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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Cancer and Pain

Published on December 28, 2012

An FDA-Approved Cancer Treatment

Novocure™ has a new FDA-approved weapon (NovoTTF-100A System™) for patients and physicians in the battle against cancer (specifically for treating recurrent brain tumors). Microcurrent therapy is a novel anti-mitotic treatment that has been shown to slow or reverse tumor progression by inducing cell death in certain solid tumors. Their microcurrent device will be available for prescription use in the U.S. initially through several noted brain cancer research centers.

Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has been used to treat almost every conceivable human illness or malady, including many inflammatory diseases such as arthritis or psoriasis and you don’t have to wait for the FDA to approve this treatment for your kind of cancer. All you have to do is choose among the many options in terms of equipment.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT), also called pulsed magnetic therapy, pulse magnetotherapy, or PEMF, is a reparative technique most commonly used in the field of orthopedics for the treatment of non-union fractures, failed fusions, congenital pseudarthrosis and depression. In the case of bone healing, PEMF uses electrical energy to direct a series of magnetic pulses through injured tissue whereby each magnetic pulse induces a tiny electrical signal that stimulates cellular repair.

Many studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of PEMF in healing soft-tissue wounds, suppressing inflammatory responses at the cell membrane level to alleviate pain and increase range of motion. The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well-documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and neurologists. In years past this has been a very expensive form of therapy using sophisticated equipment, but that has all changed.

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Frequency specific pulsed electro-magnetic fields (PEMF) are the most effective and cost-efficient option for the widest range of human and veterinary disorders regardless of etiology. PEMF therapy does not treat medical conditions; instead it up-regulates the body’s functions and optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself.

PEMF provides stunning regenerative effects because these magnetic fields result in cells generating so much naturally derived energy that they are able to heal themselves. A magnetic switch turbocharges cellular energy production and reduces oxidative stress.


Dr. William Pawluk, MD, MSc, is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced medical doctors in the field of pulsed electromagnetic therapy and has written extensively about it. He also has a company that sells several products that he claims promote healing with this technology. He says:

Magnetic fields also affect the charge of the cell membrane, which allows membrane channels to open up. These channels are like the doors and windows of a house. By opening cell channels, nutrients are better able to enter the cell, and waste is more easily eliminated from the cell. This helps to rebalance and restore optimum cell function. If you restore enough cells, they will all work more efficiently. Cells of the same type come together to make tissues, and those tissues come together to make organs. So, by restoring or maintaining cellular function, you will, in turn, restore or maintain organ function, allowing the entire body to function better. We all know that the body ages over time. Maintaining the function of every individual cell at an optimal level every day is an important part of slowing aging.

Cellular “injury,” the state of a cell when it is not healthy, leads to disease conditions. Magnetic fields protect against cell injury by improving circulation, repair processes and energy, and increasing special stress proteins in the cells. These proteins are used to prevent cell breakdown and wear and tear as well as help speed recovery from injury. Magnetic fields balance cells, tissues and bodily functions at very fundamental levels, even before damage and problems become obvious to you.”

Dr. Pawluk sells 12 different units on his site starting at $350 and up to about $4,000 dollars for professional models. In this essay I am presenting the lower end of the price range. In another chapter I will introduce top-of-the-line equipment that starts at $3,000 and climbs quickly up to $25,000. All of this equipment is helpful and if one is faced with dire medical circumstances and can afford it, it would be wise to investigate this area of medicine.

Low Price Low Power

Though it is a low powered unit the ActiPatch is a drug-free micro medical device that uses pulsed shortwave therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. Previously, this safe and effective therapy was only available in clinics and hospitals. This new micro device provides extended duration treatment that metabolically stimulates the injured cells to push them through the inflammation and pain phase of healing. The ActiPatch is extremely safe and comfortable to wear. The low-level current that is gently pulsed into damaged tissue is not discernible, even though the device is continuously working to speed up the natural healing process.

A major benefit of the ActiPatch (or any device utilizing microcurrent or PEMF technology) is that it is completely drug-free. Any pain reliever, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, has potential side effects and potential negative impact on a person’s life performance. Pain relievers may cause complications with other medications or worsen a user’s other conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, because they affect the whole body, not just the targeted injured areas.

One of the best things about this device is its price. For only $30 one literally gets 720 hours of pain-relieving, inflammation-reducing therapy by a real medical device. That’s the price for most of the world, but for Americans I am sorry to say it’s not available except for similar products sold to surgeons, the prices for consumers start at over $200 for very similar devices to this 30 dollar patch.

One promising lower cost but higher powered units is this PainSolv machine for $200 dollars. This technology enables patients to administer their own treatment and that has to be one of most important healthcare strategies. More and more patients are looking to non-pharmacological pain management techniques to aid their recovery experience. Pulsing electromagnetic field therapy does not interact with medications but will act in synergy with natural substances that are also life-giving instead of life-destroying, which most pharmaceuticals are, especially those designed for inflammation and pain.

Doctors commonly prescribe medications to help patients manage their discomfort and swelling, but common painkillers have unpleasant side effects such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, diarrhea and flu-like symptoms.

The ActiPatch is designed to be applied to and treat the immediate area that is injured or swollen. Because there are no known side effects and the patch itself has a low profile once applied, it won’t interfere with your daily life while providing pain relief. Since the ActiPatch is most effective on soft tissue injuries, it is ideal for treatment of common injuries. People suffering from sore backs, sore shoulders, or tennis/ golfer’s elbow will all experience relief with this technology.

Most approaches to pain do not provide continuous therapy to solve inflammation. This type of technology offers a unique mechanism that shuts down the body’s inflammatory response, pushes tissues into a reparative phase through increasing the blood flow, and through signaling the cells to re-communicate and regroup.

This anti-aging and recovery device masquerades as a pulsed electromagnetic sleep machine. It is my latest acquisition and quite possibly the best investment I’ve ever made in my health. It isn’t as expensive as the full body mat systems (that start at around $3000) but is far more powerful. Despite its small size, it provides a wonderful full body treatment through your mattress while it promotes deeper sleep. The beautiful thing about the system is the convenience. You get all the benefit of other full body systems without having to interrupt your daytime schedule. All you do is put the coil(s) under your mattress oriented to any particularly troublesome areas, choose the program, set your timer and quite literally, the system “tunes" your brain rhythm to deep sleep while it works on every cell of your body. For rheumatic type issues, you can apply the magnet at full strength all night directly to the area. They’re base unit is just $699 and they’ll ship anywhere in the world. It’s so small you can put it in a standard briefcase. 

Most approaches to pain do not provide continuous therapy to solve inflammation. This type of technology offers a unique mechanism that works over longer duration (all night long, every night) that speeds the inflammatory response, naturally promotes tissue regeneration, gradually reduces, then eradicates the cause of the inflammation. Oriented to bladder or prostate during the night through your mattress will stop (or cut in ½) your nighttime urination trips without any direct application.

This is the machine you will find on my protocol page and I love to use it with Biomats, which emit far-infrared radiation. Between the Earth Pulse, which puts out base frequencies like the earth does, and far-infrared, which can also be used all night for effortless treatment, one is able to take full use of energy and frequency medicine. We are the light of this world literally and that is what my free Biomat EBook is all about. It was first titled Light and Heat Medicine and delves deeply into the secrets of light.

$350.00 USD

The Sota Magnetic Pulser, according to the ad, is a powerful pulsing device, yet a very simple system that is used for 20-minute sessions. It has a paddle applicator attached to the control unit, and comes in a travel case. It produces a peak magnetic field with intensities close to 6,000 Gauss on the surface of the paddle. At 9 inches away from the coil, it still produces about 8 Gauss. It is capable of producing such high intensity because of its unique design. The system operates somewhat similarly to the flash in a camera—it charges up, then releases a pulse, then recharges, then releases a pulse, and so on. It pulses at less than one cycle per second. Because of the way the pulses are released, the Sota does not have a true waveform. Instead, it releases a “spray” of frequencies (at or around 4.7 Hz) with each pulse. The unit runs for 20 minutes.

The Sota is ideal for problems deep within the body because of its higher intensity. It can really be used anywhere—with joints, scars, swelling, etc. Because the coil is encased in the plastic paddle, it will get relatively warm during the treatment cycle. If you intend to use the system for more than one treatment cycle in a row, you may want to put a towel between you and the paddle so that the heat does not become uncomfortable.

I have been using pulsing electro-magnetic field therapy for about three years now. Prior to that I suffered from serious migraine headaches that would sometimes last for several days. After many failed attempts to find a medication that would help, my barber recommended I try pulsing electro-magnetic field therapy. As a result I have been migraine free for over two and a half years.
Craig A. Watts

Dr. William Pawluk said:

One generally needs a stronger magnetic field to penetrate deeper into the body. If the magnetic field has to go more than a half an inch into the body, then it needs to be fairly strong to have relatively rapid results. Very weak magnetic fields can still produce results, but they can be frustratingly slow, or even ineffective for your problem. If, for example, you have a headache that will require 10 aspirin to relieve, and you take only two aspirin, then you will experience two-tenths worth of relief. You will likely become frustrated with the aspirin, on which you spent money trying to obtain relief. You may come to the conclusion that aspirin is an ineffective treatment. The truth, of course, would be that it was not the aspiring that was ineffective, but the dosage.

If you were to purchase an inexpensive, perhaps disposable device, which we know has limited strength as well as a limited lifespan, its inability to produce results may lead you to dismiss the entire gamut of PEMF devices. In this case, like in the case of the aspirin, it is not the treatment that is ineffective, but the dosage, or, with a PEMF system, the choice of device itself. These kinds of experiences lead people to believe that PEMFs don’t work and they don’t last, and causes people to be unlikely to try them again, even if an appropriate device is recommended.

This technology is already being used for cosmetic surgery patients who undergo breast augmentation and other surgical procedures. Patients using pulsing electromagnetic field therapy report half as much post-procedure discomfort as patients who do not use this technology.

Improved blood supply
Improved blood supply, more space between cells

In 1982 Ngok Cheng published, “The Effect of Electric Currents on ATP Generation, Protein Synthesis and Membrane Transport in Rat Skin” in Clinical Orthopedics.[1] This study showed that microcurrent increased ATP production in rat skin by 500%. ATP is the chemical that the body uses for energy. The current also increased amino acid transport into the cell by 70% and waste product removal. The implications for human healing and repair are obvious. ATP production was increased as long as the current was below 500 microamps. When the authors increased the current to 1000 micro amps, or one milliamp, a current range delivered by TENS devices and other types of electrical stimulation therapies, the ATP production was actually reduced.[2]

Microcurrent Used to Shrink Cancerous Tumors

During the 1950’s, a Swedish radiologist and surgeon, Dr. Björn Nordenström demonstrated that the positive polarity of microcurrent, passed through needles implanted into cancerous tumors, blocked cancer pain and in many cases caused the tumors to regress or disappear. He theorized that this treatment set up a form of electro-osmosis that dehydrated the tumor and blocked production of pain-producing substances such as histamine.

Review the above videos on Nordenstrom’s work to see how deep this scientific rabbit hole goes. There are many brilliant people who know that healing can only be effected if the precise amount of electromagnetism required is provided—one way or another—to effect a change in the function of particular diseased cells.

What cancer patients need to know is that they need light, they need energy, and they need alkaline tissue to get the maximum amount of oxygen to the cells. According to a scientific article in “Health & Diet Times” (June/July 1982 issue) written by Dr. Lee de Vries, cancer cells self-destruct within minutes after exposure to strong intense light.

[1] The Effect of Electric Currents on ATP Generation, Protein Synthesis and Membrane Transport in Rat Skin in Clinical Orthopedics, volume 171: pages 264-272.


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  • Mary Nissley

    Is this device the Beamer

  • Rita Shimniok

    The micro current device is interesting…but does it only provide one hertz of 4.7, or can it be programmed for one’s individual needs? I have been using the FDA cleared Wellness Pro + by ElectroMedical Tecnologies in conjunction with the BioMat in our wellness oasis and clients are finding very good results. The Wellness Pro is more expensive, but is completely programmable with hertz of micro current frequency up to full current of 10,000 hertz. I love that I can program it specifically for each client. The Qest4 bio resonance system is the latest tool in my energy work as I can scan a client to learn exactly which frequencies they are in most need of and program the Wellness Pro accordingly. I look forward to your upcoming book Dr. Sircus…I am sure it will be of benefit in explaining the benefits of PEMF and frequency medicine for my clients. I would also like your opinion of how the Wellness Pro compares to the device you describe here

  • Steph

    Has anyone had results with PEMF for Post Concussion Syndrome or Traumatic Brain Injury? Which device is best?

  • CAS

    Wow so many choices. Appreciate anyone’s experience or help in dealing with a crushed L-1 vertebra.

  • Paul

    Which frequency machine will heal retina nerves damaged?

  • There would surely be many people who will going to benefit from this kind of treatment especially if this could really cure cancers. It’s actually a good head start that they see some possibilities that cancers can be cured effectively and through this, they can still improve this thing to become more reliable to all.

  • Lotte Verbeek

    is the earth pulse FDA aproved? thanks!

  • heather macauley

    what is the Hz of PEMF, if it is a shortwave field? shortwave heats things but this does not, so what precisely is the mechanism of healing? Micro current mimics the body’s current of healing, but it is a sine wave. I would like more details of the mechanics.

  • peace

    i have used the sota pulser for many years in our clinic,,lately i have been using the pemf pulser made by altered states in new zealand,the unit is more powerful than the sota and gives far greater depth of treatment,it does not get as hot so can be used for longer periods,,it also incorperates the frequencies found by NASA,to accelerate healing,,one can also choose bpm from 1-72 and time up to 40mins,,its the same price as the sota unit

  • A Critelli

    Great article!

  • Darlina

    Thanks, it is great to see healing arts in action, in the US. We use powerful PEMF devices, used in China in hospitals, with great results. We use 9 types of electro therapy devices, both Microwaves, short waves, MM waves, infrared,and high voltage/nano second exposure device,We have wonderful results with many types of conditions, including cancers, kidney and liver issues,pancreas/ diabetes, MS , heart issues.prostatitis, PID, and much more.We operate in the Philippines (north American regulations would not allow such operation there..), you can see us on facebook- “heaven and health spa”. All the best!!

  • Putra Kolam

    I agree with Dr Sircus treatment With emp

  • diypemf

    If you want to have an experience of PEMF, you can hook up an electromagnet to the headphone jack of a smartphone, iPod, tablet, laptop, etc, and run a signal generator program on your device. Alternatively, you can use a MP3 file that has a low frequency pulse in it, and play the MP3 file in the music player function of these same devices. I describe in detail the latter solution and have free downloads of MP3 files on my blog which matches my name, diypemf.

  • Bacark Omabab

    lol nuuuuub u sakr makr pluse rau ewqal stuped

  • Frank Kecskes

    What about the claims that micro-currents can disrupt the ability of any virus to replicate within a healthy cell…..this indeed is the cure to the common cold….and any other virus, bacterial, fungal based disease.. Right?

    • Ahmed

      Sort of close to my concern about whether it would be good with Epstein Barr (mononucleosis) or not.. or whether it would open a pandora’s box and let the virus loose!!

  • Magnetic Pulser

    The FDA has recently approved an alternating magnetic electrical fields device
    ‘NovoTTF™-100A’ for the treatment of brain cancer to disrupt the rapid cell
    division exhibited by cancer cells and although the Doug Coil Ultrasonic
    Soundwave method is not the same it shares the same basic concept
    using alternating magnetic fields plus uses magnetic sound waves similar to
    the Rife protocol that you can hear and feel. See it here:

  • Kimberly Mathew

    Dear Dr. Sircus,

    Thanks for taking the initiative of showcasing potential benefit of PEMF therapies. I will be keen to know your opinion on regular usage of low powered PEMF devices such as Earthpulse Sleep on Command, and how effectively it can be used to combat aging. Also from what i have heard a combination of PEMF therapy with collodial silver can be a good medicine to stay young and clean from any infections.. would love to learn more directly from you

  • shoshana

    can anyone give me feedback regarding the Beck magnetic pulsor and healing of fractures?

  • Denice

    I used a PEMF device (MRS 2000) as part of my protocol to achieve complete remission from met BC..

  • David

    I have used Sota’s devices before. Somehow, they help. What I am concerned about is how the EMFs generated by the devices are neutralized. With a good answer, maybe I will trust electricity again!

    • EarthPulse

      is all about frequency… sota device either run electric current or a strong magnetic field (at safe frequency) to electrocute the bugs but leave tissues unaffected if not enhanced by the energy imparted…. i travel a lot, never without my sota silver pulser (or my EarthPulse). with sota technology you’ll never die (or have more than a down day or two) due to a biological organism.

      • James H

        Hmmm, my question is, then, since our bodies thrive on biological organisms, why would we want to kill them, and how do these machines differentiate, if at all, between good organisms and bad organisms in our body? What do these machines do to all the organisms? How can they selectively be anti- bad bug while being pro good bug, if that’s what you are saying?

  • Ben

    For extensive technical info and applications: check out

  • Peter

    very nice info, thanks !

  • thanks for the link Doc…

    • curriouse

      How do these devises differ from Beautiful Image pulsed waveform microcurrent therapy?

      • PEMF devices utilize pulsed electromagnetic currents that penetrate more deeply into the body to effect change, healing and pain relief in the deeper tissues. The one you mention is for cosmetic use only and does not penetrate beyond the skin layers with its electric currents. . There are varying intensities of PEMF and it all depends on your need.
        Claudia French

  • mark, this is GREAT! how does this compare to a zapper or a rife machine?

    • the Sota (Bob Beck) magnetic pulser creates an relatively and adequately large back EMF pulse (an electric current in response to the size of the inducted field) to cause most tumors to go into remission when held in place over the tumor and allowed to run (it is set at 1 Hz or one beat per second) for several hours or more per day. the beat frequency is safe but may make you sleepy due to the well established principal of brain entrainment, so you can use while you nap or sleep; though after an hour or two of run time the coil gets pretty hot.

      • Kimberly Mathew

        wow great to see Paul Becker here!

  • arianna

    thank-you for this article, these new devices are amazing and I am going to get one!