Magnetic Bracelets and Bangles are proven to work
In the USA researchers in a recent survey said that magnetic bracelets, worn by many for their health benefits, do in fact reduce the pain of arthritis.
The study focused on nearly 200 patients, aged 45 to 80, who had arthritis of the hip or knee. The group were either given a standard strength magnetic bracelet, a weak magnetic bracelet or a non-magnetic placebo bracelet.
The researchers found pain was significantly reduced in the patients wearing the standard magnetic bracelet compared to the placebo.
There was little difference between the weak magnet group and those wearing the dummy magnets after 12 weeks of the study. The researchers, writing in the British Medical Journal, said: "Pain from arthritis of the hip and knee definitely decreases when wearing magnetic bracelets."
Around 760,000 people in the UK suffer from arthritis, with on average around three million visits to GPs concerning the condition.
Manufacturers and retailers of magnetic bracelets, claim they can reduce pain in a variety of conditions. But research has proved contradictory, with some studies showing pain reduction and others reporting little or no effect at all.
The researchers noted: "If magnets were effective they would offer a cheap and probably safe treatment option." The team said their findings suggested that the benefit of magnetic bracelets was clinically useful, but higher strength magnets seemed to be needed, ideally with a higher gauss rating.
They concluded: "The cost of a magnetic bracelet (£30-£50) compares favourably with that of conventional painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen taken over a lengthy period. They said the benefits of magnetic therapy were in addition to existing treatments and these should not be stopped without the patient first speaking to a doctor.
A spokesperson for the Arthritis Research Campaign said: "We funded this study because we wanted to establish once and for all if there was any evidence for the claims made on behalf of magnetic bracelets, and we didn't want the public to waste their money on devices that didn't work.
"Results now appear to show that wearing a magnetic bracelet or a magnetic bangle really does reduce pain in people with hip and knee arthritis"
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