Grounding involves connecting with the earth's energy and allowing the body to receive a flow of electrons, which may affect inflammation, cellular function, and overall health. Many people are curious about the timeline for experiencing the benefits of grounding or earthing.
How Long Does It Take To Feel the Benefits of Grounding?
The timeline for feeling the benefits of grounding varies and has not been extensively studied. However, some individuals have reported experiencing improvements in a relatively short period, such as within a week or even a few days while others report that it can take up to a month.
Although there is a scarcity of studies specifically addressing the timeline for experiencing the benefits of grounding, individual case studies provide anecdotal evidence of relatively quick improvements.
In a case study involving an 84-year-old diabetic woman with a non-healing open wound, daily 30-minute grounding sessions were implemented (1). There was significant healing and improvement in circulation after just one week of grounding treatment. The wound also exhibited better skin color and texture, indicating positive effects on the underlying tissues. The patient also reported a noticeable decrease in pain, highlighting the pain-relieving benefits of grounding.
Ultimately, within two weeks of grounding therapy, the patient became completely pain-free, demonstrating the potential of grounding to alleviate pain and promote healing in individuals with non-healing wounds.
Chronic Pain Reduction and Improved Sleep
A remarkable case study involving an 85-year-old male with chronic low back pain and shoulder pain demonstrated the significant pain reduction and improved sleep quality effects of grounding (2).
After just two nights of sleeping grounded, the individual experienced a remarkable 50% decrease in pain, an 80% reduction in pain interfering with sleep, and a notable 75% reduction in waking up stiff and sore.
Over four weeks, his pain diminished entirely, with only occasional mild stiffness. These results highlight the potential rapid pain relief and enhanced sleep quality that people may experience with grounding in cases of chronic pain.
Relief from Elbow Tendonitis
Utilizing an earthing wristband daily for approximately an hour, a 65-year-old female patient with elbow tendonitis reported a 50% reduction in pain levels after two weeks of consistent use (2).
The patient's treatment protocol, which included earthing, natural anti-inflammatory supplements, and contrast hydrotherapy, resulted in significant relief from localized pains. This case demonstrates the beneficial effect of localized grounding in reducing pain and improving the well-being of individuals experiencing discomfort in their muscles and joints.
Vascular Changes and Rapid Improvement
In a study investigating the effects of grounding on vascular changes, researchers provided several patients with earthing products to use while sleeping (2). Within just a few days, the researchers observed significant improvements in vascular imaging, resulting in positive changes in blood flow and alleviating discomfort. The study findings highlight the beneficial effect of grounding on the body's circulatory system, reducing aches and promoting overall well-being.
These case studies offer valuable insights into the health benefits of grounding, showcasing the potential for relatively quick improvements in symptoms and the body's response.
While these studies are not large-scale, they provide compelling evidence of the positive impact experienced by individuals in specific contexts. Researchers must conduct more comprehensive investigations to fully understand the timeline and duration of grounding's effects on various diseases and the underlying causes and signs of its impact on the human body.
The available case studies provide promising evidence that grounding can lead to rapid improvements in various aspects of health. Individuals have reported accelerated wound healing, reduced stress and pain levels, enhanced sleep quality, and other positive outcomes within a relatively short period of consistent grounding practice. It is important to note that the effects of grounding may vary among individuals due to factors such as underlying disease processes and individual physiology. Further research is needed to explore the specific timeline and duration of grounding's effects on different conditions.
Grounding offers a way to reconnect with the earth and establish a deeper connection to life. Whether you choose to use grounding mats, walk barefoot on the beach, or simply connect with the earth in any way, incorporating grounding into your way of life can be worth exploring to experience these potential benefits. As with any new practice or treatment, it is always advisable to consult a doctor and consider their guidance before integrating it into your healthcare regimen.
1. Oschman, James L, et al. “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, 24 Mar. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/#:~:text=After%20an%20initial%2030%20minutes,level%20was%20about%2080%25%20less.
2. Author links open overlay panelWendy Menigoz a, et al. “Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine Strategies Should Include Earthing (Grounding): Review of Research Evidence and Clinical Observations.” EXPLORE, 14 Nov. 2019, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830719305476.
About the Author
Marixie Ann Obsioma is a licensed Medical Technologist who has worked in private and government hospitals, allowing her to engage with patients across a range of diverse medical departments.