NASA PEMF Study
NASA 4-year collaborative study on the efficacy of electromagnetic fields to stimulate growth and repair in mammalian tissues.
CHIEF INVESTIGATOR:Thomas J. Goodwin, Ph.D. Lynden B Johnson Space Center
When it comes to research studies, it does not get any better than NASA. Of more than 10,000 research papers and 2000 plus double blind studies on PEMF therapy; none was more thorough and conclusive as the 4 year NASA study lead by Dr. Thomas Goodwin, PhD, on the ability of PEMF to improve the growth and repair of tissues in mammals.
Without getting into technical details of the study, I will summarize and share the main benefits of PEMF therapy that the NASA study conclusively demonstrated as well as the exact type of energy, frequency, intensity and waveform used.
The study was not limited to PEMF therapy, but also to various forms of energy medicine such as lasers, LEDs and static magnets. After finding PEMFs were the most effective in healing and regeneration, Dr. Goodwin and his team looked at many different parameters such as frequency, waveform, intensity, etc. What NASA found was that the best results and greatest efficacy came from Low Frequency, Low Intensity, and Rapidly varying PEMF signals. Basically frequencies and intensities that closely match what the earth gives us with a signal that produces maximum healing effects on the body!
Specifically, NASA found the best results with the PEMF parameters below:
Rapid Time Varying Waveform - Specifically the Squarewave (sawtooth also fits this criteria)
Low Frequency: 10 Hz (close to the frequencies of earth)
Low Intensity: ~10-200 milligauss (1 - 20 microtesla) which is even less than the strength of the earth’s magnetic field (33 - 66 microtesla).
IN SIMPLE TERMS:
NASA spent $3.5 million into four years worth of magnetic therapy studies and as a result, developed its own PEMF devices. The studies had a few aims. First, NASA used human volunteers “to define the most effective electromagnetic fields for enhancing growth and repair in mammalian tissues.” Secondly, it wanted to utilize “nerve tissue that has been refractory to stimulate growth or enhance its repair regardless of the energy used.” And thirdly, the agency wanted to define a PEMF technology that would “duplicate mature, three dimensional morphology between neuronal cells and feeder (glial) cells, which has not been previously accomplished.”
NASA Magnetic therapy is effective in healing broken bones
What did NASA’s studies conclude? Magnetic therapy is effective in healing refractory broken bones — bones that are unable to heal despite repeated surgical procedures. NASA also found magnetic therapy is successful in developing tissues for transplantation, repairing traumatized tissues, and moderating some neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Lastly, previous studies also suggest that PEMF might be useful in the treatment of some muscle disorders.
In 2009, NASA was awarded the U.S. patent for PEMF use to enhance tissue repair in mammals, and to reverse the bone loss experienced by astronauts when they are in a gravity-free environment and away from the earth’s magnetic field.
NASA’s findings couldn’t come at a more opportune time as there is currently a critical need to develop effective countermeasures for bone loss and muscle degeneration to enable future human space exploration to the moon, Mars and beyond. That’s because progressive muscle degeneration can lead to weakness, fatigue and the inability to efficiently perform assigned tasks, which could compromise emergency egress operations. Bone loss causes increased risk of bone fracture and kidney stones, which can also negatively affect mission objectives and success.>/p>
In 2009, NASA was awarded the U.S. patent for PEMF use to enhance tissue repair in mammals, and to reverse the bone loss experienced by astronauts when they are in a gravity-free environment and away from the earth’s magnetic field. NASA scientists’ ultimate goal for magnetic therapy is to create an astronaut suit that would provide a countermeasure for the muscle atrophy and bone loss associated with space flight. NASA’s findings in regards to magnetic therapy to sustain astronauts’ well-being while in space have been instrumental in validating ongoing scientific studies and the development of PEMF devices.
Magnetic therapy doesn’t just benefit astronauts
Clearly, magnetic therapy doesn’t just benefit astronauts. As NASA research concluded: On earth, this device is effective in the treatment of various muscle diseases, age- and cancer-related muscle atrophy, osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has cleared magnetic therapy for fusing broken bones, treating severe untreatable depression, and post-operative pain and swelling.