Magnetotherapy: what is it?
Magnetotherapy is not new: this unconventional medicine has been used since Antiquity in China, Egypt and Greece as part of the treatment of inflammatory diseases – arthritis, osteoarthritis …
Recognized “safe” by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987, magnetotherapy appeared in Europe between the 19th and the 20th century.
How it works ? The principle, very concretely, is to put on the skin a small special magnet called a “neodyne magnet” whose power is (often) between 0.12 and 0.22 Tesla – by way of comparison: devices which allow to perform MRI exams have a power of between 1 and 3 Tesla.
“ In the laboratory, it has been shown that an electric current can arise between a magnet and a conductive fluid, explains Dr. Corinne Leman, pharmacist. Although this has not been proven, the same thing probably happens when a neodyne magnet comes into contact with the skin: a weak electric current is diffused in the body thanks to the blood, which contains conductive substances. ”
Result? ” The cells benefit from this weak electric current, adds the specialist. Very empirically, we observe that magnetotherapy decreases chronic pain, headache, the back pain and improves the well-being of users. ”
Attention : if magnetotherapy is widely used (and recognized) in the United States and Japan, no serious scientific study has demonstrated the benefits of this unconventional medicine. ” Magnetotherapy is absolutely not intended to replace medical treatment and can in no way replace a medical consultation: it can however constitute an appreciable complement, underlines Dr. Leman. I advise everyone to form their own opinion! ”
Magnetotherapy: what are the indications?
Are there any contraindications? ” Magnetotherapy is obviously contraindicated in people with a pacemaker (pacemaker), notes Dr. Leman. This unconventional medicine is also contraindicated in pregnant women as well as in young children. “When in doubt, medical advice is essential.
In which cases can we use magnetotherapy? The main indications of magnets are analgesics, anti-inflammatory and relaxing:
- Chronic pain,
- Muscle and tendon pain: tendonitis, stiffness …,
- Bone pain,
- Joint pain.
In France, where are we? A report published in 1999 by Afssaps (currently ANSM: National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products) explains that, with regard to magnetotherapy “ only an action of relieving joint pain or muscular can be claimed ” car ” the procedure seems to have effects on pain perception in recent trauma or inflammatory processes “. However, ” there is not yet enough evidence to accurately determine the indications and methodology. ”
Attention : this same report specifies that ” in the absence of clinical studies relating to the precise therapeutic indications (…) magnetotherapy cannot claim an action on pathological states or diseases such as spasmophilia, tetany, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, cholesterol,urticaria, inflammations of the throat etc. ”
Thanks to Dr. Corinne Leman, pharmacist and distributor for the Energetix brand.