Complementary Medicine – A Form Of EMF Protection?

How can complementary or alternative medicine possibly be considered a form of EMF protection?

Let me ask you a question. If I say to you ‘EMF protection', what's the first thing that comes into your mind?

Do you think of EMF meters, shielding materials and so on?

If you do then congratulations, you're already way ahead most people on this.

Most people are completely clueless about EMFs, they don't even know what the initials ‘EMF' mean.

But there's a lot, lot more to EMF protection than just EMF meters and shielding.

If you're interested in EMFs just because you're health conscious then this narrow definition may suffice.

But if you've already got symptoms when you're around EMFs, if you're electrically sensitive or hypersensitive, then you have to look through a broader lens. You need to look at the bigger picture.

Complementary (or alternative) medicine has been hugely important to me in overcoming my electrical sensitivity and looking at the bigger picture. Here I give an overview of these medicines.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) classifies complementary medicine into five broad categories, these are:

Body Based Alternative Medicine

emf protection and complementary medicineThese medicines focus essentially on the structures and systems of the body, joints, bones, soft tissue and lymphatic and circulatory systems. Examples are massage, physical therapists, kinesiologists, osteopaths, chiropractors, reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapists (CST), the Alexander technique and therapeutic touch. My own preferences are for kinesiologists, CSTs, osteopaths and massage therapists.

Natural Products

These are essentially herbal medicines, or botanicals. They also includes live microorganisms, called probiotics. I take probiotics in the form of natural yoghurts and find them to be beneficial. I don't advocate taking dietary supplements on a long term basis, its much better to concentrate on improving your diet. But I've used Chlorella and Spirulina in the past with some success.

Alternative Medical Systems

These alternative medicine types are mostly non-western in origin and they're built upon the combination of theory and practice, for instance: Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, ayurveda, acupuncture, homoeopathic, Native American healing and naturopathic medicine. I've had good results with both acupuncture and homoeopathy which I continue to use occasionally.

Energy Therapies

These comprise a variety of complementary and alternative treatments based on the use and modification of energy fields. The techniques used here include: touch for healing, Qi Gong, Reiki, magnet therapy, light therapy etc. Qi Gong is the basis for all the Chinese martial arts. Qi Gong does take time to learn. A few years ago I attended weekly classes of Qi Gong which I felt did benefit me. I still incorporate some Qi Gong movements in my daily energy exercises.

Mind Body Methods

Here the idea is to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health. The basic premise is that the mind has a direct influence on body healing. Types of mind body intervention are medication, yoga, hypnotherapy, prayer, human therapy, dance therapy and biofeedback.

Below is an introductory video on complimentary medicine with transcript underneath.


Understanding Complementary Medicine

This program is designed to help those who are interested in complementary medicine to achieve a clearer understanding of the different types of treatment available today.

Case histories and Contra-indications

Before a practitioner starts a treatment, or gives a diagnosis, they will take a case history. The case history is very important to a practitioner as it indicates the type of lifestyle the patient has and will alert the practitioner to any contra-indications associated with the treatment. Contra-indications are reasons why the treatment may not be right for the patient. For instance, homeopaths and herbalists are weary of giving ingestive treatment to pregnant women.

Finding the cause

Complementary medicine focus on the cause of the condition and not just the symptoms. Practitioners will consider all the information available and then form an opinion of whole condition and its possible cause. The cause may not be apparent to the patient, as sometimes the symptoms may seem to have no bearing on the cause of the condition. As the basis of complementary medicine is to find the cause of the symptoms, a patient may find that the first treatment is often the longest and could cost more due to the extra time that must be spent in order to come to an accurate conclusion. Further questions will be asked during future visits and the patients records are update accordingly.

Establishing a balance

Complementary medicine works by triggering responses from the body to establish a natural balance. Occasionally the patient may find that the treatment creates certain reactions, these reactions are not necessarily a bad sign and can indicate that the treatment is working. However if the patient finds the symptoms uncomfortable or they are not happy with the treatment they should contact the practitioner to discuss the problem. The practitioner may be qualified in other therapies and could recommend another treatment or may refer the patient to another practitioner or doctor if necessary. Practitioners will also give advice that can be used to assist the patient at home.

It is worth noting that in complementary medicine, practices have evolved and changed over time so two complimentary practitioners may not use exactly the same methods. Disciplines can change depending on the school where the practitioner has trained and whether they involve other subjects within their treatment. The practitioner will have learned from his or her own experiences too, their treatment will evolve over time, and this knowledge will be passed on to the patient.


If you look at the etymology of the word massage, it means to knead, the kneading process, rather like as you knead bread and the process of doing it. So from that kneading process a massage is actually the manipulation the soft tissue of the body to relieve tension that actually exist physiologically in the structure of the body so as to allow the free flow of the system of the body which is being clogged up, often termed as knotting. A masseur tries to understand what is causing the problem that is being presented and can work on an area that is actually distant to what is initially presented. Evidently, if someone is presenting a problem with their calf muscle often this relates to the calf muscle but it may have strong indications to the way that we are joined together with pelvic muscles and also with tendons that we have in the ankles and the lower part of the feet. Therefore, it is about solving the problem and taking into consideration an anatomical knowledge of the body in order to provide that massage.

There are many different forms and techniques of holistic massage used in complimentary medicine. Some methods will concentrate on a specific area while others will address the wider problem, take into consideration the body as a whole, and therefore work accordingly. For instance, stress related conditions might require a gentle flowing approach while an injury related problem might require a deeper massage. We are unique and individual and an experience such as a massage can bring up certain effects for certain people at different times. People often feel very relaxed, almost expanded, they can feel tired, sore and stiff, it is a process of change that they are bringing about by having a massage and that illustration of change is a good thing. Some people can actually receive headaches because of the toxins that are released before they are taken out of the system. But these changes are of benefit, if we could consider healing as a process.

Is Complementary Medicine The Best Way To Deal With EMFs?

Whether you are electrically sensitive or not, complementary medicine has a lot to offer and the downside is minimal. But complementary medicine should only ever be complementary.

It should compliment the more classic form of direct EMF protection (EMF meters and shielding etc.) and indirect EMF protection.

You might feel hesitant at first in trying these techniques. The best way of finding a practitioner is through word of mouth, ask friends and work colleagues.

Occasionally you'll come across a very talented practitioner and you'll learn much. But what I came to learn over the years of seeing different practitioners is that ultimately your own body is the greatest healer.

You can go a long way with a talented practitioner but eventually it will be time to move on. Dependance is never a good thing. Ultimately you know whats best for you, someone else doesn't.

For more information on complementary medicines see the NCCAM website.

If you're a complementary medicine practitioner and you'd like to share your story on how you treat patients suffering from EMF sensitivity, let me know, I'd be glad to publish your story on ElectricSense.

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  • Jordan Wilusz said,

    Nicely Written, Thumbs up!

  • Dave Schock said,

    HI–I wanted to share a story about my es, which has been fairly severe for almost 5 years.

    Last year I heard about a device called a “Life Vessel” (google life vessel of rockies) and tried it out. Whether or not it was the cause, my es symptoms were MUCH better for 4 1/2 months, the only such respite I have had in the 5 years. Symptoms have recently returned (arrgghhh!) , but I am going back the Life Vessel and will see how it goes this time–

    all the best

    Dave Schock (good last name for having electrical issues!, eh?)

  • Ruth Ruddock said,

    As a former massage therapist, and having EHS, I know the value of it and continue to get massage at least once or twice a month. I have used accupuncture extensively for trauma from accidents and painful reminders of injuries I received. Recently I have been experimenting with meditation to calm my limbic system and thus the tinnitus that I live with 24/7. I have noticed that when I am exposed to WiFi, the tinnitus gets quite loud, to the point sometimes that I can not hear people talking right next to me. If there is anyone reading this who has used a method that helps curb tinnitus I would appreciate reading about it.
    Thanks, Lloyd, for an excellent posting today!

  • Juhana Harju said,


    You did not mention vitamins or antioxidants in general, but there is some evidence that vitamin C, vitamin E and polyphenols can protect from radiation. Melatonin is also very helpful.

    Best regards,

    Juhana Harju

  • Rosemarie said,

    Thank you Lloyd! I use a talented and diverse ND alternative healthcare provider. He has been a great help with many health issues. This naturopathic physician uses homeopathy, diet, supplements, adjustments, compounded hormone replacements, chelation treatment and can prescribe any prescription medication. I have used all of these services over the years and have not needed another type of DR. for a very long time. I had chelation treatment after testing positively for heavy metal toxicity recently. After treatment I noticed an improvement. I wonder if people with heavy metal toxicity are more inclined to have ES or EHS. A study would be very interesting. Have you seen anything regarding EHS and heavy metals?

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    “I wonder if people with heavy metal toxicity are more inclined to have ES or EHS.”— its a very strong possibility…..a research paper by Genuis has covered this, see

  • Patti Zentara said,

    Three cheers for mentioning complementary medicine! Our body is
    the biggest clue to what is going on. In my case, I have a scoliosis
    problem that is painful. And in my case, I see a chiropractor on a
    regular basis. Were it not for him, I might not be walking today,
    Western medicine had written me off. We do not have osteopaths in
    my area. I have tried acupuncture and I have been Rolfed aso. Wish
    we had more Rolfers here. That is powerful stuff.
    Prayer, meditation and proper sleep and food with a positive attitude
    work for me as well.
    I am one to ask questions of any practitioner. I have come across many
    in my life that thought they knew better than my body. How wrong they
    And my time on line is down by 50 %’, That alone has contributed to a
    state of wellness and peace. No use of microwave oven anymore.
    No cordless phone..Cell phone only in my car for emergency reasons.
    And, no! I would not place a call or take one while inside my car.
    I have it unplugged at home and shut off. I only charge it prior to having
    to leave the house.
    Thank you Lloyd for answering my questions about the Pong case and
    the iPad..
    I did make the mistake of falling asleep last week with the cell phone on
    the table next to me. I awoke with excruciating pain in feet, ankles and
    my legs too. Even my spine hurt, Those little phones look so very cute
    and innocent.
    Lloyd..what about the use of holographic bracelets. I already wear one,
    Should I remove it when using the iPad? I have worn mine for three years. I just wondered about them and their relationship to EMF and RF? Thank you.

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    I recovered from extreme electrical sensitivity without the ‘help’ of any EMF protection gadgets of this kind (trying some of them made my symptoms worse) so I don’t endorse any of these gadgets, see

  • Paul Von said,

    Right on Lloyd! I had the good fortune of receiving acupuncture treatments from a woman who was a “Doctor of Oriental Medicine” about two years ago, and must say the treatments are VERY powerful medicine. Unfortunately, acupuncture is not covered by most insurance policies in the United States, so money became an issue…
    Other notable adjuncts to recovery and well being, would be the avoidance of any pre-packaged or boxed foods, the elimination of products that contain sugars, and any soft drink products containing Sucralose, Splenda, or Aspartame. An excerpt from the first link:

    “The most misunderstood fact about sucralose is that it is nothing like sugar even though the marketing implies that it is. Sucralose was actually discovered while trying to create a new insecticide. It may have started out as sugar, but the final product is anything but sugar. According to the book Sweet Deception, sucralose is made when sugar is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, making it unlike anything found in nature. If you read the fine print on the Splenda web site, it states that “although sucralose has a structure like sugar and a sugar-like taste, it is not natural.”

    Please don’t drink these poisons folks.

    The reduction or elimination of any gluten in the diet, and an increase (64oz daily) with high quality non-chlorinated fresh water is very important. EM radiation strongly affects tissue hydration and cell function if one is not properly hydrated.
    Readers or their acupuncture specialist may also benefit from the comments of the gentleman linked below. My oriental practitioner always began my appointment by testing the various pulse points before treatment. Acupuncture is very good “medicine” for EM sensitivity reduction.

  • Debbie Ahrns said,

    Hi wanted to touch bases with you. I have tried some of these for my Epilepsy in the past. What I would like you to address is exposure I live within 400 meters of cell tower base station and take care in my home to reduce my exposure. Many suggestions I have adapted from your site. Recently my work location has been moved to an area that has a base station tower with over 22 antennas at all different level of this 300 foot tower. It is also within 400 meters of where I am now required to work. Any thoughts? I am not trying to be “Arron Brockavick”. (Spelling). But I work with children in that location that range from birth to age three. What about them? Also the person I am now assigned to work with has. Lupus she developed it 8 years ago she has worked in the shower of the tower for 12 years. Any thoughts so much of what she share sounds more like your symptoms. Please email me with supporting in formation or what you would do to reduce the exposure. Peace be with you. Debbie

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