Getting Started FAQs

Normally, it is very simple to use Earthing products indoors.  You can see a selection of original Earthing products, and a list of U.S., and international distributors, at www.earthing.com and www.groundtherapycenter.com    Earthing products are used indoors and plug into grounded (earthed) wall outlets or ground rods placed in the soil adjacent to a home.  They do not “run” on electricity.  Older homes, built before the 1960s, and which do not have a grounding (earthing) system, will require the use of a ground rod or the services of an electrician to do some updating on the electrical system.

Earthing products come with an outlet checker that is very simple to use.  It determines whether an outlet is grounded or not, and can be used for Earthing.
There are a variety of wall outlet configurations around the world, and outside of North America you may have to use a local adapter to accommodate the Earthing cord that comes with the Earthing product.  Please see our FAQ (in the FAQ Basic section) on plugging into wall outlets around the world.

Most people start to feel relief or more energy pretty quickly.  But initially some people may feel temporary discomfort or even flu-like symptoms, cramps, or soreness. We believe these effects result from a more efficient physiology, including the body’s own self-healing and detoxification mechanisms.  The discomfort could last a few days or even longer.  As it fades away, you start feeling better and more energized. If too uncomfortable, just stop grounding and then begin again with shorter exposure. Gradually increase your exposure so your body becomes accustomed more slowly to the Earth’s energy. For more information, please refer to our article on New to Earthing.

People sometimes report feeling a tingling sensation in their body when they start grounding. It is typically not an unpleasant feeling. You are simply feeling and equalizing with the Earth’s natural, healing energy entering your body.  The tingling accompanies an initial re-energizing, re-synchronizing, and normalizing effect, and the impact of this on inflammation and inflammatory damage in the body. Earthing reduces inflammation and inflammatory damage.
A similar tingling effect is sometimes felt by people when walking barefoot on the wet sand at the beach.
The sensation usually diminishes and goes away after 15-30 minutes or so during the initial Earthing session, and then generally decreases in time with subsequent grounding. It may be felt again once you resume Earthing after stopping for some time. Everyone is different so you may feel some variation.
And don’t worry: you are not being electrocuted! See our article on the safety of Earthing indoors here.
Continued tingling could mean a person is electro-hypersensitive and/or has a significant level of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the room where he/she is grounding.
Such individuals sometimes report feeling strange energy in the beginning and some even say they feel ill. The energy they feel when grounded is simply the Earth’s natural energy.
These sensations may also be part of an adjustment/healing/detoxification process as the body normalizes and inflammation goes down. If the feeling is too uncomfortable, we recommend decreasing the Earthing time. Resume at a later time but only with perhaps a half hour, or even less, twice a day barefoot outside or in contact with an Earthing mat or band inside your home. Very slowly increase your exposure. In this way, you may often be able to work your way gradually to sleeping grounded. Just go very slow and at your own pace. Some electro-hypersensitive people have found that they receive positive benefits just from minimum grounding.

Grounding often generates warmth in the extremities and body as a result of better circulation.  We have seen people quickly develop a rosier color in their skin.

Sleep is so subjective, and the quality often relates to life’s stresses.  No matter how grounded somebody is, stressful situations can readily impact sleep. Drinking caffeine or alcohol in the evening can also interfere with sleep.

Over the years, we have heard from many people who experienced relief and improvements from grounding and then they stopped Earthing. Their gains began eroding.

We advise people to make Earthing part of a healthy lifestyle routine and keep grounding.  We all evolved connected to the Earth. In our experience, staying grounded often makes the difference between feeling good and feeling bad. Earthing is thus not just for regaining well-being, but also for maintaining it.

Everybody benefits in some way, but we are all different. The benefits can come quickly and dramatically, such as less pain and better sleep, or subtly and gradually over time.  Often people who are very ill feel a dramatic difference.  Someone with radiant health and who sleeps well may not feel any substantial difference, however, connecting to the Earth is helping to preserve and perpetuate good health. We regard Earthing as a natural form of anti-aging medicine, whether you feel it or not.

If you don’t think Earthing is working for you, please read our report on the subject.

That’s like asking if someone can be barefoot on the Earth too much? Remember that the Earthing experience indoors simulates being barefoot on the ground outside.  Throughout most of history we walked barefoot and slept on the ground. We were directly connected to the Earth almost 24/7.

Our body knows exactly what to do with what the Earth provides to us. When we connect to the Earth the amount of the electrons we absorb is governed by the amount our body needs to balance the electrical charge of our body. It is always the perfect amount.

It uses up electrons in many metabolic processes, including the basic process of cellular energy production, so there is always an ongoing demand. If you are grounding yourself on a routine basis, you are, in a sense, topping up your tank. And if you ground yourself routinely for many, many hours each day then you will likely find that it is very hard to develop chronic inflammation, the cause of most common chronic disease.

Yes, and it is good for them if they do. Sometimes such individuals report feeling strange energy in the beginning and some even say they feel ill. The energy they feel when grounded is simply Earth’s natural energy.
We regard these sensations generally as part of an adjustment/healing/detoxification process as the body normalizes and inflammation goes down. If the feeling is too uncomfortable, stop sleeping or working grounded. Re-start your grounding by spending a half hour or forty minutes, or even less, twice a day barefoot outside or in contact with an Earthing mat or band inside your home. Then very slowly increase your exposure. In this way, you may often be able to work your way gradually to sleeping grounded. Just go very slow and at your own pace. Some electro-hypersensitive people have found that they receive positive benefits just from minimum exposure to Earthing.

There is nothing wrong with using an Earthing sleep product with any electrical devices as long as those devices are in good working order.

There is no problem with using an Earthing mat over a magnetic mattress pad.  But you would lose the grounding effect if you place the mat under the magnetic pad.

Yes.  Feet naturally sweat and will hydrate socks, particularly thinner sock, thus facilitating the ability of the Earth’s energy to rise up into the body.