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Humans have been using the power of healing stones to improve their physical and mental health for millennia. But we haven't only been using these mystical gems, we have also been using magnets. In fact, water purifiers with magnets became very popular a few decades ago, this magnetically purified water was thought to reduce stomach acid, calm nerves and drain excess water from our system, among other benefits.
Out of all the different types of magnetic therapy used to improve our health, the most popular is known as biomagnetic therapy. This is an alternative medicine and the information given is merely informative, it should never substitute any treatments prescribed by a doctor
The objective of biomagnetic therapy is to cure and balance our bodies' pH level through the use of weak to medium strength magnets placed on the patient's body. The discoverer was Isaac Goiz Durán, a Mexican doctor, who pioneered the treatment in 1988. According to his theory, many illnesses of varied complexity and many interferences with our wellbeing can be put down to fundamental alterations of the pH level of our internal organs and the presence of viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, toxins and other factors.
Goiz believes that all illnesses or ailments are perfectly curable as long as there isn't a serious deterioration on the organs or tissues, and through the use of biomagnetic therapy, he is able to identify and correct the origin of all these problems. It is described as a preventive treatment which can detect pathologies before they even have a chance to manifest themselves.
This medicine describes human beings as being formed of thousands of millions of electrons which form atoms, which are clumped together in cells, which then make our organ tissue, bones, muscles, skin, nerves and other elements that make up our organism.
For the human body to function optimally, all its components should be permanently supplied with electromagnetic energy from its own electrons, and when these fail, they can be reactivated using magnets.
This treatment aims to restore the patient's internal balance, which fortifies the immune system, and allows the body to heal itself.
A session normally consists of the patient lying down on a gurney on which the therapist performs some pre-therapy checks and they discuss the pains the patient has. The therapist then places pairs of natural magnets of medium intensity and of different charges (positive and negative) on specific points of the body in order to restore pH balance. The treatment usually lasts between an hour or two.
The patient must wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, be relaxed and switch off their mobile phone. The treatment is completely painless, non-invasive, and the patient usually notices a drowsy and calm sensation in their bodies.
But is it effective? According to Yataco Morales, biomagnetic therapist from Peru, 70% of the patients who undergo some form of magnetic therapy find that they feel better afterwards. However, it must also be said that in some cases patients don't feel any different after therapy. Others, depending on the gravity of their problems, find themselves feeling better from the first session onwards.
If our bodies react to biomagnetic therapy, the amount of sessions needed to finalize treatment depends on various factors such as the illness in question, the chronicity of said illness, our age, our size, our metabolism and our nutritional patterns.
Many illnesses and pains can be prevented, treated or improved with some form of biomagnetic treatment, according to the experts in this field who insist that it's not a substitute for traditional medical treatment, although it can complement and assist these.
Below is a list of some of the illnesses which can be treated with biomagnetic therapy.
It can treat illnesses such as dermatitis, allergies or lupus.
Depending on the stage of the tumour and how long it has been there for, and whether it has caused irreversible changes or not, it could help treat abscesses, cysts or even cancer.
Magnetic therapy could help get rid of headaches, vertigo, migraines, neuralgia and meningitis, amongst other ailments. Some experts even believe that magnetic therapy can slow the development of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimers.
Biomagnetic therapy is a strong ally against psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, acne and cold sores.
Once again, biomagnetic therapy is considered to be a strong ally against diabetes, thyroid problems, problems with sexual organs, etc.
These therapies are good for treating back pains, both osseous and muscular, fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, sprains, and many more.
Biomagnetic therapy can help diminish aggressiveness, schizophrenia, insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc.
Biomagnetic therapy is also used to treat respiratory problems, ailments in the mouth, the ears and the eyes, hepatic and renal disorders and venereal diseases.
At the beginning of the article we mentioned that magnetic stones have always caught humans attention and that we looked for any magical powers which could benefit our health in the stones.
In Ancient Egypt, magnetite was considered to be sacred because it brang the god Horus with it, and ensured that he would help regulate the movements of the universe.
In the north of Europe, it is believed that the Viking civilization knew of the magnetic properties of the stones and used them as compasses to ensure they wouldn't veer off their route during long sea journeys.
Even though the father of biomagnetism is widely considered to be Isaac Goiz, we cannot forget to mention the doctor Mesmer, who in 1771, became famous due to his use of magnets to treat illnesses and is considered to be the authentic father of magnetic therapy.
One of his best known treatments was to give the patient a supplement rich in iron and then move magnets along the patient's body to line up their magnetic field.