Allopathy brooks no competition.
Not even from venerable ayurveda. The status that
this 'tried-and tested' system of medicine enjoys in
the medical world is unrivalled, so much so that it
would seem heretic to suggest any other system of
medicine for any ailment.
Yet , it has
its Achille's heel. Sometimes, some chronic ailment
stands up to allopathy. And then, when allopathy
wrings its hands in despair, people sceptically
start looking around for alternative system of
illness that defy allopathic cures do sometimes find
an adversary in alternative systems of medicine, but
for want of the kind of proof that allopathy
demands, they are not listed as 'guaranteed' systems
of cure in the collective consciousness of the
India can boast
of a host
of alternative systems', from the tribal 'Ottamulis',
fast spreading 'made in Germany' homeopathy to the
Hyderabad-based unani system which believes that
"God did not sent any ailment without a cure
with it. ' the pranic and reiki way are permeating
into large sections of people with lightning speed
too. the 'magnetic' way is gaining some popularity.
The effect that
magnetic poles have on health is ingrained in our
we are careful about the direction in which the
pillow is placed on the bed, when we go to sleep.
Electromagnetic therapy is a fairly new entrant to
the fold of alternative medicine.
Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) has been
recently gaining a lot of attention in the US. PEMF
was approved by the FDA in 1979 for the healing of
non-union fractures. This approval came about after
a Columbia University study, under NASA auspices.
among the very few practice this form of medicine,
is Dr. S. Krishnan of Kochi. He is a practicing allopathy
with also training in ayurveda, who got an
award for the best DMO when he was working in
kottayam in the Government health Service.
HE got interested in
electromagnetic therapy in 1987 and since there was
no one to teach him, read up everything he could on
it and did some research into it too. Knowing modern
medicine helped in studying this therapy and practicing
it, says Dr. Krishnan.
It is a non-invasive treatment
that works by permeating the body with low-frequency
electromagnetic field, reaching every cell and
changing cell potentials, and influencing the
activity of enzymes and coenzymes, he says.
Literature available says the
first human study was conducted in in 1971 by Dr.
Carl Brighten at the university of Pennsylvania
School of medicine . A site on the internet, on
says." He attached a pin directly to a broken
ankle of a woman, which had ceased to heal on its
own after nine months. A continuous voltage supplied
by battery induced a current of ten microamps. After
twelve weeks of treatment the ankle had completely
healed." Since 1979 the FDA has also approved
EMF therapy for the fusing of spinal vertebrate in
patients with chronic back pain.
In 1979 the FDA
approved the first electromagnetic device for
The majority of EMF device manufacturers now use a
combination of time-verifying and static fields.
Furthermore, the waveforms (Shape, amplitude,
frequency) used are modeled after measured responses
in human bone induced by mechanical stresses.
As of November,
1999, only two types of devices have received such
approval. Research is going on in Japan and Germany.
designed his own device with the help of a
professor-friend, as this special bed in which the
patient has to lie, was only available abroad and
the cost was prohibitive. So he prepared a project
to assemble one here. He made two of these devices,
which cost a few lakhs of rupees and started
practice in right earnest.
no injections, only lying on the bed, within a
magnetic field, is required of a patient.
But for how
long and under what frequency, etc is decided by Dr.
S. Krishnan after diagnosis. The electromagnetic
field is produced by a machine attached to the bed.
He says from
his experience that pulsed electromagnetic therapy
can be used for the recovery of almost all diseases.
when used with other medicines, reduces the quantum
of medicines otherwise needed and
duration of treatment also can be reduced.
The cure or remission obtained lasts long. But
everything else is hazy. Unlike other treatment this
is a non-invasive form of treatment and can be given
for all. No side effects have been reported so far.
like reduction of blood sugar level, blood
cholesterol level etc, will help in prevention of
diabetes, hypertension and heart attack.
enhances the higher brain functions, Dr. Krishnan
says. It can induce better learning capacity,
memory, creative thinking etc, he adds.
are yet reluctant to try out this system and they
usually come only at the fagend, when all types of
modern medicine and other popular systems have
failed," Dr. Krishnan lamented.
Mr. Deepak Nair,
29 a journalist working in muscat, also sought this
system as a last resort. He was hard of hearing
after a bout of meningitis. But he could get along
with a hearing aid. One fine day the residual
hearing also just about vanished. Visits to
different ENTs brought in more and more bad news. He
would always be stone deaf, he was told, as the
trouble was with a nerve that was connected to the
him about electromagnetic therapy and he decided to
go in for it. "After ten days of lying on bed
at Dr.Krishna's for an hour each day, I found that
there was little difference. One month of treatment
later, I got back my hearing right up to the post
-meningitis level," says Mr. Deepak Nair, who
is now on a holiday here in Kochi.
The cost of one
session on the bed varies according to the needs of
the patient, on the period and extent of the field.
It ranges form Rs.60 to Rs.150.
keeps video clippings of all his patients' progress
and the 'before' and after visuals too. Mr. T.K.
Gopinath of Anjumana, Kochi, had a stroke and he
could not walk properly as one side was almost
incapacitated. After treatment, you see on the
video, a happy old man talking and walking slowly on
a B.Tech degree holder, was devastated when he
passed a test but failed badly at the interview
because of his stuttering problem. He underwent
electro magneto therapy and the stuttering almost
vanished in the 'after' video clipping.
Mr. M. J.
Sebastian 45, who was suffering from muscular
dystrophy was told by doctors that there was no
cure. His right hand was almost useless. After
treatment, he could hold a pen and write too. Dr.
Krishnan himself says cataract troubled him and
after using this bed for some days, he could read.
hypertension, severe asthma and chronic diseases can
be cured to a certain extent by electromagnetic therapy,
Dr. Krishnan says.
like depression, aggression, anxiety, stress and
conditions like Parkinson's Disease, epilepsy,
migraine, stroke, Alzheimer's Disease,
cardio-vascular diseases and degenerative conditions
of the brain can be treated by PEMF, according to
As it a sort of
holistic system of treatment people cannot fathom
the intensity and virtually grasp how a disease can
be cured, in the conventional sort of way.
virtually on their last legs, often give it a try
with a 'you've - nothing-to-lose-but-your-disease'
attitude. Many live to say they have been happy they