Naming the magnetic poles of a biomagnet (healing magnet) can be very confusing. Biomagnet scientists, practitioners and manufacturers tend to name the magnet poles of a biomagnet the complete opposite of how the traditional scientific and industrial worlds name the poles of a regular magnet.
In the scientific community, the Magnetic South Pole of a magnet will attract the north indicator of a compass. And, as shown in the image below, the Magnetic North Pole of a magnet will attract the south indicator.
Naming the Magnetic Poles of a Biomagnet
Most typically, in the field of Magnet Therapy, the pole of the magnet that attracts the north indicator of a compass is called the north pole. This side of the biomagnet is then referred to as "North" or "bio-North."
The north pole of a biomagnet is the end that is attracted toward the Earth's geographic South Pole. With a biomagnet, think of the magnet's north pole as being "south-seeking" and the south pole as being "north-seeking."
The simplest way to name the poles of a biomagnet is with the use of a compass. Place one side of the biomagnet next to a compass. The side of the magnet that attracts the North indicator or needle of the compass is considered to be north or bio-north. It’s that simple!
The manufacturers of magnetic stainless steel jewelry and magnetic titanium jewelry place tiny neodymium magnets so that the north sides of the magnets face the body when being worn. In the image below you can see that the north side of these magnets attracts the North needle of the compass.
Negative and Positive
Another biomagnet naming convention labels the north pole of a biomagnet as "negative" and the south pole as "positive."
When using a magnetometer or gaussmeter (a magnetic measuring device) the north side of a biomagnet will move the needle toward the left or toward the negative side of the scale, whereas the south poles of a biomagnet will move the needle to the right or to the positive side of the scale.
In the world of Magnetic Therapy, the terms north and negative, and south and positive are often used interchangeably when referring to the different healing effects of each pole.
Magnet Therapy Controversies
There is much controversy in the field of Magnetic Therapy, especially when it comes to the polarity of a biomagnet. While all experts agree that magnets work, opinions vary among experts.
Some experts believe that bipolar magnets are more effective, while others believe that unipolar magnets are the way to go. I cover this in my blog article Choosing Bipolar Magnets VS Unipolar Magnets For Therapy.
Another area of controversy is whether to use the magnetic north pole or the magnetic south pole of a biomagnet. The magnetic north pole south pole controversy dates back to the early 1930s and still continues today. Learn more about this in my blog article The Magnetic North Pole South Pole Controversy In Magnetic Therapy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognizes the healing benefits of both magnetic poles. The magnetic poles of a biomagnet correspond to Yin and Yang energies. Depending on the type of imbalance, a particular magnetic pole can be used to achieve balance. Learn more in my blog article How To Balance Yin Yang Energies With Magnetic Therapy.
Biomagnets and magnetic therapy jewelry can be used to provide the body with a static magnetic field which facilitates the body to balance and self-heal.
Magnet Therapy also provides EMF protection from electromagnetic radiation. This natural holistic therapy can assist you to achieve holistic health.
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