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 Post subject: Magnetic bracelets??
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:59 pm 
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Q: we have all seen them. can anyone vouch for the bracelets (z rays, trion:z) etc that seem to be pervasive in infomercials etc. my son just bought a trion:z and if he thinks it helps and makes his golf game better, hey i know self hypnosis works (yes, most everyone calls it placebo effect, but it is hypnosis). but has anyone done energetic testing to see if there is objective evidence to its effectiveness. thanks Jeff Baird DO


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:10 pm 
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A1: It is more than placebo. Back when I was an acupuncture student, an elderly friend called. She had had a frozen shoulder for two weeks and couldn't even dress herself. I couldn't needle yet, so I stopped at a hardware store, picked up some round magnets, about a quarter inch thick, and brought some tape. I placed one on her trapezius near the muscle insertion, and tapped it for a minute before taping it on. If she had felt worse, I would have flipped it over so the other pole was down (the magnet was not labeled as many are today.) I taped another, same pole down, on the dorsal side of her wrist on the same meridian. We talked for a bit, and a half hour later she was able to raise her arm above her head. She kept them on for two weeks and it never came back. Since that time I have treated many people with magnets for pain or numbness.

Not all magnets are created equal, even of equal gauss rate. Some don't penetrate deeply and others are too strong. I buy mine from Oriental Medical Supply. I use Korean hand magnets on auricular points because they seem stronger than the ear magnets and don't get imbedded in tissue if they are on for too long. When I was doing addiction acupuncture, we used the ear magnets to calm the outpatients over Sundays (otherwise they came daily.) I use the color coded plastic-encased magnets when there is strong pain, and acupoint gold magnets for more general use when I want to continue the effect of acupuncture treatments. Flat sheet magnets are virtually inert. Ceramic magnets sometimes are more effective than rare earth magnets, but they are larger and somewhat clumsy. I prefer polar magnets to the "multipolar" ones, but Japanese research (proprietary, so possibly not objective) seems to find a slight benefit to the latter.

I have had good experience with magnetic mattress pads getting rid of tingling limbs. It may take a week or so to accommodate to sleeping over a magnetic field though. The theory is that our background magnetic levels are lower than at other times since the poles of the earth seem to be reversing. I don't know if the theory is accurate, but I personally have slept on a magnetic mattress pad for ten years without problems. I have never found a decent magnetic innersole- the hardness of the magnets seems to counteract any benefit from the fields and mostly the magnets are too small to penetrate the feet appreciably.

Have never tried the bracelets and the necklaces strike me as too diffuse- I would rather use acupoints or muscle insertions to locate magnets.

Karen Vaughan, MSTOM
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Brooklyn, NY 11215
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A2: My experience is that magnetic fields create short-term changes in physiology, but the body quickly adapts and the effect is neutralized. I find magnets thus useful diagnostically but less so therapeutically.

Allen Berger, DC


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A3: Speaking from experience the Magnetic bracelet does work, what it does is help increase blood flow and keeps you a little more limber, in golf these are important. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in L4 and L5 and did not have surgery, I did acupuncture and chiropractor treatments which help control the pain however my lower back was always stiff. I purchased an inexpensive magnetic bracelet it did not work then my wife found a really nice bracelet for herself and it had a lot more gauss in the bracelet and she had really good results with it, so she purchased one for me within 24 hours I noticed a difference and this has allowed me to start exercising again which has also helped the issues. Best thing is giving it a try and see if it helps you.

Roger Dodd


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:16 pm 
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A4: They've got to interfere with meridian energy circuits.
Jerome Mittelman, DDS, FAPM


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A5: Someone bought my 8 yo son a bracelet and in less than ten minutes his nose started bleeding. I did not know what was happening, as he had never had a nosebleed in his life. I asked him if there was anything he had done and he said the only thing he knew of was that he put on a bracelet a few minutes ago. I went to the person and asked them about their gift to him. They told me it was a magnetic bracelet and it was supposed to be good for him. I removed it immediately and within moments his bleeding stopped. This was not an inexpensive gift, but I would always be cautious with magnetic therapy. I do believe it has its benefits.


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A6: The magnetic bracelets and other hematite jewelry can be tested by muscle testing, kinesiology. Put a cell phone on, not off next to the heart, normally a muscle test weak and then have the patient hold the magnet in their hand and the muscle will test strong. Not necessarily scientific but a good demonstration it does something. Usually a patient holds their arm out and then tests the deltoid muscle by pushing down on the arm. Of course for those scientifically oriented this may be questionable. But it will demonstrate some form of objectivity.


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