Nikola Tesla’s Contribution to Modern PEMF Technology

Pulse PEMF Nikola Tesla

The idea of using magnets and electricity to benefit the human body has existed for many centuries. In the mid-1800s, people started looking into PEMF to assist the body’s natural ability to heal bone fractures. It was in the 1950s that scientists seriously began to look into the effects of PEMF on the body.

There were many people that contributed to the study and development of pulsed electromagnetic fields, like Dr. Andrew Bassett and Dr. Arthur Pilla. Nikola Tesla was perhaps equally important to PEMF as we know it today.

Let’s look at who Nikola Tesla was and how his pioneering work led to many of the modern conveniences we enjoy today.

The Life of a Technological Genius

Nikola Tesla was born in July 1856 in the part of the world now known as Croatia. His mother, though unschooled, excelled at creating tools and mechanical objects. Tesla gave credit to her for his creative talents and his photographic memory.

Tesla studied at several universities, but ended up dropping out of both colleges. He worked for several companies before moving to Paris to work for the Continental Edison Company, where he installed indoor lighting.
His managers quickly realized he was too skilled for the job. In 1884 he emigrated to the United States to troubleshoot and improve many electrical installations. After a significant fallout with the company, he struck out on his own.
What followed was many years of inventing, scientific breakthroughs, bad business partnerships, and massive financial setbacks. All of this eventually lead to ruin. Tesla died penniless and alone in a hotel room on January 7, 1943. As is the case with so many geniuses, he was not fully appreciated until after his death.
As we look at his technological creations, you will see that he was well ahead of the time he lived in.

Tesla's Inventions

Despite a life full of challenges, Tesla kept his true goals in focus. He said, “The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.” It is truly amazing what he accomplished with this mindset, despite the limitations of his day. Here are a few of his most notable works.

AC Current ( Alternating Power)

Thomas Edison worked with Direct Current (DC), but it had limitations due to the power only flowing in one direction and the voltage always being consistent. It cannot easily be converted to different voltage levels and does not work over long distances.
Alternating current (AC) is much more flexible and not only changes voltage levels but can also change direction. Because of its ability to transmit at lower currents, it could travel great distances and maintain effectiveness. Because of it’s flexibility and effectiveness, AC powers most homes and businesses in the modern world.

Tesla Coil

The Tesla Coil was developed around 1891 and is an electrical resonant transformer circuit. They can produce voltages from 50 kilovolts up to extremely high voltage of several million volts. At one time, the medical industry used Tesla Coils to heat tissues deep in the body (known as diathermy). Today, you will mostly see them in museums, and they are used to teach students of varying ages.
A close-up of a modern pendant light fixture hanging from the ceiling, emitting a warm glow in a dimly lit room.

Magnifying Transmitter

The Magnifying Transmitter is a redesign of the Tesla Coil. Where the Tesla Coil had one transformer, the Magnifying Transmitter had two, along with other modifications. Because of the adjustments Tesla made, the Magnifying Transmitter created wireless power. Tesla demonstrated this in many ways, including illuminating light bulbs that did not physically connect to any power source. 
A close-up of a bulb with a glowing filament inside, emitting a warm and soft light.

Today, we see the usage of this technology in things such as the wireless charging of cell phones and tablets.

Radio and Radio Controlled Devices

Tesla created the first radio-controlled toy boat. During the public demonstration, people thought he was using magic to control the ship. Others claimed that he had placed a trained monkey inside the vessel to steer it around the pond.
He was also developing a radio that could broadcast a signal up to 50 miles, but tragically, his lab caught fire before he could complete the work. Guglielmo Marconi ended up developing the first successful long-distance radio. He eventually won a Nobel Prize for his work; however, he used 17 of Tesla’s radio patents to accomplish this.

Hydroelectric Power Generator

Tesla designed the hydroelectric power generator at Niagara Falls in partnership with George Westinghouse, and created the first power plant of its kind. Tesla’s brilliance allowed the immense power created by the Falls to be harnessed and used. Initially, they sent electricity only to Buffalo, NY. After just a few years, they expanded the plant to send power all the way to New York City.
Scenic waterfall flowing gracefully into crystal clear pool below.

Tesla and PEMF

Tesla was a proponent of pulsed magnetism and was fascinated by the ability to pass electricity through the body.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

“Our entire biological system, the brain, and the Earth itself work on the same frequencies. If we can control that resonate system electronically, we can directly control the entire mental system of humankind.”

In 1882 he discovered the rotating magnetic field, and to this day, a unit of measurement for the strength of a magnetic field is known as the tesla (T). The gauss (G) referred to in PEMF is simply a much weaker magnetic field than tesla.

Tesla’s discovery of the rotating magnetic field, the widespread usage of Alternating Current in our homes, and other technology based on his inventions has truly allowed technological advancement to be made. Tesla should be considered one of the pioneers of modern PEMF usage.

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