Another version of the origins of magnetic therapy

Magnets are objects that has the ability to attract iron (and several other metals). There is a rock that has this property in its natural state: it is called magnetite, from the Greek magnesia, which was the name of the town in Asia Minor where it was first discovered.

Aristotle wrote that the virtues (mysterious as they were) of this particular rock were well known in ancient Macedonia, another Greek province where it was also found, exciting the curiosity of the scientists, doctors and philosophers of the time.

The Greeks believed quite simply that the secret ability of the rock was due to divine essence (and therefore only understood by the gods).

Others, such as Thieles, thought that the magnetic rock was a living thing that fed on iron.

According to legend at the time, it was thought that a Greek shepherd called Magnes had accidentally discovered the secret of magnets. One day as he was leading his flock to graze on the Macedonian hills, the iron baton that he was using as a walking stick was drawn to a nearby rock. He tried to retrieve it from the strange rock and only succeeded after a long struggle. Intrigued by the rock, he broke off some pieces that he carried with him from then on, convinced of its supernatural powers. His life was transformed. He no longer felt tired; he was able to run vast distances across the mountains with his flock, throughout the long summer pastures, without feeling weary.

The Greek doctors of the time studied the mysterious attributes of the marvellous Rock of Magnes, but the use of magnetic bracelets belongs to modern times only.

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