The Science Behind PEMF

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PEMF Therapy:


The Science Behind PEMF and How It Can Relieve Your Pain


Published by:  Roxanne Clark, PEMF Practitioner



What is PEMF?  Definition


How is Pulsed Energy Used as Fuel for Cells?


PEMF to the Rescue!


    • Raisins vs Grapes

    • Productive Mitochondria Established, Then What?


PEMF Therapy and Cellular Function


How Does PEMF Therapy Influence Blood Circulation?


    • PEMF and Vasodilation

    • PEMF and Erythrocyte Function


PEMF: Bone Formation and Fracture Healing

Healing Process of Bone


    • Discussion of Cellular Processes








What is PEMF?  Definition


While PEMF Therapy has been around for decades and is even used in all the NASA spaceships, most people do not know what it is. PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields. PEMF Therapy is drug-free, non-invasive and has been used to relieve all kinds of pain for decades.  PEMF therapy works by directing powerful but gentle pulsed waves of energy toward the body and into your cells. PEMF only affects the cells that are injured, so it is completely safe.

The pulsing magnetic field can be directed to any specific area of injury, disease, or malfunction.  PEMF Therapy can also be introduced to the whole body to boost the immune system and detoxify your cells. Simply stated, PEMF provides fuel, in the form of pulsed energy, to the cells which allows them to be restored to their natural and healthy state. If a cell is healthy, it is not in pain.

In this article, we will take a deep dive into the science behind PEMF and examine how it influences cellular function, to get you out of pain and back into life.


How is Pulsed Energy Used as Fuel for Cells?


To answer this question, we need to establish a rudimentary understanding of cellular anatomy.  Cells are the basic structural and functional units of all living organisms. Each individual cell is a miniature capsule comprised of chemicals, water, and organelles surrounded by a membrane.  Organelles are the functional units of the cell, almost like the internal organs of the cell. Let’s focus on one specific organelle, the mitochondria.  

Mitochondria are found in most human cells; they are responsible for the biochemical processes of energy production and detoxification.  In essence, mitochondria are cellular energy factories. It’s important to remember that everything happening on a cellular level manifests on a larger scale within the body, and is evidenced by measurable data provided by levels of organ system function. 


Note: If cells aren’t functioning properly, the body as a whole isn’t functioning properly.


The mitochondria work endlessly, absorbing nutrients and expelling waste through the semipermeable membrane that surrounds each one of these organelles.  Nutrients are used to produce energy that fuels all body processes, and the constant exchange across this membrane is essential to the health and function of the mitochondria.

As the body ages, this essential membrane begins to lose its permeability.  This happens for a multitude of reasons including nutritional deficiencies, chemical influences (often the source is medications), inflammation, disease, or toxins that adhere to the membrane itself.  When this membrane becomes compromised, the mitochondria are not able to create energy at an effective rate.


PEMF Therapy to the Rescue!


When the mitochondria produce less and less energy, body processes suffer.  This allows for opportunistic bacteria, viruses, toxins, or malignant cells to take root and degeneration begins to overpower regeneration.

That’s worth saying again…. DEgeneration begins to overpower REgeneration.  


This is where PEMF Therapy comes to the rescue!  PEMF therapy works by energizing the mitochondria with a pulsed magnetic current of energy.  PEMF Therapy mechanically loosens the toxins that have adhered to the semipermeable membrane.  Restoring this membrane increases uptake of nutrients, and energy production increases. 


In addition to energy production, fully functioning mitochondria organelles are also an essential part of the body’s natural detoxification process.  As toxins such as lead, mercury, and synthetic chemicals are absorbed through the wall of the mitochondria, they are excreted as waste that can be voided from the body.   


Are your cells raisins or grapes?

Dr. Gary Ryan is a world renowned leader in the field of PEMF and he describes the essential health of the cell wall perfectly using the example of grapes versus raisins.  


The grapes represent healthy, vibrant cells.  They are plump and fully hydrated because their “skin” or “membrane” is pliable and able to absorb nutrients, water, and oxygen.  There is plenty of fuel inside for all the organelles to function at maximum capacity, specifically the mitochondrial process of detoxification and energy production for the body.  


The raisin on the other hand demonstrates a cell whose “skin” or “membrane” isn’t pliable at all.  It’s almost impervious to the nutrients, hydration, and oxygen it so desperately needs. There’s very little fuel inside to facilitate a healthy level of intracellular function.  


The powerful, incredibly short bursts of energy provided by PEMF therapy effortlessly and harmlessly slip through the cell membrane and deliver energy directly to the organelles inside, namely the mitochondria.  These bursts of energy restore the detoxification process and energy production.


For more information on Dr. Gary Ryan, visit his website at


Productive mitochondria reestablished, then what?


Once the most basic functions of energy production and detoxification are reestablished, the body can then move from a state of preservation to a state of regeneration or healing.  Moving the body from a cellular state of degeneration to stasis to regeneration can be likened to the difference between drowning, treading water, and swimming. One leads to death, one struggles to maintain status quo, and the other moves forward in a positive direction.

PEMF Therapy and Cellular Function


Because all body systems are controlled by cellular function, maximizing this essential process has boundless applications.  Each cell group has a highly specialized job or function.  


Here’s the Science part…


Myocytes join together to form muscle tissue and control actions like flexion, abduction, contraction, etc.  Erythrocytes facilitate oxygen exchange in the alveoli of the lungs and deliver it to tissues and organs systems all over the body.  Osteoblasts join together to form new bone and they also control the deposition of calcium and minerals. Specialized epithelial cells cover the villi of the intestines; these cells aid in the transport of nutrients from the intestines into capillaries which incorporates them into the bloodstream for distribution.  There isn’t a single body system or function that can’t be broken down to an individual cellular unit.  


In 2013, The American Journal of Health Research published the article “A Review of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Mechanisms at a Cellular Level: A Rationale for Clinical Use.”  This research focuses on the numerous mechanisms by which PEMF affects positive change in cellular health. To access the full article, click on the link:

New research is being published on PEMF therapy at an incredibly rapid pace.  The studies are becoming more and more specialized, and the positive effects of PEMF on the body are being more thoroughly cataloged almost daily.  Let’s take a closer look at PEMF and the role it can play in some of the body’s most essential processes.

How Does PEMF Therapy Influence Blood Circulation?


A great number of scientific studies have been done on the topic of PEMF and its effect on blood circulation.  The results and conclusions of these studies are unified in reporting that PEMF Therapy positively affects the circulatory system.  


PEMF Therapy influences blood circulation through two primary actions:  

  1. Facilitation of Vasodilation 
  2. Maximization of erythrocyte function.  

PEMF Therapy can be applied to an area of circulatory dysfunction or used in a more whole-body wellness approach throughout the entire body.


PEMF Therapy and Vasodilatation


Close examination of increased vasodilatation under the influence of PEMF therapy reveals the increase in temperature provided by pulsing electromagnetic fields is largely responsible for the result.  As the blood vessel dilates, blood is able to flow through with much less resistance. In addition, the heart isn’t having to exert as much pressure to push the blood through the body, so in this way PEMF also has a positive effect on hypertension. 


Some more PEMF Therapy Research


 In 2013 PubMed published an article focusing on the “Influence of pulsing electromagnetic field therapy on resting blood pressure in aging adults.”  To read this article in full click the link: 


PEMF Therapy and erythrocyte function


PEMF Therapy maximizes erythrocyte function by restoring proper charge to the cell.  In a state of health, erythrocytes float through the bloodstream as single entities bouncing off each other when contact is made.  In a state of dysfunction, there is a reduced amount of energy in the cells which causes their charge to be altered. This shift in charge results in the individual cells clinging to one another instead of pushing away.  


When erythrocytes cling together, blood viscosity increases and eventually clots form.  This is the catalyst for multiple potentially life-threatening body system changes. Primarily, when the blood is “thick” proper exchange of oxygen and nutrients or excretion of waste cannot be facilitated. Often the first measurable change is fatigue due to a lack of fuel being produced in the absence of proper nutrient and oxygen uptake and a build up of toxins throughout the body.


Without PEMF Therapy…


Progressively as this condition continues, the heart has to pump harder to push the thicker blood through the vessels.  This causes damage to both the blood vessels and the heart itself. Hypertension develops as the heart is overworked and the high pressure of blood being pushed through the blood vessels can weaken the vessel walls.  This dangerous combination can lead to cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolism, aneurysm, or stroke.  


The amalgam of vasoconstriction and increased blood viscosity is a major contributor to the excessive occurrence of cardiovascular disease seen today.


Dr. Tom Sladic, DC, CNS of Novi, Michigan is a highly respected practitioner in the application of PEMF therapy.  Visit his website for more information on pulsed electromagnetic fields at  


And more PEMF Therapy Research…


A 1991 PubMed article examines “Change in charge of the erythrocyte membrane during exposure to a pulsed electromagnetic field.”  For a full reading of this research, click the link below. 

PEMF: Bone Formation and Fracture Healing


PEMF Therapy has been used for decades to expedite the healing of bone fractures.  In 1979, PEMF therapy was approved by the FDA for application in the healing of fractures that have proven unresponsive to traditional therapies. These are commonly referred to as nonunion fractures. 


Again, the role of PEMF Therapy in accelerating the process of osteogenesis can be extrapolated down to maximizing cellular function.  Putting aside essential factors such as stabilization, alignment, infection control, etc. let’s focus on what happens at the cellular level during the healing of a bone fracture.  

Healing Process of Bone


The healing process of a bone fracture is a highly complex physiological process which involves the coordinated functions of multiple specialized types of cells.


  • Immediately following the occurrence of a bone fracture, the body begins the healing process.  Initially, a blood clot is formed around the fractured area. The matrix of this clot is filled with cells from the immune system called phagocytes.  These cells absorb traumatic debris and bone fragments from the injury site; they also work to eliminate any germs or bacteria that may have entered the site of the fracture.


  • After the clot formation is complete, another set of specialized cells begin their work.  Chondroblasts commence forming a soft collar at each broken end of the bone. This soft collar, commonly referred to as a callus, is mostly comprised of collagen fibers.  Chondroblasts produce these collagenous fibers and they grow until each end meets, forming a complete unit that binds the fracture together. 


    • As the healing process continues, this collagen-based callus will be replaced by a porous substance called trabecular bone.  Trabecular bone is highly vascularized and has a concentrated capacity to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the healing zone of the fracture.    
    • This process of laying down the early phases of new bone growth provides stabilization of the fracture and the initial structural form of what will eventually be fully calcified bone.  


  • In the final stage of fracture healing, the bone is remodeled.  Osteoblasts are comparatively large specialized cells fundamentally responsible for this final stage of remodeling. Although they are present during other phases of healing, their role is most significant in synthesis and mineralization of bone during this final stage of reconstruction.


    • Osteoblasts form a tightly compressed sheet on the surface of the bone.  


This layer of cells works to extend cellular processes through the entire area of newly developing bone.

    • Another group of cells called osteoclasts work during this phase to break down extra bony tissue left behind by the callus until the healing process is complete and the bone is returned to its original shape.
    • Bone remodeling is a gradual process and can take up to 10 years to reach full completion.  Factors such as age, general physical health, and relative to our topic – cellular health and level of cellular function.


And even more research…  


A 2019 PubMed article titled “Pulsed electromagnetic fields stimulating osteogenic differentiation and maturation involves primary cilia-P13K/AKT pathway” discusses the role of PEMF in promoting bone formation.  For the full report, click the link below. 



PEMF Therapy is leading the way to the future of whole body system health and wellness.  Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy has the power to maximize cellular function, thereby maximizing total body system function.  As further research is conducted into this ground-breaking technology, more and more benefits for PEMF are being identified. PEMF Therapy has proven to be safe, effective and has definitely become an accepted alternative approach in global health care and wellness. 



Published by Roxanne Clark


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