Magnet or Magnetic therapy is a form of medication in which healing is purported to being done with the help of magnets. This form of alternative medicine claims that exposure to the magnetic field of a magnet has recuperative properties, and that magnets can cause bones to heal faster, relieve pain, and perform other forms of healing to the body. It is most commonly recommended by practitioners for treating joint and back pains, although lately magnets have been used to treat a lot of other problems, like hair loss, skin problem, for increasing concentration, and others.
Unlike other alternative systems, however, this therapy is not a cure all, and is mostly used in a complementary capacity along with Western or other forms of medicine. There are no long lasting side effects, and usage is almost cost-free, although the initial investment in buying the magnets could be a bit steep for some. Critics, however, claim that there is not scientific explanation for its working, nor any proof of its benefit, and that it works at best as a placebo. Practitioners too offer a variety of explanations without much consistency.
Nevertheless, Magnetic therapy has gained many followers around the world. In fact magnets are used by other systems of medicine, including Western medicine, and this adds some reassurance to the skeptics. Followers claim that they have been benefited by the use of magnets as prescribed. Today, magnets for this therapy are found in a variety of forms, like magnetic bracelets and jewelry; magnetic straps for wrists, ankles, and the back; shoe insoles, mattresses, and magnetic blankets (blankets with magnets woven into the material); magnetic combs for hair loss, etc.
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