||Magnets are mainly applied in two ways, namely, general and local, depending upon the seat
of disease, nature of affection and expediency of application.
Local Application in Magnetic Therapy
Magnets can be applied singly or in pairs to certain localised affections like tonsillitis, toothache,
earache, mumps, cervical spondylosis and conjunctivitis. Obviously, in such local affections,
spot application of magnets can work faster, is more appropriate and rational than general
application. In certain circumstances, the use of more than two magnets is not forbidden, say,
in case of pain in both knees and toothache occurring simultaneously. The two magnets can be
applied locally over the knees and the third one over the cheek to cover the painful tooth. This
method of application is also resorted to in case of infectious wounds or boils or cancerous
tumours. In such cases, the use of the north pole can be made locally.
During local application, if more than one magnet is required to be used, the same criterion of
the electrical affinity of the body should be taken as the basis, that is to say, in case of
application of magnets in cervical spondylosis with pain in the neck and extending to the left or
right arm, the north pole should be placed over the painful vertebra in the neck and the south
pole to the right or the left palm, as the case may be.
There is no hard and fast rule for the local application of magnets, rather the ease and
expediency decide the manner in which the magnets are to be applied to give the best results.
Hence, sometimes sandwiching of a part like a finger or hand between two magnets brings
faster relief in pain or cramps. In the case of wounds, it may not be advisable to place a magnet
directly over the exposed skin as it may induce undue pain and may be soiled with the
discharge. In such cases, the magnet may be held over the wound at some distance which will
help in the penetration of the emanations from the magnet and lead to quicker recovery. This is
also true for weeping eczema, moist scabies and many other skin conditions.