What Is BEMER Therapy?

How pulsed electromagnetic therapy improves pain and circulation

Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation (BEMER) is a subtype of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy. It uses pulsed electromagnetic waves to help stimulate blood circulation, particularly microcirculation.

BEMER therapy is offered in a variety of settings including acupuncture clinics, chiropractic clinics, wellness clinics, spas, physical therapy practices, and more. BEMER devices can also be purchased for home use through the BEMER website or accepted distributors.

Read on to learn more about what BEMER therapy is and its potential uses in health care.

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What Is BEMER Therapy?

BEMER therapy administers a low-frequency pulsed magnetic field to the muscles. This can be done using handheld devices or a mat that a person lies on for full-body treatment.

The pulses stimulate blood circulation, particularly microcirculation of blood in the body's smallest blood vessels.

BEMER therapy can help improve organ blood flow and nutrient supply as well as aid in the removal of waste products from metabolism (metabolites).

Conditions Treated

Research on BEMER therapy is still new. The studies that have been done so far are preliminary and have had small sample sizes and other limitations. The results from these studies should not be seen as conclusive, but rather as guides for further research.

BEMER Disclaimer

BEMER's makers offer a disclaimer that is important to consider before using the products:


"BEMER does not provide any medical advice or services. This device is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It should not be used for any purpose other than as described in the user manual. Please consult your own healthcare provider if you have any medical issues."

The makers of BEMER do not currently market their products as medical devices; however, some studies have indicated that BEMER therapy could have potential as a complementary treatment for conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cancer.

The makers of BEMER claim that the products can enhance:

  • Nutrient and oxygen delivery
  • Local blood flow
  • Waste removal
  • Muscle conditioning
  • Performance
  • Physical fitness
  • Muscular strength
  • Endurance and energy
  • Vitality and well-being
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
  • Sleep management

Chronic Pain

A 2020 study of 42 participants with chronic lower back pain found that while BEMER therapy did elicit positive results, it was no more effective than other back pain treatments.

A 2015 study that combined BEMER therapy with physiotherapy suggested that BEMER therapy reduced chronic lower back pain in the short term and might be effective for the long-term treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Data from a 2020 pilot study suggested that BEMER therapy could be used in combination with traditional rehabilitation programs to treat type I complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS-I).

A study performed in 2020 on people with myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (MPDS) found that BEMER therapy combined with pain medication and muscle relaxants was more effective than using the medications alone.

Cancer

Research on the use of BEMER therapy in cancer treatment has focused on cancer cells, not on people with cancer.

A 2020 study demonstrated that BEMER therapy showed a radiosensitizing effect (meaning that it makes cancer cells more vulnerable to radiation treatment) under certain conditions that might be useful in future combination therapy for head and neck cancer. The research backs up a 2016 study that showed similar results.

While the early findings are promising, much more research is needed to explore BEMER's potential as part of cancer treatment.

Fibromyalgia

The research on whether BEMER therapy is beneficial for treating fibromyalgia has been inconclusive.

A 2018 study of 108 women found that BEMER therapy was not efficient at reducing pain and stiffness or improving functioning in women with fibromyalgia.

A 2009 study of 56 women showed slightly more promising results; however, the authors could not conclude that BEMER therapy was better than other treatments in helping women with fibromyalgia.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

In 2009, a study of 37 people with MS suggested that BEMER therapy may help with fatigue associated with MS.

Wound Healing

A 2015 study that included 13 people with type 2 diabetes and chronic foot ulcers found that there was an 18% decrease in wound size in the groups that received PEMF therapy (compared with a 10% decrease in the control group).

Process

There are two ways to apply BEMER therapy: locally (with a handheld device) or full-body (where a person lies on a pad on the floor).

BEMER therapy is typically applied twice a day for eight minutes at a time.

What's the Difference Between BEMER and TENS?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy uses a battery-powered device to deliver low-voltage electrical currents to electrodes placed on the skin at or near nerves and trigger points. TENS is used to provide pain relief and is considered a type of electrotherapy because it sends electrical currents directly through the body.

PEMF therapy, including BEMER, uses a PEMF coil to generate an electromagnetic field. The electricity goes through the coil but does not enter the body.

Who Provides BEMER Therapy?

There is no set protocol that determines who may administer BEMER therapy. It is offered as a service in a number of settings, including:

Buying BEMER for Personal Use

Two types of BEMER equipment can be purchased for use at home through the product's website or through an approved affiliate.

BEMER Go-Edition

  • Portable
  • Includes the handheld applicators
  • Does not require an electrical outlet
  • Cost: $4,850

BEMER Home-Edition

  • For use at home
  • Includes the handheld applicators
  • Includes the full-body applicator
  • Cost: $4,990

Outcomes/Recovery

BEMER therapy is considered noninvasive, and no recovery time is needed after the treatment.

Warnings/Contraindications

Absolute Contraindications

People with electrical implants should not use PEMF devices or therapy, including BEMER. The electromagnetic pulses used in PEMF therapy could interfere with the devices and cause them to fail.

Electrical implants include devices such as:

BEMER Device Recall

In January 2021, a recall was issued on BEMER devices. The purpose of the recall was to allow the makers to add a warning for consumers about the danger of using BEMER therapy if they have medical implants such as drug pumps or pacemakers.

Other Contraindications

  • People who have undergone organ transplants: BEMER therapy can improve immune response, which could cause the body to reject the transplanted organ.
  • People who are pregnant: There is a lack of research on the safety of using BEMER therapy during pregnancy.

Summary

BEMER therapy is still new, but preliminary research suggests that in addition to personal wellness, it might be beneficial as a complementary treatment for conditions such as chronic pain, wound healing, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

A Word From Verywell

Check with your doctor if you are interested in trying BEMER to make sure it is safe for you. It might also be helpful to schedule a session with one of the BEMER service providers to see if the therapy is a good fit for you before you make the investment.

BEMER is offered by many vendors, but it can be costly. While the devices can also be purchased for use at home, the cost is around $5,000 and is not usually covered by insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How effective is BEMER therapy?

BEMER's website says that BEMER therapy can improve microcirculation by up to 30%, but it does not offer a citation for the claim.

The research on the effectiveness of BEMER therapy for treating certain medical conditions is still preliminary and has not included a large number of people, which limits the conclusions that can be made.

How often should you do BEMER therapy?

BEMER therapy is typically administered for eight minutes twice a day.

Does insurance cover BEMER therapy?

It is unlikely that insurance will cover BEMER therapy because it is relatively new and an under-researched area of treatment. You can contact your insurance provider to ask if it covers BEMER therapy.

The cost of BEMER therapy sessions varies depending on the venue and the person administering the treatment. The cost will also depend on the length of the session and the service being offered.

It is up to the individual company to determine how much to charge for sessions. You can research different venues and compare prices, as well as consider customer reviews.

The BEMER website sells two BEMER therapy systems that you can use on your own at home. One is a portable design that costs $4,850, and the other is a device for at-home use that costs $4,990.

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