PEMF for Anxiety and Depression

Guide to Using PEMF for Anxiety and Depression

What’s the best way to use PEMF for anxiety and depression?

PEMF is well known for its ability to support your body’s natural healing processes, helping to eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep quality, increase energy, improve bone health and improve circulation, among many other benefits. And when you purchase a high-quality PEMF device like the iMRS Prime, you get access to more than 250 protocols to help you tackle nearly any health goal or ailment.

But what about a PEMF anxiety protocol? Can you use PEMF for anxiety, and if so, how does it work?

The answer is absolutely YES. Many people use PEMF for anxiety and depression, because it is an effective way to help the brain relax and respond to the causes of your stress – without the need for harsh anti-anxiety medications. 

If you’re thinking about using PEMF for anxiety, here’s what you need to know.

What the Research Says about PEMF Anxiety Protocols

Numerous studies have found clear benefits to using PEMF for anxiety. In fact, the evidence has been so conclusive that the FDA approved PEMF for anxiety and depression back in 2006.

Here’s what some of the most recent research found on using PEMF for anxiety:


  • A 2019 study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of using a PEMF for anxiety and overall quality of life among patients who experienced cervical disc herniation. The study found “a significant improvement was found in the neck pain, disability, depression, anxiety, and quality of life scores of both groups after treatment when compared to those before treatment.” Researchers concluded that PEMF “can be used safely in routine treatment” for anxiety, stress, depression and other mental health conditions, in addition to use for physical therapy.

  • Clinical trials conducted in 2017, sponsored by the University of Southern Denmark, studied the outcomes of using PEMF for anxiety and depression on 59 participants who experienced unipolar depression that was not significantly improved by using antidepressant drugs. Patients used PEMF for 30 minutes at a time, 1 to 2 times daily, for 8 weeks. The trials found that PEMF produced a positive “change in the Hamilton Depression Scale” as well as improvements to “Life Quality.”

  • A 2012 study examined the effects of using a PEMF anxiety protocol on a group of 307 patients who were diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who were experiencing persistent symptoms that were not improved by using antidepressant medications. The study found PEMF to be “an effective treatment for those unable to benefit from initial antidepressant medication.” (Note this study specifically evaluated a magnetic-field technology known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which is similar to PEMF, though PEMF fields are much lower.)

These studies represent only a fraction of research that has studied the benefits of using PEMF for anxiety and depression. But the key takeaways from these studies are that pulsed electromagnetic fields can have a powerful effect on mental health, even when prescription drugs have failed.

How Does PEMF Therapy for Anxiety Work?

By now, you can see that the science supports the use of PEMF for anxiety – but how exactly does it work, and why?

This is where it helps to have a basic understanding of what PEMF is. 

PEMF is short for pulsed electromagnetic fields. It’s a form of therapy that typically uses mats that you lie down on, or other applicators that you place against your body, to transmit pulsed magnetic fields. This supports your body on a cellular level, helping to restore and regenerate cells and resolve cellular dysfunction.

Your body’s cellular health plays a central role in your overall health. Problems with your cellular health can lead to a wide range of physical and psychological health problems – including anxiety, stress and depression.

That’s where PEMF comes into play. 

A PEMF anxiety protocol works by creating a shift in the nervous system. It aids your parasympathetic response (that is, your parasympathetic nervous system), which in turn causes the brain to relax when reacting to stress. The process helps to lower your heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones. 

In other words, PEMF helps your body’s natural response to stress and anxiety. The effect is similar for those suffering from depression, which often stems from problems occurring on a cellular or hormonal level. PEMF energizes your cells and improves microcirculation, both of which play a direct role on your physical and mental health.

PEMF for Anxiety and Depression vs. Prescription Medications

The differences between using PEMF therapy for anxiety and using anti-anxiety medications couldn’t be starker. Anti-anxiety meds and antidepressants can be harsh on the body, which is why many medications have numerous side effects. PEMF, on the other hand, is a safe, painless and soothing technique that simply involves lying on a mat. 

Before we break down some of the negative side effects of such medications, it’s important to note that anyone suffering from severe anxiety or depression should speak to a medical professional immediately. Every person is different and depending on your specific situation, your physician may in fact recommend medication as a supplement to using PEMF therapy for anxiety and depression.

Still, it’s no secret that anti-depressants have known side effects to be aware of. Here are a few examples of the side effects of common medications, including:

  • Citalopram (Celexa) side effects: Headache, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, increased sweating, feeling nervous, restless, fatigue or having trouble sleeping (insomnia).

  • Escitalopram (Lexapro) rarer but possible side effects: Coma, confusion, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, headache, muscle pain / cramps, nausea or vomiting, seizures, swelling, fatigue.

  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox): Nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, weakness, sweating.

Worse yet, these medications can cause these side effects and still provide no relief for your depression. That is why health practitioners in all fields of medicine are increasingly recommending a PEMF anxiety protocol to supplement or replace prescription medications.

Learn more about using PEMF for anxiety

If you have questions about using PEMF for anxiety and depression, our experts are here to help. Contact us today to learn how PEMF devices like the iMRS 2000 or Omnium1 can provide the relief you need.

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