Peer Reviewed PEMF Studies

Case Studies supporting PEMF benefits for Peer Reviewed PEMF Studies

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    After applying external electromagnetic fields ranging 5 to 8 Hz, significant improvements were detected in Alzheimer's patients. These included improved visual memory, drawing ability, performance, spatial orientation, mood, short-term memory and social interactions.

  • Ankle Sprain

    Double blind, placebo-controlled study indicated that treatment with two 30-minute sessions of noninvasive pulsed radio frequency therapy is effective in significantly decreasing the time required for edema reduction in patients with lateral ankle sprains.

  • Lung Disease

    This study examined the effects of low-frequency magnetic fields coupled with conventional therapies in rats suffering from inflammatory lung disease. Results showed that rats receiving the magnetic fields experienced significant reductions in lung abscesses and associated symptoms, and similar beneficial effects were seen among a group of 165 human patients receiving comparable treatment.

  • Depression

    This review article examined the literature concerning the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression. Results showed the high frequency, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment to be an effective, side effect free therapy for depression that may hold promise for treating related psychiatric disorders as well.

    This review article notes that transcranial magnetic stimulation has been shown to elicit antidepressant effects, electrically stimulating deep regions of the brain.

    In this theoretical paper, the author argues that deep, low-rate transcranial magnetic stimulation can produce therapeutic effects equivalent to those of electro convulsive therapy but without the dangerous side effects.

  • Arthritis

    This study revealed that experimentally induced inflammation and suppressed arthritis in rats was significantly inhibited as a result.

    Double blind, placebo-controlled research study on the effects of pulsed electrical fields over a 4- week period showed significant improvement in patients.

    Review article on the treatment of patients with psoriatic arthritis with magnetic fields, the authors state that an alternating low-frequency magnetic field improves the clinical state of afflicted joints

    Study on juveniles suffering from rheumatoid arthritis examined effects of low-frequency magnetic fields. The three groups showed 58%, 76%, 37% percent beneficial effects from the treatment.

    Low frequency magnetic fields in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthrosis was the focus of this study. Patients with stages 1 & 2 rheumatoid arthritis as well as patients with osteoarthrosis deformans, showed the beneficial effects from treatments.

  • Cancer

    This study examined the effects of a rotational magnetic field on a group of 51 breast cancer patients. Results showed a significant positive response in 27 of them.

    Results of this study proved that the combination of weak pulsed electromagnetic fields with antioxidant supplementation is beneficial in the treatment of patients suffering from tongue cancer, improving speech, pain control, and tolerance to chemotherapy.

    Results of this Russian study indicated that the use of whole body eddy magnetic fields, coupled with more conventional cancer therapies is effective in the treatment of patients suffering from a variety of different malignancies.

    This study examined the effects of whole body magnetic fields (16.5-35 G, 50- 165 Hz) on patients suffering from different forms of cancer. Treatment consisted of 15 cycles, each 1-20 minutes in duration, and was coupled with more traditional cancer therapies. Results showed overall beneficial effects, particularly with respect to improved immune status and postoperative recovery.

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency

    This study examined effects of alternating magnetic fields (15-20 minutes per day over a period of 20 days) in patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and trophic shin ulcers. Results showed good effects in 236 of the 271 patients receiving the treatment. Thirty-four patients reported satisfactory effects. Only one patient experienced no effects.

    This study examined the effects of running impulse magnetic fields in patients suffering from vessel obliteration diseases of the legs. Treatment consisted of 15- 20 whole body exposures (0.5-5 mT, 1-2 Hz) lasting 15-20 minutes each. Results showed treatment led to a significant reduction in the number of patients experiencing leg pain while at rest. Among patients previously unable to walk a 500-m distance, 52 percent were able to complete the distance following treatment. Circulation improved in 75-82 percent of patients.

    This study found that patients suffering from various oral diseases experienced more rapid healing when treated with both conventional therapies and 30 minutes per day of pulsed electromagnetic fields (5 mT, 30 Hz), as opposed to conventional therapies alone.

  • Hip Problems

    This double-blind study examined the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on loosened hip prostheses. Results showed an increase of bone density in all patients receiving PEMF treatment compared to only 60 percent of controls. The authors argue such findings suggest PEMF elicits early bone reconstruction, which enhances early weight bearing.

    This study examined the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (50 Hz, 50 G) in treating aseptic loosening of total hip prostheses. PEMF therapy consisted of 20 minutes per day for 6 days per week over a total of 20 such sessions and was begun, on average, a year and a half following the start of loosening. Results showed PEMF to have some beneficial effects with respect to loosened hip arthroplasties, although it was not effective in patients suffering severe pain due to extreme loosening.

  • Diabetes

    In this study, 320 diabetics received pulsed magnetic field treatment while 100 diabetics (controls) received conservative therapy alone. Results showed beneficial effects with respect to vascular complications in 74 % of the patients receiving magneto therapy combined with conservative methods, compared to a 28-percent effectiveness rate among controls.

    This study involving 72 diabetics with purulent wounds found that magnetic fields aided healing significantly.

  • Hepatitis

    Results of this study showed that the use of magnetic fields was effective in treating patients suffering from viral hepatitis who had previously not benefited from conventional drug therapies.

  • Herniated Disk

    This double blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effects of magneto therapy in patients following herniated disk surgery. Results showed that 52 percent of patients receiving the treatment compared to 30 percent of controls reported being free of symptoms at the time of hospital release.

  • Diseases of the Larynx

    Results of this study found that alternative magnetic field of sound frequency proved to be an effective treatment in patients suffering from acute inflammatory diseases of the larynx.

  • Endometritis

    Results of this study found that the administration of constant magnetic field in combination with other treatment modalities led to significant beneficial effects in patients suffering from acute endometritis following abortion.

  • Joint Disease

    Results of this 11-year study involving 3014 patients found pulsed magnetic field treatment at low frequencies and intensities to be a highly effective, side effect free therapy for joint disease.

  • Kidney Problems

    This review article notes that placebo-controlled studies have shown positive results concerning the use of pulsed magnetic field therapy in the treatment of secondary chronic pyelonephritis.

  • Lupus Erythematosus

    This review article examined the data concerning pulsed magnetic fields in the treatment of lupus erythematosus. Studies indicate that the treatment can be beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, its positive action on microcirculation, and immunological reactivity.

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    This article reports on the case of a 55-year-old female chronic progressive multiple sclerosis patient who received a single external application of low magnetic fields (7.5-picotesla; 5-Hz frequency), which lasted 20 minutes. The treatment quickly led to improvements in a variety of areas, including fatigue, sleep, vision, bladder function, movement and speech problems, and mood.

Heart Disease

Results of this study found that the addition of magneto therapy to the treatment of patients suffering from ischemic heart disease and osteochondrosis led to clinical improvements.

Results of this study involving 23 parasystolic children found that low-frequency magnetic field exposure improved humoral and cellular processes involved in the regulation of cardiac rhythm.

Results of this study showed exposure to low-frequency alternating magnetic fields had beneficial effects in children with primary arterial hypertension, as seen in the attenuation of sympathetic and vagotonic symptoms.

In this article, the authors propose a new approach to treating atherosclerosis through the alteration of biophysical properties both intracellular and extracellular. Citing their own preliminary data, they suggest atherosclerotic lesions might be selectively resolved without harming normal blood vessels allowing the lesions to take up the magnetically excitable submicron particles and then applying an external alternating electromagnetic field.

This study examined the efficacy of the reinfusion of autologous blood following magnetic field exposure in hypertensive patients. Positive effects were found in 92 percent of patients receiving the treatment.

This controlled study examined the effects of magneto therapy in patients suffering from neurocirculatory hypotension (low blood pressure) or hypertension (high blood pressure). Treatment consisted of a running pulsed magnetic field generated an "ALIMP" device (0.5 mT, 300 Hz) administered for 20 minutes per day over a course of 10 days. Patients suffering from hypotension did not benefit significantly from the magneto therapy. Hypertension patients, however, showed a marked improvement with respect to symptoms including headache, chest pain, extremity numbness, abnormal systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and work capacity.

This double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that low-frequency, low intensity electrostatic fields (40-62 Hz) administered for 12-14 minutes per day helped normalize blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension.

This study examined the effects of low-frequency alternating magnetic fields in patients suffering from arteriosclerosis or osteoarthrosis deformans. Treatment involved 10-15 minute daily leg exposures over a total of 15 days. Results showed the treatment to be effective in 80 percent of arteriosclerosis patients and 70 percent of those with osteoarthrosis formans.

This study examined the effects of low-frequency magnetic fields (25 mT) in patients suffering atherosclerotic encephalopathy. Treatment involved 10-15 minute daily exposures over a total of 10-15 applications. Results showed clinical improvements with respect to chest pain, vertigo, headache, and other symptoms.


This article reports on the cases of three patients with partial seizures who received treatment with external artificial magnetic fields of low intensity. Such treatment led to a significant attenuation of seizure frequency over a 10-14- month period.

Experimental results indicated that the administration of modulated electromagnetic fields of 2-30 Hz suppressed epilepsy in rats.

This review article cites one study in particular in which results showed that pretreatment with 30 minutes of exposure to a 75-mT-pole strength, DC-powered magnetic field significantly prevented experimentally induced seizures in mice.

This article reports on the case of a severe epileptic who experienced a significant lessening of behavior disturbances and seizure frequency following treatment with low frequency, external artificial magnetic fields.

Low frequency, external artificial magnetic field treatment was shown to significantly reduce seizures in four adult epileptic cases.


This controlled study examined the effects of sinusoidally modulated currents (100 Hz) coupled with conventional therapy in children suffering from chronic gastroduodenitis. Children received 8-10 exposures lasting between 6 and 10 minutes. Results showed that the treatment reduced inflammation in 72 percent of patients relative to just a 45 percent rate among controls. About 77 percent of treatment patients experienced elimination of gastro-esophageal and duodenogastral refluxes, compared to 29 percent of controls.

This article reviews the use of magneto therapy in Czechoslovakia. Noting that this modality has been used for more than a decade, the author states that magneto therapy has been shown to be effective in treating rheumatic diseases, sinusitis, enuresis, and ischemic disorders and the findings have also been shown with respect to multiple sclerosis and degenerative diseases of the retina.

This review article claims that over a quarter of a million patients worldwide with chronically ununited fractures have experienced beneficial results from treatment with pulsed electromagnetic fields. In addition, the author cites studies pointing to the treatment's efficacy with respect to other conditions such as nerve regeneration; wound healing, graft behavior, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

This review article notes that low-intensity millimeter waves have been used for treating a wide variety of medical conditions in the former Soviet Union since 1977, with more than a million patients treated and more than a thousand treatment centers in existence. This therapy has been approved for widespread use by the Russian Ministry of Health, and over 300 scientific publications have described its effects. A typical course of treatment involves 10-15 daily exposures ranging from 15 to 60 minutes each.

This review article notes that low-frequency electromagnetic therapy has been used for a variety of purposes. Those specifically identified by the author include cell growth promotion, pain reduction, improved blood circulation, bone repair, increased wound healing, sedative effects, enhanced sleep, and arthritic relief.

This review article notes that treatment with an "Infita" apparatus, used to deliver low-frequency magnetic fields, has been shown to improve general hemodynamics and microcirculation in addition to exhibiting anti-inflammatory, sedative, and analgesic effects in Olympic-level Russian athletes.

This review article cites studies pointing to the efficacy of low-frequency magnetic fields in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including burns, arthritis, fractures, arterial aneurysms, PMS, phantom pain, tuberculosis, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, bronchial asthma, and ulcerated varicose veins, among others.

This study examined the effects of extremely low frequency magnetic fields in the treatment of a group of 650 patients suffering from a host of various diseases. Treatment consisted 15-25 minute daily exposures 5 days per week over a total of 20-25 days. Most patients experienced improvements after 2-3 exposures. Marked improvements were seen with respect to analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and immune-enhancing effects.

This review article on the use of pulsed magneto therapy in Czechoslovakia points to its efficacy across a variety of conditions, including joint problems, enuresis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Results of this double-blind, placebo-controlled study demonstrated that the administration of a pulsed magnetic field for less than one hour to headache patients produced significant beneficial effects, as shown by subjective patient reports, as well as EEG activity.

This article reports on the case of an acute migraine patient who was successfully treated with external magnetic fields.

This study examined the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (20 minutes per day for 15 days) in the treatment of patients suffering from chronic headaches. Results indicated the treatment to be most effective in patients suffering from tension headaches, with 88 percent of such patients reporting positive results. Beneficial results were also experienced patients suffering from migraines (60 percent), cervical migraines (68 %), and psychogenic headaches (60 %).

Results of this study indicated that pulsating electromagnetic fields (12 Hz and 5 mT) were an effective prophylactic treatment for patients suffering from cervical and migraine headaches.

This placebo-controlled, double blind study examined the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (2-5 Hz and flux densities of 3-4 mT) on patients suffering from migraine headaches. PEMFs were administered to the head for 10-15 minutes per day over a period of 30 days. Results showed a mean improvement level of 66 percent in patients receiving the treatment, compared to just 23 percent among controls.

Case Study Reference Source:

  • 1. Alzheimer's Disease
    (Authors: R. Sandyk)

  • 2. Ankle Sprain
    (Authors: A.A. Pilla & L. Kloth,)

  • 3. Arthritis
    (Authors: Y. Mizushima, J.C. Reynolds, V.D. Grigor'eva, E.A. Shlyapok,V.D. Grigor'eva)

  • 4. Cancer
    (Authors: N.G. Bakhmutskii, U. Randoll, R.M. Pangan, V. Smirnova, V.A. Lubennikov)

  • 5. Heart Disease
    (Authors: I. Rodin, M.A. Dudchenko, Y.B. Kirillov, R.T. Gordon, D. Gordon, I.G. Alizade, L.L. Orlov, T.A. Kniazeva, A.G. Kakulia, S.S. Gabrielian)

  • 6. Chronic Venous Insufficiency
    (Authors: E.I. Pasynkov, Y.B. Kirillov, V. Hillier-Kolarov, N. Pekaric-Nadj)

  • 7. Depression
    (Authors: M.T. Kirkcaldie, C. Haag, T. Zyss)

  • 8. Diabetes
    (Authors: I.B. Kirillovm, R.A. Kuliev, R.F. Babaev)

  • 9. Diseases of the Larynx
    (Authors: D.I. Tarasov)

  • 10. Endometritis
    (Authors: V.M. Strugatskii)

  • 11. Epilepsy
    (Authors: P.A. Anninos, G.D. Antimonii, M.J. McLean, R. Sandyk, P.A. Anninos)

  • 12. Gastroduodenitis
    (Authors: O.V. Bukanovich, J. Jerabek, C.A. Bassett, A.G. Pakhomov, R.A. Drolet, A. Zaslavskii, V.M. Bogoliubov, L.A. Skurikhina, V.I. Kovalchuk, J. Jerabek)

  • 13. Headache
    (Authors: O. Grunner, R. Sandyk, A. Prusinski, J. Giczi, A. Guseo, L. Lazar, A. Farago)

  • 14. Hepatitis
    (Authors: I.A. Il'inskii, V.V. Krasnov, A.I. Shilenok)

  • 15. Herniated Disk
    (Authors: K. Perjes)

  • 16. Hip Problems
    (Authors: G. Gualtieri, K. Konrad)

  • 17. Joint Disease
    (Authors: E. Riva Sanseverino)

  • 18. Kidney Problems
    (Authors: V.A. Kiyatkin)

  • 19. Lung Disease
    (Authors: L.V. Iashchenko)

  • 20. Lupus Erythematosus
    (Authors: I.V. Khamaganova, V.D. Sidorov)

  • 21. Multiple Sclerosis
    (Authors: R. Sandyk, L.C. Dann, A. Guseo, A. Sieron)