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Earthing for Health & EMF Protection

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Frequently Asked Questions


General questions

Q. Why is it important to be grounded?

A. Being grounded restores our natural electrical connection to the Earth, which is missing due to our rubber or plastic soled shoes and insulated sleeping arrangements.  This Earth connection has been reported to bring numerous benefits such as pain relief, improved immune function, improved sleep, stabilisation of the body's basic biological rhythms, reduction of chronic inflammation, and protection from the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF).  For a fuller answer to this question, please see the About Grounding page.  Please note that this does not constitute medical advice in any way, or claim cure or treatment of any medical condition.  Always consult a medical doctor regarding any personal health issues.

Q. How can I ground myself?

A. The simplest way to be grounded is to go outside and place your bare feet or hands on some grass or earth.  To be grounded while indoors, we offer a range of products to make this same electrical connection to the Earth.  These products connect either via the domestic mains ground, or via an external grounding rod driven into the earth.

Q. Is grounding via domestic mains the same as using an external grounding rod?

A. Yes.  In fact a modern domestic electrical system has just such a grounding rod buried in the ground (usually just outside the house).  This grounding rod is connected via the domestic wiring system to the earth pin on every mains socket.

Q. Is a mains earth connection present in all countries?

A. In the UK a mains earth connection is required by law and is almost universally present.  If you are concerned that the wiring in your property may be incorrect then we sell an inexpensive socket tester to verify a correct earth connection and properly wired socket.

European countries also have an earth connection, although the style of socket varies, with some having a pin which sticks out of the socket (e.g. France), while others having a spring connection at the top and/or bottom of the socket (e.g. Germany).  The European plugs we sell are a dual type, suitable for either style of socket.  There are a couple of exceptions in specific countries, so please read the user guide included with our products.

North American sockets do not always have an earth pin.  The 2 pin sockets are not suitable for grounding, but importantly not all of the 3 pin sockets are suitable either.  In properties which have not been re-wired since the 1960s, there may be 3 pin sockets fitted, but no earth wired actually connected.  So unless in a new property, we recommended use of a socket tester to verify presence of an earth connection.  For this reason we include a socket tester as part of our kits intended for use in the US.

Q. Is it safe to ground myself via a domestic electrical outlet?

A. Yes, absolutely.  The systems we sell have a built in protection resistance which makes them completely safe.  In the very unlikely event that a mains socket was mis-wired, the protection resistance would limit the current to a safe level and prevent a noticeable electric shock.  Obviously if a mains socket was mis-wired then you would not be grounded, and so we recommend the use of a socket tester if you have doubt about the state of your mains wiring.

Q. For how long do I need to stay grounded to feel the benefits?

A. There is no simple answer to this as everybody is different.  Many people do feel an immediate benefit when grounded, and even physical symptoms such as inflammation and pain can show improvement within minutes.  However, in general we would say that the more time you can spend grounded the better.  Ideally, use grounding equipment (such as a grounding band or mat) whenever is practical, and particularly when near powerful electrical equipment such as a computer.  Grounding while sleeping is important: not only do you spend a large proportion of your time sleeping, this is also the time when regeneration takes place and the body is most receptive to healing.

Q. Is it ok to combine grounding with medication / alternative medicine / complementary therapies?

A. Grounding is as natural as walking barefoot on the Earth, but of course we would always advise that you consult a medical doctor.  If you are taking blood thinning medication, then be aware that grounding can also reduce blood viscosity.


Specific product related questions

Q. When grounding via a mains outlet, does the socket need to be switched on?

A. No.  The socket earth is always connected, whether the socket is switched on or not.  Conversely it doesn't matter if the socket is turned on, since there is no connection to the live pins.

Q. Can I plug the grounding plug into a mains extension lead?

A. Yes, provided it is an earthed extension lead, and correctly wired, then this will work fine.

Q. Can I use the grounding products in another country with a mains adaptor?

A. You can, but be sure that the mains adaptor is the type where the earth/ground pin is actually connected.  Many travel adaptors do not have a proper earth connection and so you would not be grounded if using one.  We recommend purchasing the correct type of connection plug for your country, or a grounding rod which can be used in any country.  These can be found here.

Q. I've seen similar products used in the electronics industry for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.  Can I use these for grounding?

A. Yes, you can, and they will have some benefit.  However such systems have quite a large resistance built in which dampens the effect of the grounding, specifically the induced voltages in the body due to EMF are not reduced so effectively with such systems.  The equipment we sell is designed for lowest ground resistance, while still being safe to connect via a mains electrical outlet.

Typically, ESD equipment has 1 MegaOhm resistance per component in the system, and so generally a complete system will have at least 2 MegaOhm (2000 KiloOhm) resistance (e.g. a plug plus a cord).  Additionally, ESD equipment is often dissipative rather than fully conductive, which adds further resistance.  Our systems are manufactured with a total resistance of 100 KiloOhm, a much lower resistance, and all our equipment is fully conductive, not dissipative.


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