Electromagnetic Therapy

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Intro

A "pseudoscientific" form of Alternative Medicine which claims to treat disease by applying electromagnetic radiation or pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) to parts of the body. It is worth noting that there is no scientific evidence that Electromagnetic Therapy is effective in treating any condition, although practitioners do claim that these methods can treat a wide range of ailments, including ulcers, headaches, burns, chronic pain, nerve disorders, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, gum infections, asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, cerebral palsy, heart disease and cancer.

Even though some of the early works in bioelectromagnetics are being successfully applied in clinical medicine, there is no relationship between alternative devices or methods which use externally applied electrical forces and the use of electromagnetic energy in mainstream medicine.

Uses

Even though there is a lack of scientific evidence, low frequency electromagnetic therapy has been proposed by practitioners of Alternative Medicine for a variety of purposes, including cell growth promotion, pain reduction, improved blood circulation, bone repair, increased wound healing, sedative effects, enhanced sleep, and arthritic relief.

Some people believe that "harmful electromagnetic fields" might "disrupt the body's chemical makeup resulting in disease and illness."

The American Cancer Society says that "relying on electromagnetic treatment alone and avoiding conventional medical care may have serious health consequences." In some cases the devices may be ineffective and harmful. A 2012-2013 systematic review by the Cochrane Library found no evidence that electromagnetic therapy was useful in healing pressure ulcers or venous stasis ulcers.