By Aruna Joshi June 2010 Magnet therapy can help to cure a variety of diseases The healer uses a magnet under an acupressure stick It is said that queen Cleopatra of Egypt slept with a magnetic stone on her forehead, believed to maintain her charm, youth and vigour. The Egyptians also followed the laws of magnetism in the pyramids which prevented the degeneration and decay of the mummies.According to old Hindu tradition, a person on the deathbed is kept on the ground with the head pointing towards north. This aligns the body with the magnetic field of the earth and the demise magnetic becomes easy and painless.The association of magnets with our well-being is a time-immemorial practice. Its healing properties were acknowledged and exercised as early as 4000 BC, when the Vedas came into being in India. Some traces of magnet therapy were also found in the early writings of Egypt and Greece as well. They were well versed with the magical powers of this mysterious gift of mother earth bestowed upon the human civilisation.This miraculously potent tool went into oblivion, only to be r edi s cov e r ed in the medieval period and gained prominence with the discovery of electricity, electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction.The concept on which magnet therapy works is completely in conformity with nature, thus aiding the natural process of healing. ‘There are absolutely no side-effects if used with caution’ The human body is not only affected by various natural magnetic fields like that of earth or other celestial bodies and by artificially produced electromagnetic fields due to electrical and electronic gadgets, but also acts as a magnet by itself. Every cell in the human body acts as a magnet producing a fluctuating magnetic field around itself. The magnitude or intensity of the magnetic field produced depends on the type of activity of the body and is also different for different organs depending on the composition of their cellular structure, thus maintaining the equilibrium. In case of any disease or injury, this stability is disturbed. By using magnet therapy, this balance can be restored, and in the process the affected area is healed. Magnet therapy can also act as a preventive tool in some cases, by always maintaining the balance of positive and negative ions in the body.“In magnet therapy, when the body comes in contact with the magnets, the magnetic waves pass through the tissues producing heat thus reducing the pain and swelling. This also promotes the growth of cells, increases the RBC and the secretion of hormones is regulated,” says Dr Singh of Care Centre, Mumbai, where he practises magnet therapy along with other alternative therapies. There are many sceptical views on magnet therapy, as is the case of other alternative therapies. But one needs to experience it to believe it. Various types of magnets with an acupressure stick Geeta Thakkar was suffering from chronic back pain and body pain for 20 long years, after an accident. Since there was no relief even after being bombarded with strong doses of painkillers and steroids, she was advised surgery. Coincidently, she met a friend, who advised her to try magnet therapy for her problem. With the view that there was nothing to lose, and tired of popping pills, she decided to give it a shot. “It worked, and my life took a miraculous turn after that.” Fully cured and convinced of the efficacy of this therapy, she has now decided to spread awareness and help people cure diseases. So she is now a magnet therapy and acupressure practitioner.The experts say that magnet therapy by itself, works for certain ailments, but for others, it works best when used in combinat ion wi th acupres sure. Magnet therapy can treat almost all diseases on a physical as well as mental level.“There was a patient who had not slept for three months. He went home happily after being completely cured of insomnia by bio-magnetic sleeping system magnet therapy,” says Dr Singh. Magnet therapy practitioners also claim that any kind of digestive problems, particularly the common ones like acidity and gas as a result of today’s lifestyle, are not only completely curable, but can also be prevented by this powerful tool. The treatment for this is quite simple. The patient has to drink water from a magnetised jar on an empty stomach, for a prescribed number of days. Geeta Thakkar Some chronic ailments like diabetes, blood pressure issues, high cholesterol, arthritis, rheumatism, varicose veins, asthma, and headaches, can be treated by magnet therapy. Magnet therapy works best on any kind of pain and stiffness in the body. The practitioners have treated patients with hair fall and dandruff. People trying to get rid of extra fat can also find some solace in magnet therapy.Due to today’s ruthlessly competitive environment, many are confronted with depression, stress, and anxiety. Medication for such psychosomatic ailments does not eradicate the root cause. In such cases, magnet therapy is a definite option. Dr Ramesh (name changed) fell prey to cut-throat competition, and went into severe depression. He became extremely forgetful which badly affected his practice. Geeta Thakkar treated him out of this depression with the aid of magnet therapy.The treatment is gaining popularity due to the ease of use. It is simple and the treatment can be given any time on any part of the body of any age group. Magnets used for treatment can also be carried on journeys or to workplaces. In case of pain the relief is noticed in the very first sitting. Like other medicines, the dose of treatment depends on various factors like the type of disease, age of the patient and the individual susceptibility to magnets.There are absolutely no side effects, if used with caution. The size, shape and strength of the magnets play a vital role in its use. Hence it should be used only under proper guidance. Very strong magnets should not be used on delicate parts like the brain and heart. Pregnant women should avoid the use of this therapy. This treatment should not be taken immediately after or before meals as it might cause a nauseating feeling. People fitted with a pacemaker or rod of any kind in the body cannot use this therapy.Since this treatment abides by the law of nature, the patient taking the treatment either in sitting or supine position is always aligned in the N-S direction. Also the feet of the patient should not touch the ground as there has to be insulation between the body and the earth.Magnets have an important effect on other living beings such as plants and animals. The magnetism of earth is responsible for the survival and growth of living beings on the surface of the earth. Treating the seeds with magnetic field is said to increase their strength, thus giving rise to healthier crops.Magnet therapy has taken a quantum leap, with more and more people wanting to give it a try, especially as it has no side effects.
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