The oldest known medical book in Oriental Medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, is thought to have been written around 3,000 B.C., and mentions the practice of placing the natural magnets on acupuncture point. Magnetic acupuncture has been used in the east in many forms right up to present. Today, the practice has evolved to the use of very tiny magnetic beads applied to acupuncture points. In the west, Swiss physician Marcus Weber (1992) describes a study of the results of the pulsed magnetic fields on 1,712 patients with inflammations, joint and organ disorders, fractures and acute injuries and circulatory disorders. Over 60 percent of physicians evaluated the results as either very good or good; no side effect were observed.
In NFA clinic, diagnosis is made through interview and palpation of the pulses primarily to find out the root causes of the complaints to be addressed. The practitioner may need to observe the shape and color of the patient’s tongue. After an initial evaluation, the practitioner will provide a treatment plan that includes the modalities as well as the frequency and duration of treatment. A normal series of treatments are from 5 toÂ 10. Sometimes, the practitioner may recommend multi-level approaches that include nutritional supplements, Chinese herbs, dietary change, etc.. Acupuncture points along relevant meridians will be treated with pea-size permanent magnets by being taped on. The magnets need to be removed after 6~12 hours and brought back in next visit. It is important to treat any kind of chronic condition for a period of time after the pain is gone, so complete healing and even strengthening will occur. If this is done, a relapse is less likely.