Category Archives: Arthritis

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PEMF therapy for drug resistant cancer

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions

PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions may be a valuable adjunct to antibiotic therapy. According to a paper published in the South African Medical Journal in 2011, the incidence of drug resistant and multiple drug resistant conditions are increasing and placing a heavy burden on our health care system.[1] According to the report, “South Africa faces a quadruple burden of disease, as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, other infectious diseases, injuries, and non-communicable diseases.”

If a therapy like PEMF therapy can help to reduce the number of drug resistant cases or reduce the treatment duration it takes to treat these patients, then the addition of frequency therapy could have a material impact on the health care budget and it would have a huge impact on patient quality of life.

PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions

There is good scientific evidence that frequency therapy can impact the treatment of bacterial infections, particularly rod-shaped, gram positive bacteria.

There is also evidence that frequency therapy can improve the efficacy of antibiotics. This could mean that the addition of frequency therapy to current treatment options could result in a reduction in the treatment duration and necessary medication for the average drug resistant condition.

Frequency therapy is safe, non-invasive and cost-effective as a long-term treatment option.

The three main areas of interest which would need to be investigated further to assess PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions would include:

  1. The potential bactericidal effects of frequency therapy
  2. The addition of frequency as an adjuvant therapy to assess if frequency therapy can improve treatment outcomes or reduce treatment duration
  3. The safety, cost, implementation and monitoring of frequency therapy in drug resistant conditions.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Evidence that frequency therapy has bactericidal effects

There are several studies that indicate that the use of extremely low frequency, electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) can impact the growth rate and viability of various types of bacteria. Summaries of this type of research include the following studies.

Researchers studied the effects of 50Hz at 10mT on rod-shaped E. coli and L. adecarboxylata, as well as spherical shaped S. aureus, P. denitrificans, S. paucimobilis and R. erythropolis. Growth curves were measured in exposed and control samples and decreases in optical densities of the bacteria were observed for exposed samples. Researchers concluded that ELF-EMF reduced growth rate of the bacteria and the magnetic field effect was larger for rod shaped bacteria. [2]

In a study published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology, researchers studied the effects of ELF-EMF fields of less than 300Hz on the growth rate and morphological changes on 6 different strains of gram positive and gram-negative bacteria. Bacteria were exposed to 50Hz at 0.5mT and growth rates were determined by optical density measurements made every hour. The study concluded that ELF-EMF induced a decrease in growth rate and morphological changes for both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.[3]

The effects of different Hz values of ELF Pulsed electromagnetic fields (ELF-PEMF) were studied with regards to their effects on bacterial survival of E.Coli. The viability of E. coli was measured as colony-forming units (CFUs) before and after the exposures at frequencies between 2–500 Hz and magnetic flux densities between 2.5–5 mT. The study found that the maximum reduction in bacterial growth was observed with the exposures at 3 Hz and 0.5 mT. The maximum decrease in CFU was recorded for the exposure at 500 Hz and 2.5 mT, which corresponded to a relative decrease of 77.26% in the bacterial growth. The study concluded that the findings have direct implication for determining the optimal characteristics of the applied ELF PEMF for possible treatment of infected tissue and thus, wound healing promotion.[4]

In a study on the growth inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus induced by ELF-EMF fields, researchers exposed cultures of Staphylococcus aureus in fluid and gel‐like medium to a low‐frequency electromagnetic field, an electromagnetic field combined with an additional electric field, a sinusoidal electric field and a static electric field. Researchers recorded that Staphylococcus aureus concentrations in fluid medium could clearly be reduced under the influence of the four different applied fields within 24 h of experiment. The strongest effects were observed for the direct current electric field which could decrease CFU/ml of 37%, and the low‐frequency electromagnetic field with additional induced electric alternating field with a decrease of Staphylococci concentration by 36%.[5]

Studies have also been done on the effects of ELF-EMF and its ability to affect the biofilms of bacteria. One study on the effects of ELF-EMF fields on Helicobacter pylori biofilm found that exposure to 50 Hz frequency-1 mT intensity resulted in biofilm cell mass that was significantly reduced in exposed cultures. The study concluded that exposure to ELF-EMF of H. pylori biofilm induced phenotypic changes on adhering bacteria. It decreased the cell adhesion unbalancing the bacterial population, and it therefore reduced the bacteria’s capability to protect itself.[6]

In summary, the above studies all form a strong foundation for the belief that the addition of ELF-EMF therapy to drug resistant conditions could positively affect therapy outcomes due to the bactericidal effects of frequency therapy.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Frequency as an adjuvant therapy to improve treatment Outcomes

Frequency therapy has not only been studied for its bactericidal effects but has also been studied to enhance or improve antibiotic efficacy and has even been shown to help combat drug resistance in certain cases.

Researchers studied the effect of electromagnetic augmentation of two types of antibiotics in reducing infections of orthopedic implants. They grew five-day biofilms of Staphylococcus epidermidis on the tips of stainless-steel pegs. The pegs were exposed for 12 hours to varying concentrations of gentamicin or vancomycin in microtiter trays at 37 degrees and to pulsed electromagnetic fields. The study found that PEMF’s increased the effects of gentamicin. In three of five experiments there was reduction of at least 50% in the minimum biofilm inhibitory concentration. In a fourth experiment there was a two-log difference in colony count at 160 mg/l of gentamicin.[7]

Augmentation of antibiotic activity of gentamicin was also studied in the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus. Four separate experimental setups were used to expose bacterial cultures of Staphylococcus aureus both in Mueller-Hinton broth (MHB) and on Mueller-Hinton agar (MHA), in the presence of gentamicin. In MHB each of the four fields applied showed a significant growth reduction of planktonically grown Staphylococcus aureus in the presence of gentamicin between 32% and 91% within 24 h of the experiment. The best results were obtained by a direct current EF, decreasing colony-forming units (CFU)/ml more than 91%. The study concluded that the application of electromagnetic fields in implant and bone infections could offer new perspectives in antibiotic treatment and antimicrobial chemotherapy.[8]

In another study, researchers studied the potential drug resistance modification effects of PEMF stimulation in multidrug resistant mouse osteosarcoma. PEMF stimulation reversed doxorubicin resistance. The concluded that PEMFs reversed the doxorubicin resistance of the MOS/ADR1 cells by inhibiting P-gp function. The results suggested that PEMFs may be useful as a local treatment for MDR osteosarcoma.[9]

Finally, researchers explored the effects of pre-exposure to 50Hz to help to reduce resistance to 5-fluorouracil to enhance efficacy of the drug. The study explored the combined effect of 50 Hz-EMFs and 5-FU in the treatment of breast cancer. Researchers found that pre-exposure to 50 Hz-EMFs enhanced the antiproliferative effect of 5-FU in breast cancer cell line MCF-7 in a dose-dependent manner but did not affect normal human breast epithelial cell lines. They concluded that the enhanced cytotoxic activity of 5-FU on MCF7 cells through promoting entry into the S phase of the cell cycle via exposure to 50 Hz-EMFs, may provide a novel method of cancer treatment based on the combinatorial use of 50 Hz-EMFs and chemotherapy.[10]

The above studies indicated that ELF-EMFs and frequency therapy could potentially offer a novel approach to combatting drug resistant drug resistant conditions through the addition of frequency therapy as an adjuvant therapy in conjunction with conventional medication.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Safety, cost, implementation and monitoring of frequency therapy in drug resistant conditions

Naturally, before any therapy could be considered as an adjuvant therapy for any condition, it is imperative to examine the safety aspects of the proposed therapy.

Frequency therapy in the form of ELF-EMF, TENS and PEMF have been studied across a wide range of conditions for decades. There are even studies indicating that PEMF therapy for drug resistant cancers may be a viable option. For more information on that read “Pemf therapy for drug resistant cancer.”

These studies provide us with some information on the safety concerns and considerations for PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions. Studies we have gathered over the years indicate that PEMF and frequency therapy have an exemplary safety profile with thousands of studies concluding no adverse effects from the therapy and minimal side effects associated with this type of treatment.

Dr Pawluk, an authority on PEMF therapy had the following remarks regarding the safety of PEMF therapy:

“There are only a few FDA-approved PEMF systems on the market. The primary mandate of the FDA is to ensure safety – even before proving efficacy of treatment. So keeping that in mind, we can examine the treatment parameters for one such FDA-approved PEMF system, the NeuroStar. This system (which uses the acronym TMS – transcranial magnetic stimulation – instead of PEMF) is indicated for Major Depressive Disorder and is an extremely high intensity system with stimulation aimed directly at the brain. NeuroStar systems produce intensities comparable to those of an MRI machine. …. Average treatment sessions last for 45 minutes. In NeuroStar clinical trials, more than 10,000 treatments were administered with no occurrence of adverse side effects.

So, this is extremely high intensity PEMF therapy applied directly to the head, and it is proven to be safe. These intensities are much higher than those of most commercially-available PEMF systems.”

With regards to seizures, Dr Pawluk states that:

“As long as I’ve been working with PEMFs there has always been a concern that PEMFs may cause seizures. There is now a fairly large body of research regarding the use of PEMFs of different intensities and the potential association with seizures. Evidence indicates that PEMFs are very unlikely to cause seizures. This is comes from research studies using high-intensity PEMF systems, which have the highest concern for generating seizure activity. In fact, studies that not only are PEMFs not at all likely to induce a seizure, they are capable of providing benefit to epileptic patients”[11]

Considering the safety profile of ELF-EMF therapy, the other considerations that need to be taken into account include the cost, implementation and monitoring of PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Cost and implementation of PEMF therapy

The current Rife PEMF Model MA200 can be used for the preliminary investigations to determine if this type of therapy can provide the benefits outlined above of reduced treatment duration and combatting drug resistance.

The stainless-steel cylinders that are provided with the device make implementation of the therapy simple and they provide the opportunity to sterilize equipment between patients, to reduce the chances of cross-contamination.

The Model MA200 can be rented for R499 per month, making it a cost-effective addition to therapy.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Conclusion

Frequency therapy has been shown to offer bactericidal effects, it has also been shown to help enhance antibiotic efficacy, and it has been shown to combat drug resistance. PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions could therefore be helpful as an additional therapy option.

South Africa has been shown to take the lead in drug resistant conditions therapy by implementing mass roll out of bedaquiline to help combat drug resistant TB. The addition of frequency therapy to the drug resistant conditions treatment regimen may also be a world-first if it is shown to improve the treatment outcomes of drug resistant conditions.

The technology is locally owned, developed and produced providing South Africa with a huge potential advantage in the fight against multidrug resistant drug resistant conditions and potentially allowing South Africa to be a true leader in the fight against drug resistant conditions locally and perhaps even globally.

If investigations are successful, PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions could be a reality in the near future.












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PEMF for Osteoarthritis – Protocol for the MA200

PEMF for Osteoarthritis - Rife MA200 Protocol

Arthritis and osteoarthritis requires a long term treatment protocol to reduce or slow the degeneration associated with this type of condition. It also requires daily supplementation or diet that provides the nutrients required to support health joint and bone growth. Some of these nutrients include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and collagen or gelatin as a collagen source. It is important to speak to your practitioner for support on which supplements are best for your situation. PEMF for osteoarthritis can be a valuable adjunctive therapy program to help to reduce inflammation and pain.

pemf for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be treated topically – in other words using the body pads as close to the affected area as possible if it only occurs in a small area or for systemic arthritis treat as a whole body treatment using a body pad under the foot and cylinder in the hand for full body treatment or all 4 if you have extension cables.

PEMF for Osteoarthritis - suggested Programs

Osteoarthritis – At least 3 to 4 times a week until the condition is under control using full body treatment. Thereafter at least once a week
Circulation – Three times a week using full body treatment
Inflammation – Three times a week using full body treatment
Bone Trauma – Once a week using full body treatment
Wound healing – once a week using full body treatment
Detox and Lymph drainage – At least once a week using full body treatment
Sleep/Schumann – Every night to support healing and sleep using the large MAT
Pain frequencies as necessary to manage specific types of pain

PEMF for Osteoarthritis - Example Protocol

Create a schedule that suits your lifestyle using longer programs on the days you have more time and shorter ones on busier days.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Daytime Osteoarthritis

Wound healing

Bone Trauma

Bone Trauma




Bone Trauma





Detox and Lymph drainage

Overnight Schumann Schumann Schumann Schumann Schumann Schumann Schumann
Additional – if necessary Pain Pain Pain Pain Pain Pain Pain



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TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis

TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis

If you have ever struggled with the knee and joint pain associated with arthritis, then you have first-hand experience of how debilitating this condition can be. Constant aches and joint pain can prevent you from getting the exercise you need to stay healthy, and can even prevent you from enjoying the simplest things in life. Although drugs like NSAIDS can provide some relief, they are not without their risks and side-effects and with everyone watching their monthly budget, they can be expensive too. TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis provides a viable therapy alternative.

Finding cost effective therapies that can support joint health and that can reduce pain is crucial for ensuring your future joint health. Knee and joint arthritis becomes a vicious cycle because the more pain you experience, the less you move around and the less you move around, the worse the condition becomes.

TENS PEMF therapy for ArthritisMost medical practitioners and physiotherapists now accept the benefits of TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis. Studies on TENS and PEMF for pain have been available for decades and more and more practitioners are now prescribing TENS and PEMF devices as adjunct therapy for treating the pain and discomfort experienced with arthritis. But what can you expect from TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis? Can TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis really help you?

Here are some of the reasons why TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis can be beneficial for you:

  1. TENS PEMF therapy reduces inflammation
  2. TENS PEMF therapy improves circulation
  3. TENS PEMF therapy reduces pain

Inflammation – the underlying mechanisms in arthritis

Inflammation is the main reason for why your joints swell up and feel painful. Most people are aware of the swelling and pain that goes along with arthritis, but what you may not realize is that inflammation is not only a symptom of arthritis, but may also be one of the underlying causes of the condition too.

As you age, the wear and tear on joint tissue causes minor injuries to your joints. Your body is therefore constantly needing to heal these minor wounds. Inflammation is a natural process that occurs when tissue or joints are injured. Your body produces inflammatory compounds to assist the healing process. It produces chemicals which help to break down damaged or injured tissue so that the damaged tissues and cells can be safely removed from the site of the injury.

A little inflammation is therefore vital for healing, but when inflammation persists the compounds associated with inflammation can actually begin to break down healthy joint tissue. This is when the healing mechanism of the body can become the Jekyll and Hyde of your healing process.

When your joints are constantly injured, the body keeps producing inflammation and the inflammation becomes of the cause of injury, leading to a vicious cycle of injury and inflammation. Reducing inflammation can be extremely beneficial in reducing not only the pain and swelling of arthritis, but also in breaking the cycle of injury and inflammation.

TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis – The studies

There are literally hundreds of studies that indicate the effectiveness of both TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis and both TENS and PEMF devices are widely used for the treatment of knee and joint pain.

Although the exact underlying mechanisms have yet to be determined, other studies indicate that TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis play an important role in the regulation of the inflammatory processes of the body and it could be this regulation of inflammation that could possibly account for the benefits of the TENS and PEMF therapy for arthritis patients.

One study showed that PEMF therapy reduced the amount of IL1 beta by up to 275% in patients who had recently received breast surgery. This dramatic reduction in the compounds that are responsible for causing inflammation would certainly reduce the amount of inflammation at the site of the therapy.

In terms of inflammation, another study showed that PEMF therapy increased the anti-inflammatory effects of adenosine. Increasing the effects of anti-inflammatory compounds in the body would naturally reduce inflammation at a site – in this case the site of the arthritis assuming you are applying PEMF and TENS to the site directly. This study concludes that PEMF may therefore be beneficial for the therapy of inflammatory bone and joint disorders.

The combination of reducing inflammatory compounds and increasing anti-inflammatory compounds could be a powerful combination against inflammation and a powerful link against the underlying causes of arthritis. Studies on PEMF and TENS in the therapy of arthritis may certainly be proof of that.

In a double blind study entitled, “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for knee osteoarthritis,” researchers concluded that knee TENS therapy significantly improved knee stiffness and provided pain relief for patients who received the therapy versus patients who received the placebo. By reducing pain and stiffness you eliminate one part of the problem because with less pain you are more likely to move around, which means exercise can support your ability to heal.

Finally, in a study on PEMF on early knee osteoarthritis, the beneficial effects of PEMF therapy were not only fast acting but these benefits continued at the one and two year follow up periods after treatment. The researchers in this study reasoned that the continued benefit was perhaps due in part to the anti-inflammatory effects of PEMF therapy.

TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis – Circulation

When you add the benefits of TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis for improving circulation, then you can understand why TENS PEMF therapy is gaining ground as a non-invasive, drugless therapy that can be used in the treatment of arthritis.

TENS PEMF Therapy for Arthritis – What you can expect

Based on our experience with TENS and PEMF therapy for arthritis, patients who use the RIFE PEMF do experience a reduction in pain and an increase in flexibility and movement. Our TENS PEMF device is simple to use at home and is also painless.

Although TENS PEMF therapy can help to reduce the inflammation and pain, it will not add the nutrients you need to build new healthy joints. It will also not take a walk for you or get you the exercise you need to support joint health. Sadly, these therapy elements are up to you.

There are however so many supplements specifically designed for joint health and arthritis that finding the right supplement for you should be fairly easy. As far as the walks are concerned, reducing your pain will give you the will to get out there and enjoy life.



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PEMF Osteoarthritis Studies – Rife Review South Africa

PEMF Osteoarthritis and Post-Operative Pain

The research with Pulsed Electro- Magnetic frequency is escalating at a dizzy rate. Twenty years ago it was looked upon as a waste of time, but now it seems as if every branch of medicine is jumping with joy at the results in their respective areas.

a021762a-daaa-43c7-a7e7-83266f9245d8A study on PEMF Osteoarthritis , a condition that has potentially  devastating effects in the elderly, shows statistically increasing beneficial effects on bone mineral density when PEMF was tested over a period of 12 weeks.

Once again please notice that the treatment is constant over an extended period for best results, too often results are expected too soon. We have numerous clients in South Africa using PEMF for osteoarthritis and joint pain, and many of them have seen excellent results.

Rent your PEMF Osteoarthritis device in South Africa.

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Plastic Surgeons have found that PEMF is a powerful tool with no known side effects for the management of post operative pain and oedema. It is also interesting that the research is so far in the ELF or extra low frequency range. It baffles me why, when the body’s own frequencies are in this range, there are people trying to convince others that their illegal, unlicensed instruments, functioning in the Ultra High Range are the ones that should be preferred! When in doubt contact Mr. Johan Uys at the Radiation Dept.on Tel. No.021-9461581.

If there is anything that I am able to help you with, feel free to call me.

Happy Rifing.


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Beat Joint Pain from the Inside Out with PEMF

Living with pain becomes the norm for many of us. It is only when we can no longer function at some level that we begin to take action. Sadly, many of us don’t understand the origin of joint pain or that pain is a warning signal from the body. Feeling stiff when you wake up and having sore knees after hours of sitting is not a sign of old age, it’s your body telling you that you need to take action.

a021762a-daaa-43c7-a7e7-83266f9245d8The truth is that it is fine to take a pain tablet every now and again, but ignoring persistent pain, particularly pain in the joints, can spell disaster for your future health. Baby boomers have been called the “next arthritis generation.” With estimates that 50% of us will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, and with the debilitating effects this  may have on your life, it is time to understand that you need to take action when you feel sore or stiff.

Joint pain is a signal that your body is not coping with inflammation and that your body needs support. Inflammation is one of the root causes of joint pain. It is also one of the reasons why joint tissue is damaged, causing pain in the future.

How Inflammation Damages Your Joints

The inflammatory process is a natural part of your body’s ability to heal. When you injure yourself, the inflammatory process removes debris from the site of the injury by using strong chemical compounds called cytokines. These cytokines are similar to a demolition crew on a building site. Cytokines remove the rubble from the site of the  injury so that your body can begin to build new healthy tissue.

Sadly, if the demolition crews/cytokines are not carefully regulated, they can damage healthy tissue. This is how inflammation begins to cause joint pain and how it causes the destruction of your joint tissue.

When you regulate the inflammatory process, you control how much damage occurs in the joints, which is why it is important to see pain and stiffness as a warning from your body that your joints need support.

PEMF Regulates Production of Inflammatory Compounds

In a recent study published in the Journal of Inflammatory Research, researchers showed that PEMF helps to regulate inflammation by controlling the production of cytokines.

In other words, PEMF therapy reduces the amount of chemicals your body produces for demolition purposes. PEMF therefore plays a role in preventing damage to your joints.

By removing the underlying cause of joint pain, you remove the threat of damage and you remove one of the causes of joint pain and stiffness. You therefore kill two birds with one stone: removing the cause of the pain and removing the threat of joint degradation.

PEMF Improves Circulation

The benefits of PEMF therapy do not stop there; PEMF also improves circulation. According to a study in the Journal of Orthopedic Research, PEMF improves circulation at the site of application.

By improving circulation to the joints, you improve the health of your joints. Add a joint supplement that supports healthy joint development and some exercise, and your knees will love and support you as you get older.

PEMF therapy is a drugless, painless way of providing your joints with the support they need, reducing joint pain and minimizing joint damage.

Don’t ignore sore and stiff knees. Start treating the cause of knee and joint pain today.

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