Popping tablets to cure almost, any and every, ailment has been an exercise we often indulge in. And, most times, it doesn’t even involve a trip to the docs. There’s a go-to stash at home for quick cures.
Clearly, there’s a downside, with substance addiction being one of them.
In the UAE, it is reported that many are veering away from the pills and opting for more holistic treatments.
Magneto therapy, which involves wearing nothing more than a thin wrist band, is preferred by some in the emirate.
The “magic band” emits good magnetic field that can treat arthritis, stress and insomnia. It also improves blood circulation and reduces swelling.
Stocked in most pharmacies across Dubai, the bands come in different colours and costs between Dh195 and Dh230.
“Many people buy these bands,” informed the pharmacist at a leading medical store in Burjuman centre.
“It is good for the body and come with no side-effects.”
These bands, he added, can be bought off-the-shelf without any prescription.
“You must wear it all the time, but take it off when you go to bed,” he advised.
In our pursuit to explore if his claims were true, Emirates247 contacted a holistic healing clinic on Jumeriah Beach Road.
Although they don’t focus only exclusively on magneto therapy, the doctor explained that a method using magnetic field is incorporated in healing knee problems.
“We also have magnetic bands here, and I do advise patients with minor knee problems to use it,” the doctor added.
“I prescribe it for certain cases of mild inflammation as it does improve blood circulation. And, it’s only advisable for a short term.”
He, however, isn’t of the opinion that it can cure chronic cases. “As a physician I don’t think it will help.
“You must understand these are supportive therapies and can’t cure completely. It can only give temporary relief. While magneto therapists might claim that it can cure, medicine doesn’t work that way.
“The entire medical history needs to be studied critically before the therapies are advised.
“Merely wearing a magnetic band can’t solve the problem.”
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