The effect of magnetic field on the signal transduction

Natalia Cichoń, Joanna Saluk, Sergiusz Miller, Elżbieta Miller

The effect of magnetic field on the signal transduction. FP 2014; 14(1); 50-58


The therapy using the magnetic field has been known for centuries. Today it is a technique widely used in practice due to low harmfulness, wide applicability and good clinical outcomes with relatively low outlay. The biological effect of the magnetic field is related, inter alia, with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. The analgesic activity is primarily based on the endogenous opioid system. The magnetic field regulates opioid analgesic by affecting the calcium channels, and Ca2+ concentration. Furthermore, the magnetic field enhances the immune system affecting the inflammatory reactions. One of the mechanisms of anti-inflammatory effect of magnetotherapy may also be an antioxidant activity. The confirmation of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect of the magnetic field are clinical trials conducted in various institutions in the world. Have been documented, among others, studies which used magnetic therapy in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia. The aim of this study is to present the current state of knowledge on the mechanisms of action of analgesic and anti-inflammatory magnetic field.

Key words:
magnetic fields, analgesia, inflammation

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