Biomagnetic Bracelets are pieces of jewelry-like accessories that are designed to facilitate Magnetic Therapy. Magnetic Therapy, in general, is an alternative therapy that uses magnets of varying sizes which are then placed on the body to relieve pain and treat disease. These fine metal magnets are often fixed on bracelets or necklaces and may be worn for as long as the wearer wishes or depending on the condition being treated. Benefits of magnetic therapy include pain relief and reduction of inflammation, especially of joints. People who suffer from poor blood circulation are also believed to benefit from these bracelets such as women suffering from menstrual cramps.
Are there any side effects?
When you start reading about articles written by non-believers, you will read the worst possible side effects of magnetic therapy. However, these reports are misleading because it is not really the bracelets but magnetic therapy, in general, that has intense side effects. These happen particularly on those who are suspected to be highly sensitive to magnetic fields. Possible reactions to magnetic therapy include fatigue, sleep deprivation, metallic tastes, dizziness, frequent thirst, increased urination, prickly sensations in the skin and palpitations. These side effects, however, are already in the extremes. They rarely happen and in fact happens only to people who are thought to have systemic hemodynamic and neurotoxicity primarily caused by chronic infections, chemical sensitivity or environmental toxicities.
As to the bracelet itself, there is little to no side effect at all. According to the Magnetic Therapy Council, the minor side effects recorded only include “warm feeling” in the areas where the magnets are placed. This warm feeling, however, lasts only for the first few days of wear. The Council attributes this side effect to an increase in the circulation of blood caused by the magnets. It is likened to the effect of improved circulation that comes with exercise or the process called “perfusion.” Another side effect mentioned is hypersensitivity to pain. This hypersensitivity, however, happens only in the area where the bracelets are placed. The only plausible explanation for this reaction is that nerve cells are suddenly stimulated. As such, pain is aggravated due to the increased signal traffic in the nerve. Some other users have also claimed to experience some tingling feeling for the first few days of use. Just as with the warm feelings, the MTC also attributes this sensation of tingling to the magnets have caused an increase in blood circulation. All side effects mentioned are reported to last only during the first few days.
If you are wondering if there are any serious side effects, the most severe reaction ever reported is perhaps that the bracelets can cause rashes. Although definitely rare, the bracelet can cause redness on the skin limited only in the areas where the bracelets are worn.
By observation, the side effects are perhaps simply our body’s way of reacting and adjusting in order to adapt to an unfamiliar situation. These effects do not even last any longer than a couple of days and do not adversely affect the person’s health or way of life. If at all, it is a great indication that the bracelets are working and effecting something that the body has to react to.
At the end of the day, if the general reports are that these bracelets are safe, and the minor side effects outweigh the benefits anyway, then there is no harm in trying it out is there?