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Hazel and David Croucher



The Science Behind Magnotherapy

Even experts are puzzled about exactly how biomagnetic treatment works!

However, there have been hundreds of medical trials done on different kinds of treatment. Gathering together the research findings, the consensus is that there are real benefits if a suitable system is used.

Three mechanisms have been described so far which seem to explain why magnetic therapy, used properly, can help you.  They also explain why wearing low-powered magnets such as most retailers sell has never been shown in trials to be effective.

These, then, are the three ways in which powerful systems such as hospital equipment and Bioflow’s high-powered, flux-changing system can be effective in reducing pain and promoting efficient toxin removal.  To some extent the second and third may be effective with the weaker magnets that nearly all sellers have.

In diminishing order of effect, I think they are:

  1. Reversing ‘sticky blood’, or blood cell clumping
  2. Ionising the blood serum to enhance the effect of blood chemicals
  3. The stimulating effect of a biomagnetic field.

1.  Blood cell clumping (‘sticky blood’)

The big job of oxygen exchange is done by the blood's red cells.  In most people these cells stick together in clumps — which is why doctors call it ‘sticky blood’ when they’re talking with patients.  The upper picture on the right is an example.  It’s rather worse than most, reflecting a more junky diet than usual.

Sticky blood is caused by your blood being on the acid side of its pH range  The protein fibrin and other agents in your blood have the job of clotting the blood when you get a cut and begin to bleed.  The problem is that if your blood is rather acid, they start to stick the cells together in your bloodstream.  This happens in most people to some extent and it’s usually caused by eating the common Western acid-forming diet, which majors on fats and sugar for energy and is low in vitamins and fibre.  The effect is small, so just squirting blood through the smaller vessels will break up the clumps enough to prevent real clotting.  People without this ‘sticky blood’ problem will be eating an alkaline-forming diet, majoring on vegetables and fruit and quite low in fat.

Why does this matter?  Your blood’s red cells carry the oxygen that each of your body cells needs to live.  It’s taken from your lungs all around your body and exchanged for carbon dioxide waste (which goes back to your lungs and is got rid of).  The oxygen molecules are carried on the outside of each red cell, so if many cells are stuck together, the clump of cells can carry far less oxygen than if they were all separated.  So this clumping drastically reduces your capacity to carry oxygen.

When your body’s at rest and not repairing itself, the blood oxygen demand is low.  So for normal, quiet living a poor oxygen supply to your body cells won’t matter much unless you have angina.  But there are times when everyone has a greater need for oxygen than usual. For example, running or swimming for more than a few seconds, or being injured and needing to repair tissues, or continually pinching nerves, or needing to get rid of toxins when you’re ill.  In such cases, getting too little oxygen for the need will cause pain. Improving the oxygen supply will help to remove the pain as each cell clears out its built-up poisons.  In muscle cells the pain is called cramp and is the same thing whether it’s runner’s stitch in your legs and chest muscles, or angina in a heart muscle.

How can magnetic therapy help in this?  Having the blood pass through a powerful and rapidly reversing magnetic field seems to break up the clumps of cells so that oxygen exchange is improved. So flux-changing systems like Bioflow CRP can improve oxygen supply to your muscles and organs.

There’s evidence for this, which is easily verified.  When people with ordinary ‘sticky blood’ have a live blood sample examined under a microscope with crossed polarization, it shows a picture like the upper one on the right — though that is a rather extreme example, such as you’d see in a junk food addict.  Relief can then come from either a 20 minute electromagnotherapy treatment in a clinic or wearing a Bioflow wristband for a day.  A blood sample afterwards will be closer to the lower picture.  Both Hazel and David have their own samples to show which prove this personally, and we’ve seen many other instances.

Results from  eliminating sticky blood

The value in this breaking up of sticky blood is most quickly felt by people with angina, poor circulation (causing pins and needles in the fingers), and — I don’t know why — about a third to a half of people with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.  In all these cases, we expect to see a noticeable improvement in a few minutes and major results within a day.  I think it’s the separation of cells that’s the main mover in this rapid relief, and it’s permanent as long as the Bioflow is worn for some hours each day; we recommend at least overnight. It’s probable that people with high blood pressure caused by sticky blood get the same results, but the improvement is less dramatically obvious, so it’s harder to prove.  The only people who are unlikely to see results from this effect are those who have a very alkaline blood serum (from a very good diet) and those taking Warfarin to prevent clotting - which has the same effect.

2.  Blood Chemical Enhancement (ionisation)

The evidence for this pain relief mechanism is much less strong, but it’s a best guess to explain what are very clear results.  

It’s been shown that the strong magnetic field from effective magnotherapy has an effect on blood serum, the liquid part of your blood which carries nutrients and chemicals around your body.  Among these chemicals are the body’s endorphins, which you use for dampening pain, and any synthetic help you’re taking such as paracetamol, codeine, gabapentin and even morphine.  Endorphins themselves are your own opiates.

The theory is that all these are ionised by the magnetic field and become more effective. But whether this is the reason or not, these kinds of chemicals do seem to have an enhanced action when a strong magnetic field is present.  The result is that you get more pain relief, and you will often, but not always, be able to take less prescribed painkillers — the effect doesn’t seem to work with some chemicals. So this is another way that magnetic therapy can improve pain relief.

3.  The Biomagnetic Field Effect (cell optimisation)

It’s long been known that our body cells work more efficiently in a stronger magnetic field than the earth provides naturally.  The reason for that may be straightforward — two to three thousand years ago, the earth’s own magnetic field was much stronger than it is today.  So our bodies may simply be more comfortable working in a stronger field than the earth now provides.  Whether this is the reason or not, cell cultures and tested animals and people can eliminate toxins better and work more effectively in an artificial magnetic field. You might say that the magnetic effect is like a tonic on your body!

There have been some suggestions that the influence of the effect provided by a wrist or hospital magnetic field can be carried round the body, but it’s not been proven yet. Whatever, hospital machines and Bioflow’s CRP system can provide that field, and the consequence does seem to be more efficient and faster toxin elimination.  The result for us is better pain relief.


There’s a lot of research still to be done before any of this gets beyond good guesses by scientists, but the balance of evidence does seem to show that these three mechanisms are the most likely reasons why magnetic therapy works.

Want to know more about how the Bioflow CRP system works? See How Bioflow Works.

To continue with the story of magnetic therapy, go to  Choosing Magnetic Therapy.


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