The history of magnetic therapy and its attractions
What is magnetic therapy, how does it work – and why are so many people turning to magnetic bracelets for pain relief? There’s nothing new about it. In fact, magnetic therapy goes way, way back, all the way back to the ancient people of China, Greece, India, Egypt and many more countries.
One of the earliest recorded uses of magnetic therapy is found in the Hindu Vedas, from 600 BC. The scriptures mention a lodestone being used to treat various ailments and diseases. A lodestone is a mineral that possesses natural magnetic qualities, and it seems symptoms could be alleviated by placing it on a person suffering from something.
But it’s believed that the ancient Chinese were using lodestones long before that, even around 1200 BC. Back then, healers used the magnetic material to balance the flow of chi – believing then, as now, that blockages in this life-force energy lead to all manner of physical problems. It was thought that magnetism could manipulate the flow of energy and restore it to proper channels, thereby bringing about healing in the body and helping to cure diseases.
In the many years and centuries since then, the popularity of magnetic therapy has grown as more people discovered the benefits of this alternative method of healing and pain relief. It really shouldn’t come as any surprise that magnetism has at least a protective function for the human body. All of us, right now, is surrounded by vast fields of magnetism that are generated by the spinning iron core at the centre of the Earth. They shoot out into space and deflect powerful radiation and solar blasts that would otherwise rain down on us and wipe out life on the planet.