UK-Based PEMF Therapy & Electromagnetic Treatment Studies: A Tabular Overview
If you have read our many articles looking into Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy, you can see that it is a well-established form of non-invasive treatment used in a wide array of conditions and illnesses. Whilst PEMF Therapy has been rigorously studied — largely within Europe and the USA since the 1970s — there has been a surprisingly small amount of research conducted within the U.K.
Electromagnetic therapies using direct current have a variety of names: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) or Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). In Germany this form of therapy is covered by health insurance companies for a limited scope: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema and Warts. In Belgium, Switzerland and Japan these modalities are also covered by health insurance and generally a household name.
However, PEMF therapy isn’t well know in the UK — yet. There are many hypotheses as to why PEMF therapy is not as prevalent in the U.K.:
- Historically, PEMF therapy has not been developed by British scientists, and therefore found it difficult to break through to the British public
- Funding for PEMF therapy is more widely available in the US and Europe
- PEMF Therapy has not recieved widespread media attention
- The funding structure of the NHS supports devices in getting to market, but developing and testing additional uses for the same device (rather than drug) isn’t well funded
- The relatively high cost of living and of PEMF devices make it difficult to adopt by laymen in the UK — as opposed to Reiki or Homeopathy, for example, which have very little R&D and equipment costs
Whilst not an exhaustive list, it is evident that the U.K. requires more home-grown research into PEMF therapy in order to prove its validity, benefits, and safety for public consumption.
However, there have been a number of increased British studies into PEMF therapy, largely through educational collaborations. Below is a list of British studies into Electromagnetic Therapies, with a hyperlink and short conclusion of the study provided. We encourage all readers to take their time to delve into these articles to fully understand the many benefits of PEMF therapy, proven by British academics and researchers.
What Is Next For U.K. Based Research?
Having read many of the research articles listed above, it is abundently clear that they all agree that more research needs to be conducted on a much larger scale to further prove the efficacy of PEMF treatment. The research heavily indicates numerous benefits to PEMF therapy, but the financial and time restrains on many studies have left us wanting more.
It is our goal at NCET to acquire the relevant funding for a wider, more comprehensive study into PEMF Therapy. With funding, we will be able to study larger groups of participants for a longer period of time, use control and sham groups to further prove efficacy of treatment, and use a wider time frame to understand the long term impacts of treatment as well.
Whilst we continue our journey towards further academic research, we appreciate any correspondence relating to the work we do, or our research plans. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.