The Mesmer Hangover – A major source of stigma for magnetic therapy… since 1784!

Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815).

What would you say if I were to suggest that the unconventional practices of an Austrian physician from the late eighteenth century were a major contributor to an erroneous stigma on magnetic therapy, even to this day? You might think that’s doubtful, but wait until you learn of this extraordinary tale.

No doubt you have heard of the word mesmerize, but you may not be familiar with the originator of the term, a Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). This is the incredible tale of a therapy he founded called Animal Magnetism. A therapy that exists to this day under the name Mesmerism. The history of medicine is full of strange claims and miraculous cures, but Mesmerism is still discussed over 200 years later and has now passed into the dictionary. In this article we go back to the source documents to discover what mesmerism is and how it became conflated with magnetic therapy.

Q Magnets: A Possible Magneto-Neuromodulation Therapy?

Neuromodulation therapies apply a therapeutic stimulus directly to the nervous system.

Ideally, neuromodulation techniques should be noninvasive, biocompatible, and spatially and temporally controllable.

Examples of magneto-neuromodulation are Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and possibly  Neuromagnetics.

Applying Q magnets to thumb sprains and other injuries

thumb injuryBy James Hermans

I’ve been fortunate to have been relatively pain free and had little need to use my own products. We’ve used them on our kids a number of times, but I recently had three occasions to use them and it really makes you appreciate how good they are!


Severe pain – what constitutes severe pain and how do you measure it?

newborn babyPlus we list some of the most painful conditions.

Measuring pain and levels of pain is a problematic area, and this is reflected in the huge number of different ways that medical professionals attempt to measure pain.

A quick check of the Wikipedia entry for ‘pain scale’ shows no less than twenty-eight different pain scales, of which the better known include…

Is there any difference in using the north or south pole of a magnet?

magnet with iron filingsWe are often asked… “Which side of the magnet do I apply, the north or south pole?”

A more important question however… “Does using the north or south pole actually make any difference?”

In any case, the question is irrelevant when it comes to Quadrapolar magnets.


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