The influence of extremely low frequency magnetic fields on the treatment of somatic symptoms of depression
Introduction. Depression is an Illness, the major symptoms of which, such as bad mood, decrease in drive, loss of interests, and the ability to feel happy may be accompanied by somatic symptoms such as headaches, spinal pains, a feeling of breathlessness, uneven heartbeat and discomfort in the chest, constipation, flatulence, stomach pains, and variously located neuralgic pains.
Aim. The aim of this paper is to assess the usefulness of the magneto-stimulation method of treating depression and its accompanying somatic symptoms.
Material and method. An attempt to treat depression with low induction magnetic field was carried out in a group of 12 patients /aged 23-69/, accepted for the treatment because of tension headaches, migraine headaches, spinal pains in the lumber/sacral region, neuralgic complaints, sleep disturbance, irritable bowel syndrome, and increased respiratory rate under stress. The people examined were subject to magnetostimulation by means of an induction magnetic field.
Results. After receiving a series of treatments the patients repated improvements in their state of health. Their improvement in mood and increase in drive, appearing with varied intensity, has been accompanied by a disappearance or reduction in the escalation of somatic symptoms, and an improvement in their sleep patterns.
Conclusions. The magnetostimulation method regulating the activity of nerve cells towards homeostasis can be useful in treating patients presenting with symptoms of mid depression with the accompanying somatic ones.
depression, low induction magnetic fields, treatment
ANNA BRYL, JANUSZ PALUSZAK, JACEK PIĄTEK, MARIA ŁABĘDZKA-GARDY, JÓZEF KRAWCZYK*
Katedra Fizjologii Akademii Medycznej w Poznaniu
Kierownik: prof. dr hab. Janusz Paluszak
*Katedra Chemii i Biochemii Klinicznej Akademii Medycznej w Poznaniu
Kierownik: prof. dr hab. Lech Torliński
Nowiny Lekarskie 2004, 73, 4, 263-267