Magnet therapy is believed to be one of the best natural remedies for arthritis. Even it has been used since the middle ages as an alternative healing method. Nowadays, magnet therapies come in a variety of forms, such as bracelets, necklaces, inserts, pads, or disks and they can be found at most natural food stores. Magnet therapy has also been used to treat other medical conditions such as menstrual cramps, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
For arthritis treatment, usually the magnet is placed around the affected joint and left it on the joint throughout the day. The process is repeated until the pain in the joints has been relieved. The theory is that magnet therapy can speed up blood flow by activating the positive and negative particles in the blood stream. Magnetic therapy supporters believe that this increases the blood flow to the arthritis affected joints. The magnets are also believed to affect the iron in the blood, increasing the ability of the blood to transport oxygen to the arthritis affected area. This helps to relieve the swelling and pain associated with arthritis.
Some studies have shown that magnet therapy improved joint pain in people with osteoarthritis, but it is unclear if magnets also help those with rheumatoid arthritis. Not much study is available with rheumatoid arthritis. Even scientific studies by both the Consumers Union and Baylor College of Medicine, by contrast, found little benefit in using magnetic therapy to treat arthritis pain.
However, the interest in this alternative treatment is still growing and scientists may continue their research to see the effectiveness of magnetic therapy to treat different forms of arthritis.