Treat Arthritis Pain Using PVC Pipe and Static Electricity

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Arthritis, Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This simple home therapy uses electrical charges to relieve arthritis symptoms

Believe it or not, static electricity—the same kind you experience with a shock when you touch an object after walking across a carpet in a cold, dry environment—can be used to alleviate arthritic pain and other symptoms of arthritis.

Every living cell within the body has both a positive and a negative charge. It is the balance of these charges that results in good health. An imbalance leads to malfunction and varying degrees of disease.

For example, when an area of the body has a predominantly negative charge, you’ll find that the tissues in that area are more alkaline. There will be decreased blood circulation to the area, and it will feel cool. Conversely, when an area of the body has a predominantly positive charge, it is an indication that the tissues in that part of the body are overly acidic. Symptoms that usually accompany over-acidity include excess tissue acids, inflammation, swelling, heat, and pain. Arthritis and other types of pain and inflammation fall into the overly acidic category.

To help reverse these symptoms, we can introduce additional negatively charged particles (electrons) to the area.

How to Create and Apply Static Electricity to Relieve Arthritic Pain

One of the easiest ways to create a fairly large amount of usable negative electrons is with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plumbing pipe and a small piece of fuzzy material. You can purchase PVC pipe from any lumberyard, building supply company, or plumber. All you need is one to two feet of one-and-a-half-inch pipe. One of the best options for the fuzzy material is polyester fake fur that can be found in fabric and craft stores.

  1. To start, create a charge of static electricity by holding the PVC pipe in one hand and rubbing the piece of fuzzy material back and forth along the pipe. (This is the same principle that you experience when you rub a balloon against your sweater and your hair stands on end, or when you scoot across the carpet on a cold day and then get shocked when you touch a doorknob or other conductive object. The nylon fibers in the material collect electrons from either the balloon or your feet, leaving the smooth object charged.)
  2. Move the charged PVC pipe slowly back and forth over the area where you are experiencing arthritic pain, keeping it about a half-inch to an inch from your skin.
  3. After three or four passes, recharge the pipe by rubbing it against the material again. (If you happen to touch the pipe to your skin or other object in the process, you won’t get a shock but you will need to immediately recharge it.)
  4. Repeat the process until you feel relief from your arthritis symptoms.

WATCH: Relieve Arthritic Pain With Static Electricity

Quick Results

When it comes to arthritic pain, the results can be quite dramatic. Most people begin to feel a noticeable improvement within five to seven minutes. But there's no set time, so you can treat an area as long and as often as you need to.

This therapy obviously doesn't require a great deal of skill. In fact, many people may be reluctant to give it a try because it's so simple. I urge you not to discount it for this reason. Believe me, it’s a great way to help relieve arthritic pain and other bothersome symptoms of arthritis.

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