Earthing (grounding) the human body reduces blood viscosity-a major factor in cardiovascular disease
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVES: Emerging research is revealing that direct physical contact of the human body with the surface of the earth (grounding or earthing) has intriguing effects on human physiology and health, including beneficial effects on various cardiovascular risk factors. This study examined effects of 2 hours of grounding on the electrical charge (zeta potential) on red blood cells (RBCs) and the effects on the extent of RBC clumping. DESIGN/INTERVENTIONS: SUBJECTS were grounded with conductive patches on the soles of their feet and palms of their hands. Wires connected the patches to a stainless-steel rod inserted in the earth outdoors. Small fingertip pinprick blood samples were placed on microscope slides and an electric field was applied to them. Electrophoretic mobility of the RBCs was determined by measuring terminal velocities of the cells in video recordings taken through a microscope. RBC aggregation was measured by counting the numbers of clustered cells in each sample. SETTINGS/LOCATION: Each subject sat in a comfortable reclining chair in a soundproof experiment room with the lights dimmed or off. SUBJECTS: Ten (10) healthy adult subjects were recruited by word-of-mouth. RESULTS: Earthing or grounding increased zeta potentials in all samples by an average of 2.70 and significantly reduced RBC aggregation. CONCLUSIONS: Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events.

Author(s): 
Chevalier, Gaétan
Sinatra, Stephen T.
Oschman, James L.
Delany, Richard M.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Altern Complement Med
Publication Date: 
2013-02
Publication Year: 
2013
Pages: 
102-110
Volume: 
19
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1557-7708
DOI: 
10.1089/acm.2011.0820
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 22757749 PMCID: PMC3576907

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Gaétan Chevalier, Stephen T. Sinatra, James L. Oschman and Richard M. Delany. 2013-02. "Earthing (grounding) the human body reduces blood viscosity-a major factor in cardiovascular disease." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.) 19: 2: 102-110. 10.1089/acm.2011.0820.

Wikipedia Citation

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