Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields for Sleep and Pain

Many of the people that will read this article may have never heard of the use of magnetic fields, electricity and or frequencies as a way to treat and heal the human body. However, there are many devices available on the market today that claim to do just that. Does this type of technology fall into what would be accepted as the ‘standard of care’ in treating disease?

Let’s try to answer the above question, and frame it in a way that will make sense. Most of the medicine that is practiced today is essentially one-dimensional. The practice of ‘main stream’ allopathic medicine revolves around the reductionist pharmaceutical view of what causes disease, and how it should be treated. This thought process has led to a very myopic view point of how to cure an illness. If this industry can’t make billions of dollars from a patented drug or other treatment protocol, there is virtually less than zero interest in pursuing it as a treatment. This means that some well researched cures are less likely to become ‘main stream’ accepted treatments, mostly because of an inability or willingness to jump through all of the political and monetary hoops.

With that said, this creates a dichotomy as far as some healing professionals are concerned. Are there already treatment modalities out there that lead to cures which have been shown anecdotally and in preliminary studies to work? There certainly are… but they don’t get any traction because of the way many of these modalities are being offered to the public, and due to the fact that they don’t meet what is considered to be a part of the established ‘standard of care’ set forth by allopathic medical organizations such as the AMA. Doctors are actually at risk if they try to treat individuals with modalities that have been shown to work in the field, in some cases for decades.

For example, the field of electro-medicine and its use of Pulsed Magnetic Electrical Fields (PEMF) is one such modality that has shown great promise in helping the body to heal. There are hundreds of studies which show the benefits that this modality offers, and it is irresponsible that the medical profession has not pursued this avenue more aggressively. One reason for this is that it isn’t a drug and patentable, however the more obvious reason is that if you actually cure someone of a disease, then you can’t make any more money off of their pain and suffering in the future.

PEMF and other forms of frequency/energy medicine have actually been around and available to everyone for approximately a hundred years or so in one form or another. For those of you who are not familiar with the technologies that are out there, several researcher names that you’ll want to remember are Hulda Clark, Bob Beck, Robert O Becker, Royal Rife and more recently a company called Sleep Tech Ltd. (http://www.earthpulse.net/) that sells an electromagnetic device called the Earth Pulse. These individuals and or companies have either worked with, or have had a great deal of success in using electrical current, magnetic fields and/or frequencies in general for use as a healing modality. There have been many others, some of which have either worked alongside these individuals or have done work on their own.

This subject matter can be quite complicated, so for those who need a primer it would require more space than is allotted in this article to properly cover all aspects of this subject. However, in an effort to wet your appetite when it comes to PEMF, this article will attempt to provide some basic information. Is PEMF safe? Yes, simply because we are not talking about the same kind of ‘field’ and frequency ranges that are generated by cell phones and other electrical devices (which are dangerous). PEMF devices produce extremely low frequency pulsed magnetic fields that are for the most part specific frequencies that range from 1 Hz to 50 Hz.

There are many uses for this technology, some of which include its use in treating arthritis and pain, all the way to using it to facilitate sleep states. In one study PEMF was used with great success in the treatment of arthritis. It is stated in the study that “The analysis of various studies (animal models of arthritis, cell culture systems and clinical trials) reporting the use of PEMF for arthritis cure has conclusively shown that PEMF not only alleviates the pain in the arthritis condition but it also affords chondroprotection, exerts anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling and this could be developed as a viable alternative for arthritis therapy”. (1)

In another study that was performed in 2003 by Thomas J. Goodwin, Ph.D. at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center on nerve cells he states “One may use this electrical potentiation for a number of purposes, including developing tissues for transplantation, repairing traumatized tissues, and moderating some neurodegenerative diseases and perhaps controlling the degeneration of tissue as might be effected in a bioelectric stasis field”. (2)

This study performed by Dr. Kepler et al. reports that PEMF has a direct impact on the nerves with oscillatory properties and other neural networks. Research such as this demonstrates the possibilities that a pulse width modulated system can create specific responses in neural tissues. (3) In yet another study Dr. Valentini et al. demonstrated the ability to enhance the outgrowth of neural fibers on materials that possess a weak electric charge. (4)

If you really want to get serious about your health, you have to realize that you will have to take matters into your own hands to a degree, especially if you are not getting the answers you need from the medical profession. This isn’t to say that you should ignore the medical model, just don’t depend on it to provide you with the answers that will help you to truly heal. Discussing the pros and cons of the medical profession is better served doing so in another article. So, what is suggested here is that you take the time to research this subject and use it responsibly.

Note: This kind of technology should not be used by those that have a pace maker installed. Also, it is not clear how it will work on those that have metal prosthetics. More research is certainly warranted, and the author is not condoning the use of any one product. From a personal point of view however, I have used the EarthPulse PEMF device and have noted its ability to heal soft tissue damage, and accelerate the sleep process.


  1. Ganesan K. et.al, (2009) Low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field–a viable alternative therapy for arthritis. Indian J Exp Biol., 47(12):939-48.
  2. Goodwin T., (2003) Physiological and molecular genetic effects of time-varying electromagnetic fields on human neuronal cells. Retrieved from ston.jsc.nasa.gov/collections/TRS/_techrep/TP-2003-212054.pdf
  3. Kepler T. et. al. (1990). The effect of electrical coupling on the frequency of model neuronal oscillators. Science 24:83-85.
  4. Valentini R. et. al. (1993). Patterned neuronal attachment and outgrowth on surface modified, electrically charged fluoropolymer substrates. J Biomat Sci Polymer Edn 5(1/2):13-36.

Source by Dr. James Lembeck

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