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What Types of Conditions Can PEMF Therapy Treat?

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If you have read our science backed guide to pemf therapy you might ask yourself what types of conditions can PEMF therapy treat? To answer your question we have done some research for you. In this article we give you an overview of what scientific  research says about pemf. Please feel free to click on the provided links and read the studies in detail yourself. 

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Prostate

“Background: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) etiology remains poorly understood, but chronic low-grade inflammation plays a role. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) (1-50 Hz) is effective in reducing tissue inflammation.

Objectives: We designed a pilot study to evaluate the effects of PEMF on prostate volume (PV) in BPH.

Discussion: PEMF was able to reduce prostate volume (PV) after 28 days of therapy. Symptoms improved in a short time, with high compliance and no effects on hormonal and sexual function or any side effects. Patients with moderate-severe LUTS and without MetS seem to benefit more from this treatment.

Conclusion: PEMF reduces PV and improves LUTS in a relative short time, in BPH patients. These benefits seem greater in those patients with moderate-severe lower urinary tract symptoms but without metabolic syndrome (MetS).”

What Types of Conditions Can PEMF Therapy Treat – Erectile Dysfunction

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“This double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed the efficacy of 3 weeks of impulse magnetic-field therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED). Twenty volunteers who suffered from ED or orgasmic disturbances were randomly assigned to either active treatment or placebo (n = 10 each). Efficacy was assessed in terms of intensity and duration of erection, general well-being, sexual activity, and warm sensation in the genital area.

 In the active-treatment group, all efficacy endpoints were significantly improved at study end (P < or = .01), with 80% reporting increases in intensity and duration of erection, frequency of genital warmth, and general well-being. 

The remaining 20%, who experienced minor improvements, were found to have an influenza-like infection after the study that may have influenced their results. Only 30% of the placebo group noted some improvement in their sexual activity; 70% had no change. No side effects were reported.” 

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy For (Knee) Arthritis

There are several studies on the benefits of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy For Arthritis. 

Study 1

“The analysis of various studies (animal models of arthritis, cell culture systems and clinical trials) reporting the use of PEMF for arthritis cure has conclusively shown that PEMF not only alleviates the pain in the arthritis condition but it also affords chondroprotection, exerts antiinflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling and this could be developed as a viable alternative for arthritis therapy.”

Study 2


Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has shown promising therapeutic effectiveness on bone- and cartilage-related pathologies, being also safe for management of knee osteoarthritis.


The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical efficacy of a PEMF device for management of knee osteoarthritis in elderly patients.

Materials and Methods

A total of 33 patients were screened, and 28 patients, aged between 60 and 83 and affected by bilateral knee osteoarthritis, were enrolled in this study. They received PEMF therapy on the right leg for a total of three 30-minute sessions per week for a period of 6 weeks, while the left leg did not receive any treatment and served as control. An intravenous drip containing ketoprofen, sodium clodronate, glucosamine sulfate, calcitonin, and ascorbic acid, for a total volume of 500 mL, was administered during PEMF therapy. At baseline and 3 months post-PEMF therapy, Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to assess knee pain and Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) was used to measure knee pain, stiffness and physical function.


The present study shows that PEMF therapy improves pain, stiffness and physical function in elderly patients affected by knee osteoarthritis.”

Study 3


Synovitis plays an important role in the pathogenesis of arthritis, which is closely related to the joint swell and pain of patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) on synovitis and its underlying mechanisms. 


Our data provides new insights into the underlying mechanisms of the anti-inflammatory effects of PEMF regarding the synovitis, which may be beneficial to the noninvasive treatment of arthritis in the future.”

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy For Knee Debridement

“PEMF has a beneficial effect on chondrocyte proliferation, matrix synthesis, and chondrogenic differentiation by upregulation of TGF-β and BMPs, and it decreases anti-inflammmatory cytokines via A2A and A3 adenosine receptors in in vitro studies (Fig. 2). In in vivo studies, PEMF has beneficial effects on OA progression and cartilage defects. PEMF also has a positive effect on tendon repair.”

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Bone Healing

“In the United States, PEMF exposure is FDA-approved for the treatment of fracture nonunions. Considerable clinical evidence supports the use of PEMF for nonunions with reported healing rates for nonunions after PEMF stimulation between 73% and 85%. Clinical PEMF stimulation is widely applied in both the United States and Europe as a noninvasive and safe therapy to promote bone repair. PEMF exposure stimulated proteoglycan synthesis in less pathologically involved cartilage.” 

What Types of Conditions Can PEMF Therapy Treat – Osteoporosis

Study 1

“To determine the effect of a 72 Hz pulsating electromagnetic field (PEMF) on bone density of the radii of osteoporosis-prone women, the nondominant forearms of 20 subjects were exposed to PEMF 10 h daily for a period of 12 weeks. Bone density before, during, and after the exposure period was determined by use of a Norland-Cameron bone mineral analyzer. Bone mineral densities of the treated radii measured by single-photon densitometry increased significantly in the immediate area of the field during the exposure period and decreased during the following 36 weeks. A similar but weaker response occurred in the opposite arm, suggesting a “cross-talk” effect on the nontreated radii, from either possible arm proximity during sleep or very weak general field effects. The data suggest that properly applied PEMFs, if scaled for whole-body use, may have clinical application in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.”

Study 2

“Low-frequency PEMFs relieves the pain of primary osteoporosis quickly and efficiently, enhances bone formation and increases BMD of secondary osteoporosis. But the effects of PEMFs on bone mineral density of primary osteoporosis and bone resorption were controversial.”

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy For Inflammation

Study 1

“Inflammation is a complex process involving distinct but overlapping biochemical and molecular events that are highly regulated. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is increasingly used to treat pain and edema associated with inflammation following surgery involving soft tissue. However, the molecular and cellular effects of PEMF therapy on pathways involved in the resolution of inflammation are poorly understood. Using cell culture lines relevant to trauma-induced inflammation of the skin (human dermal fibroblasts, human epidermal keratinocytes, and human mononuclear cells), we investigated the effect of PEMF on gene expression involved in the acute and resolution phases of inflammation. 

We found that PEMF treatment was followed by changes in the relative amount of messenger (m)RNAs encoding enzymes involved in heme catabolism and removal of reactive oxygen species, including an increase in heme oxygenase 1 and superoxide dismutase 3 mRNAs, in all cell types examined 2 hours after PEMF treatment. A relative increase in mRNAs encoding enzymes involved in lipid mediator biosynthesis was also observed, including an increase in arachidonate 12- and 15-lipoxygenase mRNAs in dermal fibroblasts and epidermal keratinocytes, respectively. The relative amount of both of these lipoxygenase mRNAs was elevated in mononuclear cells following PEMF treatment relative to nontreated cells. PEMF treatment was also followed by changes in the mRNA levels of several cytokines. A decrease in the relative amount of interleukin 1 beta mRNA was observed in mononuclear cells, similar to that previously reported for epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts. 

Based on our results, we propose a model in which PEMF therapy may promote chronic inflammation resolution by mediating gene expression changes important for inhibiting and resolving inflammation.”

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy For Golf or Tennis Elbow

“We aimed to investigate the efficacy of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) in lateral epicondylitis comparing the modality with sham PEMF and local steroid injection. Sixty patients with lateral epicondylitis were randomly and equally distributed into three groups as follows: 

  • Group I received PEMF, 
  • Group II sham PEMF,
  •  Group III a corticosteroid + anesthetic agent injection. 

Pain levels during rest, activity, nighttime, resisted wrist dorsiflexion, and forearm supination were investigated with visual analog scale (VAS). Pain threshold on elbow was determined with algometer. All patients were evaluated before treatment at the third week and the third month. VAS values during activity and pain levels during resisted wrist dorsiflexion were significantly lower in Group III than Group I at the third week.

 Group I patients had lower pain during rest, activity and nighttime than Group III at third month. PEMF seems to reduce lateral epicondylitis pain better than sham PEMF. Corticosteroid and anesthetic agent injections can be used in patients for rapid return to activities.”

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What Types of Conditions Can PEMF Therapy Treat – Insomnia

“This 4-week double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed the efficacy of impulse magnetic-field therapy for insomnia. 

One hundred one patients were randomly assigned to either active treatment (n = 50) or placebo (n = 51) and allocated to one of three diagnostic groups:

 (1) sleep latency;

 (2) interrupted sleep; or 

(3) nightmares. 

Efficacy endpoints were intensity of sleep latency, frequency of interruptions, sleepiness after rising, daytime sleepiness, difficulty with concentration, and daytime headaches. In the active-treatment group, the values of all criteria were significantly lower at study end (P < .00001). The placebo group also showed significant symptomatic improvement (P < .05), but the differences between groups were highly significant (P < .00001). 

Seventy percent (n = 34) of the patients given active treatment experienced substantial or even complete relief of their complaints;

 24% (n = 12) reported clear improvement;

 6% (n = 3) noted a slight improvement.

 Only one placebo patient (2%) had very clear relief; 49% (n = 23) reported slight or clear improvement; and 49% (n = 23) saw no change in their symptoms. No adverse effects of treatment were reported.”

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Carpal Tunnel  (CTS)

“The aim of this study was to compare the effects of pulsed electromagnetic field versus pulsed ultrasound in treating patients with postnatal carpal tunnel syndrome. 

It can be concluded that PEMF has a significant and superior effect on CTS in postnatal women, as compared to therapeutic US. This superior effect was found in the reduction in pain, improvement in the electrophysiological studies, and hand grip strength.”

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Chronic Pelvic Pain/Bladder Pain Syndrome 

“Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome is a chronic pelvic pain condition with no known etiology that affects millions of women and men in the United States. Current management can be aggressive for individuals who are refractory to less invasive options, often resulting in the use of opioid narcotics and/or surgical procedures under general anesthesia, with higher risks and side effects to patients. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is a noninvasive therapeutic strategy that is thought to reduce inflammation and pain via alteration of cellular function and microcirculation. This therapy has demonstrated efficacy in management of other chronic pain syndromes including fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. Herein, we describe a case of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome that resulted in decreases in pelvic pain, burning with bladder filling, and other nonpelvic pain symptoms. This case provides support for a formal clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy for the management of chronic pelvic pain in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

What Types of Conditions Can PEMF Therapy Treat – spinal stenosis 

“This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in lomber spinal stenosis.

 Materials and method

 This study is single-blind randomised controlled study. Fifty patients diagnosed with lomber spinal stenosis were randomised into two groups. Patients in the first group [median age 61 (51-84) years] underwent 10 sessions of active pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (25 Hz, 80 gauss) for 15 minutes a day, whereas those in the second group [median age 64 (55-77) years] were controls and underwent 10 sessions of placebo pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. The patients were assessed with VAS, the Timed Up and Go test, Oswestry Disability Index and EQ5D-VAS. All tests were completed at baseline, after treatment and at a 3-week follow-up. Results: Forty-nine patients completed the study. 

The pulsed electromagnetic field therapy group significantly improved VAS score, Oswestry Disability Index and EQ5D-VAS (p<0.05) after treatment. Significant improvement was sustained after 3-week follow up. In the placebo group, there was no significant change in VAS score, Oswestry Disability Index or EQ5D-VAS (p>0.05) after treatment. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy group showed significant improvement than plasebo group in terms of pain severity, Oswestry Disability Index, EQ5D-VAS and Timed Up and Go after treatment and at follow-up (p<0.05). 


Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy appears to be useful in terms of back and/or leg pain, functional mobility, physical disability and general health-related quality of life in lumbar spinal stenosis patients.”

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Neuropathy


“These pilot data demonstrate that directing PEMF to refractory feet can provide unexpected shortterm analgesic effects in more than 50% of individuals.  


Neuropathic pain (NP) from peripheral neuropathy (PN) arises from ectopic firing of unmyelinated C-fibers with accumulation of sodium and calcium channels. Because pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) safely induce extremely low frequency (ELF) quasirectangular currents that can depolarize, repolarize, and hyperpolarize neurons, it was hypothesized that directing this energy into the sole of one foot could potentially modulate neuropathic pain.”

What Types of Conditions Can PEMF Therapy Treat – Depression


Approximately 30% of patients with depression are resistant to antidepressant drugs. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been found effective in combination with antidepressants in this patient group. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antidepressant effect of a new principle using low-intensity transcranially applied pulsed electromagnetic fields (T-PEMF) in combination with antidepressants in patients with treatment-resistant depression.


The T-PEMF treatment was superior to sham treatment in patients with treatment-resistant depression. Few side effects were observed. Mechanism of the antidepressant action, in light of the known effects of PEMF stimulation to the brain, is discussed.”

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We have tried to give you a good overview of research on pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. For further information we recommend to ask your medical provider and discuss what pemf therapy might be able to do for you. In addition we recommend you to watch how doctors discuss pemf therapy on youtube.

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