Magnetic therapy has been available for hundreds of years. Indeed Cleopatra is reported to have worn magnets to maintain her legendary looks and youth. Magnetic therapy has been championed by many, whilst others say that it is simply placebo working and that there is no scientific evidence to prove the benefits.
Lubna Latif, owner of Sumo Magnetic, has been selling magnetic therapy products directly to customers for over 2 years. She decided to add this to her range since it was non invasive, had no known side effects – unless wearing an electrical implant/being pregnant and had heard so many positive anecdotes.
So how exactly do magnets work? One theory about how magnets work is based upon it attracting the iron, (haemoglobin) in the blood and so slowly the circulation in the body starts to improve. “I believe that our blood is the elixir to eternal youth” says Lubna, “What the magnets do is give the blood a kick to get it moving around the body more efficiently and that in turn helps relieve pain for alot of people”.
Our blood, quite simply, equates to our vitality. It contains oxygen, nutrients and of course the iron – all of which help to feed the joints, muscles, bones, etc. Thus by helping to boost the circulation with magnets, many people feel relieved of their symptoms. Another theory is that the magnetic field it creates provides energy and extra oxygen in the white blood cells which help with their primary function as infection fighters. Consequently the amount of pain/inflammation is decreased by helping the body to get back into a state of homeostasis.
So the question is, just who should we listen to? The people who use the products and have reported positive benefits or science?
Well, if we look at science, depending on which side of the fence you sit on, there are studies to support either side. So confusingly we don’t get much clarity there. Doctors at Imperial College in London used intense magnetic pulse stimulation – which is similar strength to an MRI scan, for people suffering from partial damage to their spinal cord. The results showed an improved muscle and limb movement with an increased ability to feel sensations. While other studies into the benefit of magnetic soles compared to placebo aluminium soles showed no significant results.
It is interesting to note that as the population ages, there is a shift in the way that we view ourselves, our relationship with our bodies and how we can work with this more so from a natural perspective. Many people are becoming disillusioned with having to take hoards of medication to combat one symptom after another and are looking at alternative practices to help heal themselves or at least relieve some of their pain. This article is certainly not advocating that you stop taking your medication. The code of practice that should be adhered to is to always consult your doctor first before you decide to take any steps with your health.
Nevertheless, have you noticed that more people are beginning to take responsibility for their health? We are eating better, exercising more, smoking less, drinking moderately, maybe even meditating. The shift is towards a cleaner, healthier and mindful way of living for health and happiness.
So, going back to whether magnets work. The right question to maybe ask yourself might be, “What have I got to loose and what could I gain?” The anecdotal evidence for the use of magnets is huge. If you worked with me for one day, you would speak to people who would swear by them and tell you how it has helped them. By the same token, you would inevitably hear stories from people who tried them and said it was a waste of time.
I liken magnetic therapy as a form of medicine. If you were ill and went to the doctors, s/he would prescribe medication A, you would take it but it didn’t help with your symptoms. You go back and the Doctor prescribes medication B to you and that works. Magnets are similar. It will work brilliantly for some people and for others not one jot. At the end of the day, is it worth a try? You might decide to invest in a strap, a support or an underlay and you never know, it might, just might, help you with your symptoms. The question is, are you curious enough to try it out?
Lubna Latif has a BSc in Psychology, Masters in Criminlogy, has lived and worked in 3 continents and is a trained holistic therapist of several years. She runs Sumo Magnetic Therapy and at One Holistic Therapy and will be happy to answer any of your questions that relate to the above article or their health using the modality of massage or magnetic therapy. firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 865 6488.