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As with many other conditions, all the basic actions of PEMFs work on the brain as well. This means that they work inside the brain, which is generally fairly inaccessible tissue, because it is encased in the skull, which is thick and difficult to penetrate – for good reason.
The brain is also protected from inside the body by the blood brain barrier. You can see in the image on the left a basic capillary allowing very substances to gain access or leave. In the right image you can see that the same structure is now encased with brain cell tissue making it harder for substances to get in and out. This is more of a functional barrier than a physical barrier, like the skull would be. PEMFs penetrate both the skull and the blood brain barrier easily to do their job. As a result, PEMFs help to heal or improve many of the conditions that afflict the brain.
These include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, seizure disorders, concussion and brain injury, damage left behind by infections, toxicity, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, sleep disorders and others. In addition, PEMFs act on the brain to stimulate electrical activity. In doing so, selecting specific frequencies, PEMFs can act as a pacemaker for brain electrical activity.
These are in the brain wave bands – Delta, theta, alpha, beta, gamma. These images show how different parts of the brain can be stimulated in the various brain wave bands using frequencies and inducing those frequencies within the brain.
Selecting the appropriate frequencies, PEMFs affect mood, alertness, reduce pain and irritability, increase calmness, enhance learning, facilitate meditation, yoga, and hypnosis. Again, PEMFs do these noninvasively, by being able to pass completely through the skull and brain
Many other brain stimulation systems are available including electrical stimulation and light and sound. Electrostimulation [the left image here] does not penetrate into the brain directly to any important extent, because it is blocked by the skull. In order to affect deeper structures of the brain, electrodes have to be implanted into the brain. These are now being used in Parkinson’s disease. This is an invasive procedure and causes its own harm and risk to the brain, often break down and do not stop the underlying disease process from continuing. In the right image, Light and sound also stimulate the parts of the brain that are receptive to these forms of stimulation. They do not pass well through the brain and therefore don’t have the same benefits as PEMFs of initiating deep repair, increasing stem cells, improving circulation and so on. That means that PEMFs are a very simple technology that accesses the entire brain safely and effectively.
Even disorders in other parts of the body that cause pain, leave their footprints in the brain. This is called centralization of pain. Almost all pain leaves an imprint on the brain that can be long-lasting. This is not only a memory of the pain but also actual physical and electrical imprints that may continue to have a person experience pain long after the physical cause of the pain is gone. Sometimes, when pain is treated where it is experienced, the results are less than desirable, because the brain is not being treated. So, much better results are often achieved when both local areas are treated, not only to actually create healing of the cause of the pain, but also to use PEMFs on the brain directly to reduce and eliminate centralization.
Most of the conventional medical approaches to treating pain are through what I call “numbing and dumbing.” This means that we numb the brain’s perception of the pain. This is one of the reasons why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories are used at bedtime to help us sleep – we are numbing the brain’s perception of feedback from our body. They are not just acting as anti-inflammatories in this situation. Opioids and narcotics also work by numbing the perception of pain by the brain. “Dumbing” the brain is done by using opioids and narcotics and also antidepressants, benzodiazepines and antiseizure medications. These drugs dull our cognitive functions. Alertrness and anxiety increase our perception of pain. So, the opposite effect is targeted. Obviously, these drugs have complicated mechanisms and affect various neurotransmitters such as dopamine, GABA and serotonin, etc.
Using some of the principles described here on the effects of PEMFs on the brain, PEMFs can be used to treat a number of conditions very well. These include:
- anxiety, Panic and PTSD Disorders
- concussion and TBI
- neuromyelitis optica (NMO)
- Parkinson’s disease
- seizure disorders
- spinal cord injury
As before, with many of the other conditions for which magnetic field therapy is good, it would be best to read the more in-depth discussion on each of these topics in the Power Tools for Health book.
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