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A number of studies have investigated the effects of static magnetic fields on blood flow. Studies commissioned by the makers of one type of magnetic pad showed that exposure of a highly concentrated saline solution in a glass capillary tube increased the flow of the solution.
One study evaluated the effects of the pads in the distal limbs of horses using nuclear scintigraphy, a technique that is useful in identifying areas of blood vessel dilation and inflammation. That study concluded that, "Scintigraphy was performed in the vascular, soft tissue, and bone phase using a cross over trial to demonstrate increased blood flow and metabolic activity as a result of the local application of a permanent magnetic pad on the equine metacarpus. A highly significant increase was evident in the three phases."
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Herholdt and Rafn, Experiments with the Metallic Tractors in Rheumatic and Gouty Affections, Inflammations and Various Tropical Diseases, Royal Academy of Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1799.
Macklis, R. Magnetic Healing, Quackery and the Debate about the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields. Annals of Medicine 118(5): 376-383, 1993.
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