women's barefeet on beach sand

Grounding involves making direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth, or touching an electrically grounded conductive object, to provide some measurable health benefits. It stems from the idea that stress, injury, modern lifestyle habits and industrialized living standards cause people to become disconnected or insulated from the natural electromagnetic forces of the planet, and this loss of communication has subtle yet profound consequences on our health.

Studies have shown terrestrial forces play an important role in the body's innate ability to heal and maintain wellbeing. Pain, inflammation, poor wound healing, psychoemotional disturbances, chronic inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases have been directly linked to the body's own bioelectric field becoming disproportionally imbalanced in relationship to the Earth's electromagnetic forces. Research reveals that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth yields sustained health benefits that often reduce or completely resolve many of these problems.

How Does Grounding Work?

Thousands of miles below the Earth's surface lie layers of flowing liquid metal that churns to produce electrical currents. These forces become the magnetic fields that altogether encompass the planet and make it one giant electromagnet.

Earth's magnetic field lines

On the surface of the Earth, electricity is everywhere. When it comes into contact with the human body, our cells absorb some of these electrical currents and then transmit positive and negative charges that are required for the nervous system to send all the vital signals throughout the body and to the brain. Some believe this close interaction between the Earth's electromagnetic field and human bioelectric field is what makes it possible for us to move, think, feel, and heal.

Earth's elctromagnetic field is slightly negatively charged, with a frequency of about 7.83 Hz (Schumann resonance). Under normal conditions, the body's bioelectric field is aligned to the Earth's electromagnetic field. But if these become disconnected, the human biofield can become positively over-charged and the mind and various body systems do not respond as they normally would.

aerial view of manhattan, new york

Most commonly, disconnection occurs when the human biofield becomes insulated from the forces of nature over a long period of time. It is believed most of it occurs as a result of modern industrialized living that insulates us from the Earth's electromagnetic field. Common barriers include concrete, home dwellings, electrical grids, carpet, vehicles, clothes, shoes, household furniture, and beds. A lack of direct interaction with nature can contribute to fatigue, anxiety, poor immune response and wound healing, increased pain and inflammation, and interrupted sleep.

Reconnecting to the Earth's negative charge, typically using direct skin contact, reduces this accumulated positive charge in the body and restores the correct balance of forces in the biofield that support healing. In essence, by reconnecting to the Earth's electromagnetic field, grounding realigns your body's electrical energy to its more natural state. 

Simple Ways to Grounding Yourself

man laying on back on grass staring at blue sky

There are many well-known types of powerful grounding techniques, such as yoga, qigong or taiqi. There are also electrical medical devices that mimic the Earth's magnetic field. But the easiest way to get started is to simply walk barefoot outside on a patch of grass. Even better would be sitting with the spine erect on the grass, or lying down on it, and aligning yourself with the Earth’s magnetic field directly via the main energetic channels of the body the run along the spine.

people walking shoreline at beach at sundown

The beach is a great grounding place, as water also holds and transmits the Earth's electromagnetic field. You can sit or lie in the sand, or walk barefoot along the shoreline with your feet touching the water, and breathe in the super-charged electric air.

trunk of redwood tree

Touching the trunk of a tree is also a very easy way to ground yourself. Trees behave as giant antennas, and do not generally grow well where the Earth's electromagneitc field is disturbed. Find a well established tree at the park or in your neighborhood, and place your hands on it or rest your spine against it. It doesn't necessarily matter the size of the tree, so long that it is vibrant and growing strong. However  bigger healthy trees that support wildlife tend to be a sure bet that the Earth's electromagnetic field is flowing steady and uninsulated through it.

man gardenening

Gardening is another easy way to get grounded. Many people enjoy gardening and getting their hands in the soil, but never have really made the connection of it being a method for grounding to the Earth's electromagnetic forces. Be sure to spend some time with the gloves off and get the hands deep into the moist soil.

pink himalayan bath salts

Soaking in a hot bath infused with salts also tends to have a very strong grounding effect on the body. Salt baths mimick the rich negative ion microclimate found at the beach that helps discharge harmful positive ions from the body. Dissolve epsom or himalyan salts into hot water and soak in it to help reduce stress, stimulate circulation, ease muscle cramps, relieves stiffness in joints, and improve sleep.

great dane dog being pet

Four-legged animals such as horses, dogs, and cats, are another easy way to ground yourself. These animals tend to spend most of their time close to the ground, walking, sitting or lying on it without much insulation, and so are generally aligned with the Earth's forces. The top of the head or along the spine tend to be the best places to pet and rub to reestablish connection.

acupuncture needles on women's neck

Acupuncture is also a great tool used for grounding to the environment. Like small radio antennas, acupuncture needles placed in the correct locations help a weak electromagnetic current flow through the body from the surrounding environment.

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese were the first to recognize the power of acupuncture in aligning with the forces of nature. Back then they called the force of nature Qi, and they developed a sophisticated system of medicine that promoted the use of acupuncture. 

In traditional acupuncture, Qi is behind the body's various physiological functions, and it is believed to be at the root of human health and life. When the natural flow of Qi becomes disturbed over a long period of time, it leads to functional health problems that often precede full blown states of illness. Acupuncture helps promote health by restoring the correct flow of Qi throughout the body, returning it to a state of balance with the forces of nature.

Using these same ancient theories, acupuncture is still used today to effectively treat a wide variety of poor health conditions and biomedically defined diseases. The benefit of receiving acupuncture is that it is very precise in determining and treating areas in the body where there is an imbalance in the flow of Qi. Placed at the right sites on the body, acupuncture needling techniques are used to reduce pain and stress, promote relaxation and restful sleep, and enhance healing and recovery time from injuries and wounds. Acupuncture is also used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory disease, immune system disorders, and other "mystery" illnesses with unknown causes.

About the Author

authorRene M. Rodriguez is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and board licensed acupuncturist with 20 years experience in alternative natural medicine. He's in private practice in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in digestive disorders, skin conditions, infections, environmental illness, and mind-body health and wellness. For more information, please click here.

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