Magnetic Deficiency SyndromeIn the past 10 years the American Medical Association (AMA) studies have shown that magnets are a great source of relief for joints, muscles, headaches, and pain associated with Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis, and FibroMyalgia.

Kyoichi Nadagawa M.D.- One of the worlds foremost authority on the magnetism, claims that the degrading of the earth’s magnetic field combined with mans electronic environment is responsible for “Magnetic Deficiency Syndrome.”

Symptoms include stiffness of the shoulder, back, neck, uncertain lower back pain, and chest pains for no specific reason, habitual headaches, dizziness, and general fatigue, various inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis. arthrosis, gonarthrosis, coxarthrosis.

Many books and articles have been published regarding the curative effects of using magnets as a tool to wellness.

The recommended magnet therapy is derived from several books and articles and is for your reading enjoyment and does not in any way replace the need to consult a healthcare professional if you need medical attention.

Using magnets is a complementary therapy and should not be used by those wearing a battery-operated device or for those who are pregnant.

In 1976 Doctor Nakagawa, a Japanese rheumatologist, published his results of the work he had carried out on 11,648 magnet users. He found that 91% of people felt that the magnets were useful in countering their arthritic, lumbago, rheumatic, neuralgia, and muscular pain.

Over 140 million people are using magnets for pain relief!

Magnetic therapy dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians. Magnets have long been believed to have healing powers associated with muscle pain and stiffness.

Chinese healers as early as 200 B.C. were said to use magnetic lodestones or*magnetite* on the body to correct unhealthy imbalances in the flow of qi, or energy. Magnetic therapy is becoming more and more widely accepted as an alternative method of pain relief.

Since the late 1950s, hundreds of studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of magnetic therapy being an effective, non-invasive, drug-free way to help reduce pain, to help increase flexibility and promote the body’s own natural healing process.

Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome and Magnetic Treatment

Translation of the article which appeared in the Japan Medical Journal No. 2745 December 4th, 1976

Kyoichi Nakagawa, M. D.

Director, Isuzu Hospital

Tokyo, Japan


I. Advocation of the Magnetic Field Deficiency Sydrome

II. Clinical Image of the Syndrome

III.Basis for the Presence of the Deficiency Syndrome

IV. The Relationship Between Magnetic Fields and the Human Body

V. Treatment Effect of Magnetism

VI. Magnetic Field Surplus Syndrome

VII. Study


Almost 20 years have elapsed since we (Nakagawa, K., et al.) began research on “Magnetism and Living Bodies”. Judging from the results of our research and those of other groups during this period, as well as from extensive referential data available both in Japan and abroad, I have come to the belief that we assume the presence of what we call “The Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome” in human bodies. Hereinafter ‘Magnetism’ or ‘Magnetic field’ will imply a stationary state.

I. Advocation of the Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome

Many clinical studies have proven that, among human illness syndromes, there is one which improves when magnetic fields are applied to a part of the human body

Considering: 1. Facts gained from clinical studies, 2. The decreasing strength of the Earth’s magnetic field and 3. The relationship between the human body and magnetism, I am of the following belief.

The human body is under the influence of the Earth’s magnetic field and is keeping some sort of balance relationship with it. However, under modern day living conditions, the effect of this field has decreased. Consequently, we can assume that for a certain human body, this lack of magnetism has caused some abnormalities. For this reason, by the external application of a magnetic field to the human body to supplement this deficiency, such abnormal conditions can be improved. In other words, I feel that there is a direct relationship between the decrease in the earth’s magnetic field acting on the human body and the improvement of abnormal conditions of the human body by the application of magnetic fields.

This is my reason for advocating the presence of the magnetic field deficiency syndrome in living bodies. It is not clear if a similar syndrome occurs in living bodies other than human beings. However, as from the clinical point of view I believe we can safely say that the syndrome does exist in human bodies, I refer hereafter to those only.

II. Clinical Image of the Syndrome

The symptoms of the syndrome are; “Stiffness” of the shoulders, back and scruff of the neck, uncertain lumbago, chest pains for no specific reason, habitual headache and heaviness of the head, dizziness and insomnia for uncertain reasons, habitual constipation, general lassitude, various inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis. arthrosis, gonarthrosis, coxarthrosis, etc.

Generally speaking, the specific cause of the illness is not noticeable or no specific relationship between the original illness and the derivative symptoms can be found. The symptoms neither improve nor get worse, no clue being gained from clinical examination. One or more of the above symptoms is usually noticed as the syndrome.

Among those above-mentioned, there are, of course, some symptoms which accompany such illnesses as hypertension, diabetes, disease of the digestive organs, bone and nerve diseases, etc. However, as with the syndrome such symptoms continue even after the original disease has been treated or cured, any relationship between such symptoms and the original disease can be excluded.

In other words, it is a syndrome in which no objective pathological findings can be noticed from routine physical and clinical examinations, but in which the subjective symptoms persist and are hard to improve, resisting various treatments but responding to the application of a magnetic field. An unbalance autonomic nervous system or part of such might be included in this syndrome.

III. Basis For The Presence Of The Deficiency Syndrome

Here, I wish to discuss the basis of the magnetic field deficiency syndrome. Firstly whether the application of a magnetic field to the human body is effective in improving such symptoms as mentioned in II, and secondly whether the magnetic field acting on the human body today is really in a deficient condition or not.

1. Treatment by application of a magnetic field to the human body

Here I will deal with the cure of illnesses or improvement of symptoms by the use of a magnetic field. This is usually called magnetotherapy, and I will break it into two groups- research in Japan, and research abroad.

a) Research in Japan

b) Research Abroad

Magneto-therapy has a long history abroad, and the titles with a brief explanation of literature from past days are listed in the Bibliography of the Biological Effects of Magnetic Fields(24).

In this publication, We find the thesis Eydam I. of 1843 on the application of a magnetic field to the human body for therapeutic purposes. I believe I can say that with the exception of Paracelas (25) or Gilbert(26) this is the oldest thesis on magneto-therapy. Following this in 1969, Maggiorani(27) reported that he gained effective and non-effective results in applying magnetism to the human body and that hysteria, ataxia and diabetes patients were most sensitive.

In 1878, Charot and Renard(27) wrote of the effects of magnetism on hysteria and in 1879 Mueller(27) wrote that itchiness and pain were noticed when a magnetic field was applied to the human body. Westphal(27) and Gangee(27) reported in 1878 of abnormal skin feeling returning to normal on the application of magnetism. In the same year, Waldmann(28) announced his thesis on “Der Magnetismus in der Heilkunde”. This was probably the first thesis concerning the application of a magnetic field to the treatment of illnesses. In 1879, Benedict (27) and Drosdov (27) reported that the application of a magnetic field reduced pain stemming from various causes. A thesis forwarded by Benedict, M. (29) in 1885 used the word Magneto-therapie, and in 1886 Quinan, J.R. (24)(30) announced a general history of the application of magnetism in medical science.

As mentioned above, much interest was shown in the relationship between the magnetic field and the human body and it is thought that magnetism was actually used in clinical medicine as treatment.

As the above mentioned theses from abroad are very old, they are difficult to get in Japan and we have never read the originals only knowing them indirectly. However, judging from the titles of the theses, I believe we can safely presume magneto-therapy was tried and that it had quite a long history.

Following this, during the 1920′s, as far as I can ascertain only a few theses on magneto-therapy were forwarded. However, in 1928, Rosenberg(27) stated that “We must admit that until now no basis for acknowledging the effect of a constant magnetic field has been obtained.” This appeared to become the established theory in western countries, and also appears to have been accepted in Japan. I believe it was because of this that research on magnetism in the medical and biological fields was deemed meaningless.

In 1938, Hansen, K.M.(32) reported that patients suffering from subjective symptoms of sciatica, lumbago, joint pains, etc. but showing no findings in an X-ray examination, found relief when the constant field from an electromagnet was applied. The report further stated that magnetism was also effective in treating acute inflammatory illnesses and chronic gingivitis. It does not give the strength of the field used, but we can assume it to be quite strong. With this therapy, the S-pole was applied to the body for periods of 10-40 minutes, this being repeated several or in some cases over 10 times.

Hansen, in 1944(33) and 1949(34) also forwarded her research on magnetic fields applied to the human body, but as this has no direct relationship to therapy I will not elaborate here. She states that from those studies it is found that magnetism applied to the human body functions mainly on the autonomic nervous system.

During the 1950′s, research on the removal of strongly magnetic objects from the human body was made (35)(36), but as this also does not fall into the category of magneto-therapy I will not elaborate.

In 1960, Freeman, M.W.(37) forwarded his thesis on “Magnetism in Medicine”, however this also does not deal with the therapeutic effects of magnetism. Sinkarera, L.F. et al.(38) reported in 1970 that a constant magnetic field was found effective in treating inflammatory illnesses of the female genital organs.

In 1972, Degan, I.L.(39) experimented with applying a constant magnetic field of 450-530 gauss to the hands of patients suffering from Dupuytren’s contracture incurable by drugs. the treatment lasted for 15-40 minutes at a time, this being repeated from 5-40 times depending on the case. The treatment was found effective on first-degree symptoms, and also considerable improvement was noticed as well in cases with second degree symptoms.

c.) Deficiency of the Magnetic Field acting on the human body

The earth’s magnetic field is of course a stationary magnetic field working constantly on the human body. For this reason, I wish to discuss here whether this field is actually in a deficient state or not. Kawai(40) stated that the strength of the earth’s field has decreased a total of 50% during the last 500 years, decreasing 5% over the past 100 years. Furthermore, it is said(41) that the total moment of the earth’s magnetic field has been decreasing at the rate of 0.05% per year. Along these lines, Rikitake(42) also states that the magnetic moment of the earth is decreasing quite rapidly, the rate of decrease having reached about 5% per one hundred years. He maintains that if this continues the earth’s magnetic field will eventually reach zero in 200 years. Along with this decrease, the angles of the earth’s magnetic field are also said to be changing.

It seems certain we can assume that the earth’s magnetic field is decreasing in strength, and we can well imagine that this could be the cause of disorder in the human body.

Furthermore, we also consider that there are other factors as well, which could play a part in decreasing the effect of the earth’s field acting on the human body.

Living or working in steel frame or steel structure buildings is one of these. Iron is several hundred to several thousand times more permeable than air(43), and so can absorb a large part of the magnetic lines of the earth’s field thus sheltering people from such. Automobiles, electric trains, and ships are, to some extent, also sheltered places, the latter being especially so.

To confirm this point, it is necessary to actually measure the field strength on the spot, and we are at the moment preparing to do this. However, the actual process of measurement seems to be very difficult(42).

As the human race has long been under the influence of the earth’s magnetic field I believe, as I mentioned before(7), that any change in this field could cause disorder in the human body. Kawai’s book (40) is subtitled “The Earth’s Magnetic Field Controls the Weather”, and if this is really the situation, the human body will be influenced by this change in the weather. This can be shown as follows: Change in the earth’s magnetic field leads to a change in the weather which leads to an influence on the human body and consequent disorder of some kind.

However, even if the disorder in the human body occurs along these lines, it does not fall into the category we claim to be the Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome. The reason for this is that such a disorder would be caused indirectly by the change in the weather, and there would be no change in such a disorder which could be gained by applying a magnetic field directly to the human body.

We are left with the question of how magnetic fields (including the earth’s field) directly affect the human body, and I wish to take this up in the next article.

There is a difference between each human body, and one such case could be suffering from a magnetic field deficiency even if there was no decrease in the strength of the earth’s field. However, the people with the stated above show improvement when a magnetic field is applied, and we believe that at least with these people, there is a magnetic field deficiency.

To summarize, the earth’s magnetic field acting on the human body has, for various reasons, been decreasing and this is believed to cause some sort of disorder in the human body. Therefore, when by some method a magnetic field is applied to the human body it is clear that the symptoms can be improved (see referential literature quoted), and this is the basis for our advocating the presence of the magnetic field deficiency syndrome.

IV. The Relationship between Magnetic Fields and the Human Body

Research on magnetic fields and the living body has become very active in recent years, much literature having been published. In this article I wish, through items other than those concerning the treatment effects of magnetic fields to discuss the relationship between magnetic fields and the human body. What I will take up here is concerned with the functional order of a magnetic field on the human body.

There has been some excellent research done on the objective effects of a magnetic field applied to the human body. One of these by Okai, et al.(44-47) confirmed by using animals that new electric current is generated by electromagnetic induction when a magnetic field is applied to the blood stream. Then, by putting the human chest between the poles of an electromagnet or by generating a pulse between two poles placed as such, they detected, by using electrodes fixed to the skin, electromotive force by the blood flow across the magnetic field. They named this Magnetoheography. It was the first time the electric change occurring when a magnetic field is applied to the human body had been confirmed.

It is clear that an electric change will occur when a magnetic field is applied to the human body, but this is not an insertion of electrical energy into the it is only a conversion of a part of the motion energy of the body fluid into electrical energy through the medium of a magnetic field. Therefore, we cannot consider it as an insertion of energy as the energy of the magnetic field is much smaller than other physical phenomena used for therapy today.

If this is the case, we must consider the mal-effects on the human body as the result of the application of such a field.

Therefore, for even a small change in the earth’s field that of the human body will be much affected. This may even affect the active current within the human body. Therefore, for even a small change in the earth’s field that of the human body will be much affected. This may even affect the active current within the human body, and we can imagine that this could be the cause of disorder or change in the body.

As the earth’s magnetic field is to some extent always working on the body, and as the body fluid is always in motion even when the body is at rest, it must be that electromotive force is constantly being generated by electromagnetic induction. Also, when a man is in motion, he moves across the magnetic field and in the same way as a conductive material moving across a magnetic field it is also possible to consider that electromotive force could be generated.

V. Treatment Effect Of Magnetism

An attempt to improve symptoms and treat illnesses by the application of a magnetic field to the human body is called magnetotherapy as mentioned in III.

a) Features of Magnetotherapy

Magnetic fields can be roughly divided into two types- the Stationary and the Varying Field. The latter is further divided into Alternating, Pulsating, Rotating and Travelling fields.

Both in Japan and abroad, the influence exerted on living bodies by varying magnetic fields (mainly alternating and pulsating currents) has been studied. That treatment using varying magnetic fields is effective has been acknowledged and we have also been working with such. However, we are still not certain if it is helpful in treating the magnetic field deficiency syndrome or not, and for this reason I will note elaborate here.

There are present around us electro-magnetic waves and also stationary and varying magnetic fields emanating from various electrical appliances, but it is not certain what sort of relationship these magnetic fields have with the supply of magnetism to the human body.

b) Types of Magnetotherapeutic Devices and their Features

In Japan, magnetotherapeutic devices are registered under the Drug Regulations Act of 1961 as No. 81 on the list covering Devices and Machines. This implementing of regulations to control the manufacture and sale of magnetotherapeutic devices happened three (1) years after we first reported on such devices to a medical congress, two years after the symposium on magnetism and the living body(6)(8) was held, and two years after we proposed the establishment of such regulations to the Minister of health and Welfare (according to my diary). Since that date, it has become illegal to manufacture and sell magnetotherapeutic devices have been officially approved.

We, in our routine medical practice, are using as a first choice suitable magnetotherapeutic devices

Magnetotherapeutic devices have the following features:

1) They can be easily used.

2) They can be used for long hours continuously.

3) The user can adjust the hours of usage to the subjective symptoms.

4) No serious side-effects can be found.

Regarding side-effects, we could not detect anything serious but did have occasional reports of people feeling a ‘rush of blood to the head’ or a ‘dull-headed’ feeling. In our study (60), we had 4 out of 166 report such feelings. However, even with these people the stiffness in the shoulders was improved and I suggest that in such cases people accustom their bodies to the necklace by repeated intermittent usage of it.

VI. Magnetic Field Surplus Syndrome

We are also informed that people working within strong magnetic fields are in good health, and we plan to look into this point in the future.

VII. Study

The human race, having been living on this earth, has been influenced by at least two physical phenomena- gravity and the earth’s magnetic field. The relationship between gravity and the human body and, in relationship to recent space travel, the influence of a no-gravity condition on the human body has been the objects of research.

On the contrary, however, this is hardly true when it comes to the study of the earth’s magnetic field on the human body. In the field of biology and field science, there has been some research done on the influence on test animals shielded from magnetic fields(58)(62), and during 1935-1976 research on the effects on the human body of being exposed to a very weak magnetic field for a ten day, one month and five year period of time was conducted(63). However, no reliable uniform information was forthcoming, and the relationship between the earth’s magnetic field and the living body is still unclarified.

We are well aware that the following definite steps are needed to confirm the magnetic field deficiency syndrome.

If the results of these studies are all affirmative in nature, then the magnetic field deficiency syndrome can be established. However, as any such study is virtually impossible, I advocate the presence of the magnetic field deficiency syndrome on the basis of what I stated in III. As a result of our research starting from the therapeutic effects gained by artificially adding and applying magnetic fields to the human body, we have reached the above conclusion.

In Closing

I have stated here that we advocate the presence of the magnetic field deficiency syndrome, and also the basis for such a statement.

The reason for my daring to put pen to paper and write such a thesis as this at this time is that if research in this field will be taken up my by many clinical doctors through actual application of this therapy, further data will be added to that available now and this will be established as a new field of therapy.

What I have stated here about the therapeutic effects of magnetic fields is based on many study results, and I believe I can safely say that the contents of this report will not be contradicted at the present time. If, however, further studies are added to what I have stated, my belief might either be revised or supplemented in the future. However, I feel that when that happens, the total scope of the relationship between magnetic fields and the human body will have been clarified.

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