Features of anti-inflammatory effects of modulated extremely high-frequency electromagnetic radiation

Bioelectromagnetics. 2009 Sep;30(6):454-61. doi: 10.1002/bem.20499.


Using a model of acute zymosan-induced paw edema in NMRI mice, we test the hypothesis that anti-inflammatory effects of extremely high-frequency electromagnetic radiation (EHF EMR) can be essentially modified by application of pulse modulation with certain frequencies. It has been revealed that a single exposure of animals to continuous EHF EMR for 20 min reduced the exudative edema of inflamed paw on average by 19% at intensities of 0.1-0.7 mW/cm(2) and frequencies from the range of 42.2-42.6 GHz. At fixed effective carrier frequency of 42.2 GHz, the anti-inflammatory effect of EHF EMR did not depend on modulation frequencies, that is, application of different modulation frequencies from the range of 0.03-100 Hz did not lead to considerable changes in the effect level. On the contrary, at "ineffective" carrier frequencies of 43.0 and 61.22 GHz, the use of modulation frequencies of 0.07-0.1 and 20-30 Hz has allowed us to restore the effect up to a maximal level. The results obtained show the critical dependence of anti-inflammatory action of low-intensity EHF EMR on carrier and modulation frequencies. Within the framework of this study, the possibility of changing the level of expected biological effect of modulated EMR by a special selection of combination of carrier and modulation frequencies is confirmed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Edema / chemically induced
  • Edema / therapy
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Foot
  • Inflammation / chemically induced
  • Inflammation / therapy*
  • Magnetic Field Therapy*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Random Allocation
  • Zymosan


  • Zymosan