonifying and augmenting and increases cellular metabolism. It can be used for the following conditions:
Paralysis, leucoderma, alopecia, hernia (later), asthma, tingling and numbness, to strengthen weak muscles and tissues, comatose conditions, after debilitating illness such as tuberculosis, gastroenteritis, scars, etc.
Because South promotes growth, it should never be directly applied on cancerous tumors, bacterial or viral infections or parasites. For regeneration of cells and tissues, magnets over 7000 gauss are extremely effective.
Applying Complete North and South Pole Magnetic Therapy
The bioelectrical force of the right side of the body is more Yin and inhibitory. If there is a lack of the Yin-inhibitory force, the left sided Yang-stimulating bioelectrical activity will appear to be in excess. This represents False Yang or Yin Deficiency. It can manifests as apparent hyperactivity with symptoms such as high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, palpitations, hyperacidity, etc., all within the overall context of Deficiency and wasting. For these conditions, apply a Yang South magnet to the inside of the right wrist to restore equilibrium and harmony.
If the Yang left-sided energies of the body are weaker than the right-sided Yin, there will be hypoactive or apparent excess Yin symptoms. These can include low blood pressure, hypothyroidism, sluggish bowel movements, general lethargy, fluid retention and edema and hypoglycemia. These conditions are treated by applying the South pole to the inside of the left wrist.
Chronic pains, including chronic arthritic and rheumatic pains may also require bipolar treatment. Treating large organs systems such as the Liver and Kidneys also seem to respond better to the use of bipolar treatment.
To speed the mending of fractures by at least half, dual poles are used. South should be applied to the upper side of the break and North applied to the lower side.
Magnets come in many shapes and forms. Following are some of the more common ones that are used therapeutically used:
BI-POLAR MAGNETS AND THEIR THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS
In an attempt to utilize the combined North-South poles various bipolar magnets have been used. In 1981, a Swiss scientist Arno Latske introduced an alternating polarity magnet. He observed that when these bipolar magnets were applied over areas of pain, relief and healing occurred as a result of charged articles (i.e. electrolytes in the blood) that passed perpendicular to the magnetic field as a result of what in physics is called the Hall Effect. The North-South poles of the magnet were arranged in perpendicular strips so that the optimal response occurred with blood vessels that directly crossed the bipolar North-South magnetic strips. However, those vessels did not cross the bipolar arrangement sufficiently had the least therapeutic effect.
Next, a German scientist Horst Baermann, in an attempt to improve the Hall Effect, developed a magnet with concentric North-South strips The problem is that if the blood vessels did not cross near the center of the circle, there was little benefit from the alternating current.
In an attempt to circumvent the shortcoming of the previous two designs, an American engineer, Vincent Ardizzone, of Nu-Magnetics, Inc., NY, developed a checkerboard design that accommodate the random design of blood vessels. While the previous two designs had only two sides per pole adjacent to opposite poles, the four-sided checkerboard pattern significantly increased the possibility of a blood vessel being exposed to cross alternating poles. This design also allowed for the magnet to be cut into various shapes and sized without intervening gaps.
Ardizzone's checkerboard pattern maximizes the therapeutic effect on blood vessels.
Ardizzone's magnets are a patented design exclusive to the Nikken magnetic Wellness products. They are thin and flexible and come in various sizes and shapes for convenient application to various parts of the body. The alternate North and South checkerboard pattern widen the blood vessels to increase blood circulation to the affected area and increase lymphatic flow. By so doing the body's innate healing processes are increased with the increase of oxygen and vital nutrients and the removal of toxic substances from the compromised tissues.
These are usually 0.16' dia x 0.06' thick and come with 0.8' dia Band-Aids. They are available in varying Gauss strengths and different alloys, usually in packets of 12. The most effective in my experience are acuband magnets that range from 3000 to 9000 gauss. Some are marked with a grove to indicate the North side, while others have a tiny protrusion, indicating the South.
One or more are taped directly over or near the affected site or acupuncture points, using either the North or South polarity as appropriate. Magnets with opposite polarity can be applied directly opposite or distally along a line or acupuncture meridian located nearest the affected area. North or South polarity can be used over acupuncture points and/or centers diagnostically related to the primary symptom.
For acute colds and flu tape North facing magnets to Large Intestine 4, Large Intestine 11, Triple Warmer 5 and Governor 14.
For chronic back ache that is not inflamed, tape South facing magnets over Bladder 23 and Kidney 3. One can apply a North directly over the acute '˜trigger' points of pain and further down the Bladder meridian over Bladder 40 (aka 54) behind the knee.
For insomnia apply a North magnet to Yin Tang point between the eyebrows and two North magnets to one of the two Anmien points behind the ear.
For fatigue and low energy apply South magnets to stomach 36, conception vessel 6 or 4 and bladder 23 on the lower back. In addition, one can also apply a North magnet to large intestine four on the hand to help clear any Heat and toxicity.
For promoting the healing of fractures apply alternating South and North magnets directly along the affected area. These can be simultaneously used with North to reduce any inflammation in the area.
These are only a few of many possibilities based on a knowledge of acupuncture meridians and points. It is a good idea to have a razor available to shave off any hair that may prevent the Band-Aid from sticking. Acu-magnets can be left on for a week, taken off briefly and reapplied if they are still needed. If there is any prolonged aggravation or discomfort, they should be removed or reverse the North-South polarity.
These are iron ferrite magnets which can be purchased from industrial magnet manufacturers and come in various sizes and very high Gauss. Since these are made of fragile ceramic, they are not easy to handle. In general one should learn the technique of sliding them apart or together when needed and keep delicate fingers out of the way in case they inevitably snap together.
Smaller ones can be ordered in various sizes and dimensions and are available in dual color to easily distinguish between the North and South polarity. The strength of these magnets may be deceptive. They are usually available from 1000 to 3600 gauss or higher. Because they cover a larger area, even a lower strength magnet can exert a powerful therapeutic effect. Two magnets can be used to attach to clothing, North or South as needed.
The highest Gauss magnets are Neodymium (NeoMax) magnets. They are composed of iron, boron and neodymium, one of the rarest metals on Earth and their strength range from 2000 to 3600 gauss. Their use was first promoted by the International Medical Research Center based on the discovery and work of Professor Goesta Wollin's development of a Universal Cancer Spiral Theory. Professor Wollin discovered that spirals are found throughout nature, down to the basic shape and structure of DNA. In 1987, the Swedish press widely reported Professor Wollin's discovery of the Universal Cancer Spiral. He claimed that when supermagnets are applied to cancerous tumors, the magnetic spirals, which are larger, would superimpose themselves and destroy the smaller cancerous cell spirals.
Professor Wollin's round neodymium magnets were specifically developed to treat cancer. Usually they are sold in pairs. The North sided magnet is intended to be placed directly over the cancer or tumor while the South is worn over the thymus located on the sternum between the breasts. This is used to help stimulate the body's immune system. While the North magnet directly over the site of the cancer can be left on for a prolonged period, the South over the thymus should only be applied twice daily for no longer than 30 minutes.
These larger magnets are available encased in plastic and color coded so the two polarities are easily determined. The large neodymium magnets or stronger ferrite magnets are indicated in prescriptions for treating most acute and chronic conditions.
Bio-magnetic therapy also consists of systematically laying strong magnetic bars over affected areas for a duration of approximately 30 minutes to an hour two or three times daily. For many conditions the application of several acu-magnets will be more convenient and often as effective, especially for less serious conditions.
Magnetic mattresses, mattress pads and pillows are designed to provide a sound and restful sleep. The result is that we awaken with more energy, alertness and fewer aches and pains. For those who are bedridden, they powerfully help to prevent bedsores. The best are manufactured by Nikken and utilize 800 gauss which is safe for ongoing nightly use. They are firm and made with the finest quality patented rubberthane with a grid of nub-like protrusions that stimulate vital energy centers and aid in promoting better circulation and lymphatic flow while sleeping.
The pillow is firm and in addition to the magnets, has a strip of ceramic tiles that help to redistribute heat away from the head. This is because of the belief that it is best to have the head cool and the feet warm when sleeping. Many with chronic neck and shoulder aches and those who snore excessively or suffer from sleep apnea (stopped breathing while sleeping) have received significant benefit from the magnetic pillow.
Because the Japanese have had a long history of appreciation for natural health products it is estimated that one out of eight Japanese use a magnetic mattress sleep system.. This is further reflected in the lead the Japanese have taken in researching magnetic and other natural magnetic products.
A few individuals may experience temporary discomfort when first sleeping on a magnetic sleep system. This is because with greater circulation, more toxins are being flushed out at an increased rate. For these, it may take gradual periodic use over several days or weeks. The time spent acclimatizing to it is worth the investment to one's personal health and wellness and provides a significant passive contribution long term health and wellness. In the resources section at the end of the book there is a list of distributors and suppliers of these and other magnet products.
The proclaimed healing powers of various naturally occurring baths at places such as Lourdes, France, Sedona, Arizona and Jesus Chahin's well in Tlacote, Mexico, occurs in areas where there is reportedly higher naturally occurring magnetic energy. One way to naturally magnetize water is to run it through 30 feet of sand where it will emerge negatively poled because of the effect of minute quartz sand crystals. This water emerges saturated with oxygen that is able to kill germs, build bodily strength and support the immune system. Water so treated will show a change of temperature, surface tension, viscosity and electrical conductivity. Just as chemicals change weight after being subjected to magnetic fields, so does water. More hydroxyl (OH-) ions are generated to form calcium bicarbonate and other alkaline particles. Normal water has a pH level of around 7, while magnetized water can reach 9.2 pH after exposure to a 7000 gauss strength magnet. This has been shown to be enough to destroy cancer cells.(6)(Barefoot and Reich).
Cancer is practically unknown to the Hopi Indians of Arizona and the Hunza of Pakistan, so long as they drink from their local water supply which is rich in rubidium and potassium in the case of the Hopi water and rich in caesium and otassium for the Hunza people. The salts of these alkalinizing minerals have the effect of counteracting toxic acidity by raising body pH. Cancer cells are destroyed with an enriched oxygenated environment.
By standing a container of water on either the South or North pole of a magnet for a period of approximately 24 hours, one can imbue it with specific Yin, sedating and dispersing properties or Yang, tonifying and coalescing properties. This water can then be taken internally throughout the day. Water can also be potentized by tying or taping South and North pole magnets to opposite sides of a rectangular bottle or jug.
Herbal teas intended for tonification can be augmented by setting the cup of tea on a South Magnetized surface for an hour or so before drinking. If the tea consists of dispersing, anti-inflammatory or sedative herbs, then the North pole of the magnet should be used.
Special magnetic cups and containers for making magnetized water are available from various magnetic product suppliers and Japanese sources.
These are also manufactured and sold by Nikken. They are magnetic insoles that fit in the shoes. One side has small bumps to provide added foot reflexology stimulation to the feet and the other side is smooth. The bipolar magnets are not only in the bumps but throughout the entire surface.
The feet and legs are sometimes called the '˜second heart' because return circulation from this area of the body is vital to health. Besides being highly effective for all foot problems (such as diabetic and other neuropathies) regular use of magnetic insoles increase energy and vitality throughout the day. Like the magnetic bed, wearing these insoles constitute an effective passive long term investment in one's health.
These are remarkable because while they have a very low gauss strength, when the balls are rapidly revolved or manipulated they shoot their electrons out for some distances. Called 'Magboys', Nikken has them available in a special holder that can be rolled on the body to relieve injury and pains. They can also be removed from their holder and rolled in the palms to relieve stiffness and arthritic pains in the hands and fingers.
These are available from industrial magnet manufacturers and may also be found in hardware stores. The two ends are bent into a U shape with one end being South and the other North. They are useful for conditions where the application of a strong bipolar magnetic field is indicated. They can also be used by making slow passes down the spine or another area to improve circulation and relieve pain. Because both ends of the magnet create a magnetic field, these can eventually lose their strength over time. They should be kept with a '˜keeper' which is a piece of metal that connects both ends of the magnet.
These are used by practitioners and hospitals for chronic disease including bone and scar tissue healing, sciatica, arthritis, and sports injuries. Sports therapists were among the first to introduce the use of medical magnets. The combined use of electromagnetic machines with permanent magnets has been found to reduce by half the time required for healing injuries, sprains, tendon and muscle injuries. These machines are especially effective for treating large areas of pain.
Necklaces can be used for diseases of the chest, throat, neck, shoulders, sore throat, asthma, irregular heart beat and angina. Bracelets and rings are worn for controlling blood pressure as well as hand and arm pain. They are available in many designs ranging from 700 to 1300 gauss.
These are naturally occurring magnets associated with a type of iron ore. Generally the Gauss rating is low, from 300 to no more than 700 Gauss. Since ancient times, jewelry in the form of necklaces, bracelets and rings were worn for various therapeutic reasons. The Egyptians believed the magnet had a divine power and wore them to relieve headache, gout, dropsy and to maintain, vitality and health. Cleopatra (69-30 BC) supposedly wore a polished lodestone magnet on her forehead to maintain her beauty.
Magnetic foil consists of a low gauss metallic foil that can be cut to various sizes and applied topically over wider areas than acuband magnets. It has been pioneered by a Swedish therapist, Holger Hanneman for the treat of '˜soft tissue' rheumatism. It seems that this is another variation of the flex magnets previously described but may be of interest to some.
Biomagnetics can be used to treat the body systemically as oposed to their use over specific acupuncture points or what are known as pain or '˜trigger' points.
There is a difference in the energy between the upper from the lower, the right from the left sides of the body. The area from the chest upwards tends to reflect the more positive, outgoing energy. With imbalance, this can manifest to extreme with symptoms ranging from skin eruptions, mental excitation, eye, ear, nose, throat and lung problems and hypertension. For this reason the North magnet is more frequently indicated in this area to disperse the excess. The lower area of the body, below the umbilicus, is often over extended upward and needs South or coalescing, grounding energy. The right side of the body is the more positive side and usually gets the North magnet while the left side which is more negative, receives the South magnet. Thus the following configurations have been adopted for systemic treatment:
Diseases above the navel: Place the right hand on the North magnet and the left hand on bio South for 15 to 30 minutes.
Diseases below the navel: Place the right foot on the North pole and the left foot on the South.
Diseases on the right side of the body: Right hand on the North pole and right foot on the South pole.
Diseases on the left side of the body: left hand on the North pole and left foot on the South.
Diseases of the digestive system: right hand on the North pole and left foot on the South.
Just as magnets express South or positive energies and North or negative energies, so also does the various foods. This is not the place to enter an exhaustive treatment of food therapy but enough so that one who uses biomagnetic therapy will be able to achieve the most optimal results without negating the effects with inappropriate diet.
Positive Polarity Foods: Animal products, including meat, fish, eggs and dairy, concentrated sugar and spices have warming and stimulating properties and should be left out of the diet entirely or limited when treating diseases associated with excess, inflammation and stagnation.
Negative Polarity Foods: Vegetable products and fruits should be used for excess type diseases, inflammations and stagnations. They should, however, be cooked when there is digestive coldness or weakness.
Balanced Polarity Foods: These include whole grains, beans, cooked vegetables.
For treating acute conditions one should select mostly from foods that represent the balanced polarity and limit foods from the positive polarity category.
Homeopathy was evolved by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann out of his dissatisfaction with the allopathic system of medicine practiced during his time. While it is doubted that he would be any more satisfied with the way it is practiced today, we have come to a crossroad where all medical systems can work together to provide the best medical options for all people.
Homeopathy is based on the laws of potentization and similars. As we shall see, both of these have a close affinity with the principles of biomagnetism. Potentization is based on subjecting a diluted drug substance to processes known as '˜shock succession' (in alcohol) or '˜trituration' (in milk-sugar powder) with the medicine increasing in potency and effectiveness with higher and higher dilution's. In potencies above the 30th there is no indication of any drug substance remaining yet the medicine seems to continue to become stronger even to the millionth potency.
The law of similars describes how a homeopathic drug is chosen based on its ability, in gross crude form, to produce the symptoms similar to that of a specific disease. Thus if the symptoms of the drug somehow mimics certain disease symptoms it would fit the similamum and would be used homeopathically, in high dilutions to treat the disease. This is similar to the principle of immunization except that immunization as it is practiced uses quantifiable diseased material hopefully neutralized and sterilized and then injected directly into the blood.
Homeopathy uses only the biomagnetic energy of a substance. This would allow for the use of a variety of familiar medicinal herbs, including poisonous plants like aconite, poisonous insect and snake venom as well as common articles such as the onion or table salt for homeopathic preparations.
According to contemporary investigation, the processes of succussion or trituration disturb the atomic state of a drug substance by jolting electron (negative charge) out of its orbit. This disturbance of the electron-proton balance of the atom causes it to release its characteristic electro-magnetic energy which accounts for its therapeutic effects.
Like all systems of healing, that which can cure they can also kill. Just as we should be careful of inappropriately subjecting the body to high strength magnetic over a prolonged period, we should also refrain from the use of high potency homeopathic preparations without considerable study. All the indications given in the following section, therefore, should be for preparations that are no higher than the 30th potency.
The basis of homeopathy has thus far confounded gross scientific investigative methods yet it continues to be practiced with great effectiveness and growing appreciation throughout the world.
Herbal medicine is the oldest system of medicine on the planet. Unlike homeopathy, herbs provide a substantial connection between food and medicine because they possess many of the same micro-nutrients as food such as vitamins, minerals and special substances currently recognized as '˜phyto-nutrients'.
In the following sections, out of convenience, I have given the simplest and most effective herbal remedies for specific conditions. I have also indicated proprietary Planetary formulas which evolved out of years of personal clinical practice. One can select either or use both in combination which may have an even better effect.
Use good quality fresh or freshly dried herbs. Prepare in non-metallic containers such as glass, earthenware or enamel pots. Stainless steel is acceptable when these others are not available.
The dose is important. For medicinal tea, the dose is at least one ounce of the combined herbs to a pint of water (two cups). If fresh herbs are used, use one and one half to two ounces of herbs to the same amount of water. A pint of most dried herbs is usually around a handful of material, more or less depending upon density and weight. Whenever possible use distilled or spring water whenever possible.
There are basically two methods for preparing herb teas. One is the decoction method that is suitable for heavier roots, barks and non-volatile (non-odorous) plants. Here the water is brought to a rolling boil and the herbs are added and the fire is turned down to a simmer which is to continue for anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes on a low flame.
The second infusion method is for volatile lighter leaves and flowers. Here the water is brought to a rolling boil and poured over the herbs. The pot is immediately covered and taken off the flame entirely and allowed to infuse for 10 to 20 minutes or until cool enough to drink.
The average adult dose is one cup two or three times a day. Children (under 12) are given half or less according to age and tolerance.
Herbal Powders and Pills
Here the herb is powdered and pressed into gelatin capsules or pills. This method is particularly convenient for long term compliance since the bitter taste of many medicinal herbs can be a hindrance to regular usage. A smaller dose is usually required for chronic treatment so that smaller amounts of herbal powders are indicated. On the average, one should take an adult dose of anywhere from four and a half to nine grams of powdered herb in a day. Depending on the size of the capsule or pill this averages out to around two capsules or pills threes times a day ideally with warm water. Children, under 12 years, should be given less according to age.
This is usually the minimum dose and in if it is well tolerated in most cases it can be at least doubled or even tripled is a specific complaint is targeted for treatment. If the pill or powder is being used for an acute condition such as a fever, cold or influenza, more should be taken approximately every two hours with the dose being tapered off as symptoms begin to subside.
Herbal powders are more easily given to children since they can be mixed with honey or maple syrup.
Tinctures depend upon a combination of alcohol and water to extract the active constituents of an herb. Besides being an extractive agent and easy to absorb, the alcohol acts as a long time preservative so that most tinctures are good for at least three years. They are also very convenient to use which makes them commercially popular. For some, with an alcohol intolerance or who may be concerned about the negative influence of even a small amount of alcohol in relation to liver toxicity, this may not be a satisfactory way to take herbs. The choice is to use teas, capsules or pills or place the requisite amount of tincture in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes which will help to evaporate at least a portion of the alcoholic content.
It is quite easy to make one's own herbal tincture using vodka, gin or some other spirits. Simply macerate at least four ounces of the powdered or finely cut herb in the alcoholic menstruum for at least two weeks or more (it can be for several months). Again double the amount would be better for tincturing fresh herbs to account for their high water content. Always use a wide necked container to ease removing the contents later.
After the required period of time, press-strain the herbs through a fine cloth and store the liquor for use. The average adult dose for most medicinal tinctures is anywhere from a half to one teaspoon (30 to 60 drops) two or three times a day. Again it is taken more frequently for acute ailments.
Syrups are made with a base of sugar syrup, honey or perhaps maple syrup. There are various ways to make them but for the purposes of this book the simplest is to blend the mashed herb such as onion or garlic for upper respiratory problems, the herbal tincture or powder with honey. A good basic cough syrup can be made with honey, lemon and onions or garlic.
Liniments and Oils
These are intended for external use to treat bruises, injuries or soft tissue pains. Liniments can be made with alcohol or vinegar. A good basic liniment is Jethro Klos' All-Purpose Liniment is a good one to begin with.
Combine one ounce each of Golden seal, Myrrh gum and a half ounce of cayenne pepper in a quart of vinegar. Cover tightly, Shake the mixture once each day for at least 7 days, then strain and bottle for use.
Oils are made by impregnating a basic oil such as olive oil or sesame oil with an herb. There are various methods. Two that are effective is to add an amount of herbal tincture to the oil and heat until all the alcohol and water is evaporated away. This is not so effective if one is attempting to capture active volatile constituents such as essential oils. Chickweed oil which is a good lotion for skin ailments is made by placing an ounce of dried chickweed in olive oil. Heat gently for awhile until the oil takes on a somewhat '˜greener' appearance. Allow to cool then strain and bottle for use. Garlic oil is quickly made by blending fresh garlic cloves in olive oil. This can be strained or used with the mash.
Treatment Protocols for Specific Conditions:
Apply a North seeking or low gauss bipolar magnet to the affected site.
Herbal: A combination of tincture of Echinacea and Golden Seal internally and externally applied,
Planetary Formula: River of Life, Echinacea, Cat's Claw Complex
Homeopathic: Silicea, Hepar Sulph.
Apply North pole or bipolar magnets to the abdomen. Drink North '˜magnetized' water.
Herbal: Use Marshmallow root and Chickweed tea or strong chamomile tea.
Homeopathic: Natrum Phos
(upper respiratory and sinus congestion)
Apply North acuband magnets to both sides of the nostrils. Apply North magnets to the chest and upper back.
Herbal: Ephedra, Eyebright
Planetary formula: Breeze Free
Homeopathic: Silicea, Kali Bichromicum
Use North seeking or bipolar magnets to the scalp. Make Castor and Cayenne pepper oil by heating a cup of castor oil with one teaspoon of Cayenne pepper extract and four teaspoons of Prickly Ash extract until the alcohol is evaporated. Let this cool for at least 24 hours while being exposed to the North seeking side of a magnet. The oil is ready for use and should be vigorously rubbed on the scalp an hour before showering each day or for faster results two or three times daily. After applying the oil, purchase a seven star dermal hammer from an acupuncture supply distributor an lightly tap various areas of the scalp with the dermal hammer.
Internally use blood and circulatory tonics such as Angelica root and Juniper berries.
Planetary Formula: Women's Treasure (for men also) and Yin Energetics
Homeopathic: Acidum Fluoricum, Acidum Phosphoricum Acidum Phosphoricum, Selinium.
First determine and treat the underlying cause which may be hemorrhage or imbalanced nutrition. Use a bipolar magnetic mattress and drink water exposed to both the North and South poles.
Herbal: Use Cayenne pepper internally to stop hemorrhage. For counteracting anemica make a combination tea of 9 grams astragalus root, 3 grams of dan gui (Angelica sinensis) and 6 grams Yellow Dock root. Take three times daily. If possible eat organ meats such as organic liver.
Planetary Formula: Women's Treasure (also for men) and/or Eight Precious Herbs
Homeopathic: Calcarea Phosphate, Ferum Phosphate and Natrum Mur.
South or bipolar magnet over the umbilicus and/or stomach area. South magnet over the spine opposite the navel (acupoint Governor 4). Drink bipolar magnetized water.
Herbal: Bitters containing Gentian, Goldenseal, Calamus, Juniper and Ginger. Ginger and Ginseng tea.
Planetary Formula: Planetary Bitters formula
Homeopathic: Nux Vomica, China
North magnet over the praecordial region of the heart. South pole magnet or bracelet to the right wrist. Drink South magnetized water.
Herbal: Cayenne pepper, Hawthorn berries, Chinese Red Sage root (Salvia milthiorriza)
Planetary Formula: Life Pulse
Homeopathic: Ferrum Phos
Apply a North or bipolar magnet to the center of the forehead. North magnets along the spine to disperse the stagnation. South pole magnet or bracelet to the right wrist.
Depending on the hemisphere of the head that is affected. Apply North pole or bipolar magnets to the affected hemisphere of the head.
Do not try to treat acute appendicitis as there is a grave risk of it bursting that could cause massive abdominal inflammation and death. For chronic appendicitis, apply a North or bipolar magnet over the effected area of the abdomen.
Apply bipolar or North magnet to the affected area (s). Sleeping on a magnetic mattress can be very helpful. Rolling magnetic balls in the hand or other parts of the body regularly is very effective for arthritic conditions especially in the hands and fingers.
The principle is that when there is inflammation use the North seeking magnet, for degeneration of the bones and tissues, perhaps the South seeking magnet will be more effective or a combination of both. Bipolar make unnecessary the need to decide when to use either the North or South.
In any case, as with any pains, magnetic therapy is one of the most effective methods of achieving relatively fast relief with approximately 90% effectiveness.
Herbal: Make a tea combining Sarsaparilla, Burdock root, Sassafras, Poke root, Prickly ash, Black Cohosh and Ginger. Take three cups daily.
Planetary Formula: Flexibility tonic
Homeopathic: Rhus Tox, Bryonia, Causticum, Caulophyllum, Ledum Pal. Sulfur
Drink water exposed to both North and South polarities
Herbal: Cayenne pepper or Garlic
Planetary Formula: Guggul
Homeopathic: Arsenic iod., Baryta Carb., Calcarea Fluor. Crataegus
Drink water exposed to both magnetic poles.
Apply a large bipolar flex magnet to the back or chest. Drink water that has been exposed to both poles.
Herbal: Ma Huang (Ephedra), Mullein, Comfrey leaf, Wild Cherry Bark, a half part Lobelia leaf and Ginger.
Planetary Formula: Breeze Free
Homeopathic: Arsenicum Album, Ipecac, Spongia, Thuja, Senega
Apply South magnets to the affected muscles.
Apply the South pole magnet to the affected muscle of the face and the seventh cranial nerve behind the ear on the same side.
North pole can be applied to the lower jaw of the affected side and the South pole to the affected cheek or facial muscles.
Homeopathic: Aconite Napellus upon immediate onset of symptoms followed by Caustic, Ammonium Phosphoric or Rhus Tox.
Apply the North pole to the affected abdominal region. Drink North magnetized water
Herbal: Chamomile tea
Planetary: Digestive Comfort
Homeopathic: Nux Vomica, Chelidonium, Natrum Sulph, Bryonia
To reduce blood pressure, wear a bipolar magnetized bracelet on the right wrist. To raise it, wear it on the left wrist.
Another method is to place a small North magnet under the right ear along the carotid artery.
For either type, drink water exposed to both magnetic poles.
Herbal: Use Hawthorn berries and leaf extract with Garlic.
Planetary Formula: Life Pulse
Apply North pole magnets to the base of the throat and over both sides of the lungs. North Acuband magnets can be placed and inch and a half alongside the spine between the 2nd and 3rd thoracic vertebrae of the back.
North magnets can also be applied to the HoKu point (Colon 4) on the dorsal surface of the hand between the thumb and 2nd fingers.
Herbal: A tea of equal parts Mullein, Yerba Santa, Echinacea and Licorice can be taken.
Planetary Formula: Cat's Claw Complex
Homeopathic: Arsenicum Album, Bryonia, Ipecac, Antimonium Tart., Senega
To treat local or limited burn areas, apply the North directly over the burn area for 30 to 45 minutes 2 or 3 times a day. North magnetized water can be used over the area as well. When it begins to scab over, use the South to promote faster healing and repair with little or no scaring.
Herbal: Apply Aloe Vera Gel or a salve of Calendula and/or Comfrey.
Homeopathic: Causticum, Urtica Urens
Regular application of a high gauss North seeking pole magnets have been effective in checking the growth and occasionally shrinking tumors. Here Dr. Wollin's experience with high gauss neodymium magnets are specifically indicated. It is recommended to apply the magnet over the area for a half hour at a time, three times daily. At the same time North polarity water should be drunk. Skin cancers respond well to the topical application of strong North magnets.
Herbs: Red Clover, Chaparral, Poke root and Burdock root tea should be taken three times daily , for skin cancers paint on Bloodroot tincture.
Planetary Formulas: Complete Pau d' Arco and Cat's Claw Complex
Drink water exposed to the North or bipolar poles.
Use a magnetic bed, magnetic insoles and individual bipolar magnets on the sites of discomfort. For insomnia, apply a North magnetic, around 1000 gauss between the eyebrows for 10 to 15 minutes before retiring.
Apply North or bipolar magnet to the lower abdominal region. Drink bipolar water.
Herbal: Rhubarb, cascara, buckthorne, senna leaves, psyllium husk.
Homeopathic: Nux Vomica, Alumen, Bryonia, Alumina
Apply North or bipolar magnet over the pubic region. Drink North magnetized water.
Herbal: Tea or powder of cherry stems; another choice is a tea of Uva Ursi, Buchu, Parsley leaf and Marshmallow root.
Planetary Formula: Diurite
Use magnetic insoles regularly along with the magnetic mattress pad. According to experiments by Dr. Roy Davis, the application of the South magnet to the pancreas for approximately 30 minutes morning and evening 'appeared to have either raised the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas or strengthened it to a point where less positive blood sugars were noted when samples were taken and tested for sugars in the urine. Drink bipolar magnetized water.
Herbal: One teaspoon of turmeric powder in capsules three times daily
Planetary formula: Energetics Yin
Homeopathic: Arsenicum Album, Bromide, Acid Phosphoricum.
Apply bipolar or North magnet to the lower left abdominal region.
Herbal: Cranesbill root, Agrimony, Oak bark and Blackberry root bark
Planetary formula: Digestive Comfort
Same treatment as for diarrhea.
Herbal: Use similar herbs as above but add golden seal and garlic along with a rice fast.
Planetary formula: Digestive Comfort and Triphala
Homeopathic: Mercurius, Aloe, Nux Vomica
Use North magnets on or around the ear.
Herbal: Garlic and Olive oil drops in the ears or Rue oil is effective. Internally take Echinacea and Golden seal extract.
Homeopathic: Aconite, Hepar Sulph. Pulsatilla
Understand the cause. If the ears are plugged with wax, have it removed by a specialist or try using ear candles. If deafness is caused by inflammation use the North Magnet. If it is caused by degeneration use alternating North and South magnets.
3. Ringing (Meniere's)
Apply a North magnet bar over each ear, 20 to 30 minutes 2 or 3 times daily.
Apply the North pole to the head area. It can be placed under the pillow each night or a magnetic pillow can be used. Use a magnetic mattress and magnetic insoles. Drink bipolar magnetized water.
Conjunctivitis, Cataract, Glaucoma and other disorders: Apply North or bipolar magnets over the close eyelids for at least a half hour three times daily.
Apply North pole to the forehead and lower abdomen. Drink North magnetized water.
Herbal: Tea of Yarrow, Feverfew, Lemon Balm and peppermint
Homeopathic: Aconite, Belladonna
Apply South pole magnet to the umbilicus and lower abdomen. Drink bipolar magnetized water.
Herbal: Anise seeds, Fennel seeds
Planetary Formula: Hingashtak
Homeopathic: Cinchona, Lycopodium, Magnesium Phosphoricum.
Herbal: Comfrey root tea
Homeopathic: Calcarea Phosphate, Symphytum
Apply a North or bipolar magnet to the affected area. Drink bipolar magnetized water.
Herbal: Turmeric root. one teaspoon three times daily.
Planetary Formula: Stone Free
1. Amenorrhea (Suppressed menses)
Apply South pole or bipolar magnets to the pubic region.
Herbal: Tea of Angelica root, Black and Blue Cohosh, Squaw Vine and Wild Ginger.
Planetary Formula: Women's Treasure
(All menstrual irregularities should be treated herbally for at least three months to accommodate the alternating between the right and left ovary).
Homeopathic: Pulsatilla, Natrum Muriaticum
2. Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)
Apply North or bipolar magnet to the lower abdomen.
Herbal: Warm application of Castor oil to the abdomen with a flannel cloth lightly saturated with fresh ginger tea placed over the area and a heating pad. Drink a tea of Chamomile and Ginger.
Planetary Formulas: Women's Treasure or Woman's Comfort with Emotional Balance and HepatoPure
3. Menorrhagia (Excessive Menstruation)
Usually, this is more of an inflamed condition and one should apply the North or bipolar magnets to the pubic region or perineum.
Herbal: Tea of equal parts two parts Vitex berries and one part each of Raspberry leaf, Squaw vine, Bethroot, False Unicorn and Cramp Bark.
Planetary Formula: Emotional Balance
Homeopathic: Ipecac, Trillium, Sepia
South or bipolar magnet to the pubic region.
Herbal: False Unicorn root, Black Haw or Cramp Bark and raspberry leaf .
Planetary Formula: Women's Treasure
Apply North pole magnet to the perineum or pubic region. Bipolar magnetized water should be taken regularly.
Herbal: Douche with garlic tea to which is added three tablespoons of acidophilus yogurt.
Planetary Formula: HepatoPure, Women's Treasure
Homeopathic: Sepia, Pulsatilla, Alumina, Kreosote
Sit on a North pole magnet. A seat cushion with magnets is very effective for this purpose.
Herbal: A suppository made of Collinsonia root or a combination of the powders of Bayberry bark, Yarrow, Prickly Ash, Oak Bark and Slippery Elm can be mixed with cocoa butter and inserted each evening.
Apply bipolar magnets to the temples.
Herbal: Feverfew, Rosemary, White Willow bark
Apply a South pole magnet to the pubic region.
Herbal: Ginseng, Epimedium, Damiana, Yohimbe
Planetary: Male Potential, Wu Zi Wan, Energetics Yang
(see Septic Conditions)
(same treatment as for Rhinitis)
Apply a North magnet to the center of the forehead for ten minutes before retiring, Sleep on a magnetic mattress. Place a North pole magnet face up under the pillow each night.
Herbal: Valerian, Passion Flower, Skullcap
Planetary Formulas: Easy Sleep or Stress Free
Homeopathic: Coffea, Kali Phos.
Place a bipolar magnet, and/or a combination of North and South pole acuband magnets (at least 3000 gauss) directly over the right or left lumbar of the lower back, depending on which area is affected. A U shaped magnet can be applied over affected area for approximately an hour once or twice a day.
Herbal: A combination tea of equal parts Hydrangea root, Uva Ursi, Parsley root, Gravel root with a half part each of Marshmallow root and Ginger should be taken three times daily.
Planetary Formula: Stone Free and Diurite
Homeopathic: Berberis vulgaris, Sarsaparilla, Lycopodium
Apply a North pole magnet to the larynx. This can also be used to improve the singing voice.
Apply North or bipolar magnets over the right hypochondriac region. Drink South magnetized water.
Herbal: Dandelion root, Milk Thistle seed, Wild Yam, Barberry root and Fennel seed tea or a tea of artichoke leaves.
Planetary Formula: Hepato Pure
Homeopathic: Chelidonium, Mercurius
Apply bipolar or North magnets to the '˜trigger' points on the back. Use magnetic balls once or twice a day over the affected area.
Herbal: Comfrey root tea
Planetary formula: Energetics Yang and Energetics Yin
Homeopathic: Rhus Tox., Bryonia, Nux Vomica, Kali Carbonicum
This includes a wide range of problems including asthma, pleurisy, emphysema. In general, to remove congestion apply North magnets to the back and/or chest. A Bipolar magnet offers very good results for most people.
Sleeping on a magnetized mattress is specifically indicated. The head especially should be exposed to the North pole. Two magnets between 1000 NS 2000 gauss should be kept under the pillow. Use a U shaped magnet and pass it slowly down the spine once or twice daily. The North removes the spasm while the South increases strength and regeneration. Drink bipolar water.
Apply North magnets to the affected areas to relieve tension. Roll magnetic balls over the affected area as frequently as you can.
Drink bipolar magnetized water.
Homeopathic: Ipecac, Nux Vomica, Tabacum, Petroleum and Cocculus for car and sea sickness.
Similar to arthritic and rheumatic complaints. Apply North magnet to the affected nerves. Drink North magnetized water. Roll magnetic balls over the area frequently.
Herbal: Black Cohosh, White Willow bark, Angelica root tea.
Planetary Formula: Narayana Oil applied externally, Flexibility Tonic
Neurasthenia (Nervous Debility)
The North magnet is both anti-inflammatory and soothing. Apply the North to the head and the South on the lower back or below the umbilicus to '˜ground' the energy below.
Herbal: Skullcap, Lady's Slipper
Planetary formula: Stress Free
Homeopathic: Kali Phos., Nux Vomica, Natrum Mur., Argentum
Similar to Arthritic and Rheumatic problems. If the problem is in the feet, use magnetic insoles.
Many astronauts were found to suffer from osteoporosis. This established a better understanding of the role magnetic energy played with calcium and phosphate metabolism. Sleeping on a magnetized mattress and wearing magnetized insoles may be very beneficial to treat and prevent this condition along with appropriate nutritional supplementation. Drinking bipolar magnetized water is also beneficial.
Herbal: Comfrey, Alfalfa and Horsetail
Planetary formulas: Energetic Yin, Energetics Yang and Wu Zi Wan
The North magnet to the cerebral region to help reduce muscular rigidity and tremors, The North magnet can also be passed slowly down the spinal column. Drink magnetized water.
Herbal: Lobelia, Black Cohosh and Skullcap tincture can be taken three times daily.
Planetary Formula: Stress Free
Homeopathic: Aurum Sul., Agaricus, Mercurius
To increase prostatic fluid, sit on a South pole for about 30 minutes twice a day.
Herbal: Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, Pumpkin seeds
Planetary formula: Saw Palmetto Complex
Homeopathic: Sabal Serulata, Thuja
Use South magnets at the extremities to increase circulation and remove the vasoconstriction. Drink South magnetized water. Apply the South magnet to the sacral-lumbo plexus.
Herbal: Prickly ash, Cayenne, Ginger, Lobelia
Planetary formula: Herbal Uprising, Stress Free
Homeopathic: Arsenicum Album
(Common cold) and Influenza
Use the North magnet over affected areas of the upper respiratory tract. Two North acuband magnets placed on each side of the nostrils will help clear the sinuses. A North magnet placed in the notch at the base of the throat will help control coughing.
Herbal: Yarrow, Lemon Balm, Elder Flowers and peppermint tea.
Planetary formula: Yin Chiao and Yin Chiao Plus also Cat's Claw Complex and Echinacea for coughs use Old Indian Cough Syrup.
Apply North magnets to the affected area.
Herbal: paint the affected areas with a tincture of garlic and Walnut husk. Bloodroot tincture is also very useful for this. Frequent cleansing of the area and change of clothes is essential.
Use strong neodymium North magnets over the affected area, three times a day, 30 minutes each time.
Herbal: Use Bloodroot tincture topically, Pau d' Arco, Chaparral, Red Clover and Burdock root tea
Planetary formulas: River of Life and Complete Pau d'Arco
Apply North magnets to the area. Drink North magnetized water.
Herbal: Echinacea, Baptisia and Goldenseal
Planetary formulas: Echinacea and Cat's Claw Complex
Homeopathic: Hepar Sulph., Silicea
Apply the North magnet to the affected area of the spine. Drink North magnetized water. Roll magnetic balls lightly and rapidly over the area.
Herbal: Garlic and Olive oil rubbed over the affected area is useful.
Planetary formula: Cat's Claw Complex
Homeopathic: Cantharis, Kalmia latifolia, Mezerum and Ranunculus Bulbosus.
Skin diseases such as eczema, acne and psoriasis respond very well to the application of North facing or low gauss bipolar magnets. One method is to apply a fine cotton or linen cloth over the affected area and lay a North facing magnet over the site (s) for 30 minutes once or twice a day. Besides their local effect, magnets extend out to the benefit the surrounding tissue. For facial acne, apply North seeking magnets to the cheeks and foreheads. Acuband magnets can be used if they are convenient. Regular us of magnetic balls rolled over the problem areas is also very effective.
Herbal: Burdock root and Seed, Yellow Dock root, Sarsaparilla and Red Clover taken together as a powder or tea three times a day is very effective for clearing the skin. Topical relief can be achieved with Chickweed-Olive oil rubbed over the affected area.
Planetary formula: HerbaDerm and River of Life Complex
(enlargement as well as enlargement of the liver and lymph glands)
For any enlargement of the Spleen, Liver or Lymph glands one should use the North magnet and drink North magnetized water. It is a good idea to seek proper medical advice to determine the underlying cause.
Herbal and Homeopathic: Ceanothus
Wear a South bracelet to the right wrist and North magnet over the praecordial region. A magnetic necklace has been effective in cases when all else failed.
Herbal: Hawthorn, Garlic and Cayenne pepper
Planetary formula: Life Pulse
Homeopathic: Abies Nigra, Crataegus
Apply bipolar magnets to the area with an elbow wrap bandage. North magnets are effective over the most painful areas.
Herbal: Liniment made with Golden seal powder, myrrh, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar applied frequently to the affected area.
Planetary formula: Use Flexibility Tonic as a liniment.
Homeopathic: Rhus Tox., Hypericum and Bryonia
For hyperthyroid apply a North magnet to the goiter to slow down overall activity. Drink North magnetized water.
For hypothyroid apply a South Magnet to the thyroid area of the neck. Drink South magnetized water.
Both thyroid conditions would benefit from the regular use of a magnetic necklace.
Herbal: Kelp tablets for low thyroid which is also useful to regulate high thyroid as well but Bugleweed is specific for treating hyperthyroid.
Planetary Formula: For hypothyroid use Tai Chi formula.
Homeopathic: For hyperthyroid give homeopathic Thyroidinum, Iodum.
For hypothyroid give Thyroidinum, Calcarea Carb.
(Ringing in the ears, see Ears)
(also called Quinsy)
Apply North magnets to the affected sites of the throat and swollen lymph glands.
Herbal: Echinacea, Golden Seal and Baptisia taken together as an extract is effective.
Apply bipolar magnets to the affected area or North acuband magnets.
Herbal: Apply the Myrrh, Golden Seal, Cayenne in apple cider vinegar frequently to the affected areas.
Planetary formula: Use Flexibility tonic internally and topically as a liniment.
Homeopathic: Right side of the face use Aconitum Napellus, Colocynth, Spigelia or Verbascum.
For the Left side of the face use Cactus Grandiflorus, Coffea, Kalmia, Magnesia Phosphorica, Mezerum.
(gastric and duodenal)
Apply North magnets over the site of pain. Drink North magnetized water.
Apply North magnets to affected areas using acuband or other types as convenient.
Herbal: Apply a tincture of Witch Hazel or Bayberry bark and Prickly Ash topically.
Homeopathic: Haemamelis, Calcarea Fluor., Pulsatilla
Apply the North pole topically to the area.
Homeopathic: Thuja and Antimonium Tartaricus is very effective. Take alternately two doses of each for 3 days. Repeat consecutively every three weeks three or four times. The warts will disappear.
Negating the toxic effects of chemicals, sprays and preservatives from food and water.
Purifying house water with 2 or 4 magnets
Fasten one or two (depending on the size of the pipe) negative, North magnets against the water pipe leading into the house. Approximately 2 inches higher, fasten one or two positive South magnets. These can be taped to the water pipes.
According to Dr. Albert Roy Davis, water treated in this way showed little appreciable difference in terms of mineral content, solids, pH or other factors. Testing for the relative amounts of hydrogen and oxygen it was found that the oxygen level was lower in the treated water as compared with the untreated. While hydrogen amounts were the same, the hydrogen ions were altered to present a much higher degree of activity. This was checked repeatedly with the same findings.
Water treated with either North or South magnetic field tended to reduce the nitrogen in the water, preventing it from going stale. This made it safer for both human consumption and for aquarium fish for a longer period.
Dr. Davis discovered that seeds exposed to the magnetic force fields of the South pole for anywhere from 6 to 200 hours, when planted resulted in an improved germination and growth result, hardier plants with higher yield of fruit or vegetable products. Exposing seeds to the influence of the North magnetic polarity field resulted in thin, tall plants with poor yields. A simple method is to presoak seeds by placing them in a dish or cup with water on top of a South facing magnet for 24 hours or so before planting.
In addition to the above, there are various magnetic devices that can be fixed to the combustion system of automobile engines to economize fuel production. A five star resort in Kawaii, Hawaii, installed magnets on the natural gas system of their multimillion dollar units and found that they were able to save $60,000 a year because the gas burned cleaner.
An interesting book called Magnet Therapy: Theory and Practice by Dr. Neville S. Bengali (reprinted by Jain in 1986) is very authoritative but seems to confusingly indicate exact opposite effects for the South and North magnetic fields. In this book, Dr. Neville describes the application of magnet therapy through the chakras. The chakras are vortices of energy or nerve plexuses that lie along the spine (while they are depicted along the spine they are actually midway between the medial aspect of the posterior and anterior part of the body). Dr. Neville's use of the magnets on the chakras offers another very effective model for magnetic therapy that deserves to be considered and employed therapeutically.
To begin, we need to outline some of the important aspects of yogic philosophy:
The expression of dynamic polarity and magnetism is also described in Ayurvedic medicine and Yogic philosophy as Shiva (positive) and Shakti (negative). Prana is equivalent to the TCM definition of '˜Qi' or '˜life force'. All concepts imply the unity of energy with breath but Prana is points to a more explicit connection.
It is necessary at this point to briefly diverge to elucidate some basic terms and concepts of Yoga and Ayurveda. The polar expression of the main circulating channels of Prana in the body is described as '˜ida' (negative) and '˜pingala' (positive). These correspond to the position of the Governor and Conception vessels in acupuncture.
Chakras, as vortices of energy or what is known as '˜grand nadis' are similar but more inclusive than acupoints in TCM. Nadi's are equivalent to Chinese acupuncture points but Ayurveda maintains that there are 72,000 nadi's located throughout the body. There are seven primary chakras located along the spine that correspond to vital TCM acupoints. These will be individually described later at more length.
The dynamic relationship between Ida and Pingala, as with all other fundamental living processes is based on magnetism which in itself is none other than what is described in Western physiology as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Taoist priests and yogis learned centuries ago that one could influence and control the negative and positive energies of the body through controlling the flow of breath through the right and left nostrils.
An entire system of '˜swar' yogic therapy exists based on the breath. There is a natural cycle that occurs frequently through the day were the breath is stronger from either the right or left nostril corresponding to the alternating of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. When disease first begins one should use a glass to see which nostril is opened more and place a cotton in it. This will prevent the onset of the disease.
To describe further, ida corresponds to the left side of the body and crosses the spinal chord (Sushumna) at various chakras or energy centers and finally at the left nostril to enter the right side of the brain. Pingala governs the right side of the body and transcends various chakras to cross over to the left side of the brain at the nostrils. Kundalini, which is responsible for higher consciousness cannot ascend the sushumna nadi (channel) from the base '˜muladhara) without both right and left sided energies being equally balanced.
|Right cerebral hemisphere
calm, relaxed state
higher mental processes
left nostril breath
activated by oxygen
slower heartbeat and respiration
blue, dark, cool, negative
|Left cerebral hemisphere
strong emotions, rational thought processes
right nostril breath
activated by carbon dioxide
faster heartbeat and respiration
red, hot, positive
Yoga teaches that Prana is distributed throughout the body-mind through the seven chakras. Each chakra corresponds to the endocrine glands which secrete vital hormones that regulate physical activity. All the chakras are aligned along the vertical spinal column except Ajna chakra which is located on the center of the forehead. This corresponds to the pineal gland. Sahasrara or the crown chakra, at the top of the head, corresponds to the pituitary gland.
To open chakra activity, slowly pass a bipolar U-shaped magnet of no less than 1000 gauss, but preferably higher, up the from the base of the coccyx of the spine to the top of the head, seven times in succession. Repeat this twice daily.
Another method is to use place three South pole magnets over three important chakras such as the swadisthana or solar plexus chakra, manipura or digestive solar plexus chakra and vishuddha, thyroid or throat chakra. These will tend to open the sushumna or Chinese governor channel. At the same time place the Yin North pole magnet over the forehead. (the head and brain usually require cooling, Yin, North pole energy).
Muladhara is at the base of the spine, the center for kundalini or primal energy. In its gross form it corresponds to sexual energy.
For disorders of the reproductive system, apply the appropriate magnet to the perineum. The South pole should be applied to tone up the reproductive system, treat sterility and impotence in women and men and in women, treat amenorrhea. This corresponds in TCM to Governor 1 and Conception Vessel 1 located at the perineum.
The next chakra upwards from the base of the spine is roughly located between and alongside the 2nd and 3rd lumbar vertebrae and also encompasses the sacrum. This is also called the sacral plexus chakra and corresponds to the adrenals and governs the urinary system including the kidneys, ureters and bladder. It roughly corresponds to Governor 2 and 3 and Conception Vessel 3 and 2 on the abdomen.
The North pole should be applied for constipation and genito-urinary infections and the North if there genito-urinary weakness or diarrhea. This area also governs the lower limbs and for conditions of numbness or paralysis one should apply the South pole, for sciatica and rheumatic pains one would apply the North pole.
The next important chakra as we go higher on the spine is the Manipura. The term '˜mani' means jewels and '˜pura' means city. Literally it translates as '˜City of jewels', as translated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. It is so described because it is the center for the Fire Element which governs heat and energy. Specifically, it is described as located over the region of the spine opposite the umbilicus. According to TCM, this corresponds to Governor 4, called 'Ming Men' or 'Life Gate Fire' and Conception Vessel that extends from the umbilicus down to Conception Vessel 4 located about three inches medial and below the umbilicus point (CV8).
Applying a South pole magnet over this area will stimulate digestive processes and relieve symptoms of indigestion, bloating, food sensitivities, coldness, hypoglycemia, lack of libido and low energy.
The North pole magnet can be used for lower back pain, dysentery, colitis, nervousness, hypersensitivity, loose stools and hyperacidity.
The fourth chakra further up the spine is called Anahata chakra. It corresponds to the thymus (which is located immediately behind and slightly to the left of the breast bone or sternum), the Heart and the Lungs. It also influences the vagus nerve which is the longest nerve in the body and enervates organic processes throughout the abdomen. Anahata chakra is aligned with the spine immediately opposite the location of the Heart. It would correspond to the territory that extends from the first to the seventh thoracic vertebrae, including acupoints Bladder 15, 14 and 13 and Governor 11 and 12 on the spine and Conception Vessel 17 on the sternum between the breasts.
The South pole is applied for cardiac weakness, low blood pressure, asthma and the later stages of pneumonia and tuberculosis.
The North pole is used for high blood pressure, palpitations, bronchitis and the earlier stages of pulmonary inflammation.
Anahata also influences the Stomach and the North is used for ulcers, gastritis and acid eructation's while the South is used for anorexia and to stimulate appetite.
Vishuddha or throat chakra is situated between the 7th cervical and 1st thoracic also known as the brachial plexus. It specifically encompasses the parathyroid and thyroid glands and governs the eyes, ears, nose and throat. It can be considered for individuals who have difficulty expressing themselves in speech. It corresponds to Governor 14 between the 7th cervical and 1st thoracic of the spine and Conception Vessel 22 at the base of the throat.
The South pole can be used for spasms and paralytic conditions of the arms, face and low thyroid symptoms.
The North pole is indicated for stimulating the defensive system of the body, preventing and treating colds and influenza, shoulder and neck stiffness, hyperthyroidism, muscular pains of the muscles of the shoulder and back.
Ajna chakra is located in between the eyebrows or the '˜third-eye' and is at the center of the brain. In Chinese medicine it is an extra point called '˜Yin Tang'. It corresponds to the pineal gland and is the point where Ida and Pingala nadi's (channels) converge. This point is sometimes regarded as the center of inner knowing or intuition. It governs the lower brain, the eyes, ears and nose. It corresponds to Yin Tan located on the forehead between the eyes and Governor 16 on the spine at the base of the occiput.
The South pole will stimulate mental activity while the North pole will benefit sleep, quiet the mind, aid in mental clarity and reduce epileptic seizures. It also can be used to treat migraine headaches and retarded children.
The Sahasrara or crown chakra is related to the pituitary gland and externalizes at the vertex of the scalp. It corresponds to Governor 20. In Yoga, this is the place where the mystical union of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (energy) combine to create enlightenment. The pituitary is called the '˜master gland' because it controls the entire endocrine system.
Applying the South pole at this point will stimulate mental activity and physiological processes governed by the brain throughout the body. The North pole will calm mental agitation and relieve depression.
Summary of Locations:
Some authorities precisely locate the seven chakras along the from of the body as follows:
Muladhara -- at the perineum
Swadisthana -- the pubic bone
Manipura -- the Navel
Anahata -- the praecordial region (heart)
Vishuddha -- the base of the throat
Ajna -- as previously described.
Use approximately an 1100 Gauss magnet. Lay a flannel cloth over the spine of the back and position three magnets using North pole for sedating and dispersing and South pole for tonification as indicated for each patient directly over the spine corresponding to Vishuddha, Manipura and Swadisthana chakras respectively. One treatment session consists of approximately 15 to 30 minutes and the sessions can be taken twice daily.
The Anatomy of Biomagnetism by Albert Roy Davis Ph.D.
This is an important work describing the pioneer research in the use of biomagnetics by one of the late leaders in North America. It is available from Schafer's Health Centre (see below).
Medical Magnets, Nature's Healing Energy by Barbara Gordon, published by Magnetic Health Products (see below) and distributed in North America by Magna-Pak Inc. Box 4264-C London. Ontario, N5W 5J6 ph/fax 519-660-8386
Magnet Therapy Theory and Practice by Dr. Neville S. Bengali published by Jain publishers in India. 1921, Chuna Mandi street 10, Paharganj, New Delhi-110055
This is a very authoritative and informative book but the reader should be aware of a semantic difference that causes the author to reverse the description of the qualities of North and South poles.
Discovery of Magnetic Health by George J. Washnis and Richard Z. Hricak, published by Nova, Rockville, Maryland, USA
Magnet Therapy by Holger Hannemann, published by Sterling publishing company, New York.
Getting Started in Magnetic Healing and The Body Magnetic, both books by Dr. Burl Payne. Box 6023, Boulder, Co. 80306
Healing Magnetism by Heinz Schiegl. published by Weiser, York Beach, Maine
Biomagnetic Handbook by Philpott, MD and Sharon Taplin. Published by Enviro-Tech Products 17171 SE 29 St., Choctaw, OK 73020. 405/390-3499
The Art of Magnetic Healing by Santwani. Published in India by Jain in New Delhi.
Magnetic Field Therapy Handbook by R. Allen Walls. Published by inner Search foundation, Inc. McLean, Virginia.
(1) Gauss as the measure of strength described throughout this and all other books on magnetic therapy is very misleading since in fact, there exists no simple standard for measuring the strength of a magnet. The strength of a magnet is determined both by its size and the material of which it is made. To date, there is no reliable measure of magnetic strength based on size and material used. Therefore, all references to so called gauss measurement used throughout this or any other book, should be understood as only relative according to the size and material used.
(2)Nakagawa, Kyoichi, MD. 'Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome & Magnetic Treatment', Japan Medical Journal, #2745, 12/4/76
(3)Morgan, Toya 'Therapeutic Magnetism, Yesterday and Today' 4137 Chapman Way, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 1988 p.9
(4)It is interesting to compare this to tonification and sedation needle technique used by acupuncturists where rotating a needle clockwise is tonifying while the opposite counterclockwise rotation is sedating. Similarly, shiatsu and acupressure also corroborates the opposite therapeutic significance of clockwise and counterclockwise rotation.
(5)Because of this, it is easy to disarrange and the electron structure of a recording tape, CD or hard drive and thereby damage or destroy its stored information. The watchword of our high tech computer and information era is absolutely keep all magnets away from these systems.
(6)Barefoot, Robert R. and Reich, Carl M., MD, The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth, 1992