PEMF and Multiple Sclerosis

PEMF and Multiple Sclerosis (abstract from our NTA members only material)


Abstracts of scientific studies on the use of PEMF with Multiple Sclerosis:

Double-blind study of pulsing magnetic field (PEMF) effects on multiple sclerosis. 
We performed a double-blind study to measure the clinical and subclinical effects of an alternative medicine magnetic device on disease activity in multiple sclerosis (MS). The MS patients were exposed to a magnetic pulsing device where the frequency of the magnetic pulse was in the 4-13 Hz range (50-100 milliGauss). A total of 30 MS patients wore the device on preselected sites between 10 and 24 hours a day for 2 months. Half of the patients (15) randomly received a device that was magnetically inactive and the other half received an active device. Each MS patient received a set of tests to evaluate MS disease status before and after wearing the device. The tests included (1) a clinical rating (Kurtzke, EDSS), (2) patient-reported performance scales, and (3) quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) during a language task. Although there was no significant change between pretreatment and posttreatment in the EDSS scale, there was a significant improvement in the performance scale (PS) combined rating for bladder control, cognitive function, fatigue level, mobility, spasticity, and vision (active group -3.83 +/- 1.08, p < 0.005; placebo group -0.17 +/- 1.07, change in PS scale). There was also a significant change between pretreatment and posttreatment in alpha EEG magnitude during the language task recorded at various electrode sites on the left side.

This double-blind, placebo-controlled study has demonstrated a statistically significant effect of the magnetic pulsing device on patient performance scales and on alpha EEG magnitude during a language task.

  • Author: TL, Richards and MS, Lappin and J, Acosta-Urquidi and GH, Kraft and AC, Heide and FW, Lawrie and TE, Merrill and GB, Melton and CA, Cunningham
  • Year: 1997
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  • Booktitle: J Altern Complement Med