The body is a good conductor of free electrons. It is a repeated observation that Earthing produces beneficial effects very rapidly.
When people are grounded through the feet (either by standing barefoot on the Earth or via grounded EKG patches in experiments), they sometimes feel a tingling sensation moving up the legs. This is associated with the apparent movement of electrons up into the body.
In Earthing research, they have “clocked” the speed of this activity and it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to reach sites of pain and inflammation and then begin neutralizing the inflammation.
When a study participant says that pain has started to ease we regard this as a sign that the electrons have arrived at the pain site and have started to “go to work.”
Electrons may even be attracted to those sites because of they have a negative charge and free radicals, involved in the inflammatory process, have a positive charge.
Once the free radicals are neutralized, it is hypothesized that they stop their destructive actions on healthy tissues, leading to an abatement of pain, sometimes quite fast.
We also think that as soon as a person comes in direct contact with the Earth the electrons inside the body “feel” the effect of the ground potential through the Earth’s electric field. We discuss this—the so-called “straw-bead” effect—in Appendix B of the “Earthing” book. The body settles and equalizes electrically to the ground potential almost instantaneously. The information that a new potential has been established in the body is transmitted, also almost instantaneously, to the autonomic nervous system which then responds by “adjusting” electrical activities throughout the body. Muscle tension and skin conductance, and maybe also brain waves, are adjusted in a few seconds at the most. **Please note that none of the statements made here constitute medical advice in any way or make any claim or cure or recommend treatment of any medical condition. Always consult with your personal physician regarding any personal health care issues.**