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PEMF research has shown great effectiveness during over 40 years of study, including over 30,000 papers and over 1,000 controlled clinical studies. 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, some 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.

General Effects


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


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

Body Structures and Systems


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


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


Microcirculatory effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields


Smith TL, et al. J Orthop Res. 2004

Theories of General 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

EMF Fields

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


High Blood Pressure

Multiple Sclerosis



Rheumatoid Arthritis


Skin Problems