History of Magnetic Therapy

history of magnetic therapy

Magnetic therapy is not new

There are historical references dating back thousands of years. Most ancient cultures; Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Arabic, and Hebrew, used the  beneficial effects of magnets to safe guard good health and promote wellbeing.

Cleopatra wore a small magnet on her forehead to preserve her beauty and youthfulness.

 3 BC The Greek philosopher Aristotle spoke about the therapeutic properties of the magnet.  


1 AD   Pliny talked about using magnets to cure eye complaints.


3 AD   The Greek physician Galen used magnets as a cure for constipation.


4 AD   Marcel used magnets as a cure for headaches.


6 AD   Alexander of Troiles used magnets to ease painful joints.


11 AD Avicenna used magnets as a cure for melancholy.


Albertus Magnus claimed that magnets exercised a powerful and salutary effect upon the system.


16 AD Swiss scientist Paracelsus studied in detail the application of magnets for different illnesses, observing the diverse healing effects of North and South poles upon the body.


Kircher published many writings on the magnet. The ‘Magnetismus Medicinalium’ informs us of the continuous utilisation of magnets since ancient times, and describes the methods employed and the results obtained.


1777 Canon of Verneuil-sur Seine ‘abbe Le Noble’ studied magnetic applications in the treatment of diseases. He sent a dissertation of his work to ‘Society Royale de Medicine’ who appointed two experts Audry and Thouret to verify the power of the magnet in the treatment of diseases. Their findings were very favourable and they concluded that one day magnets would play an essential part in medicine, as it did in physics.


1783Society Royale de Medicine’ produced a second report containing 61 fresh observations using magnets for different cures.


18 AD Pastuer discovered the action of magnetic fields on enzymes.


1843 Eydam published a thesis on the application of a magnetic field to the human body for therapeutic purposes.


1869 Maggiorani announced positive results by applying magnetic fields in the treatment of hysteria and diabetes.


1878 Charcot and Renard used magnets to treat hysteria.

1900s Dr Le Prince and two French Naturopaths, Hector Henri and Gaston Durville published findings about magnetic therapy.


1936 Dr Albert Roy Davis Director of Davis Research Laboratory (a pioneer in the field of Biomagnetics) and Rawls carried out numerous experiments to research the effect of magnetism on living organisms.


1940s Russian doctors used magnets to reduce pain in amputees, and have carried out research on numerous ailments using magnetic therapy.


1950s to present day


Dr S Alexander of the North American Aviation Corporation increased the life span of mice up to 45% longer using magnetic energy.

Dr L J Audos (Bedford College, London) produced significant growth curves in plants by seeding with magnetic fields.

Dr A Bhattacharya a practising physician near Calcutta uses a 300 gauss magnet to stop pain.

Drs Boe and Salunke (Utah State University) discovered tomatoes ripened faster when exposed to magnetic energy.

American scientist Dr Frank Brown completed research that established beyond doubt that the cycles of a number of simpler organisms could be changed Dramatically by exposing them to a permanent magnetic field.

Dr L Gross of the Waldemar Medical Research at Port Washington New York treated tumours with magnetic fields.

Dr Nakagawa carried out studies on over 11,500 patients, showing favourable results in cases of neck, shoulder and back stiffness, insomnia and migraine.

Dr Buryl Payne, Physicist and Psychologist, reports various ways magnetic fields affect living organisms;

  • Increases blood flow with resultant increased oxygen-carrying capacity, both of which are basic to helping the body heal itself.
  • Changes in the migration of calcium ions which can either bring calcium ions to heal a bone in half the usual time or can help move calcium away from painful arthritic joints.
  • The pH balance of various body fluids can be altered by magnetic fields.
  • Hormone production from the endocrine glands can be increased or decreased by magnetic stimulation.

Dr Pressman of the University of Moscow produced an interesting manual on 'Magnetic Fields and its uses in life'.

Dr R Sierra at Puerto Rico Research Laboratory has used polarised water for irrigation, and noted the influences of the different energies.


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