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Drug-free Help for Depression and Anxiety

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In my practice as a pain specialist one of the modalities that I use is a Pulsed electromagnetic field generator. Because my practice is stress and pain management, most my clients come to me with either acute of chronic pain. One constant feedback that has surprised me is that my clients are reporting that they are not depressed or feel anxious anymore.

At first I thought that it was because their chronic or acute pain was significantly reduced or completely gone. No pain… of course they are feeling less depressed and anxious – Right? But after conducting research on the effects of PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy on depression, I found that there are numerous studies that validate these results.

The US FDA accepted the use of PEMF devices in the healing of depression and anxiety in 2006, One study reported that severely depressed patients who were taking pharmaceutical drugs for treatment and underwent brain evaluation with MRI machines actually ended up experiencing dramatic improvement in their depression  from the MRI machine itself. Though MRI machines are not intended to treat depression and anxiety, the machines use PEMF to analyze the body, and thus produced surprising outcomes. A patient who had been so depressed that she could barely speak became verbally engaged and enthusiastic after the 45-minute brain scan. A second patient, who seemed incapable of even a wan smile, emerged actually telling jokes.

How does PEMF create these astonishing effects? The principals of Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) therapy were first described by Nicola Tesla in 1898. Since the brain itself is an electromagnetic organ, stimulation with electromagnetic energy appears to be beneficial. Electricity is the currency of the brain. It’s how the brain does what it does.  PEMF has been shown to up-regulate / help reset various neurotransmission processes. It would only make sense that pulsed electromagnetic fields would in fact have significant beneficial effect on depression and other psychiatric disorders caused by Neuro-chemical and hormonal imbalances and / or neurotransmission processes.

PEMF therapy also stimulates the opening of ion channels in the cell membrane increasing membrane permeability by 200%. What does that mean for you? Your cells are better able absorb what is in your blood stream. This allows better circulation of oxygen and nutrients into the cells; and, carbon dioxide and waste products out of the cells. For people who are currently on medication, it is important to have your primary doctor monitor your medication while undergoing PEMF treatments as your medication will be more fully utilized. In most cases, medication must be reduced or even eliminated based on your doctor’s recommendation.

The other positive biological effects during a 9 minutes PEMF session have shown:

  • Significant Pain Relief
  • Decrease nerve irritability
  • Accelerates Tissue Repair
  • Stimulates the Release of Endorphins
  • Accelerates Cell Growth
  • Reduces Fibrous Tissue Formation
  • Reduces Swelling and Inflammation
  • Recover better and faster from
    accidents, sports injury and surgery

Various types of PEMF devices have been accepted by the regulating bodies in many countries and are sold all over the world. Israel has accepted the use of PEMF devices for migraine headaches. Canada has accepted PEMF devices for powered muscle stimulators. The European Union accepted the use of PEMF therapy in many areas including healing and recovery from trauma, degeneration, and the treatment of the pain associated with these conditions.

After two years of the PEMF being the most predominant modality in my practice, it became clear to me that the potential for natural healing of depression and anxiety is very significant.

Robin Mize is a licensed health coach, Certified stress and pain specialist. She is a proud member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council

She can be reached at 263-8846

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