An Overview of Biomagnetic
by Edward A. Hacmac, D.C., January 1991
Today there is a reawakening
to the use of magnetism in the field of therapeutics. Through innovative
design and revolutionary applications, biomagnetism is finding an
ever-increasing niche in the health care fields of many countries
throughout the world. To fully understand this phenomenon and the
potential it has in our world today, it is helpful to look at some
historical applications and facts about magnetism.
For thousands of years, mankind
has utilized the beneficial powers of magnetism, knowing little
about the specific reasons it worked or effects it created, but
realizing only that curative results could be achieved.
The oldest known usage of magnetic
powers is traced to Africa, where an African bloodstone (magnetite)
mine more than 100,000 years old has been found. The magnetite was
ground up and used in potions, foods and topical applications.
In ancient Greece, Aristotle
was the first person in recorded history to speak of the therapeutic
properties of the natural magnets of this time. Nevertheless, most
of the ancient civilizations, including the Hebrews, Arabs, Indians,
Egyptians and Chinese, used magnets for healing.
It is recorded, that around 200
B.C., the Greek physician Galen found, that pain from many different
types of illnesses could be relieved by applying natural magnets.
In the first century, the Chinese
began documenting effects on health and disease related to variations
in the Earth's magnetic field, using very sensitive compasses to
monitor those variations.
Around 1000 A.D., a Persian physician
documented the use of magnets to relieve disorders such as gout
and muscle spasms.
In the 1600's, an English physician
named Gilbert wrote of magnetism, and in the 1700's another physician
named Mesmer wrote a dissertation on magnetism that has proven to
be a foundation for magnetic healing in the Western culture. Dr.
Mesmer's name became synonymous with magnetism, but in a negative
fashion. He was ridiculed for his advanced discoveries and his abilities
to use magnetism for good. It was called "mesmerism",
scoffed at as unscientific and unreliable, and was deemed an unworthy
practice or "charlatanism".
Despite the increasing ridicule,
other studies were performed, including the first in-depth study
of the history of magnetic treatment of diseases; undertaken in
1777 by France's Royal Society of Medicine. Other studies included
reports by Eydam in 1843, Charot and Renard in 1878, Westphal and
Gangee in 1878, Mueller in 1879, Benedict and Drozdov in 1879, Benedict
in 1885 and Quinan in 1886.
Negative studies on magnetic
therapy were forthcoming; one by Peterson and Kennelly of the influential
Edison Laboratory, and another by Rosenberg, who stated in 1928
that "We must admit that until now, no basis for acknowledging
the effect of a constant magnetic field has been obtained".
This appears to have become the established theory in western countries
for some time.
Irregardless, future research
and development were soon to become monumental in re-awakening the
interest in biomagnetism. Beginning in the 1930's, researchers such
as Davis in 1936 and Hansen in 1938 began to write of their investigations
and experiments using magnetism. Hansen reported that subjective
complaints were being relieved by the application of magnetism,
such as in sciatica, low back pain, and joint pains. Davis wrote
of his studies which showed differing effects of the north and south
pole energies when applied to plants and animals.
By 1958, much work was being
done in Japan, and by 1959, published reports were beginning to
appear from Nakagawa, Tomizuka, and Takeyama. At that time, several
medical Congresses on "Magnetism and Living Bodies" were
presented and followed by three Conferences on "Magnetic Fields
and Living Bodies" from 1974-1976.
Today, much continuing scientific
research in France, Russia, England, Canada, India, China, Japan
and the United States is providing invaluable data on how magnetic
fields affect the nervous and circulatory systems, as well as every
living cell, whether animal, human or plant.
Through the use of ultra-sensitive
measuring devices now available, the human body, in fact all life,
is found to be electrical in nature and therefore is influenced
by and responds to minute magnetic/electrical changes.
Nakagawa has reported on the
existence of a group of symptomatic conditions that respond favorably
to an introduction of a magnetic field, when all else has failed.
He calls this group of health problems "Magnetic Deficiency
Syndrome" and documents much research in Japan on the use of
magnetotherapeutic devices such as magnetic bracelets, necklaces,
rings and mattresses to treat this Syndrome.
At Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, a prestigious laboratory has been established to study
and document advances in magnetic field therapy, and the United
Stated Government has recently (1990) begun funding new research
at Florida State University.
All these studies into the diagnostic
and therapeutic benefits of magnetism promise to create a new age
for an energy not totally understood; yet destined to play a major
role in the health care of the future.
Our thanks to Dr. Hacmac for a most excellent overview. Many
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As Dr. Hacmacs' overview shows, there is strong evidence of
health benefits dating back a thousand years and more. And yet,
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