From touching stones, drinking iron to making spacesuits. A Brief History of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
Innovative technology for health benefits.
PEMF therapies are a great novelty for many, and to this day, PEMF devices continue to generate astonishment, despite the fact that over three centuries of history and thousands of scientific studies have supported their medical use.
Experts consider the slow popularity of the technology to be the result of pharmaceutical competition in the West. However, PEMF should not be seen as competition, it has always been considered an excellent complement to pharmacology and because it has no side effects it can go hand in hand with any other therapy.
MyMat PEMF is a medical technological innovation, it is versatile, beneficial not only for humans, but also for animals.
Since when and how did PEMF technology originate, or how did it develop? The beginning of this story is much older than you would imagine.
There are Chinese writings dating back to 200 BC on the use of magnetic rocks on acupuncture meridian points.
Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, is said to have used magnetism to relieve headaches.
These are just a couple of many other examples that show that over the centuries, magnetic fields have been used to improve people’s health.
Looking back to the 18th century: an iron drink
In 1774 the German physician and philosopher Franz Anton Mesmer, discovered surprising results in the treatment of patients suffering from mental illness. Mesmer made a patient drink a preparation containing iron. After making her swallow this liquid and passing two magnets around her, the patient manifested relief from her symptoms for several hours.
Another pioneer of medical use of electromagnetic energy was Nikola Tesla, who discovered in 1891 that electric current could pass through the human body without causing damage. He also observed that cells respond positively to the energy, which relieved physical pain. As a result, he created an electromagnetic device similar to the well-known Tesla coil, opening up the possibility of further research into what we know today as PEMF.
Einstein also made an important contribution when he proposed that magnetism and electricity are of the same nature.
From 1950 onwards
It was not until after World War II that countries around the world invested significant resources in PEMF research and development.
NASA in the 1960s was one of the first to investigate PEMF technology and invested more than $3.5 million in its research.
Their interest was primarily to help astronauts with their deteriorating health while being far from the earth’s magnetic field. They developed their own PEMF pads on spacecraft to mitigate bone loss and muscle degeneration.
At the same time, the former Soviet Union was conducting its own studies on the use of PEMF. Their findings on health benefits were so remarkable that this form of therapy was first adopted by hospitals throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and then spread to the rest of Europe and the world.
In 1979, the FDA approved PEMF therapy for the healing of unconsolidated fractures. Three years later, low potency PEMF devices called BGS or bone growth stimulators were approved for human use.
PEMF therapy was approved for urinary incontinence and muscle stimulation in 1998. In 2004, the FDA approved PEMF for use in cervical surgery and two years later for the treatment of depression and anxiety. In 2011 it approved PEMF therapy for the treatment of brain cancer.
Technology at our fingertips
Thanks to this wonderful story that began hundreds of years ago, today we can count on a MyMat PEMF device that is portable, wireless, and suitable for home use. It works at a cellular level with a wide range of uses for different conditions, to benefit the health of all humans and animals.
MyMat is distributed worldwide. Depending on the user’s needs, there are four different presentations: MyMat Go, Pro, Clinic and Equinox. MyMat is so easy to use via its App that it does not require a health professional or technician to program it.
Learn more about what MyMat PEMF has to offer you and your family here.