The History Behind PEMF Therapy


PEMF therapy, or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy, is an ancient method of healing injuries, treating chronic pain and improving body wellness through the use of non-invasive, painless and natural electrotherapeutic techniques. The practice dates back thousands of years...

Around 4000 B.C. ancient Hindus referred to using naturally magnetic stones (lodestones) in the treatment of various ailments. By 2000 B.C. Chinese scholars had developed and written guidelines on using lodestones on key points of the body in “The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine,” describing how the stones could help align the flow of chi, or life energy, to help heal injuries and alleviate pain. Some historians contend that ancient Egyptians were aware of the therapeutic potential of lodestones, and that Cleopatra was known to wear a small magnetic stone to help maintain her youth.

Many cultures around the world would realize and apply magnetic stones to their medicinal practices through the ages, too many to even begin listing here. The first true innovator of modern electromagnetic field therapy was Nikola Tesla, whose magnetic loop coil was something he found to have a remarkable therapeutic effect upon the human body. Tesla’s findings were published and pick up on by other early PEMF pioneers, though Tesla’s work often involved voltages far exceeding what is accepted as safe and effective by modern standards.

By refining, tuning and experimenting with the basic principles described by Tesla, these researchers were able to tailor the frequencies, voltages and devices, as well as define exactly how to treat certain conditions in particular, rather than a whole-body immersion that, which effective, left plenty of room to grow in efficiency. These changes would helped shape the ancient process into what would become the PEMF technology we see today.

Into the Modern Age

The works of people like Georges Lakhovsky, Antoine Priore, Robert Becker, Abraham Liboff and many others furthered the science of using electromagnetic fields to aid in healing the human body. By the 1960s the space race had seen renewed interest in the potential of PEMF, and even NASA had begun building devices to study the cellular effects of electromagnetic fields, as the practicality of using such devices to heal bone fractures rather than relying on surgically-implanted electrodes was growing more and more desirable.

PEMF would see even more growth and expansion in the coming decades. We’ll cover more of the history of electromagnetic therapy in future blogs, as there’s simply so much to cover. Stay tuned for the next entry in our series on PEMF, and contact Elite Care Professionals today to experience the difference this amazing technology can make in your life!