The idea of magnetism and healing has been a hot topic for thousands of years it seems. With mysterious, almost mythical powers, it appears to have amazing healing effects and on both humans and animals alike. While modern medicine sometimes scoffs at the idea of magnets healing people, many cultures today and from ancient times will argue that magnet therapy does exist and does work.

If you were wondering if you should buy that magnet bracelet for getting rid of arthritic or joint pain, you should read this article and learn what ancient healers would tell you.

Right from the beginning, ancient peoples saw the benefits from the almost "magical" substance originating from the planet itself. While ancient people didn't know what these rocks and minerals were, they did see their healing power. The word "magnet" was originally formed the name of a Greek shepherd named Magnes. Magnes, it's believed, discovered a rock that could attract iron in a place called Magnesia.

Known as magnetite now, the Greeks believed this magical rock was a cure all for a lot of common ailments. Even Aristotle believed in the healing power of magnets and believed they can get rid of anything from headaches to severe joint pain.

Galan, a physician in the ancient world, was known to effectively using magnets for treating a broad range of ailments. Even the famous Queen Cleopatra was known to use magnets in her jewelry for their healing, protective power. The magnetic charm worn on her forehead was said to have protected her beauty from the ages of time.

Further east, the ancient cultures of India and China also used the power of magnets for healing. Most scholars believe that these cultures used magnet therapy before even the Greeks.

In China, it's believed that one's Qi (pronounced "chee") must remain in balance for health body, both mentally and physically. The flow of Qi was thought to flow in and around us and is to remain fluid at all times. Imbalance of the flow of Qi could result in serious illness and even result in death. Acupuncture was developed to help assist with the flow of Qi whenever it got hampered or blocked. Besides needles, magnets were also used to help aid the flow. Strategically placed on different areas of the body, magnetic stones were thought to help heal the body and stop pain.

Magnet therapy definitely was a key part of ancient health and those traditions have continued on through the modern days. To ignore the obvious benefits of magnetism is to ignore history.