Learn more about the science behind PEMF

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PEMF research has shown great effectiveness during over 40 years of study, including thousands of papers and controlled clinical studies on PEMF itself and tens of thousands on the biological effects of magnetic fields in general. If you do a little searching online, especially using PubMed, Google Scholar, or, you will find PEMF research papers on a vast range of health conditions, some of which are listed below.

Especially with the most chronic conditions, we should not assume, based on one or two studies, that PEMF, or any other therapy, is a miracle cure. In these situations, a combined therapy approach often gets the best results.

Also, PEMF research has used various equipment, often custom-made and not commercially available. And some of the smaller studies don’t approach the standards applied in larger, randomised and placebo-controlled studies.

Of the studies that follow, as many as possible are randomised and placebo-controlled, and almost all have appeared in peer-reviewed professional journals. This is only a tiny sample of the total PEMF research available, but it can give you some validation of how PEMF works and the wide range of health issues that researchers have applied it to.



Exposure of cells to pulsed low electric fields (PEMF) enhances adsorption and uptake of macromolecules

Antov, Y, et al. Biophys J. 2005


Effects of low energy emission therapy in chronic psychophysiological insomnia

Pasche, B, et al. Sleep. 1996


Low frequency and low intensity pulsed electromagnetic field exerts its anti-inflammatory effect through restoration of plasma membrane calcium ATPase activity

Selvam, R, et al. Life Sci. 2007

Experiments showing that electromagnetic fields can be used to treat inflammatory diseases

Nindl G, et al. Biomed Sci Instrum. 2000 Pulsed electromagnetic fields in knee osteoarthritis: a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial

Bagnato Gl, et al. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016


Microcirculatory effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields

Smith TL, et al. J Orthop Res. 2004

The impact of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on blood pressure and circulating nitric oxide levels: a double blind, randomized study

Kim Ch, et al. Mayo Clinic, Blood Press. 2019

Cellular Effects

Biological effects of electromagnetic fields

Adey, WR. J. Cell Biochem. 1993

Effects of low-energy electromagnetic fields (pulsed and DC) on membrane signal transduction processes in biological systems

Luben, RA. Health Phys. 1991

Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields as effectors of cellular responses in vitro: possible immune cell activation

Simko, M. J Cell Biochem. 2004


Pulsed magnetic fields accelerate cutaneous wound healing in rats

Strauch, B, et al. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007

The effects of non-thermal pulsed electromagnetic energy on wound healing of pressure ulcers in spinal cord-injured patients: a randomized, double-blind study

Salzberg CA, et al. Ostomy Wound Manage. 1995


]Efficacy of pulsed electromagnetic therapy for chronic lower back pain: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

Lee PB, et al. J Int Med Res. 2006

Treatment of migraine with pulsing electromagnetic fields: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study

Sherman RA, et al. Headache. 1999

Electrochemical therapy of pelvic pain: effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) on tissue trauma

Jorgensen WA, et al. Eur J Surg Suppl. 1994

A novel magnetic stimulator increases experimental pain tolerance in healthy volunteers – a double-blind sham-controlled crossover study

Kortekaas R, et al. PLoS One. 2013

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy effectiveness in low back pain: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Andrade R, et al. Porto Biomed J. 2016

Low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in fibromyalgia: a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled clinical study

Sutbeyaz ST, et al. Clin J Pain. 2009

Effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on postoperative pain: a double-blind randomized pilot study in breast augmentation patients

Heden P, et al. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2008



Bone density changes in osteoporosis-prone women exposed to pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs)

Tabrah F, J Bone Miner Res. 1990

Electromagnetic field versus circuit weight training on bone mineral density in elderly women

Elsisi H, et al. Clin Interv Aging. 2015

Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) treatment reduces expression of genes associated with disc degeneration in human inter-vertebral disc cells

Miller Sl, et al. Spine J. 2016

Treatment of ununited tibial diaphyseal fractures with pulsing electromagnetic fields

Bassett CA, et al. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1981

Pulsed electromagnetic fields improve bone microstructure and strength in ovariectomized rats through a Wnt/Lrp5/Beta-catenin signaling-associated mechanism

Jing, D, et al. PLoS One. 2013

Effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic field (EMF) on collagen type 1 mRNA expression and extracellular matrix synthesis of human osteoblastic cells

Heermeier, K, et al. Bioelectromagnetics. 1998


The effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee and cervical spine. Report of randomized, double blind, clinical trials

Trock, DH, et al. J Rheumatol. 1994

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy of persistent rotator cuff tendinitis. A double-blind controlled assessment

Binder A, et al. Lancet. 1984

Effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in lateral epicondylitis

Uzunca K, et al. Clin Rheumatol. 2007

Therapeutic effects of pulsed magnetic fields on joint diseases

Riva Sanseverino E, et al. Panminerva Med. 1992

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy results in healing of full thickness articular cartilage defect

P.R.J.V.C. Boopalan et al, Int Orthop. 2011

Chondroprotective effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on human cartilage explants

Ongaro, A, et al. Bioelectromagnetics. 2011


Effects of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy on delayed-onset muscle soreness in biceps brachii

Jeon HS, et al. Phys Ther Sport. 2015

Low energy high frequency pulsed electromagnetic therapy for acute whiplash injuries. A double blind, randomized, controlled study

Foley-Nolan D. Scand J Rehabil Med. 1992


Physiological and molecular genetic effects of time-varying electromagnetic fields on human neuronal cells

Goodwin, Thomas J, NASA tech pub. 2003

Effect of weak, pulsing electromagnetic fields on neural regeneration in the rat

Bassett, CA, et al. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1983

Neuromodulation of detrusor hyper-reflexia by functional magnetic stimulation of the sacral roots

Sheriff MK, et al. Br. J Urol. 1996


High exposure to radio frequency radiation associated with cancer in male rats

National Toxicology Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: evidence for a novel neurological syndrome

McCarly DE, et al. Int J Neurosci. 2011

Long-term exposure to magnetic fields and the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer: Further biological research

Davanipour Z, et al. Pathophysiology. 2009

Electromagnetic field interactions with the human body: observed effects and theories

Raines, JK. NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. 1981

Effects of 2.4 GHz radiofrequency radiation emitted from Wi-Fi equipment on microRNA expression in brain tissue

Dasdag S, et al. Int J Radiat Biol. 2015

Mobile phone and cordless phone use and the risk for glioma – Analysis of pooled case-control studies in Sweden, 1997–2003 and 2007–2009

Hardell L, et al. Pathophysiology. 2015

Effects of acute exposure to WIFI signals (2.45 GHz) on heart variability and blood pressure in Albino rabbits

Saili L, et al. Env. Tox and Pharm. 2015

 Some of the other, condition-specific PEMF studies available online:

Alzheimer’s Disease
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Cardiovascular Problems
Dental Problems
Elderly Mobility

Blood Pressure
Multiple Sclerosis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Skin Problems