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North and Sole poles.

    There are many conflicting opinions regarding the use of north or south pole magnets. Both poles of a magnet have beneficial properties.

    The south pole, also known as the negative side, and often coloured blue or black, has calming, soothing and reducing properties.

    The north pole, also known as the positive side, and often coloured red, has stimulating, healing and growth properties.

    If you have a chronic ailment you will most probably have the needs of both poles properties at some point. You can achieve this in 2 ways:

1. Use unipolar magnets ( one pole only on each side) and start with the south pole and then after a period if time turn the magnet over and treat the injury with the north pole.
2. Use bipolar magnets (both north and south poles on the same side of the magnet) and treat the injury with both poles at the same time.

    The controversy revolves around the unipolar versus bipolar debate. Advocates of unipolar magnets say that you must only expose one pole to the body at any one time and there should be a resting period of 2-3 weeks in between changing poles. This means that healing time can be greatly increased as the first application of the south pole will reduce inflammation and sooth pain but your body must then wait 2-3 weeks to receive the stimulation to heal and encourage new cellular growth. The other main drawback of unipolar magnets is that an individual can be responsive to only one of the poles. If this happens and you start by using the pole that you are unresponsive to then you may test that pole for 3-4 weeks, with out any benefit, then you must remove the magnet and wait another 2-3 weeks before testing the opposing pole.

    The main benefit of unipolar magnets is that, a small percentage of people experience adverse effects, like sickness or dizziness with a particular pole and when this occurs the person should not use that pole. Unipolar magnets allow you to use only on pole at a time so it is then easy to avoid the pole that does not agree with you.

    Advocates of bipolar magnets state that as the body will normally require properties from both the north and the south side of the magnet a mush faster and more beneficial result will be achieved when using both poles together at the same time. You do not have to rest in between poles and because both poles are working to reduce , sooth plus promoting healing and new cell growth the overall length of time an injury takes to resolve is greatly reduced with bipolar magnets.

There is also an argument that states:

    All magnets have a north and a south pole, therefore if you place a small magnet on a person, whilst one pole will be in contact with the skin, the other pole may only be a few millimetres away, and as the magnetic field will curl around the magnet one pole will be balanced by the other.

    The main disadvantage of bipolar magnets is that if for some reason you are unable to use a particular pole, for example if you have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy you would not be able to use the north pole as it promotes new cell growth and the aim of chemotherapy is kill cells not re grow them, so if you were using bipolar magnets you would have to suspend your magnetic therapy treatment until the chemotherapy course was over.

    Bipolar magnets are winning the popularity stakes and most practitioners do now advocate their use, allowing for the above mentioned criteria, however there are still a few die hard followers of the old unipolar system.

    If you are unsure as to whether bipolar or unipolar magnets are best for you, the most logical solution is to test how your body reacts to each individual pole. If your body reacts equally well to both poles then bipolar will be the best treatment for you, if you find that your body responds to one pole more so than the other your treatment should be to use unipolar magnets and only treat the body with the pole that responded best.

    Every person reacts to magnets in a slightly different way and just because one person uses a certain pole or type of magnet it does not mean that this same treatment will be best for you. As with all medical devices/treatments, magnets should be tailored to your own body’s individual needs. Do not heed the advice of an amateur magnetic therapy user, if in doubt seek a trained practitioners advice or test each pole on your body before commencing self treatment.

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