PEMF Education

Our PEMF Knowledge Base is compiled from public online resources. Importantly, some of these articles may have copywrite or other restrictions. We make these articles or other content accessible for your own knowledge and to learn more about PEMF. Source information and further citations may be included in the articles. In other words, don’t blame us if it blows your mind!

Peer-Reviewed PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Frequency) articles serve as proof that PEMF is effective treatment for many fields in medicine. Also, this page is our sanity corner; safe from the rash of misinformation and misinterpreted data you may find on the web.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of documented studies and reviews available. If something is missing, please contact us and we will find it for you.

Cell Biology

Coupling of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) therapy to molecular grounds of the cell

…it is conceivable that cells can get some “orientation” again not only with regard of space but also with regard of timing . Those space and time orientation cues give cells of inflamed zones a re-linking to the healthy tissue… Otherwise, older and stressed cells with no physiological orientation react with enhanced ROS production, pre-apoptotic signaling and signs of mitochondrial stress as well as other signs of energy… VIEW PDF

Wound Healing

Evidence-Based Use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Clinical Plastic Surgery

A review of 63 different medical studies authored by 3 MD’s and 2 PhD’s. The article is somewhat biased with the authors involved in the study device development. However, images and clinical results indicate PEMF works effectively to augment traditional treatment in repairing some really ugly surgical wounds. VIEW PDF

Immune-Modulating Perspectives for Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in Innate Immunity

Review – 120 PEMF and other studies cited – By discussing the EMF modulating effects on cell functions, we envisage the use of [PEMF] as a therapeutic agent to regulate immune responses associated with wound healing. VIEW PDF

Brain Functions

Electromagnetic fields, the modulation of brain tissue functions - A possible paradigm shift in biology

W. Ross Adey,  Distinguished Professor of Physiology at Loma Linda is often cited by PEMF Marketers. Some of the language is informal but it is based on mountains of studies. Example: “Emergent concepts of tissue thresholds to EMF sensitivities address ensemble or domain functions of populations of cells, cooperatively ‘whispering together’ in intercellular communication, and organized hierarchically at atomic and molecular levels.” VIEW PDF

Increases in microvascular perfusion and tissue oxygenation via pulsed electromagnetic fields in the healthy rat brain

This is the first demonstration of the acute effects of PEMF on cerebral cortical microvascular perfusion and metabolism. Thirty minutes of PEMF treatment induced cerebral arteriolar dilation leading to an increase in micro-vascular blood flow and tissue oxygenation that persisted for at least 3 hours…These results suggest that PEMF may be an effective treatment for patients after traumatic or ischemic brain injury. VIEW PDF

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in 1978 – Nine studies, including 483 patients – Pulsed electromagnetic fields improve clinical scores and function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and should be considered as adjuvant therapies in their management. There is still equipoise of evidence for an effect on pain in the current literature. VIEW PDF

Low-frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Fibromyalgia

A Randomized, Double-blind, Sham-controlled Clinical Study (2009) – The PEMF group showed significant improvements in FIQ, VAS pain, BDI score, and SF-36 scale in all domains at the end of therapy. These improvements in FIQ, VAS pain, and SF-36 pain score during follow-up. The sham group also showed improvement were maintained on all outcome measures except total FIQ scores after treatment. At 12 weeks follow-up, only improvements in the BDI and SF-36 scores were present in the sham group. VIEW PDF

Evaluation of the efficacy of pulsed electromagnetic field in the management of patients with diabetic polyneuropathy

Low-frequency PEMF can be used as an adjunct in reducing neuropathic pain as well as for retarding the progression of neuropathy in a short span of time. VIEW PDF

Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy in Refractory Neuropathic Pain Secondary to Peripheral Neuropathy

Of the 19 feet with moderate or severe pain that completed treatment, 11 completed treatment but did not complete follow-up. An intent-to-treat analysis (baseline, end of treatment, end of follow-up) based on all 19 feet demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in pain scores VIEW PDF

Oncology

Mechanisms and therapeutic effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in oncology

Review – 30+ PEMF studies cited – only two clinical studies have used PEMF therapy for cancer treatment (2016). These studies show that PEMF therapy is safe and promising compared to other available cancer therapies. In the future, PEMFs could be used not only as primary therapy but also in combination with other common antineoplastic therapies. PEMF therapy presents several potential advantages including non-­invasiveness, safety, lack of toxicity for non-­cancerous cells, and the possibility of being combined with other available therapies. Indeed, PEMF stimulation has already been used in the context of various cancer types including skin, breast, prostate, hepatocellular, lung, ovar-ian, pancreatic, bladder, thyroid, and colon cancer in vitro and in vivo. VIEW PDF