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Technology-Assisted Meditation

Using pulsed electromagnetic frequencies (PEMF) to encourage meditative states.

Key points

  • PEMF technologies can be used to influence brainwave activity.
  • When used in conjunction with meditation, PEMFs can encourage states of relaxation and focus.
  • Using PEMF devices with meditation may encourage meditation practice in beginners and deepen practice for those with more experience.
Jeff Tarrant
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Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapies involve applying low-frequency electromagnetic waves to the body. When PEMF devices are placed on the head, these waves can influence brainwave activity by stimulating neurons and altering the electrical signals that they produce.

Specifically, PEMFs can be used to induce specific frequencies of brainwave activity, such as theta, alpha, beta, or gamma waves. By applying PEMFs at the frequency corresponding to the desired brainwave state, the brain can be encouraged to shift into that state.

For example, if someone is experiencing anxiety and has high beta wave activity in their brain, PEMF technologies can be used to encourage the brain to shift into a more relaxed alpha wave state. This can help to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calm (Pawluk, 2019).

PEMF has been studied for a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia (Giovale, et., al. 2022; Hattapoğlu, et., al. 2019; Pawluk, 2020). While the evidence for its effectiveness is mixed, some people have reported significant improvements in their symptoms after undergoing PEMF therapy. However, it's important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of this therapy.

PEMF devices have recently gained popularity in the wellness community as a tool for enhancing meditation. When used during meditation, PEMF devices can help to quiet the mind, reduce stress, and improve overall focus, depending on which frequencies are used and in which brain regions.

One of the primary benefits of using a PEMF device during meditation is that it can help to reduce the amount of time it takes to achieve a meditative state. When the body is exposed to PEMF waves, it enters a state of resonance, which allows the mind to relax and focus more quickly. This can be especially beneficial for people who struggle with racing thoughts or a busy mind during meditation.

PEMF devices can also help to deepen the meditative experience by promoting a sense of peace and calm. By stimulating the body's cells, PEMF waves can help to reduce stress and anxiety, allowing the mind to focus more fully on the present moment. This can lead to a deeper sense of connection to the self and the world around us, as well as a greater sense of overall well-being.

Additionally, PEMF devices can be useful for people who are new to meditation or who struggle to maintain regular practice. By using a PEMF device during meditation, individuals may be more likely to stick with their practice over the long term, as they may find it easier to achieve a meditative state and experience the benefits of meditation more quickly.

It is important to note that while PEMF devices can be a useful tool for enhancing meditation, they should not be used as a substitute for regular meditation practice. Rather, they should be used as a complementary tool to help facilitate the meditative process.

Overall, the use of PEMF devices for meditation is a promising area of research that has the potential to improve the lives of many people. By promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and enhancing focus, PEMF devices can help individuals to deepen their meditation practice and experience the many benefits that come with regular meditation.


Giovale, M., Novelli, L., Persico, L., Motta, F., Rampoldi, S., Galli, R., ... & Bottaro, L. C. (2022). Low-energy pulsed electromagnetic field therapy reduces pain in fibromyalgia: A randomized single-blind controlled pilot study. Rheumatology and Immunology Research, 3(2), 77-83.

Hattapoğlu, E., Batmaz, İ., Dilek, B., Karakoç, M., Em, S., & Çevik, R. (2019). Efficiency of pulsed electromagnetic fields on pain, disability, anxiety, depression, and quality of life in patients with cervical disc herniation: a randomized controlled study. Turkish journal of medical sciences, 49(4), 1095-1101.

Pawluk, W. (2020). Clinical Use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs). In Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields for Clinical Applications (pp. 87-104). CRC Press.

Pawluk, W. (2019). Pulsed Magnetic Field Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. J Altern Complement Integr Med, 5, 1-8.

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