Biomagnetic Therapy

Magnetic energy is a structuring force of the universe. The application of magnetic fields to damaged tissue improves blood flow, which encourages the body’s healing process. Muscles and tissues relax and lengthen and inflammation and pain are reduced.

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 concept of ‘Qi’, or the East Indian Ayurvedic definition of ‘Prana’. These concepts are what many in the West regard as the ‘life force’.


I have experimented with the use of magnets for many years, beginning with myself and then extending to family, friends, students and patients. I had particularly convincing results on two occasions when I treated problems of my own. Both were soft-tissue injuries, one to my elbow and the other a ligament injury of my knee.

I did not know the cause of the elbow pain – perhaps it was an injury or a strain. It had persisted for over 2 weeks, during which time acupuncture and herbal treatments had provided only slight temporary relief. It is well known that soft-tissue injuries can take some time to heal, but it would be most helpful if during that time there was a simple, non-invasive way of hastening the healing and relieving the pain.

I decided to experiment using magnets to treat the problem. I had heard of magnetic therapy – basically that there was a difference therapeutically between the magnet’s North and South polarities – but I had no experience with or further knowledge of their use. When I taped a small 1 000 Gauss Accu Band magnet directly on the skin over the ‘trigger point’ or centre of the pain in my arm, I was amazed to find that the pain almost completely disappeared within 5 minutes. I experimented 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 when it was 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 it was alleviated by reversing the magnet to North.


After this experience I was intrigued with the therapeutic possibilities of biomagnetic therapy. However, I still had no idea whether the treatment to my arm had only relieved the symptoms or could eventually have promoted complete healing. I also found that there were discrepancies, both in published articles and in information 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 I had an uncertain grasp of the basic theoretical and practical methodology, however, my results were inconclusive.

I say all this because there may be others who, as I did, feel unsure about the value and results of an experience of biomagnetic therapy. They may appreciate corroboration from someone who has become fully convinced that biomagnetic therapy may be one of the safest and most powerful natural healing methods ever discovered by humankind, especially for the relief of pain.


My interest in magnets was rekindled a few years later when I had a crippling soft-tissue injury to my right knee. It was particularly debilitating because there were few positions, standing, sitting or reclining, that provided relief. Having nearly forgotten about my previous experience with the magnets on my elbow, I began by using acupuncture, moxa-bustion (heat applied to specific acupuncture points) and herbal poultices, fomentations and liniments. Everything helped to some extent, but I could still barely walk, and could not find a comfortable position to either sit or recline.

I was certainly not looking forward to having to attend a forthcoming natural products trade show, where I would have to stand – and I had also promised my excited young son an outing to a nearby entertainment park! In desperation I remembered the all-but-forgotten magnets, 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 gallbladder and bladder meridians. I found the local application of the North magnets around the knee to be most effective. Within two hours after their application, the pain was all but gone.

I decided to conduct the same experiments on my knee that I had done on my elbow, removing and reapplying the magnets, changing them to irrelevant locations, and reversing their polarity. My previous findings were 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 resolved completely.


After this second powerful experience with biomagnetic therapy, I decided to use 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. I have found biomagnetic therapy to be around 90% effective for the relief of pain and conditions caused by inflammation. For example, a woman diagnosed with colitis had tried many forms of conventional and non-conventional treatment over the past year. She obtained relief within a week when magnets were applied to her lower abdomen. A man with arthritis in his hands and fingers, who responded only minimally to acupuncture and herbal therapy, used magnetic balls to relieve his condition, which eventually healed completely. Another man had increasing stiffness in his fingers that was threatening 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 magnetic balls could offer to the many people who have suffered injury from repetitive use or incorrect playing techniques.

Every patient with acute or chronic lower back, elbow or knee problems obtained relief from the local application of magnets, and many recovered completely. Patients with asthma found that the application of magnets to their upper back or chest provided the relief they desperately needed, without any further medication. The list goes on to include upper respiratory allergies, gastro-intestinal and digestive complaints and migraine headaches, all of which were relieved with the use of magnets, and the range of conditions continues to increase. With expanded methods of application using magnetised water, magnetised oils, magnetic mattresses and mattress pads, jewellery and so forth, I am convinced that there is no condition in which biomagnetic therapy will not at least be helpful.


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Biomagnetic Therapy

Dr Michael Tierra
About The Author
- OMD. He is a pioneer in the study of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine in the West and is an authority on the world's herbal traditions. His expertise comes from over 30 years of practice and study in North America, China and India. He is the founder of the American Herbalists Guild and the East-West School of Herbology. He has authored several books on health and herbal healing. He practises at the East West clinic in Santa Cruz in Central California.