Therapeutic Effects of AC Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields in Multiple Sclerosis

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Therapeutic Effects of AC Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields in Multiple Sclerosis

An article entitled, "Therapeutic Effects of AC Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields in Multiple Sclerosis," by Reuven Sandyk, MD, MSc, in the Winter 1997 (Vol. 3, No. 4) Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., reports on the effects of magnetic fields on patients with multiple sclerosis. This article is the second of a two-part series. The first part appeared in Vol. 3, No. 3.

Multiple sclerosis is the third most common cause of severe disability in patients between the ages of 15-50. The cause of the disease and its pathogenesis remain unknown. The last 20 years have seen only meager advances in the development of effective treatments for the disease. No specific treatment modality can cure the disease or alter its long-term course and eventual outcome. Moreover, there are no agents or treatments that will restore premorbid neuronal function, writes Dr. Sandyk.

A host of biological phenomena associated with the disease involving interactions among genetic, environmental, immunologic, and hormonal factors, cannot be explained on the basis of demyelination alone and therefore require refocusing attention on alternative explanation, one of which implicates the pineal gland as pivotal in the disease. The pineal gland functions as a magnetoreceptor organ. This biological property of the gland provided the impetus for the development of a novel and highly effective therapeutic modality, which involves transcranial applications of alternating current (AC) pulsed electromagnetic fields in the picotesia flux density. The first part of this review summarizes recent clinical work on the effects of transcranially applied pulsed electromagnetic fields for the symptomatic treatment of the disease.

The second part reports on the effects in 16 patients who followed this treatment on a regular basis for periods ranging from 6 months to 5 years. A statistical analysis of the data showed that the difference between the pre-and post-treatment level of disability was highly significant.

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