Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PULSATRON – the pulsating magnetic field therapy (PMF)

Worldwide there is an increasing awareness of alternative and complementary therapies mainly to provide an adjuvant or alternate to invasive therapies because
-invasive therapies have become expensive for investment
-costly and not affordable as a regular treatment option
-undesirable and avoidable side effects are accepted features
-there is a frequent and constant change in techniques, applications and equipments
-they can not provide therapeutic benefits on a stand alone basis

Renowned orthopaedic surgeons like De.Becker and Dr.Andrew Basset, neurologists like Dr.Sandyk and Dr.Anninos and many others in the field of rehabilitation and general medicine have reported excellent results with the pmf therapy. There a a number of text books supporting the therapy ( a list of some of them is enclosed) The pmf therapy is already popular in the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan Russia and Europe.

Complementary therapy such as the PMF therapy offers the following benefits

- we harness the nature’s magnetic energy for therapeutic benefit

- we can adapt, control and monitor such magnetic field by using electrically generated field and creating a pulsating magnetic field

- unlike pure electrical therapies magnetic therapy is safe because it does not damage the biological tissues and cells even in high doses.

- The therapy can be suitably applied in a variety of ailments by inducing ‘angiogenesis’, ‘osteogenesis’ and regulating the chemical and hormonal functions of the diseased body.

- It is possible to provide an extremely cost effective therapy to a variety of illnesses and in all classes of patients

- Like all other modern therapies PMF therapy (also called PEMF-pulsating electro magnetic field, TMS- Transcranial magnetic stimulation etc.) is also supported by a wide publications through reports in international journals like JAMA, LANCET, JBJS etc. and thousand s of references available through the internet from international publications.

- Of late even the lay-press reports such as in Readers Digest and newspapers highlight such therapies as successful in treating chronic ailments otherwise found less effective in conventional therapies.

- The use of PMF therapy in chronic ailments like OA, RA, Migraine, Epilepsy, Cerebrl Palsy, Depression, Wound healing etc. as an adjuvant with conventional therapies has been found to be very effective in offering the patients a complete solution in the management of difficult cases.

PULSATRON – for the PMF therapy it is an ideal device.

- all the features and benefits of PMF therapy found worldwide have been packaged in to one simple device indigenously in PULSATRON

- PULSATRON is a patented design ( patent no. 164029H ) and is only one of its kind offering such features and benefits.

- researched and developed by Madras Institute of Magnetobiology (MIM), Chennai, which is a non-profit making R&D institute promoted by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu (DME), recognized by the union ministry of Science & Technology for R&D and by MGR Medical University for Post Graduate studies.

- The device has been so simplified that the operator has to set only the frequency and monitor the time of treatment. All the other features are already pre-set.

- The device provides an extremely low intensity (1500 nTesla) of magnetic field which is about 1/40th of normal earth’s magnetic field and ultra low frequency of only 1 or 10 Hz as standard treatment protocol for all indications. This ensures extreme safety to the patients.

- The device is also designed in such a way that the patient lies comfortably in a supine position and is never in contact with any part of the system. The patient is however exposed and bathed in a homogenous field of PMF offering the desired therapeutic benefit.

- The PULSATRON is extremely easy to install and operate and maintenance is at a negligible cost.

BENEFITS to the user:

-There is no cost incurred in treating patients with PULSATRON.
-PULSATRON needs no consumables to operate and with the negligible maintenance becomes very cost effective for the investor.
-MIM is a non-profit making organisation therefore the price is only for the fabrication, R&D and development cost of the device which is invested in further research.
-The cost includes installation and training of the operator and one year warranty.
-In addition to on site training one of the operators will be offered a 2/3 days training at the MIM premises in Chennai. Only the travel costs will have to be borne by the user as board and lodging will be taken care of by MIM. The training will include both theory and practice and be conducted in English. Utilisation of this training facility is absolutely at user’s choice and not compulsory.
-The existing customers like Apollo Hospital-Chennai, CMC Hospital - Vellore, Central and South Central Railway Hospitals are some of the over 40 users in the country who have found PULSATRON very effective and useful.
-Last but not the least MIM supports their customers continuously by offering all the scientific and technical services without confining to warranty period.

Therefore a long association with MIM on future therapy and research are the added advantage of using PULSATRON.

Spine Fusion for Discogenic Low Back Pain: Outcomes in Patients Treated With or Without Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation

Richard A. Marks, M.D.
Richardson Orthopaedic Surgery
Richardson, Texas

Sixty-one randomly selected patients who underwent lumbar fusion surgeries for discogenic low back pain between 1987 and 1994 were retrospectively studied. All patients had failed to respond to preoperative conservative treatments. Forty-two patients received adjunctive therapy with pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF)stimulation, and 19 patients received no electrical stimulation of any kind. Average follow-up time was 15.6 months postoperatively. Fusion succeeded in 97.6% of the PEMF group and in 52.6% of the unstimulated group(P<.001). The observed agreement between clinical and radiographic outcome was 75%. The use of PEMF stimulation enhances bony bridging in lumbar spinal fusions. Successful fusion underlies a good clinical outcome in patients with discogenic low back pain.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

PEMF History

Five hundred years ago, Paracelsus, a Swiss physician and alchemist, wondered if diseases could be manipulated by magnets, using lodestones as the best magnets available then. But, natural lodestones are quite weak and few people paid much attention to his ideas until the discovery of carbonsteel magnets in the 1700's. During the 1800's, most of the discoveries relating electricity to magnetism were made by the early pioneers of our modern technical world, men such as Gauss, Weber, Faraday and Maxwell among others One of the more interesting magnetic theories postulates something called "Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome."

It is offered as an explanation of biomagnetic effects by Dr. Kyochi Nakagawa of Japan. The Earth's magnetic field is not fixed in position or strength. In the last hundred years, it has weakened on the average by about 6 percent. In the last thousand years, it has fallen nearly 30 percent. Dr. Nakagawa argues that since humans evolved in a magnetic field, it is necessary for proper health. A falling magnetic field puts us at risk and magnetic therapy makes up the deficit.

The truth is, no one really understands the mechanisms by which magnetic fields affect human health. There are many theories but very little agreement. It is a problem as complicated as a human being, concerning dozens of organs and thousands of different molecules.

Just because you can't explain something, doesn't mean it can't happen.

For two hundred years, it has been possible to build magnets from coils of wire powered by electricity called electromagnets. Such devices can be pulsed to produce magnetic fields that change very rapidly. This opens a whole new world of medical applications since changing magnetic fields can induce tiny electrical currents in human tissue. Pulsing electromagnetic therapy is approved by the FDA to promote the healing of serious bone fractures. And powerful electromagnets are used in brain and muscle research to generate currents strong enough to fire nerves that trigger sensations and flex muscles. To date, there have been many basic research studies and many clinical trials of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy .

Historically, as far back as 1890, the American Electro-Therapeutic Association conducted annual conferences on the therapeutic use of electricity and electrical devices by physicians on ailing patients.

Some involved current flow through the patient, while others were electrically powered devices. At first, only direct current (DC) devices were utilized in the medical doctor’s office for relieving pain.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Enhanced Skin Permeation of Naltrexone by Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields in Human Skin in Vitro

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the skin permeation of naltrexone (NTX) under the influence of a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF). The permeation of NTX across human epidermis and a silicone membrane in vitro was monitored during and after application of the PEMF and compared to passive application. Enhancement ratios of NTX human epidermis permeation by PEMF over passive diffusion, calculated based on the AUC of cumulative NTX permeation to the receptor compartment verses time for 0-4 h, 4-8 h, and over the entire experiment (0-8 h) were 6.52, 5.25, and 5.66, respectively.
Observation of the curve indicated an initial enhancement of NTX permeation compared to passive delivery whilst the PEMF was active (0-4 h). This was followed by a secondary phase after termination of PEMF energy (4-8 h) in which there was a steady increase in NTX permeation. No significant enhancement of NTX penetration across silicone membrane occurred with PEMF application in comparison to passively applied NTX.
In a preliminary experiment PEMF enhanced the penetration of 10 nm gold nanoparticles through the stratum corneum as visualized by multiphoton microscopy. This suggests that the channels through which the nanoparticles move must be larger than the 10 nm diameter of these rigid particles.
Krishnan G, Edwards J, Chen Y, Benson HAE. Enhanced skin permeation of naltrexone by pulsed electromagnetic fields in human skin in vitro. J Pharm Sci. 2010. 99: 2724-2731. Correspondence to Heather A.E. Benson, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, School of Pharmacy, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, at or 618-9266-2338.

A comparative study on the efficacy of PEMF therapy and interferential therapy in the management of ankle sprains

Friday, April 23, 2010

Effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on postoperative pain: a double-blind randomized pilot study in breast augmentation patients.

Effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on postoperative pain: a double-blind randomized pilot study in breast augmentation patients.

CONCLUSION: Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, adjunctive to standard of care, can provide pain control with a noninvasive modality and reduce morbidity due to pain medication after breast augmentation surgery.

Ice and pulsed electromagnetic field to reduce pain and swelling after distal radius fractures

Ice and pulsed electromagnetic field to reduce pain and swelling after distal radius

Conclusion: The addition of pulsed electromagnetic field to ice therapy produces better overall treatment outcomes than ice alone, or pulsed electromagnetic field alone in pain reduction and range of joint motion in ulnar deviation and flexion for a distal radius fracture after an immobilization period of 6 weeks.