Research

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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 www.pemf.com, 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

Nutrition

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

 

Antov, Y, et al. Biophys J. 2005

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=15556977

Sleep

Effects of low energy emission therapy in chronic psychophysiological insomnia

 

Pasche, B, et al. Sleep. 1996

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8776791

Inflammation

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/17537462/

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

 

Nindl G, et al. Biomed Sci Instrum. 2000

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10834201

Pulsed electromagnetic fields in knee osteoarthritis: a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial

 

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26705327

Wounds

Pulsed magnetic fields accelerate cutaneous wound healing in rats

 

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17632344

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7546114

Pain

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16749411

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

 

Sherman RA, et al. Headache. 1999

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11279973

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

 

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7531030

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23620795

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

 

Andrade R, et al. Porto Biomed J. 2016

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2444866416300514

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

 

Sutbeyaz ST, et al. Clin J Pain. 2009

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19920724

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18506512

Body Structures and Systems

Bones

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

 

Elsisi H, et al. Clin Interv Aging. 2015

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4358665/

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26780754

Treatment of ununited tibial diaphyseal fractures with pulsing electromagnetic fields

 

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7217117

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24244491/

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9581965

Joints

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7837158

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

 

Binder A, et al. Lancet. 1984

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6143039

Effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in lateral epicondylitis

 

Uzunca K, et al. Clin Rheumatol. 2007

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16633709

Therapeutic effects of pulsed magnetic fields on joint diseases

 

Riva Sanseverino E, et al. Panminerva Med. 1992

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1293548

Muscles

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

 

Jeon HS, et al. Phys Ther Sport. 2015

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6641063

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1604262

Nerves

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

 

Goodwin, Thomas J, NASA tech pub. 2003

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/101193989

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

 

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6641063

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

 

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8795398

Circulation

Microcirculatory effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields

 

Smith TL, et al. J Orthop Res. 2004

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14656663

Theories of General Effects

Biological effects of electromagnetic fields

 

Adey, WR. J. Cell Biochem. 1993

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8388394

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

 

Luben, RA. Health Phys. 1991

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2061045

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

 

Simko, M. J Cell Biochem. 2004

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15352165

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

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/high-exposure-radio-frequency-radiation-associated-cancer-male-rats

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: evidence for a novel neurological syndrome

 

McCarly DE, et al. Int J Neurosci. 2011

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21793784

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19278839

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

 

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

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236568408_Electromagnetic_field_interactions_with_the_human_body_observed_effects_and_theories

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775055

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25466607

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

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1382668915300594?via%3Dihub

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

Alzheimer’s Disease

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Bronchitis

Cardiovascular Problems

Dental Problems

Depression

Diabetes

Elderly Mobility

Glaucoma

High Blood Pressure

Multiple Sclerosis

Osteoporosis

Parkinson’s

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sciatica

Skin Problems

Stroke

Tinnitus