(d) allowing a further current to flow through said
TREATMENT OF LIVING BODIES conductors through the living body to cause a
magnetic flux to pass through the living body.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION It may also be said that a further broad aspect of the
.. , . . . . .,. . , ,. 5 present invention relates to apparatus for treating a
This invention relates to treatment of living bodies f. . , , . . , x. in_ fv „ . i_- i. i.
j , ^ _-iiu* * i ■ i 7 * * living body for simulating the treatment which can be
and relates particularly, but not exclusively, to treat- °, ,' x -"
, ; , j provided by magnetotherapy composing:
ment of the human body. v . . . ., . °.. \f . r ., c —.,, ,
electncal circuit means having a coil of a D-block
DESCRIPTION OF PRIOR ART transition metal, a permanent magnet mounted
Ti , , ,. . , .. , . . ,, , 10 within said coil, and conductors of a D-block tran
It has been well known and well documented that ... . , ... ... ., ., , , .
_ it_ . _ . sition metal connectable with said coil and being
magnetotherapy can improve certain conditions in „ .. .. . ,. . , , , . . , „
, 6 ... rJ__. • j r ,, for application to the hvmg body, electncal power
human bodies. This therapy is thousands of years old ff. .... ■, . ' . -f
, x , i - Tx T Jn At ^- i providmg means withm said circuit means for per
but recent work by Dr. Jean-Bernard Baron of National ^ * current tQ flow tfa h said ^ ^ a
Science Research Centre in Pans, France has docu- J5 tQ ... ^ tic flux ^ said ^
mented that considerable improvement can be achieved ^ tQ simultaneousl it a further current to
in connection with a wide range of disorders including flow ^ fa said conductors and thr h said
convergence of the eye, scoliosis hemiplegia, facial liym bod wfaen connected with said conductors
paralysis, muscle contractures, arthritis, tendonitis, syn- ... a etic flux can be ided m said
ovitis, tension headache, post-operative and other pain, 2Q conductors ^ passed through the living body.
and sports injuries. Most preferably( said electric circuit means contains
As a result of the research by Dr. J-B. Baron, other ... acceleratm means for acceierating electrons
doctors m different medical research institutions have carrying said further current.
followed him in studying the healing effects provided It is particularly pTefeTTed that the apparatus be batby magnetotherapy. Similar works have been under- 25 tefy ^ that the battery be rechargeable from taken in Japan but no scientific materials have been mains AC power published.
The practice of magnetotherapy involves applying BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
small permanent magnets across the affected areas so In order that the mvention can be more clearly ascer
that a flux will flow into the human body. Many devices 30 tained> ^ example of a preferred embodiment will now
have been created for applying the flux of the perma- be described with reference to the accompanying draw
nent magnets to the body. One recent innovation in- mgS; wberein:
volves the use of permanent magnets embedded within pjG j is a block schematic circuit diagram of an
a blanket upon which a patient lies or which is placed example of the preferred apparatus;
over the patient. Contact is made with the affected area 35 FIGS. 2A and 2B are detailed circuit diagrams of the
so that flux can flow into the body. apparatus shown in- FIG. 1;
OBJECT AND STATEMENT OF THE FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 are graphs showing waveforms
INVENTION provided in the apparatus; and
FIG. 6 is a block schematic circuit diagram of the
The application of permanent magnets directly to the 40 apparatus shown in FIGS. 1-2 showing current flow, skin of the human body across the affected area is considered to be generally unpleasant and partly trouble- DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT some to implement. In the case of the magnetic blan- Referring now to FIG. 1 there is shown a block schekets, good magnetic contact with the surface of the skin matic circuit diagram of the example of the preferred across the affected area is not always possible. Accord- 45 apparatus. Here it can be seen there is provided a main ingly, enhanced treatment could be provided if the circuit 1 which has a pair of output terminals 3 and 5. magnetic flux could be applied electrically to the human Output terminal 3 can be considered a north magnetic body across the affected area. Accordingly it is an ob- poie and output terminal 5 can be considered a south ject of the present invention to provide a method and magnetic pole. In use, current will flow along conducapparatus for electrically simulating the treatment 50 tor means which is connected with the terminals 3 and which can be produced by magnetotherapy. 5 to cause a current to flow into the living body such as
We have ascertained that a magnetic flux can be a human body. The current will carry magnetic flux as
carried in a conductor by the electrons in the conductor will be explained hereinafter.
provided the conductor itself is of a type which has free The main circuit 1 is powered by a battery 7. The
electrons. 55 battery 7 is preferably rechargeable from a battery
Accordingly, with the above in mind, a first broad charging circuit 9 which is connectable with mains AC
aspect of the present invention may reside in a method power.
of treating a living body for the purpose of simulating Within the main circuit 1 is provided an inverter
the treatment which can be produced by magnetother- circuit 11 for producing two voltage outputs 10 and 12,
apy comprising: 60 a power control circuit 13, an electromagnetic circuit
(a) providing a permanent magnet within an electrical 15, a permanent magnet 17, a voltage amplifier circuit coil of a D-block transition metal; 19 and an output circuit 21.
(b) passing a current through said coil in a direction The electromagnetic circuit 15 contains a coil 23 of a which will enhance the magnetic flux of said per- D-block transition metal. The coil 23 is sufficiently manent magnet; 65 large to receive a permanent magnet 17 therethrough.
(c) applying conductors of a D-block transition metal When power is applied to the electromagnetic circuit 15 to said coil and across an area to be treated on the from the power control circuit 13, it causes a current to living body; and flow through the coil 23 in a direction which will en5,368,544