Earthing Institute Research

The pursuit of scientific proof that grounding impacts human physiology and health began with Drs. Karol and Pawel Sokal in Poland and Clint Ober in the United States in the 1990s.

The research that has followed has produced fascinating evidence of a powerful and positive shift in the electrical state of the body and the electrodynamics of blood, and a boost to self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms.

We believe that Earthing allows a transfer of electrons from the ground into the body. We know that inflammation is caused by free radicals and that free radicals are neutralized by electrons from any source. Electrons are the source of the neutralizing power of antioxidants.

In the Earthing studies, as well as global feedback from thousands of individuals who have grounded themselves, we have consistent evidence of people whose pain has been reduced. Such reduction of pain is evidence (but not proof) that inflammation is reduced. However, the studies point clearly in that direction.

The institute hopes that the unique evidence collected to date will inspire researchers with the financial resources to perform large studies to further validate the benefits of Earthing.  The titles of the studies conducted to date are listed below.  Click on the titles to read the studies.

Earthing Studies

  1. Electrical Grounding Improves Vagal Tone in Preterm Infants
  2. Effects of Grounding on Body Voltage and Current in the Presence of Electromagnetic Fields
  3. Grounding After Moderate Eccentric Contractions Reduces Muscle Damage
  4. One-Hour Contact with the Earth’s Surface (Grounding) Improves Inflammation and Blood Flow—A Randomized, Double-Blind, Pilot Study
  5. The Effect of Grounding the Human Body on Mood
  6. Grounding the Human Body during Yoga Exercise with a Grounded Yoga Mat Reduces Blood Viscosity
  7. Research Review: The Effects of Grounding (Earthing) on Inflammation, the Immune Response, Wound Healing, and Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases − Journal of Inflammation Research
  8. Grounding the Human Body Improves Facial Blood Flow Regulation
  9. Differences in Blood Urea and Creatinine Concentrations in Earthed and Unearthed Subjects during Cycling Exercise and Recovery
  10. Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity—a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease
    Additionally, to view the Blood Viscosity Video Clip click here
  11. Earthing the Human Organism Influences Bioelectrical Processes
  12. Research Review: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons −Journal of Environmental and Public Health
  13. The Neuromodulative Role of Earthing
  14. Emotional Stress, Heart Rate Variability, Grounding, and Improved Autonomic Tone: Clinical Applications
  15. Earthing the Human Body Influences Physiologic Processes,   Editorial: Chronic Disease: Are We Missing Something?
  16. Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness
  17. Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate, Blood Oxygenation, Perfusion Index, Skin Conductance, and Their Variability Induced During and After Grounding Human Subjects for 40 Minutes
  18. The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology, Part 2
  19. The Effect Of Earthing On Human Physiology, Part 1
  20. The Effectiveness of a Conductive Patch and a Conductive Bed Pad in Reducing Induced Human Body Voltage Via the Application of Earth Ground
  21. The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress
  22. Medical Thermography Case Studies on Earthing 2004-2005

Earthing Commentaries

  1. James Oschman, Ph.D., Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., A. Clinton Ober, Biophysics of Earthing (grounding) the Human Body, in Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine (CRC Press), 2015.
  2. Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., The Earth’s Electrical Surface Potential A summary of present understanding
  3. James Oschman, Ph.D., Can Electrons Act as Antioxidants? A Review and Commentary
  4. James Oschman, Ph.D., Charge Transfer in the Living Matrix
  5. James Oschman, Ph.D., Perspective: Assume a spherical cow: The role of free or mobile electrons in bodywork, energetic and movement therapies
  6. James Oschman, Ph.D., Earthing vs. “Good” and “Bad” Free Radicals
  7. Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D.,Earthing, Inflammation, and Aging – Something to Think About
  8. Matteo Tavera: A French naturalist’s vision of the importance of “natural electricity” to life

Earthing Institute Statements and Instructional Papers

  1. Understanding Earthing (Grounding)
  2. How to Measure the Effect of Earthing on Body Voltage
  3. Studies Confirm Indoor Grounding Safety and Reduced Exposure to AC Voltage EMFs   
  4. Earthing Plant Experiment for Schools