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The Peninsula Medical School of Exeter University supervised a trial on 194 general practice clinic patients, testing the basic Bioflow Classic wristband CRP unit (an ultra-
The trial found that pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and knee decreased significantly when wearing a Bioflow magnetic bracelet, comparable with typical arthritis pain-
The results from the genuine Bioflow CRP bracelets were similar to those found in trials on typical drugs used for arthritis pain relief, but without showing the side effects normally found with drugs. The UK Arthritis Research Campaign, which commissioned and funded the study, said about the Bioflow CRP bracelets studied:
“Results appear to show that magnets do reduce pain in people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, although it is still unclear how. As they are quite cheap and safe, people with osteoarthritis might want to consider wearing them as part of their self-
The researchers took extraordinary pains to make the trial valid. Neither the participants nor the medical staff knew who had which kind of bracelet. The participants were aged from 45-
Compliance with instructions was unusually high, with most participants wearing their bracelet 24-
In this study and others which had a successful conclusion, the key to getting good pain relief seems to be using very strong magnets and having both poles against the skin alongside each other -
Also, for most causes of pain the stronger the magnet, the better the results seem to be. It does seem that the closer the treatment system gets to electromagnotherapy in hospitals, the better the results—which makes sense, I suppose. Which must be why the Bioflow CRP system, with its deliberate mimicry of hospital equipment in flux changing and power, seems to do so well.
It’s early days yet. Much more research is needed, especially into how it all works.
One of the problems in trialling magnetic therapy is staying objective. A key difficulty in any double-
One significance of the Peninsula Bioflow trial was that the researchers used a weaker plain magnet (not bipolar) as one of the placebos, based on previous research showing that ordinary wristband magnets have never been shown clinically to be effective. So finding out that the placebo magnet in the wristband actually was a magnet did not nullify the trial. None of the trial’s participants discovered that they were wearing a different magnet in a Bioflow case, so the trial was valid.
Where now? We need more trials like that on the Bioflow CRP System, to find out just how effective static magnets are on different conditions. Also, and especially, we need to see clear evidence from modern trials on the ordinary magnets used by most suppliers. And we need some fundamental research, to find out why magnetic therapy works at all. I have my own ideas, from my reading and from observation, but that isn’t evidence; it’s informed speculation.
The big question is: who will pay for such research and trials? Certainly not the drug multinationals who fund most medical research. Full medical trials are very expensive — it costs several million dollars to do the early trials on a new drug and although magnotherapy doesn’t need to undergo such rigorous contraindication testing (it’s well-
Meanwhile, and until more trials are completed, one system at last has some medical backing: the Bioflow CRP wristband.
The problem is, most other magnetic wristband sellers are claiming that the trial results apply to their products, too — in the face of plenty of evidence that it just isn’t so. They make two claims, usually implicit rather than stated outright:
The ‘standard bracelet’ is a Bioflow Classic. It has the flux changing effect of a bipolar design and a vast magnet 15-
Unfortunately, the medical team, by research convention, didn’t name the brand being tested and despite showing a diagram of the CRP’s unique field pattern and quoting Ecoflow (the maker’s name then) as the first reference, they left it open for spurious claims to look true at a quick glance. And people do tend to believe what they’re told if it’s in print, don’t they?