Condensed history of magnetic therapy bracelets

One of the questions I am often asked is “magnetic bracelets do they work?”
To answer this question, we need to look at the history of the magnetic bracelet and other magnetic jewellery.

Using magnets to treat illness and pain goes back to the ancient world. The ancient Chinese used such treatments four thousand years ago, as did the earliest Egyptian Pharaoh’s. In these societies, magnetic bracelets for women in these societies were regarded as not only ornamental but also therapeutic.

But it would be wrong to conclude that this was a purely eastern phenomenon. For there was a similar history of the use of Magnetic jewelry in the west. In ancient Greece, no less a philosopher Aristotle described magnet therapy as far back as 300 b.c. Four hundred years later, the younger Pliny – himself a physician of some repute – described the use of magnets therapy to treat diseases of the eyes!

Moving on another fifty years, a famous Roman doctor called Galen described the use of magnetic products as an effective treatment for constipation. And in the year 400, a French doctor wrote about magnetic therapy pain relief.

It appears that for the last four millennia, there has never been a time when magnetic therapy has not been used in one or another human society. This endurance and continuity attests to the power of the treatment. Thus in 1600, a certain William Gilbert – the personal doctor of England’s Queen Elizabeth the First – authored a grand treatise under the Latin title of De Magnete, in which he drew on his scholarship as a scientist to describe and enumerate the many facets of magnetism, including its healing properties.

Later, in the eighteenth century, the Royal Society of Medicine in France commissioned two learned scholars to evaluate magnetic therapy and after thorough analysis they expressed positive conclusions. But that is not to say that there was never controversy. Both the French hypnotist Mesmer and the doctor Baron von Reichenbach were criticized for the their use of magnets, the latter actually forbidden to practice medicine.

But this backlash of orthodoxy has not stamped out continued use of magnetic therapy and a resurgence of research in the twentieth century and beyond. Indeed scholars continue to this day to discuss and debate the power of such treatments. But perhaps what has given this area of alternative medicine a new lease of life is the fact that magnetic jewellery makes it possible to combine treatment with aesthetics.

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Treating Arthritis with Magnetic Bracelets

It appears to us from the feedback we are receiving from our customers that they proud supporters of using the unique benefits of treating arthritis with magnetic bracelets. Many others, mostly people that never used magnetic therapy, remain sceptic.

For this reason, it has become an issue of controversy between those that did not try magnetic therapy and do not believe in it, and those who actually used magnetic therapy.  

And so it remains a hot topic in the world of medicine today.

With an estimated 8.5 million people in the UK suffering from different forms of arthritis, the suggestion that the inflammation that arthritis brings can be eased with something as simple as magnetic bracelet, it is no wonder that it is such a debated issue.

According to, there has been in recent years, and continues to be large volume of research conducted about using magnets to eliminate arthritic ailments which has demonstrated that magnetic bracelets, can be an effective method of pain management.

In the United States alone it is reported that as many as one in three adults are being affected by different forms of arthritis, with more than 70 million Americans suffering from the disease.

The Arthritis and Glucosamine Resource Centre reported that in a research carried out to whether or not magnetic bracelets are effective in fighting arthritis pain which questioned whether a ‘placebo effect’ of wearing a magnetic bracelet is the cause for arthritis patients endorsing that the bracelets create pain relief, it was concluded that arthritis patients should embrace magnetic bracelets with an open mind.