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Legality – Do Rife Machines Need a License?








We are often asked whether a particular machine is the same as ours or whether machines need to be licensed in South Africa. As a registered medical device provider, it would be unethical for us to comment on other legal devices. With regards to unlicensed devices, we can offer you the following information on licensing a medical device in South Africa.

Legally, all devices that purport to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease are subject to the Medical Devices Regulatory Act of 1998. The Act defines a medical device as:

“any instrument, appliance, material, machine, apparatus. implant or diagnostic reagent or any other article, whether used alone or in combination, including software necessary for its proper application used for or purporting to be suitable for use or manufactured or sold for use in or on a human or animal body-

(i) in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease; or

(ii) in diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury or handicap;”

In other words, if a machine claims to help, reduce or treat or cure any ailment or condition, then it is subject to this Act.

Every medical device must be submitted to the Authorities for registration:

  1. (1) An application for the registration of a medicine, complementary medicine, veterinary medicine or device must be submitted to the Authority.

This means that even devices that are registered elsewhere like America or Europe, still have to be licensed in South Africa and they must have a South African License.

The Act states that:

  1. (1) Subject to this section, no person may sell, have in his or her possession or manufacture any orthodox medicine, complementary medicine, veterinary medicine, device, or Scheduled substance, except in accordance with the prescribed conditions.

(6) No manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor referred to in subsection (l)(b) may manufacture, act as a wholesaler of or distribute, as the case may be, any orthodox medicine, complementary medicine, veterinary medicine, or medical device unless that person is a holder of a license contemplated in the said subsection.

In other words, you may not manufacture, sell or distribute unlicensed devices or have an unlicensed device in your possession. If you are found to be selling, marketing, manufacturing, using or distributing an unlicensed device then the act says:

  1. Any person who- (k) contravenes section 31 or contravenes or fails to comply with any condition imposed thereunder; is guilty of an offence

  2. (1) Any person who is convicted of an offence referred to in section 41 is liable to a fine, or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years.

(2) The court convicting any person of an offence under this Act may, upon the application of the prosecutor, declare any medicine, complementary medicine, veterinary medicine, medical device or Scheduled substance in respect of which the offence has been committed to be forfeited to the State.

(3) Any medicine, complementary medicine, veterinary medicine, medical device or Scheduled substance forfeited under this Act must be destroyed or otherwise dealt with as the Authority may direct.

In other words, if an unlicensed or illegal device is found in your possession, or if you manufacture, distribute or use an unlicensed device then you could be found guilty of an offence and can be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years or both. Your device can be confiscated and destroyed by the State.

Unscrupulous device manufacturers claim that their machines do not need to be licensed for various reasons. They claim they are manufactured individually and therefore do not need a license. This is not true – based on the Act. They claim their machines meet certain international standards and therefore do not need to be licensed. This is not true. Even devices manufactured in terms of the ISO or Ce regulations need a South African license. They claim their machines are licensed with a CE mark or FDA approved and therefore do not need a South African license. CE marks and FDA marks are important but those machines still need a South African license.

The truth is that a license for a medical device can be compared to a license to drive a car. You can drive a car without a license. There are thousands of people who drive cars in South Africa on a daily basis who do not have a valid drivers license. For the most part they are not caught. But when something goes wrong, when they are in an accident or someone gets hurt, then they are guilty of an offence which will cost them dearly. Yes, you can buy unlicensed devices, you can choose to promote unlicensed devices and you can even use them to treat people, albeit illegally, but when a person is harmed by one of these devices, then you could be guilty of an offence and it could be as serious as manslaughter depending on the harm that is done.

If you want to know whether a device is legal, ask for the SOUTH AFRICAN device registration number and check with the Department of Radiation in South Africa to make sure your device is registered as a medical device in South Africa. Don't accept excuses from manufacturers that their device does not need a license. The license is designed to keep you safe and there should be no reason why a device does not need to be licensed to ensure it is safe for the public.

Our South African license number is: 402/154616. Our license appears every machine - as part of the legal requirement. If you device does not have a license number on the device, it is probably not licensed and is therefore probably illegal.

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Why Half of Our Clients are Healthy

Although the Rife UA offers programs for over 700 conditions, the majority of our customers have a Rife PEMF device, not to treat a specific condition, but rather to promote and maintain their overall health.

Other than supplements, there are few drugs and medications in the world that are aimed at promoting health rather than treating disease. The truth is that medication is not suitable for such purposes. In contrast, alternative health therapies like the Rife PEMF device and others can help to support your health, thereby preventing the conditions in the body that promote disease.

Here are the top reasons why our healthy clients have the Rife PEMF:

  • To combat the effects of stress and inflammation
  • To promote and ensure healthy sleep
  • To support healthy circulation
  • To improve energy levels and increase metabolism


Stress and inflammation

We all know that stress can take a toll on our health but few people realize the underlying mechanisms that stress causes that do damage to the body. When you are stressed, the entire metabolism of your body changes. Your body goes into fight or flight mode, healing is switched off and so is the immune system, leaving you open to threat and disease. Stress is invariably accompanied by inflammation which actually damages the body. Where the inflammation occurs depends on each individual. Inflammation has been directly linked to cancer and many of the other modern diseases we face.

PEMF and Tens therapy has been used for decades to help to reduce anxiety and stress and to treat various forms of depression. Although chronic depression and anxiety are often long term conditions we all suffer from occasional bouts of stress or anxiety occasionally. Ignoring these periods can be extremely detrimental to your health.

Our healthy clients know that using the Rife PEMF during stressful periods helps them to reduce the stress and the effects of stress on the body, keeping them healthy and not only coping with what life throws at them but thriving.


Sleep is crucial for maintaining good mental and physical health. Without sufficient quality sleep, your body cannot regenerate and your immune system cannot create the cells vital for protecting you. Stress and lack of sleep often go hand in hand and they are truly the Bonny and Clyde of ill-health.

TENS and PEMF can help you and your body get a good night’s rest by increasing sleep time and increasing sleep quality, which in turn improves quality of life. By promoting healthy sleep, you are promoting overall health.

Promoting healthy periods of sleep, particularly when you are stressed on struggling to sleep is a kay to supporting your overall health and our healthy clients all report using the sleep frequencies to support and improve their sleeping habits.


Circulation is the key to a healthy body and a healthy life. Circulation is the process which provides your entire body with nutrients to thrive and it is the process which removes toxins from the entire system. Without healthy circulation tissues do not get the oxygen they need to survive.

Our modern, sedentary lifestyle has played a huge role in reducing circulation and causing ill-health. Exercise is the best way to help to improve circulation, but the Rife PEMF can also help to support and promote circulation, particularly for people who can’t move around a lot or who don’t necessarily have the time to do so every day.

Studies show that TENS therapy can improve blood flow by up to 35% thereby supporting healthy wound healing and circulation. These are by no means the only studies either.

Using the Rife PEMF device daily to promote healthy circulation can help to support your overall health, particularly when you are not able to get out of those all-important meetings. Our healthy clients also list circulation as a regular part of their health protocol.

Energy & Metabolism

The most profound benefit and reason why healthy people use the Rife PEMF device daily is because TENS and PEMF therapy directly supports healthy energy levels and metabolism. We tend to think of energy levels as a determination of how much we can do every day, and while that is important, we seldom think of energy levels in terms of health.

Every cell in your body produces energy for you. When the cells are low on energy, you are low on energy. When your cells don’t have enough energy your health is directly affected. This means when you feel your batteries are running low, you are actually on your way to ill-health.

TENS and PEMF have been shown to support metabolism and energy levels at cellular level. Not only can the Rife PEMF device supplement your energy levels, but it can do so at cellular level to help you achieve your maximum potential. In fact, TENS therapy is so effective at supporting energy levels that studies show TENS improves endurance, exercise and muscle strength in athletes.

Our healthy clients report that energy support is one of the programs they rely on for overall health.

Promote Your Health in just 2 hours a week

Many of our clients have asked us to help them to create a schedule for health. We have spoken to our clients and worked with the experts to prepare a monthly protocol for you that will help you to support and promote health in the long term.

The Rife Health Challenge will focus on different areas of health each month to help you to support your overall health. Take up the Rife Health Challenge and start treating yourself 2 hours a week and see what a difference your Rife can make to your health. Click here for the latest challenge

Rent your Rife PEMF Today for Overall Health

Most people spend more than the monthly cost of a Rife PEMF on supplements, not to mention medications. At R499 per month, the cost of purchasing your Rife device is negligible compared to the costs of future ill-health. If you want to know more about our purchase payment plan, contact us today.


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PEMF for Boosting the Immune System

Rife PEMF Device for the Family




From Pets to Parents, the Rife Model MA is designed for the whole family.





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PEMF Therapy for Depression

PEMF Therapy for Depression

When it comes to depression, the truth is that the underlying causes of depression are about as varied as general medical conditions themselves. Most chronic conditions result in some form of depression. I mean, who can live with constant pain on a daily basis and not feel depressed in some way or another? That is why the studies on PEMF therapy for depression include studies on topics as diverse as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

This diversity is also the beauty of PEMF therapy for depression. Although not a cure all, PEMF therapy addresses some of the most common underlying causes of general chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia and other long-term conditions. By addressing the underlying causes and addressing these conditions you can help to alleviate some of the depression. In other words, if you reduce the pain, you reduce the underlying cause of depression. Similarly, if you reduce the inflammation, you reduce one of the underlying cause of pain and swelling and this in turn helps to alleviate some of the depression.

I do not mean to imply that all cases of depression are linked to an underlying condition. Depression is often also the main chronic condition. In fact, chronic conditions and depression can lead to the chicken and the egg situation. Depression causes lack of sleep, fatigue and anxiety and this contributes to a lack of exercise and a loss of quality of life which in turn contributes to conditions like depression, arthritis, joint pain and other chronic conditions. Conditions like arthritis and joint pain can make exercise painful which in turn contributes to an increase in depression. So it can be really hard to isolate whether depression is at the heart of other chronic conditions or whether the chronic condition is the cause of depression.

PEMF Therapy for Depression

Luckily, unlike medication which is often only effective for a single of condition, PEMF therapy is proving effective for a variety of conditions including depression, arthritis, migraines, pain and inflammation.

How PEMF Therapy for Depression Works

In order to understand the effect of TENS and PEMF therapy for depression, you need to understand a little about how your brain and brain chemicals work. Your body and the environment are in a constant state of biofeedback. The environment, or your circumstances, interact with the body and the body in turn reacts to, and interacts with, your environment. In terms of emotion, your environment tells the brain what state it should be in and the brain in turn gives you a way to interpret your environment.

Think about a day that you had looked forward to for a long time. Your first date or a day you had a special evening planned. When you woke up and realized that the special day had arrived, you told you brain, it was going to be a great day. The brain in turn created all of the chemicals you need to enjoy the day. If you think back to that day, you will most likely find, the little things most likely bothered you less. The traffic was not as irritating, the waiter who spilled your water, was not as big a deal, and the day turned out to be a good day. Conversely, on a day you dreaded, the traffic was far worse, and everything went wrong.

Essentially, the state you are in affects your perception of your environment. It provides a “filter” that affects how you perceive the events around you. The state of mind you are in, is to a large degree, determined by the frequencies and chemicals manufactured by your brain. When the brain is in a relaxed state it produces lower frequencies, from 8 to 12 Hz for example, and it triggers the manufacture of compounds like serotonin and dopamine or the “feel good” chemicals. When your brain is in a stressed state, it causes chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol to be produced and it functions at higher frequencies.

As mentioned, the brain and the environment are in a constant feedback situation. Your brain chemicals change depending on the environment and your perception of the environment changes depending on the chemicals in the brain. This means that, by changing the environment you can change the chemicals your body manufactures and this can in turn affect perception.

There are many theories about how TENS and PEMF therapy for depression work. Some theories suggest that PEMF and TENS affect the chemicals manufactured by the brain, which in turn affects brain function and therefore these therapies affect mood. Other theories, like the entrainment theory, suggest that you can affect brain function by introducing frequencies that support relaxation and a general feeling of contentment and that by introducing these frequencies, the brain manufactures chemicals that support these moods.

PEMF Therapy for Depression – The Research and Studies

Irrespective of how TENS and PEMF therapy for depression actually work, the fact is that the FDA has approved numerous TENS, PEMF and CES therapy devices for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Practical Pain management, researchers compared the effects of CES therapy for depression with Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac. CES an acronym for cranial electrostimulation. The review compared the results from several studies done on these pharmaceuticals with the results of 8 studies done on CES therapy. The results were amazing.

CES therapy was two to three times more effective than all of the pharmaceuticals that were included as a part of the study for treating depression. The study also concluded that patients spent about half as much for the therapy with an average $600 dollars spent on CES therapy compared with over $1600 being spent on Prozac for example, in the first year. What the study does not take into account is that in the second year zero would be spent on CES therapy since the machine was already bought and paid for and patients would still spend $1600 on medication.

The Rife PEMF device provides 8 – 20Hz and the handheld cylinders can be used for treating the upper body and head area. You can rent or buy a model MA200 device and experience the effects of entrainment for yourself.

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PEMF Therapy for Dogs

PEMF Therapy for Dogs

If you have ever had a pet in pain, then you know as an owner how helpless it makes you feel. My cat has arthritis and my heart used to break when I watched her take our stairs, one at a time, in such an awkward manner. Although this article is about PEMF therapy for dogs, the information applies to all of your furry friends. I have been treating my cat for arthritis with my Rife PEMF and I can personally say that I am astounded by the difference in her.

Here is some of the information on how and why PEMF therapy for dogs and other animals offers an effective and affordable pain therapy alternative for your pets.

Why PEMF therapy for Dogs?

PEMF therapy has successfully been used for a variety of conditions in humans and these benefits seem to be available to your pets too. From PEMF therapy for arthritis, to TENS therapy for back pain, TENS and PEMF machines are becoming a very popular alternative for controlling pain and treating various conditions in humans and animals. The FDA has even cleared numerous PEMF and TENS devices for veterinary use.

To date, the studies on PEMF and TENS have found them to be safe and also relatively side-effect free. The same cannot always be said for medication. Although there are a number of drugs that can help to reduce pain in your pets, the cost of the drugs and their side-effects should not be overlooked. New warnings on NSAIDS for humans must alert us to the fact that drugs are not always as safe as they seem.

Medication comes with the extra complication of trying to ensure your pet gets its recommended daily dose of medication. If you have cats like mine, trying to get them to take tablets can be a life-threatening exercise for both the pet involved and the pet owner – namely me J.

TENS and PEMF therapy on the other hand is simple. I just place the PEMF MAT in my pet’s bed and start the device when I go to bed. My cat receives PEMF therapy while sleeping and I get to enjoy another scratch free day.

How PEMF Therapy for Dogs can be helpful

This type of therapy increases the amount of nitric oxide in the circulatory system. Nitric oxide supports the healing of tissues and bones and by supporting and promoting the healing process, the duration of pain is shortened.

PEMF also reduces inflammation which is one of the direct causes of pain. Inflammation is the process that causes injuries to swell, go red and feel painful. By reducing inflammation and the inflammatory response at the site of the injury, the intensity of the pain and the duration of the pain can be reduced.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy also improves circulation. Once again, circulation is a vital element for healing and by increasing circulation, you increase nutrients and oxygen provided to the area that needs to be healed. This in turn reduces the healing time and therefore the pain associated with the condition or injury.

TENS and PEMF are also effective at providing drug free pain relief. In fact, many devices are now prescribed by medical practitioners and vets specifically for pain relief where other therapy options are not available or where other types of therapy have been ineffective.

Human studies and PEMF Therapy for Dogs

Sadly, studies on the reduction of pain by PEMF therapy for dogs are lacking, but there is probably a very reasonable explanation. We may feel a telepathic bond with our dogs, but trying to determine a reduction of pain on a clinical basis may prove a little difficult when you have to rely on the dog’s perception of pain, and their ability to rate their pain on a scale of one to ten, not to mention the fact they would also have to tell you about it. But that doesn’t mean there are no studies at all.

PEMF Therapy for DogsStudies on dogs are limited to prostate conditions and osteoarthritis and pain but these studies have shown how effective PEMF therapy for dogs can be. There are also studies on PEMF therapy for pain in humans, and these studies have shown that PEMF therapy is an effective alternative for pain management. And then there are our clients, like this delightful Boerboel who is enjoying his weekly Rife PEMF therapy.

In fact, we have had so many Rife PEMF owners tell us that they sometimes have to fight their pets for a chance on the Rife PEMF machine, that we have launched a PEMF MAT specifically for pets. The MAT makes it even easier to treat your cat or dog with PEMF therapy. My cats love the MAT and they literally jostle for position when we run the arthritis and pain frequencies.

PEMF Therapy for Dogs – other Conditions

The benefits of TENS and PEMF therapy for dogs are not only limited to pain control for your pet either. PEMF and TENS therapy can be effective as an adjunctive therapy or an alternative therapy for:

Dogs don’t suffer from some of the conditions above but they do suffer from conditions like arthritis and improving circulation and health can only be good for your pet.

The Rife Model MA200 offers over 200 programs that you can use to keep your family, and your furry family, healthy at the same time. The Rife PEMF for PETs comes with a large mat and two smaller mats to help you to treat your cats and dogs to provide a healthier life for your pets.

Treatment is simple. Just place the mat in your pet’s normal bedding, or any convenient location where your pet will be happy to sleep. Set the program you want to use to run for a longer period of time. If you start the treatment late in the evening it can run overnight, providing your pet with the healing benefits of PEMF therapy.

To rent your Rife PEMF Pet today, email us at or call us at 082 882 0640


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TENS Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Let’s face it – chronic lower back pain is no joke, and when studies reveal effective strategies for reducing or managing this type of condition, then it may be worth investigating like when the International Journal of Surgical Technology undertook an analysis of TENS therapy for lower back pain in 2016 and found that TENS therapy resulted in less back pain for the patients who took part in the study. The research also found that TENS therapy reduced the medication used by these patients. This study shows that there are numerous benefits for choosing TENS and PEMF therapy as one of your pain management strategies.

TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain

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According to research, TENS therapy may provide a safe alternative to lower back pain therapy because studies have shown that, unlike the medications and anti-inflammatories normally prescribed for chronic lower back, TENS therapy is not addictive and has no side effects.

Only last year, the FDA strengthened its warning about the use of NSAIDS for pain, stating that the use of NSAIDS can potentially cause heart attacks or strokes or increase your risks of these conditions by up to 50%. If you are constantly reaching for those over the counter medications that contain ibuprofen and diclofenac, then it may be time to consider investing in your own TENS machine to help reduce your risks and side-effects, and to save you some money at the same time.

In fact, many practitioners are now starting to accept TENS therapy as a viable therapy option where medications are no longer effective and some practitioners even prescribe TENS therapy as an additional therapy along with conventional medication.

Studies published in 2015 also found that TENS therapy for lower back pain was not only useful for reducing pain, but also had an impact on a patient’s wallet. Sadly, it is often the cost of treatment rather than the efficacy that begins to convince medical regulators to consider alternatives and in this case, TENS therapy is consistently being shown to be both effective in terms of the therapy and cost-effective in terms of savings on medication. TENS therapy reduces the number of visits needed to refill prescriptions. When the cost of lower back pain care averages $30 billion a year, cost savings begin to become extremely important to the medical administration.


In a study published by the same journal in 2015, a study of 22 913 patients’ records revealed that TENS therapy for lower back pain resulted in significantly fewer patients needing opioids a year after the study began. The study found that TENS patients used fewer medicines and had fewer patient events and this led to significant savings on a per patient basis. The study concluded by recommending physicians “be more aggressive in treating” chronic lower back pain patients with TENS therapy.

In fact, there seems to be an explosion of the use of TENS therapy for lower back pain over the last year or two. Here are just three of the studies done on this type of condition:

  • Tens therapy and Interferential Current therapy were both effective for lower back pain.
  • Electrical and magnetic therapies showed potential as a tool for pain management in chronic spinal cord injuries.
  • Tens patients required less medication, had fewer hospital visits, required less diagnostic imaging like x-rays and scans and even required less back surgery.

Circulation as a benefit of PEMF and TENS therapy for lower back pain

TENS Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Introducing the 3 in 1 Brace from Rife PEMF

Any injury, and indeed overall health, depends on a healthy circulatory system. Circulation plays a pivotal due role in the healing of injuries in that it provides vital nutrients to the site of injury and it plays a role in removing the waste products from the site of injury to support healing.

A paper published in 2012 reviewed numerous studies on TENS and the effects of TENS therapy on wound healing. Although the overall conclusions of the review were inclusive due to insufficient data, the review stated that the clinical studies on wound healing were conclusive, showing benefits of 60% reduction in wound size, increases in blood flow of up to 35% in ulcers, and faster healing rates. TENS therapy and the increase in blood flow even decreased the numbers of re-amputations in patients with diabetes.

An improvement in circulation is therefore essential for overall health and also plays a role in healing, which in turn will help to reduce the amount of pain in the long term.

Additional Benefits of TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain

As mentioned above, the benefits of TENS therapy for lower back pain don’t only involve pain relief either. There are indirect benefits to you in terms of the cost of therapy, the savings as a result of a decrease in medication and decreased visits to the doctor, and then there are the unseen benefits like avoiding the risks and dangers associated with medications which may lead to increased risks of heart attacks and strokes.

In fact, one study conducted based on patient interviews found that the indirect benefits of TENS therapy for chronic lower back pain included enhanced physical function, an enhanced ability to get enough rest, and other physiological benefits too.

TENS Therapy for Lower Back Pain – The Alternatives

TENS therapy is not the only drug-free therapy for addressing lower back pain. Support and compression therapy (using back braces, and hot and cold therapy) have also traditionally been used to help to treat this type of condition.

TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain

Advantages of the 3 in 1 Back Brace from Rife PEMF

A back brace can help to improve posture which can help to prevent back strain and lower back pain and the brace provides comfort in terms of warmth which can help to improve circulation and reduce pain.

Hot and cold therapy for strain, sprains and injuries has been around for centuries and this type of therapy is still a viable option for direct pain management.

Alternating hot and cold therapy at the site where you are injured can help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation to support pain reduction.Introducing the TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain 3 in 1 Back Brace.

At Rife PEMF we constantly strive to bring you the latest in pain management therapy. The new three in one back brace offers three therapy options in a simple, convenient back brace that makes treatment easy and that provides support throughout the day.The 3 in 1 back brace provides:

  1. Compression and support for the lower back.
  2. Hot and Cold Gel pads for use in hot and cold therapy or hot therapy.
  3. Built-in magnetic PEMF electrodes to provide top quality PEMF and TENS therapy.

For more information on the 3 in 1 back brace, or to buy your back therapy brace, click here.


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Frequency Therapy Course

Introducing our comprehensive Frequency Therapy Course


To celebrate the launch of our new Introduction to Frequency Course, we are offering free access to the course for May.

If you have ever wondered what frequency therapy is about, how to get the most out of your Rife machine or frequency therapy device, then this course will be a valuable introduction to frequency therapy for you.

It covers the general technology and how to use frequency therapy to promote health rather than just to fight disease.

Harness the power of frequency therapy today in your life to promote your future health.

To see what the course offers, click here.

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PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa

PEMF Therapy for Amputees in South Africa- A Multifaceted Therapy Approach for Patients and Medical Practitioners

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South AfricaIntroducing PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa: Rife has brought a new dimension to medical practice with non-invasive therapy techniques that have shown to be valuable adjuncts to conventional therapy. With more and more studies available on the therapeutic benefits of PEMF, we are proud to offer the first South African PEMF device specifically designed for practitioners with amputees in mind.

The Rife PEMF Model MA is designed to help amputees deal with some of the major issues that they are faced with, including:

  • Phantom Limb pain
  • Wound healing
  • Depression

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa and Phantom Limb Pain

Stump or phantom limb pain is often one of the biggest issues facing an amputee. Pain ranges from mild to debilitating, and although analgesics, opioids, and even antidepressants are often used to manage these symptoms, they are not without side-effects, and long term use of some of these therapies can be detrimental to other aspects of health.

PEMF therapy has been shown to be a useful adjunct to medication and in some cases has been found to be primary therapeutic option for the management of phantom limb pain. PEMF is safe for long term use in the management of pain and even offers other benefits in terms of supporting circulation, wound healing, and other aspects of health.

Below is a summary of some of the PEMF and electrical stimulation in the management of phantom limb pain in amputees:

  1. PEMF/TENS is effective at reducing pain on short term basis: In a comparison between Mirror Therapy and TENS therapy, both Mirror Therapy and TENS were found to be effective in pain reduction on a short-term basis and both groups had a significant decrease in pain using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and universal pain score (UPS)[1]
  2. PEMF/TENS effectively reduces phantom limb pain at rest and on movement: A study on ten individuals with a transtibial amputation and persistent moderate-to-severe phantom and/or stump pain demonstrated that TENS has potential for reducing phantom pain and stump pain at rest and on movement.[2]
  3. PEMF/Electrical Stimulation increased >75% paresthesia coverage, reduced pain by >60% and increased quality of life outcomes: This study investigated a novel approach to peripheral nerve stimulation in which a lead was placed percutaneously a remote distance (> 1 cm) away from the femoral nerve in a patient with severe residual limb pain 33 years following a below-knee amputation. Electrical stimulation generated ≥ 75% paresthesia coverage, reduced residual limb pain by > 60%, and improved quality of life outcomes as measured by the pain interference scale of the Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (100% reduction in pain interference), Pain Disability Index (74% reduction in disability), and the Patient Global Impression of Change (very much improved) during a 2-week home trial[3]
  4. PEMF treated Phantom Limb pain, and reduced re-amputations: A total of 51 patients were randomized to one of three postoperative treatment regimens: sham TENS and chlorpromazine medication, sham TENS only, and active low frequency TENS. There were fewer re-amputations and more rapid stump healing among below-knee amputees who had received active TENS. Sham TENS had a considerable placebo effect on pain. There were, however, no significant differences in the analgesic requirements or reported prevalence of phantom pain between the groups during the first four weeks. The prevalence of phantom pain after active TENS was significantly lower after four months but not after more than one year[4]
  5. PEMF was successful at treating Phantom Limb Pain in three adults with no pain recurrence at six month follow-up. Three adult patients with below-knee amputation of various etiologies were treated at Norristown's Sacred Heart Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in the fall of 1983. The patients ranged in age from 48 to 64 years and two were men. All three had complaints of phantom limb pain originating from various anatomic sites of the amputated extremity. In all three cases the phantom limb pain was severe and hampered prosthetic training. The patients were treated solely by application of the TENS unit to the contralateral extremity at the sites where the phantom pain originated on the amputated limb. All three patients responded to treatment and were able to continue their prosthetic training. A six-month follow-up showed no pain recurrence of phantom limb pain in all three cases[5]

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa - Wound Healing

PEMF therapy for Amputees South Africa

PEMF therapy for Amputees South Africa

Wounds are a common issue amongst amputees with wound infection being a primary concern. In a study conducted on stump infections after major lower limb amputations[6], Staphylococcus was the most frequently isolated bacterium that was responsible for wound infections. The speed of wound healing also influences subsequent prosthetic training.[7]

Certain PEMF frequencies have been shown to be effective at reducing both Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) - bacterial cultures exposed to ELF PEMF showed a decrease in their growth rate – 68% and 76% decrease - when compared to control samples.[8]

PEMF has also been shown to increase wound healing and wound healing rates. A summary of some of the studies conducted on wound healing include:

  • PEMF increases wound healing, increases circulation: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on a homogenous subset of chronic diabetic foot ulcers. By the end of the treatment period, there was an 18% decrease inwound size in the active PEMF group as compared with a 10% decrease in the control group. The PEMF group demonstrated significant cumulative increase in cutaneous capillary blood velocity (by 28%) and 14% increase in capillary diameter. In contrast, the control group showed a decrease in both capillary blood velocity and diameter.[9]
  • PEMF accelerates wound healing, increases percentage of healing and increases tensile strength of wound tissue: Delayedwound healing is a common complication in diabetes mellitus. From this point of view, the main purpose of the present study is to investigate the effect of extremely low frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields on skin wound healing in diabetic rats. In this study, diabetes was induced in male Wistar rats One month after the induction of diabetes, a full-thickness dermal incision (35 mm length) was made on the right side of the paravertebral region. The wound was exposed to ELF PEMF for 1 h per day. Wound healing was evaluated by measuring surface area, percentage of healing, duration of healing, and wound tensile strength. Obtained results showed that the duration of wound healing in diabetic rats in comparison with the control group was significantly increased. In contrast, the rate of healing in diabetic rats receiving PEMF was significantly greater than in the diabetic control group. The wound tensile strength also was significantly greater than the control animals. In addition, the duration of wound healing in the control group receiving PEMF was less than the sham group. Based on the above-mentioned results we concluded that this study provides some evidence to support the use of ELF PEMFs to accelerate diabetic wound healing. Further research is needed to determine the PEMF mechanisms in acceleration of wound healing in diabetic rats.[10]
  • We hypothesized that PEMF would increase the myofibroblast population, contributing to wound closure during diabetic wound healing: Reduced collagen deposition possibly leads to slow recovery of tensile strength in the healing process of diabetic cutaneous wounds. Myofibroblasts are transiently present during wound healing and play a key role in wound closure and collagen synthesis. A full-thickness square-shaped dermal wound (2 cm × 2 cm) was excised aseptically on the shaved dorsum. The rats were randomly divided into PEMF-treated (5 mT, 25 Hz, 1 h daily) and control groups. The results indicated that there were no significant differences between the groups in blood glucose level and body weight. However, PEMFtreatment significantly enhanced wound closure (days 10 and 14 post-wounding) and re-epithelialization (day 10 post-wounding), although these improvements were no longer observed at later stages of the wound healing  Using immunohistochemistry against α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), we demonstrated that significantly more myofibroblasts were detected on days 7 and 10 post-wounding in the PEMF group when compared to the control group.[11]
  • PEMFtherapy has been used successfully in the management of postsurgical pain and edema, the treatment of chronic wounds, and in facilitating vasodilatation and angiogenesis. Using scientific support, the authors present the currently accepted mechanism of action of PEMF therapy[12].
  • Elimination of pressure ulcers with electrical stimulation--a case study: Pressure ulcers, also called decubitus ulcers, are a common challenge of humanity and are exceptionally difficult to heal. They are wounds that are initiated by relatively short periods of pressure on the skin that blocks blood circulation causing the skin and underlying tissues to die, leading to an openwound. Pressure release can prevent further tissue degeneration, and some ulcers heal and disappear by themselves. However, many pressure ulcers never heal and continue to grow in diameter and depth. By one year, such unhealing ulcers are referred to as chronic ulcers. Chronic ulcers frequently jeopardize the life of the patient due to infections that become increasingly deep until they invade bones and the circulatory system. We report on a patient with a chronic pressure ulcer at his coccyx prominence. Fourteen months after the ulcer had appeared, a surface pulse electromagnetic force (PEMF) stimulator was applied over T7-T8, 45 cm cephalic to the ulcer, as part of a nerve stimulation study. Although the ulcer had continued to grow both in diameter and depth for 14 months and showed no signs of healing, within 6 days of applying the PEMFstimulator, the ulcer began to heal and was fully eliminated after 3 months. We concluded that the electrical stimulation induced the healing of the pressure ulcer.[13]
  • The effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields on secondary skinwound healing: an experimental study: A variety of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) have already been experimentally used, in an effort to promote wound healing. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of short duration PEMF on secondary healing of full thickness skin wounds in a rat model. Full thickness skin wounds, 2 by 2 cm, were surgically inflicted in two groups of male Wistar rats, 24 animals each. In the first group (experimental group - EG), the animals were placed and immobilized in a special constructed cage. Then the animals were exposed to a short duration PEMF for 20 min daily. In the second group (control group - CG), the animals were also placed and immobilized in the same cage for the same time, but not exposed to PEMF. On days 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 22, following the infliction of skin wounds, the size and healing progress of each wound were recorded and evaluated by means of planimetry and histological examination. According to our findings with the planimetry, there was a statistically significant acceleration of the healing rate for the first 9 days in EG, whereas a qualitative improvement of healing progress was identified by histological examination at all time points, compared to the control group.[14]
  • Electroacupuncture is as effective as Carprofen(NSAID) for pain: The objective of the present study was to compare the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) and carprofen (CP) on postoperative incisional pain using the plantar incision (PI) model in rats.We conclude that 100-Hz EA at the ST36 point, but not at non-acupoints, can reduce mechanical nociception in the rat model of incisional pain, and its effectiveness is comparable to that of carprofen.[15]

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa - Depression

PEMF has been widely accepted as a valuable adjunct to for the treatment of depression and the FDA has approved a number of devices for use in medication resistant depression.[16] Studies suggest between 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 amputees suffer from major depressive disorder.[17] Risk factors linked to the development of depression include phantom limb pain; avoidance of the amputation and prosthesis; and lacking a social support system, particularly in the formative months directly following amputation.

PEMF therapy for Amputees South AfricaThe PEMF MA addresses two aspects of depression in amputees, namely the phantom limb pain directly, as well as potentially addressing depression. There are numerous studies that deal with PEMF as a potential therapy for depression.

Here are a brief summary of some of those studies:

  • In a double-blind controlled study on dose remission of PEMF in therapy resistant depression, T-PEMF therapy resulted in a 73.5% remission of therapy-resistant depression on one dose of treatment per day after 8 weeks of therapy: A self-treatment set-up of the T-PEMFdevice was used allowing self-administration by patients in own homes. All patients were treated for 30 min per T-PEMF  The antidepressant medication the patients were receiving at baseline remained unchanged during the trial. In total 34 patients received active T-PEMF once a day and 31 patients twice daily. After 5 weeks of therapy remission was obtained in 26.5% and 32.3% on one dose and two doses of T-PEMF, respectively. After 8 weeks the rate of remission was 73.5% and 67.7%, respectively. The side effects as measured by the Udvalget for Kliniske Undersøgelser scale showed a better toleration of the antidepresssive medication in both treatment groups, which was reflected by the WHO-5 well-being scale with increased scores in both groups of patients.The high remission rate obtained by the T-PEMF augmentation was not a dose effect (one versus two daily T-PEMF sessions) but was explained by the extension of the treatment period from 5 to 8 weeks.[18]
  • PEMF was successful at treating treatment resistant depression in patients and apathy scale could be used to determine dose: In patients without apathy, the remission rate after T-PEMFwas 83.9% versus 58.8% in patients with apathy (p≤0.05). In patients without apathy receiving one active dose daily 94.4% remitted versus 50% for patients with apathy (p≤0.05). In patients without apathy who received two active doses 69.9% remitted versus 66.7% for patients with apathy[19]
  • Low field magnetic stimulation resulted in rapid mood elevating effects in patients with bipolar disorder: We previously reported rapid mood elevation following an experimental magnetic resonance imaging procedure in depressed patients with bipolardisorder (BPD). This prompted the design, construction, and testing of a portable electromagnetic device that reproduces only the rapidly oscillating (1 kHz, <1 V/m) electromagnetic field of the experimental procedure, called low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS). Substantial improvement (>10% of baseline) in mood was observed following LFMS treatment relative to sham treatment for both diagnostic subgroups for our primary outcomes, the VAS and the HDRS-17. These differences were not statistically significant in primary analyses stratifying by diagnosis but were significant in secondary analyses combining data across the two diagnostic groups (p = .01 VAS, p = .02 HDRS-17). Rapid improvement in mood was also observed using the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule scales as secondary measures (positive affect scale p = .02 BPD, p = .002 combined group). A finite element method calculation indicates a broad penetration of the LFMS electric field throughout the cerebral cortex. Low field magnetic stimulation may produce rapid changes in mood using a previously unexplored range of electromagnetic [20]
  • rTMS has been approved for therapy by the FDA and is being considered for therapy in Japan Therapeutic applications of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) have long been awaited for not only neurological but also psychiatric disorders as a low-invasive transcranial brain stimulation. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States finally approved repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for medication-resistant patients with majordepression. More recently, at the beginning of 2013, a deep TMS device with the H-coil received FDA approval as the second TMS device for major depression. In this paper, recent progress in the clinical introduction of rTMS for major depression in Japan is reported, in order to facilitate future discussion about how rTMS should be introduced for patients with major depression in Japan.[21]

Introducing the Rife PEMF Model MA for Amputees

Rife PEMF is a leading manufacturer and supplier of medical Bio-Active Electro Frequency devices in South Africa. By complying with South African and International standards for our medical devices, the company is committed to manufacture and supply top quality, safe and affordable devices for use in medical practice.

Rife PEMF was founded in 1994 by Mr. W.G.E. Schuwlst and has been on the leading edge of frequency therapy since the inception of the company. The first to apply and register the device, Mr. Schwulst saw the necessity of bringing Rife and PEMF technology to the people who could use it to its greatest advantage.

We are committed to working with medical practitioners and therapists to bring this state of the art technology to patients in South Africa. The device was specifically designed to allow practitioners to apply PEMF in their practice.

The device offers up to 10 programs that are programmed based on the physicians requirements. The model MA is rented to the physician directly for use in their practice or for rental to patients. Alternatively we rent to your patients directly and pay over any referral fees for rentals to your practice on a monthly basis.

The Rife Model MA PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa provides the following basic programs:

  • Pain
  • Circulation
  • Inflammation
  • Wound healing & regeneration
  • Depression
  • Sleep, healing and rejuvenation

Practitioners can add up to four other conditions to the PL should they wish to do so.

The Model MA comes with a set of magnetic body pads for ease of use. These body pads can be slipped into the prosthetic sock for direct treatment of the area affected by pain and phantom limb pain. It also comes with two magnetic cylinders for treatment of the hands and upper body.

The device is extremely easy to use. Patients are given personalized instructions for use and programs are run by pressing “Select”, “Program No” and then “Run”. Programs can be paused and resumed at a later time if needs be.

PEMF therapy can be used as an adjunct to conventional therapy and medication without interaction or side-effects.

Click here for more information on how to rent or buy your Rife PEMF device.

Finally, MA devices can be sent back to head office for reprogramming should the patient or practitioner decide to change the programs available on the MA device. Reprogramming is done for a fee of R 450.00 per device.

Add PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa to Your Practice

Adding PEMF as a therapy option to your practice has never been easier. Contact us for more details about renting or adding the Rife PEMF for amputees today.

For a contract, please email us, or for more information, feel free to contact George Schwulst on 082 882 0640.






















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PEMF for Sport – Introducing the PEMF Sport-Health Pro

PEMF for Sport

PEMF for sport and the modern sportsman - improve health, improve performance

PEMF Therapy for the Modern Athlete

As an athlete you rely on your body and your training to keep you at the top of your game. To be a top athlete you need your cells to function at the highest levels and for your cells to function they need circulation, oxygen, and electricity. The faster your body can supply blood to your cells, the more efficiently your cells work for you. You rely on your body’s electrical system for your reflexes and for muscle function. The faster your nervous system is, the better you can react. Finally, you rely on oxygen to power your cells and the more oxygen you have, the more energy you can produce.

PEMF for sport and PEMF therapy in general  improves circulation, cellular metabolism, nerve function, tissue oxygenation, and it reduces inflammation. Top sportsmen all over the world are starting to utilize the huge benefits offered by PEMF for sport to help to improve their training, performance, and their overall health.

What is PEMF

PEMF is an acronym for pulsed electromagnetic frequencies and these frequencies offer numerous health benefits. Pulsed electromagnetic therapy has been used in medicine for decades to help treat depression, to promote healthy bone growth, and to speed up wound healing and regeneration.

Electromagnetic fields are all around us. The earth itself creates a magnetic field that is partially responsible for this beautiful planet, and we live in and draw from this magnetic field on a daily basis to support our own health and wellbeing. Lightning strikes this planet over 100 times per second, recharging the earth, and contributing to the magnetic field.

You are an electrical being. Your cells generate and use electricity to function and to communicate with one another and for the most part, your body receives its charge from the earth and the earth’s magnetic field. Your cells rely on a healthy steady voltage to remain charged and healthy. If fact, we speak of feeling energized and “charged” when we are healthy! We talk of feeling low and need to
“recharge” by going on holiday.

Studies show that PEMF:

  • Reduces inflammation[1]
  • PEMF improves the cellular activities of various cells[2]
  • PEMF improves circulation and microvascular perfusion[3]
  • PEMF improves cellular oxygenation[4]
  • PEMF speeds up wound healing and injury recovery times[5]

In fact, most modern hospitals rely on PEMF therapy to improve and promote bone healing in serious fracture cases.

PEMF for Sport: Introducing the Model MA700 by Rife PEMF

Now you have access to this amazing technology in the comfort of your own home to help support your training regimen. Whether you are treating a joint or muscle injury, or taking advantage of the systemic benefits of PEMF like improving circulation and tissue oxygenation, you will benefit from your own PEMF therapy device.


The Model MA700 includes programs is specially designed for the modern athlete. It offers programs designed to promote circulation, support detoxification, and improve muscle relaxation after training and to encourage healthy sleep and relaxation. It also includes programs for inflammation, pain, and injury, helping to keep you on track with your training program.

The MA700 provides:

  1. Circulation
  2. Detoxification
  3. Muscle relaxation
  4. Sleep, relaxation and rejuvenation
  5. Immune system Stimulation
  6. Inflammation
  7. Muscle Pain & Injury
  8. Joint pain & Inflammation
  9. Wound Healing
  10. Stiff muscles

Rent the MA700 or buy your instrument. Experience the Sport-Health Pro advantage. Call us today on 082 882 0640 or email us at to reserve your MA700 or for further information.