Magnetic field therapy: a review

Electromagn Biol Med. 2007;26(1):1-23. doi: 10.1080/15368370600925342.


There is increasing interest in using permanent magnets for therapeutic purposes encouraged by basic science publications and clinical reports. Magnetotherapy provides a non invasive, safe, and easy method to directly treat the site of injury, the source of pain and inflammation, and other types of disease. The physiological bases for the use of magnetic fields for tissue repair as well as physical principles of dosimetry and application of various magnetic fields are subjects of this review. Analysis of the magnetic and electromagnetic stimulation is followed by a discussion of the advantage of magnetic field stimulation compared with electric current and electric field stimulation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biophysics / methods
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetic Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Magnetics*
  • Nerve Regeneration / radiation effects
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiometry
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation