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Asthma and PEMF Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields Therapy

What the Russians and Eastern Europeans discovered is that they treated the spine right in the back, the upper part of the spine. Here’s the head, and here’s the neck, here’s the upper back – so you want to treat it in the upper back. That’s where the spinal nerve traffic goes in that controls the opening and closing of the airways, the parasympathetic nervous system. They found that they could open up the airways by doing magnetic therapy to the back. But that’s an old science.  

The current thinking about asthma is that it’s not only a nervous system issue – a parasympathetic imbalance problem causing the airways to be constricted  – that’s a parasympathetic reaction to closing the airways. But that’s caused by inflammation, that’s caused by irritable airways. So the modern treatment is to reduce inflammation. That’s why the medications that are being used today, the inhalers, are primarily combined with a steroid and a bronchial dilator.  That does take care of the problem chronically and it keeps the airways from constricting, it opens them up. 

Magnetic Field Therapy be used to the chest, in the front, to help to deal with the inflammation in those upper airways, but it can also be used in the back and that would get the nervous system involved in managing the airway opening. I use a combination approach. 

Let’s go back to the very beginning of the presentation. Here is where the intensity makes a difference. You have to reach that magnetic field deep into the body. You have to decrease the inflammation. You need a minimum of 15 Gauss at the target tissue. So from the skin or the chest you’d have to go in probably about four inches, five inches into the bronchi. And not only do you have to go into the Bronchi, you have the stems of the bronchi. Here’s the bronchus, and that breaks off into other bronchioles and other divisions of those bronchi. So you have to go down fairly deep into the lungs to decrease the inflammation. 

I have a patient who came to me, a holistic doctor, who had been taken care of by an academic pulmonary doctor. He had horrible asthma. He had at least four hospital admissions of four or five days per year to manage his asthma while being managed by an academic pulmonary doctor. But nobody was managing him holistically. So as a holistic physician, I got him on a bunch of supplements, changed his nutrition, we talked about attitude, we looked at his medications and then we started magnetic field therapy. When we did that combination of all of those things, all of a sudden he has had zero admissions. Zero. He’s had one ER visit in the last four years. That’s the power of this kind of therapy. 

If you want to get off medication – I don’t advise you to get off medication, I don’t take away your crutches if I know you can’t walk yet. That’s silly.  It’s bad medicine. So if you start by doing magnetic field therapy and you’re doing your conventional therapies, and then you make the nutritional changes, you add the supplements, you increase the anti-inflammatory activity in the body and all of that works over the next two to three months, then you can begin to cut back on the medication.

If all of a sudden you don’t need your bronchial dilators as often, you don’t have to rescue as often, then you could look at cutting back on the anti-inflammatory medications. But you need to work with your doctor. Hopefully, you have a doctor who will work with you. If you don’t, you’re going to have to find one who will. Holistic physicians generally will be ones that you should be able to work with, combining magnetic field therapy along with conventional medicine. 

I do use conventional medicines. I’m not opposed to using conventional medicine. It doesn’t make any sense not to if that tool is available, but you have to use it appropriately. In medicine today,  in our society today, if your only tool is a hammer you treat every problem as a nail. So every conventional doctor doesn’t know anything about holistic medicine. They don’t care about nutrition, mostly. They don’t care about your attitudes. They don’t care about your emotions. All they want to do is give you the medications and get you out of the office. 

Now, I’m not disparaging doctors. There are a lot of very good conventional doctors who are very open-minded. But most of the time you’re going to have to find a holistic physician who’s going to be more likely to be open to adding things together to produce a more comprehensive approach. I’ve discussed this on other webinar Q and A’s as well, that you need to combine approaches to get the best results. It takes a village to deal with the problem. And most physicians, because they only rely on the medication do not complete the treatment. They don’t provide a comprehensive and complete treatment. 

A good example of that I mentioned in a previous session is that if you have an infection and somebody gives you something for your infection, all they’re doing is killing the bugs. They’re not helping the infection.  They rely on the body taking care of itself. If you have surgery, what does the doctor do to help you heal yourself? Nothing. They give you painkillers and have you come back in a week or two to see how the wound is doing, and you cross your fingers that you’re healing. That’s leaving things to chance. 

Holistic medicine doesn’t have to leave things to chance. We know that we have a lot of other tools that we can use to provide a more complete healing program. If you’re fortunate enough to have a holistic physician and you get into trouble and you need an appendectomy, then you’re going to be able to see your holistic physician along with your surgeon to get a much better result and much faster, more complete healing with less likelihood of complications and problems down the road.


  1. Ganesan, K., Gengadharan, A. C., Balachandran, C., Manohar, B. M., & Puvanakrishnan, R. (2004) This study investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of PEMF in a rat model of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The results demonstrated that PEMF treatment reduced lung inflammation and improved lung function. Although this study was not focused on asthma, the anti-inflammatory effects of PEMF could potentially be beneficial for asthma patients.

  2. Vincenzi, F., Ravani, A., Pasquini, S., Merighi, S., Gessi, S., Setti, S., Cadossi, M., & Borea, P. A. (2013) This study examined the effects of PEMF on the production of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The authors found that PEMF modulated the production of specific cytokines, suggesting that PEMF therapy might have immunomodulatory properties that could potentially benefit asthma patients.