The Earth’s Healing Power
The Earth is like a gigantic battery circling around the sun.
And pulsating throughout the surface of the planet is an unseen and virtually limitless reservoir of sub-atomic particles called electrons. Constantly replenished and stimulated by the sun, lightning, and the deep-down molten core, they vibrate at different frequencies and give our landmasses and oceans a subtle negative charge.
Just like a battery in a car that keeps the motor running and the wheels turning, so, too, does this natural planetary charge keep the bioelectric machinery of global life humming in rhythm and balance – for everything that lives on the land or in the sea.
Thus, living things in Nature have a constant electric connection with the Earth.
Except for most humans.
Over time, lifestyle changes have disconnected us from Nature’s battery. We rarely walk barefoot outside in order to freely receive the energy beneath our feet. We, of course, no longer sleep on the Earth. We no longer use animal hides for footwear and bedding that allow the energy to pass into our body. These practices were part of ordinary living throughout virtually all of history. For decades now we have replaced traditional leather (made from hides) with synthetic soled shoes – like common running shoes made from plastic and rubber – that insulate us from the energy when we walk or run outside. Many of us live and work high above the ground.
We have lost our electrical roots, so to speak. We’re disconnected, and this disconnection may be a seriously overlooked cause of human suffering and the steeply rising incidence of chronic illness worldwide.Research has now emerged showing that being grounded benefits the body in many ways. The evidence suggests that we need the Earth’s electrons for our well-being. They appear to be, in fact, foundational for health, representing an indispensable kind of “nutrient” that if deficient or missing can cause health problems just like a deficient vitamin or mineral. For this reason, we often refer to the Earth’s electrons as “Vitamin G” (the ground vitamin).
Also, the daily rhythm of chemical and hormonal cycling in the human body is regulated and maintained by faint electromagnetic signals generated by the Earth’s electrons. The human body is exquisitely receptive to these signals that set up the rhythm of day-night functions or circadian rhythms.
There’s a good analogy here with the electric systems that power our world – from whole cities down to the appliances you use in your house. These systems are stabilized by the Earth, that is, when they are grounded and connected to the Earth. So, too, our bioelectric bodies become stabilized when we humans are grounded and connected to the Earth. Keep in mind that our bodies work electrically. Every movement or thought is based on frequencies and electric transmissions in the body. The heart, brain, and immune system are obvious examples.
One common experience that people have when grounded is a rapid and broad anti-inflammatory response. And with it, a frequent lessening of pain and discomfort.
Nobody has ever regarded the planet before as an anti-inflammatory, but, amazingly, it appears to be the most powerful anti-inflammatory we have.
The greatest anti-inflammatory on the planet is the planet itself!
This anti-inflammatory effect has massive health implications because of the strong link between chronic inflammation and virtually all chronic disease, including the diseases of aging, and the aging process itself.
There’s much more that grounding offers: We sleep better, feel calmer, have more energy, and, even look better.
For many people, the changes are quick and dramatic, like charging a failing battery. For others, the changes are gradual and subtle.
Two studies in 2014 and 2015, using sophisticated laser and thermal imaging, demonstrated how grounding, just for one hour, improves blood flow to the face. Such findings suggest enhanced nourishment of facial tissues and functions, and provides a scientific explanation for why many people over the years have told us they look younger and healthier after they start grounding.
Earthing is nothing really new. It’s purely a revival of a timeless practice and a forgotten law of Nature: that we belong to Nature, and part of the very connection with Nature is our connection with Mother Earth.
Earthing is among the most natural and safest things you can do.
It can be put to the test by simply sitting, standing, or walking with your bare feet on the ground outside. If you have PMS or arthritic pain or a backache or indigestion or just plain fatigue, or feel highly stressed, note your level of discomfort at the start and then again after about a half-hour.
At the end you will feel better and a light bulb will go on in your head. You will suddenly realize that there is indeed something marvelous about the ground beneath your feet, and something marvelous that you’ve been missing all these years.
Marvelous healing power.
Systemic Benefits of Grounding on Health
Grounding impacts the body from top to bottom. Individuals often report multiple benefits. The list below is an informal collection of some of the many improved conditions reported to us from people around the world over the last 15 years. Below the list you will find a summary of grounding research.
Never before in history has there been such an accumulation of information related to the surprising healing energy of the planet we live on.
Earthing Research Summary
Ongoing scientific research (summarized below) is now discovering the details as to why so many people feel significantly better when they are grounded, and why the benefits are so broad. The numbers shown in brackets refer to the studies in which the evidence was found. The studies are listed at the end of this document, and can be accessed in full at the Earthing Institute research page.
In multiple studies, Earthing has been documented to have a significant stress-reducing effect, a result of its systemic impact on the body, including the following:
- a normalizing influence on cortisol, the stress hormone.
- a calming impact on the electrical activity of the brain.
- a normalization of muscle tension.
- a rapid shift from a typically overactive sympathetic nervous system expression, associated with stress, into a parasympathetic, calming mode within the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that regulates heart and respiration rates, digestion, perspiration, urination, and even sexual arousal.
- within the ANS, also an improvement of heart rate variability (HRV) − the miniscule variations in the heart’s beat-to-beat interval − that serves as an accurate reflector of stress. Poor HRV is associated with stress-related disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health issues, and reduced lifespan. Grounding improves HRV to a degree far beyond mere relaxation.
The health of premature infants may be improved by Earthing, according a report presented at a 2014 pediatric medical conference by researchers from the Pennsylvania State University Children’s Hospital in Hershey. They reported immediate and significant improvements in ANS function (see # 7 above). Specifically, grounding the babies, clinically stable and from five to sixty days of age, strongly increased measurements of (HRV, see # 7 above) that indicated improved vagus nerve function. The vagus is the main nerve of the parasympathetic division of the ANS and its branches supply and regulate key organs, including the lungs, heart, and intestines, as well as exerting a powerful influence on inflammatory and stress responses. This was the first Earthing study conducted with babies. For more information on the preemie study, click here.
By scientific standards, Earthing research is in an early stage, but clearly represents a new and exciting frontier of exploration. The research, in fact, indicates that reconnecting to the Earth may be a missing link in the health equation along with good food and water, sunshine, physical activity, and minimizing stress.