Magnetic healing has been a part of the human healing system for centuries now. Its earliest forms can be found in civilizations as ancient as the Greeks and Romans. Essentially magnets are those substances whose electrons are aligned in one particular direction. Theoretically speaking, every substance can be magnetic if sufficient number of electrons are aligned can become magnetic. Iron, because of its surplus electrons is found to be easily magnetized.
There are two poles or sides that each magnet has; they are the positive and the negative sides. But for certain reasons, not even known entirely to researchers and experts in this field, the positive side of a magnet is found to be non-effective in healing. On the other hand the negative side is found to be very effective in this regard. The North Pole is believed to have calm and soothing effect, whereas the South Pole considered therapeutically more effective promotes growth and healing.
The strength of each magnet, which is the force of its magnetic field, is measured in terms of gauss strength. Expressed in terms of gauss strength, not all magnets have been found to be equally effective in pain relief or healing ailments. Therapeutically ideal magnets are those which have gauss strength of 200 to about a 10,000. The therapeutic value of a magnet is the function of its magnetic strength and its size. Which is thought to be ideal when found in the range pointed above, 200 to 10,000 gauss.
Magnetic field strength has a tendency to drop rapidly as the distance increases. Thus, it is quite logical that magnets placed closer to the skin or the place of pain are more effective than others.
There are two types of magnets that we find â€“ permanent and pulsating. Going by this classification too, both these types of magnets are seen to be exhibiting varied pattern. Permanent magnets are known to generate a constant and consistent magnetic field. Therefore, they are found to be more effective in countering pain. Whereas, the magnetic field generated by a pulsating magnet is rather erratic and often inconsistent, nevertheless they too possess considerable healing powers. The magnetic field generated by a pulsating magnet is used to a stimulant to growth and healing in parts such as the broken bones etc.
So we see that even though magnets in general do have healing powers or more technically put, therapeutically effective. Their effective can vary to a large degree owing a lot to their properties. The difference in their sizes, magnetic intensity etc. can go a long way in determining their true effectiveness.