Interest in magnetic field (MF) therapy has increased rapidly in recent years as research shows that this noninvasive, cost-effective modality might be safer than drugs and surgical procedures for reduction of inflammation. Inflammation is a signal-mediated response to tissue invasion by pathogens or toxins or to injury or physical stresses.
The immune response plays a pivotal role in reaction to insult, which triggers an inflammatory response almost immediately. Commonly, pharmaceuticals are used to suppress inflammation, although some evidence shows that suppressing inflammation can hinder wound healing. Immunological studies show that MF therapy, even low-intensity MF, interacts with cells and tissues, and the use of MF as an alternative or complement to currently prescribed therapies could lead to a faster reduction in the inflammatory response.
This review, as published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, highlights past and present outcomes in bioelectromagnetic therapies and some of the more promising findings on the effect that MF therapy plays in inflammatory responses.