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Magnets for Pain, Not as Attractive as It Sounds

During a recent trip, I was browsing through the Skymall catalog on the plane and I was amazed at the large number of magnetic relief products for sale (bracelets, shoes, etc.). Almost every product claimed that the amazing magnets will increase blood flow, as well as increase the delivery of oxygen, nutrients, hormones and painkilling endorphins to the affected area.

With this in mind, I did a little studying up on whether or not magnets really can heal pain and make you feel better altogether. If so, I wanted a magnetic bracelet.

New research out of the U.K. has found that there is no definitive scientific evidence that magnets help relieve chronic pain. Furthermore, they should not be recommended as an effective treatment. So next time you're feeling pain, before reaching for the magnet, try to use an over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen. Not a fan of OTC drugs? Acupuncture has been known to be a great pain reliever as well.


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smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
I've worn a magnetic bracelet in the past to help with my sinus headaches. It actually helped a fair amount until my sister walked off with it.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I tried using magnets for tendonitis in my wrist a couple years ago but it didn't work. However, it really helped my parents.
nslods nslods 9 years
My comment doesn't necessarily have to do with pain, but my mom is definitely a believer in magnets when it comes to small cysts like you get on your wrist. She had one for quite some time, then bought a magnetic bracelet while we were on vacation about a year ago. She wore the bracelet quite often, and little did she suspect that it would make her cyst go away! It took it a while to happen, but hey, it's worth a shot if you have one of those little cysts on your wrist!
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