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Earthing basics

What is Earthing (grounding)?

Science has long known that the surface of the Earth contains a natural and gentle electric charge, felt by many people as a pleasant tingling when walking on wet grass in the morning or along the wet sand at the beach.

New research has produced evidence that direct contact with the Earth’s natural electricity stabilizes and rejuvenates the body by recharging and thinning our blood, enhancing immune function, and powerfully and dramatically reducing inflammation, pain, and stress. The degree to which the body shifts into a healing state is substantial, and of great medical significance.

In today’s society, most people have lost contact with the Earth and its healing power.  We wear shoes with synthetic soles that block the energy, and we live and work elevated from the ground.  Our disconnection with the Earth is an ignored reason for the current epidemic of chronic inflammation, pain, and disease.

A powerful remedy, the research shows, is Earthing (also known as grounding), that easily reconnects humans to the Earth: by being barefoot outside, or, more practically, using conductive grounding mats, bands, and patches while you sleep and sit indoors.

Earthing is a simple lifestyle addition involving no effort.  It can be life-changing, and the change felt within minutes.  

For more details and why humans are disconnected from the Earth’s healing energy, click here.

How can you experience Earthing benefits?

You have options, but you need to make Earthing a routine part of your life. 

1) Go barefoot (sit, stand, walk, run) outside on the Earth or swim/wade in the ocean/a lake/river for a half-hour or more a day. On land, conductive surfaces for grounding include soil, grass, sand, gravel, and rock.  Concrete is also conductive.  Moist surfaces are more conductive than dry.  You cannot ground yourself on asphalt, vinyl, and wooden surface; they are not conductive.

2) Most people don’t have the time or the desire to go outside barefoot. Most “practice’ grounding inside, while sitting or sleeping. It is so easy to do. Actually there is nothing to do. You can conveniently ground yourself with Earthing products available at earthing.com or www.groundtherapycom, and through a network of their distributors.     

Research on Earthing started in 2000 and led to the development of grounding mats, body bands, and patches for indoor use.  Consider them as “barefoot substitutes” that allow you to be connected inside to the Earth outside.     

What can you expect to feel when you start Earthing?

Most people feel better right away.  They sleep better.  Have more energy and less pain.  But some individuals can feel temporary symptoms of detoxification as the body starts to function more efficiently.  For the details, please read our article new to Earthing

Is Earthing a new concept? 

No.  Throughout practically all of history, humans have walked barefoot on the Earth. They have sat and slept on conductive animal skins, and fashioned those skins into footwear. All this ordinary activity has enabled our predecessors to absorb into their bodies the Earth’s natural healing energy. During the late 1880s, a back-to-Nature movement in Germany featured walking barefoot and sleeping directly on the Earth for which many positive health claims were made. For more on this movement, refer to the Earthing book.

In this high-tech age is Earthing really important? 

Yes, more than ever, given the global epidemic of pain conditions and inflammation-related diseases worldwide, along with insomnia and chronic fatigue.  Earthing is a natural, simple, and yet remarkably profound strategy with the potential to normalize many functions throughout your body. It eliminates what we consider to be a societal-wide grounding deficit, a wholly overlooked cause of epidemic pain and inflammation, and chronic disease and dysfunction.  It reduces chronic inflammation and stress, both primary causes of disease and poor sleep.  Earthing broadly elevates your quality of life ˗ how you feel, and even how you look ˗ to a surprising level.  

Is Earthing OK for people who take different medications?

We recommend you first have a conversation with your doctor.  Earthing makes the physiology function more efficiently, and this improvement has the potential to affect medication dosages.  For instance, we know that Earthing has a blood thinning effect, may improve thyroid function, blood sugar, and blood pressure, and thus medication dosages may need to be closely monitored and possibly adjusted.  However, such interactions have not been measured in studies.  For that reason, we strongly advise informing your doctor and following his or her guidance.  Please read our report on Earthing and medication.  

Do you have to be concerned about being hit by lightning during a thunderstorm if you are grounded in your home?

Lightning is a massive natural phenomenon that is unpredictable and challenging to totally protect against. It is poorly understood. Homes are rarely hit by lightning. When this happens, the lightning usually takes the path of least resistance to the ground, such as large conductive systems like the plumbing pipes, electrical wiring network, or telephone and cable TV lines, all of which are directly grounded to the Earth.
The U.S. National Safety Council reports that your odds of dying from a lightning strike during a lifetime is 1 in 218,000, and almost the least probable event in a list of multiple causes for death including heart disease (1:6) and cancer (1:7), assault by a firearm (1:285), and automobile accidents (1:103).This information suggests that being hit by lightning is rather unlikely. However, follow standard lightning safety guidelines as directed by the U.S. National Weather Service or the weather authorities in your country if you live in a lightning-prone area. Disconnect your Earthing device and don’t use it during lightning and thunderstorms.

Is Earthing safe for electro-sensitive individuals?

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.

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, we recommend to stop Earthing.  Try resuming at a later time but only with perhaps 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.  Very slowly increase your exposure. In this way, you may often be able to work your way gradually to sleeping grounded for six to eight hours at night. Just go very slow and at your own pace. Some electro-sensitive people have found that they receive positive benefits just from minimum exposure to Earthing.

What’s the difference between the Earth’s electric charge and the electricity used in homes?  

A big difference.  The subtle ground energy ˗ the Earth’s electric field ˗ is mainly a continuous direct current (DC) producing field that has influenced life on the planet throughout time.  By comparison, home wiring systems use alternating current (50 or 60 cycles per second AC). Unless at very low frequency and/or low power, AC is foreign to our biology.  AC, and other forms of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs), are being researched as possible factors in a variety of stress-related responses. Many people are sensitive to EMFs. Studies show an “association,” but not cause and effect, with some health issues.  

How much “current” is actually being transferred from the Earths surface via the wire to a grounding product? 

There is no constant measurable current flow beyond the instant equalization charge transferred to the body when a person makes bare skin contact with the ground or some type of Earthing product. Once the body is thus grounded, the rate of influx changes, and the body will continue to absorb enough electrons needed to maintain the same electrical potential as the Earth and to restore what is lost as a result of metabolic processes.  As long as a person continues to be grounded, the body can use the Earth as a natural reservoir, or “power source,” from which to draw electrons to maintain a “topped up” homeostatic level that compensates for any attrition of internal electrons. In contact with the Earth, it would seem hard for the body to develop an electron deficiency, and, theoretically, chronic inflammation.  The continuing amount of electrons absorbed by the body to reduce metabolic and immune response free radicals would also vary significantly between people depending upon their lifestyle and activity. This is all extremely difficult, if not impossible, to measure.

Is it harmful to ground yourself indoors in the presence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), as some people claim, because your body becomes an antenna drawing in EMFs that then run through your body?

Such claims are utter nonsense without any evidence and reflect ignorance about Earthing. Three grounding studies have demonstrated the clear safety of grounding indoors, one of them a study done with hospitalized premature infants in a setting of high EMFs.  To read a short article about these studies and the safety of Earthing, click here.  And click here for a short reply to the absurd claim that grounding indoors turns you into an antenna for EMFs.  We believe that when people are ungrounded they become an antenna for EMFs. 

Are so-called ground currents increasing and a danger to you when you are grounded?

Ground currents are not increasing.  Just the opposite.  The question is irrelevant.  For more information, read this short article.

Can Earthing protect against cell phone frequencies? 

The protective potential of Earthing has not been tested yet on cell phone exposure. There is no research indicating that Earthing will or will not protect a person from exposure to cell phones signals, microwave radiation, or radio frequencies. What we know is that Earthing significantly reduces induced body voltages generated by simple exposure to common household 50/60 Hz EMFs continuously emitted by all plugged-in electrical cords (even if the appliance is off), internal wiring, and all ungrounded electrical devices in the home or office. Based on the cases we have seen of people extremely sensitive to such EMFs it is prudent to be grounded as much as possible in the home or office.  The research shows that Earthing keeps your metabolism – and your capacity for recuperation from injury – at maximum efficacy. 

Can Earthing products be plugged into wall outlets throughout the world? 

Earthing products are designed to be used with an Earthing ground rod placed in the soil outside next to a window or door, or via a grounded wall outlet inside the home or office. Individual conditions in your home, office, and country may dictate which of these options you use to connect to the Earth. 

The first thing you need to know is that Earthing products do not operate on electricity, so the electrical current in your country doesn’t matter (whether 110 volts or 240 volts, etc).

Earthing products simply allow the natural healing energy from the Earth outside to be carried inside. When you make physical contact with the Earthing product it is the same as if you were standing or walking barefoot outside. This is what creates the benefits of Earthing. 

Our preference is that the products be connected to Earthing ground rods.  However many people like the idea of simply plugging them into an electrical outlet ground port in their home or office that connects to the home or building earth/ground system. For people who live in tall apartment buildings (high rises), a ground rod may not be feasible, and for people who do not have a grounded electrical system in their home or office, the only option is the ground rod. 

The following explanation covers two options for connecting Earthing products. The electrical terms “ground” and “Earth” have the same meaning. In Spanish, the term is “tierra.” 

Option # 1: International outlets 

There are many different outlet configurations around the world. Some are grounded (earthed). Others are not. For this reason, if you want to plug into a wall outlet you will have to determine first whether your electrical system and outlets are indeed properly grounded. An electrician can determine that for you or you can purchase a simple outlet ground checker at an electrical supply or hardware store locally. 

Outlets with only two holes and no earth/ground strip or earth/ground pin or hole means there is no earth/ground present. You must use a ground rod. This is quite common in older houses and buildings.

Keep in mind, however, that an outlet with three holes, or two holes and an earth/ground strip or earth/ground pin or hole, does not necessarily mean that the earth/ground is actually connected. The individual outlet must be tested for correct wiring. 

In the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and parts of the Caribbean, the electrical systems in homes and offices that have been grounded utilize what is know as “Type B” electrical wall outlets.  The third hole (arrow) is the earth/ground port. 

“Type B” grounded outlet

To determine what type of outlet is used in your country, go to the following web site: http://electricaloutlet.org/  Below, for instance is a “Type F” grounded outlet, widely used throughout Europe, as well as in Algeria, Turkey, Indonesia, and other countries. Arrow points to earth/ground pin on outlet. 

“Type F” grounded outlet

If your outlets are grounded, such as a “Type F” outlet, you will need to obtain a grounded outlet adapter to accommodate the Earthing cord, the same kind of adaptor you would get in order to use North American appliances in your country.

Earthing cord (showing snap end and prong end)

Earthing products come with a 15 foot (about 4 ½ meters) long cord. One end snaps onto the product and the other (male) end inserts into the ground (earth) port of the appropriate adapter that is then plugged into a properly grounded electrical outlet. The prong end of the cord will not fit into the ground ports of an outlet other than a grounded Type B outlet.

Adapters are available through local electric supply stores or on the Internet. Example: the commonly used. VP 11B USA to Europe Heavy Duty Adaptor Plug German Schuko adaptor for a “Type F” outlet can be purchased at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/VP-11B-Grounded-Adapter-Adaptor/dp/B003C1MFYI%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJYLDMVYHH6B6UT6Q%26tag%3Dshopledhdtv-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB003C1MFYI 
Do not buy a universal adapter. Some universal adapters look like they have the Earth/ground connection but when tested they do not work. Others have loose intermittent connections that will minimize the benefits you expect from Earthing. 

Option # 2 Using a ground rod

If you do not have a grounded outlet, you will need an Earthing ground rod (Option # 2) or have an electrician connect your electrical outlet(s) to the Earth. 

Earthing ground rod with attached cord

Earthing ground rod with attached cord

A ground rod is inserted into the soil (dirt, garden bed) outside/below a window or door adjacent to where the Earthing product will be used inside. It is very simple to do. If there is only concrete and no adjacent Earth in which to put the ground rod then this is not an option for you.

The Earthing ground rod has a 40 foot (13 meter) cord attached to it. You can run the cord under a window or door, just being careful not to sever the cord. You then connect the prong end of the product cord with the female end of the ground rod cord.  It’s very simple.  

The cords that come with each product can be connected to a grounded outlet (or outlet adapter, as described in Option # 1) or a ground rod. If additional length is needed, Earthing extension cords can also be purchased. 

Available also are Earthing plug adaptors into which you can insert the cords from any two Earthing products. The adaptor connects either to a wall outlet (or an international adaptor) or to the ground rod cord. All Earthing product connection cords contain a current limiting 100k-Ohm resistor for safety purposes. 
These products can be seen at earthing.com.  

What is the difference between Earthing and the use of magnets?  

Although the use of magnets produce some therapeutic effects when properly applied, magnets cannot provide free electrons, nor can they connect the body with the naturally balancing electric frequencies of the Earth. Earthing technology used inside your home or office connects you with the Earth’s electrons in the same way as if you were barefoot on the ground outside.

Can you wear any type of footwear and still be grounded? 

No. Most footwear today is made with plastic/rubber composite soles that do not conduct the Earth’s electric energy.  You need leather/hide soles, which used to be the primary footwear materials in the past, or specially designed conductive/electrostatic discharge shoes. Leather itself isn’t conductive, but the foot perspires and the moisture permits conduction of the energy from the Earth through the leather and up into the body. In addition, moisture from walking on damp ground or sidewalks could permeate up into the leather soled shoe. Thickness of the sole can also be a factor: a very thick leather sole may not allow the moisture through. Various shoe options can be seen by doing an Internet search for grounded footwear.  It is important to note also that a grounded shoe will only provide grounding benefits on surfaces that are conductive, such as grass, soil, sand, gravel outside and unsealed, unpainted concrete built directly on the Earth inside.  

Are you grounded in water – the ocean, a lake, your swimming pool, your bathtub?

Pure water (distilled, snow), with no minerals or salts dissolved in it, is a poor conductor of electricity.  When certain minerals, such as salt, are added to pure water, the water becomes conductive as a result of dissolution that breaks the salt into its components, electrically-positive sodium and negative chlorine.  Ocean water is full of dissolved salts and minerals, and represents a superb conductive medium for grounding.  

Lakes and rivers contain less minerals and salts than the ocean in general but they are still good conductors.  Whether you are standing on the lake or river bottom, or floating or swimming on the surface, you will be no doubt grounded.

Mineral hot springs are famous for their healing and relaxing effects. This is believed to be due to the mineral content of the water.  However, since the water is conductive, you are grounding when you soak in hot springs.

Swimming pool?  It is hard to say unless you have a salt water pool and the water is in contact with some metal part, like a drain pipe going into the ground.  Normal tap water in a pool would be conductive, but again whether you are grounded or not depends on whether the water has contact with a metal fixture connected to the ground.    

In your home, bathtubs and showers involve tap water that contains minerals and salts and so is conductive.  If you take a bath and there is a metal part in contact with the water and that metal part is also in contact with some metal pipe going down into the ground, you are grounded!  The same is true with showers. If the water you use to shower comes from metal pipes in contact with the earth, the water you shower with is grounded and will ground you.

What is the best floor in a house for grounding purposes? 

Wood or vinyl are not conductive.  Floors made of these materials will not ground you.  If your floor has unsealed concrete or stone built directly on the Earth, it is likely to be conductive and ground you. 

Unsealed/unpainted tile directly attached to a concrete slab would likely permit grounding as well.  But tiles with a glazed finish will likely not, nor tiles applied on plywood or some other kind of wood, plastic, or vinyl understructure.  Conductivity will also be negatively affected if petrochemical bonding material has been used to adhere the tile.

You can check a floor’s conductivity with the use of a continuity tester available at earthing.com

Getting started

Do you need an electrician to help install Earthing products in your home or office?

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.

If you start grounding and feel a bit strange, what does that mean?

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.

Should you be concerned if you feel some tingling when starting to ground yourself?

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.

Feeling warmer after you start grounding? What’s going on?

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.

People often say they sleep better after they start Earthing.  Is that true for everybody?  

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.

Once you start grounding, what happens if you stop? 

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.

Are there people who don’t feel anything, or for whom grounding doesn’t work?

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.

Can a person do too much Earthing?

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.

Can “electro-hypersensitive” people ground themselves?

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.

Is it OK to use an Earthing sleeping product along with an electric blanket or on an electrically heated mattress pad or waterbed?

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

Can you use an Earthing mat in bed with a magnetic mattress pad?

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.

Can you ground yourself using an Earthing floor mat while wearing socks?

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.

Earthing and health

How does Earthing help you feel better and heal faster?

Pain, disease, and other disturbances are often caused by chronic inflammation. Such inflammation is, in turn, caused by positively charged molecules called free radicals. When you make direct contact with the Earth, either by being barefoot outside or using an Earthing product indoors, electrons from the Earth enter your body and reduce the free radicals and inflammation.  At this point, the concept is theoretical, but supported by our research and feedback from thousands of people who use Earthing products. In any case, the effect of Earthing is significant because medical research has found that many of the chronic and debilitating diseases of our time have the same cause: chronic inflammation.  Scientists now realize that pain and disease arise in our bodies where an inflammatory response has taken place, but the inflammation has not completely stopped after the healing process. A low level of chronic inflammation can continue for years, damaging normal tissues and wasting energy. The human immune system evolved over a long span of time during which we were in virtually constant skin contact with the Earth. In our modern society, humans no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes that insulate us from the Earth’s energy. In recent decades the incidence of chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and insomnia has soared. One overlooked possibility for this alarming increase is that the immune system is functioning less efficiently as most humans today live ungrounded.

How fast does Earthing work in the body? What about symptom relief?

We have repeatedly observed Earthing producing beneficial effects quickly.  Keep in mind that the body is a good conductor of free electrons. We have seen that when people are grounded in experiments with the use, for instance, of conductive patches placed on the bottom of the feet (simulating standing barefoot on the Earth), they sometimes feel a tingling sensation moving up the legs. We associate this with the movement of electrons from the Earth up into the body.  People say they often feel the same sensation when walking barefoot along the wet sand at the beach.

In our research, we have “clocked” the speed of this activity. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to reach sites of pain and inflammation, such as a shoulder. A painful knee would respond faster as it is closer to the grounded feet.  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 are “going to work.”

The influx of electrons gives a powerful boost to the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory defenses.  Like reinforcements, we believe they rapidly neutralize free radical molecules that create chronic inflammation, arresting the destructive action on healthy tissues, and leading to a reduction of pain.

Medical thermal imaging has shown decreased inflammation in minutes after people are grounded.  You can see examples of such decreased inflammation in several thermal imaging studies on Earthing.   Here, here, and here.

There is an instant and natural shift in your body when you become grounded. We have measured the changes in the laboratory and they clearly indicate that the body is functioning better. People with pain often feel relief in varying degrees − from a little to a lot, and to even disappearance of the pain − just by planting their bare feet on the ground outside for a half hour or forty minutes.  Sleeping grounded through the night produces many beneficial results, such as better and deeper sleep, more energy during the day, and less pain. Again, the degree of benefits vary from slight to dramatic, from immediate to gradual.

Everyone is different.  Symptoms are different. Causes are different.

Some chronically ill people benefit from additional grounding hours during the day, such as by being barefoot or using an Earthing mat or body band. From the thousands of cases that Clint Ober and others have observed for years, the more severe the health problem the more dramatic the improvement seen with grounding in general. Even in end-of-life situations associated with pain, it has been reported that individuals generally have less pain.

We have had many reports of improved sleep and decreased stress after only one or two nights of sleeping grounded. If the cause of sleep difficulties is long-term insomnia with underlying health issues, improvement may stretch out.   In a study conducted by the California Institute for Human Science, instantaneous changes in brain waves and muscle tension were documented with grounding.

Clearly, lasting changes in stress, sleep, pain, and body rhythms occur when we ground ourselves routinely.

Earthing does not cure anything.  It restores a natural electrical balance in the body and reduces stress and inflammation. Earthing can thus have both short-term and long-term effects.

Can Earthing add years to your life?

We think it has powerful anti-aging potential.  Many researchers have documented the deterioration of the immune system as we age, a decline called immunosenescence. A prominent medical theory states that one of the causes of general deterioration during aging is free radical damage, technically known as oxidative stress, and resulting in injury to cells. Since Earthing greatly reduces oxidative stress and inflammation it would be logical to think it could increase life expectancy and improve health. There is no question that maintaining a functionally “young” immune system is an excellent strategy for preserving the quality of life and slowing senescence.

Can you get too much of the Earth’s energy by sleeping grounded every night?

The body is most receptive to healing during sleep, so this is the most beneficial time for grounding.

But just as you can’t direct healthy food, air, or water to create specific effects in one function or part of your body, grounding allows your body to receive the natural energy of the Earth and then uses it as needed. You may experience benefits for certain issues you were not even expecting improvements in and there may be no change in other areas. Generally, the longer you continue to ground yourself, the more benefits and vitality you can expect to see.

How can Earthing help with pain?

Primarily, by reducing inflammation.  The Earth has analgesic properties.  Go outside and stand, sit, or walk on the ground barefoot for at least a half hour.  In that time you will likely notice that your pain is less. There are also Earthing products you can use indoors while sleeping or sitting. Think of them as extension cords connecting you in your house or office to the Earth outside.

Do Earthing products need to be applied directly to the site of pain?

Earthing products reduce inflammation and pain. The fastest way, in our experience, is with the use of Earthing patches, which can be applied on or adjacent to sites of pain, or placed on the palms or soles of the feet.  For more information on the patches, see the following article: https://earthinginstitute.net/the-magic-pain-patches-every-medicine-cabinet-should-have-them/

Can you use grounding products if you have a pacemaker or defibrillator? What about stents?

There is no evidence that grounding interferes with the function of these devices. Still, if you are considering grounding it is important to discuss it first with your doctor and decide together what is best for you. Grounding indoors is the same as walking barefoot outside. Many people have used grounding products and experienced the benefits of both their medical devices and grounding. To our knowledge, no one with a pacemaker or defibrillator or stents has been advised not to walk barefoot outdoors.

Pacemakers and defibrillators are devices implanted in the chest or abdomen and help control abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias. Defibrillators are used against life-threatening arrhythmias. Contemporary devices typically function as both pacemaker and defibrillator.  Because of the sophistication of these newer devices, it is essential to consult with your physician before starting grounding. Moreover, doctors will often prescribe anticoagulants (blood thinners) to patients. Grounding has a beneficial blood thinning effect, which is likely not known to most doctors. The combination of grounding and anticoagulant medication may possibly create excess blood thinning. Thus, the importance of speaking to your doctor first.  See our article on medication here

For individuals with pacemakers/defibrillators who ground themselves by walking barefoot outdoors routinely for some hours, it would be wise to consult with your physician, even though such grounding exposure is likely to have less impact than for someone grounding more hours indoors during sleep. 

Can grounding help stroke patients?

No studies have been done to determine this possibility.  Earthing research has demonstrated improved circulation and oxygen uptake, and, in a general sense, this implies improvements in the physiology.

Can grounding help blood pressure?

We have heard from many people whose blood pressure numbers have improved, and who have better control of their blood pressure, after starting Earthing. Some have been able to lower the dosage of their medication under the supervision of their doctors.  If you take medication, and wish to start Earthing, you should always consult with your physician.

Can you use Earthing products if you have knee and hip replacements? 

Yes.  Using Earthing products is equivalent to being barefoot outdoors.

Earthing products

Where can you purchase Earthing products?

Original Earthing products, designed by Clint Ober, are available at www.earthing.com and www.groundtherapy.com, and through a network of U.S. and international distributors, as well as through Deepak Chopra’s Innerspace website.

Why should people buy a grounding product, like a mat or band, when they can simply go barefoot outside?

Barefoot is indeed the natural way to go. And also to sleep on the ground. Or use conductive footwear and bedding made from animal skins.  Such practices were part of the ordinary way of life throughout history.  No longer.  We rarely go outside barefoot, except as kids romping during the summer, or on beach holidays.  We wear insulating shoes and we sleep on elevated beds.

Earthing products were created to address the issue of comfort, convenience, reality, and practicality. The products are basically “extension cords” that bring the Earth’s energy outside into the office and home inside – simulating being barefoot outside. They were developed to accommodate the research process and to satisfy a continually growing demand of people wanting to sleep, work, or relax grounded for all the reasons we present in the Earthing book.

Do Earthing products run on electricity?

No. They simply ground you by transferring the Earth’s energy through the ground port of a properly grounded outlet or from a ground rod placed directly in the Earth. The energy passes through a cord to the conductive Earthing product specially designed for human grounding. When your body comes in contact with an Earthing product you absorb the Earth’s energy. Earthing products are like “barefoot substitutes,” enabling you to receive the outside energy of the Earth inside your home or office.

Can you become electrocuted if you use an Earthing product?

No. Earthing products and the cords that connect them are designed only to conduct the Earth’s energy to you.  They do not conduct any electrical power that operates your lights and appliances. You connect your Earthing product to the ground (earth) contact of a wall outlet or to a ground rod planted in the soil outside. All Earthing cords have a built-in 100 kilo-Ohms resistor providing protection in the unlikely case of an electric current flowing into the grounding wire such as when you touch a metallic object or appliance that is electrically charged due to a short-circuit in it.

Should you unplug your mat or other Earthing products when not in use?

No need to unplug them.  Just leave them plugged in at the outlet unless you are going to move them to another room. Earthing products don’t “run” on electricity. They aren’t running up any bill when you leave them plugged in.

How is this different from various therapeutic systems that simulate the frequencies of the Earth?

Such devices utilize pulsed electromagnet fields (PEMF) and indeed have many benefits. These fields, however, do not contain any electrons, and thus cannot deliver electrons to the body as does Earthing.  Earthing products conduct the electrons of the Earth (and their vibratory frequencies) into your body and serve as extension cords from the Earth to you. The electrons and their frequencies include all of the subtleties inherent in Nature that our bodies have attuned to throughout history. Earthing is totally natural.

Is it safe for a pet dog or cat to come in contact with an Earthing mat or other product?

Yes. Animals naturally want to spend time in contact with the Earth. Many indoor pets share our lifestyle and never make contact with the ground outside. People report that pets indoors are attracted to grounding products. We have written an article on this subject here.

Connection & conductivity

Does an electrician need to come to your home to and see if your outlets are grounded properly?

In North America, most modern homes have a functional electrical grounding system that interfaces with the Earthing plug-in cord. If you have a house built before the 1960s, and outlets do not have a third hole (ground port), you will either need to use a ground rod or call an electrician to update the wiring.
Earthing products come with a simple outlet checker. You just stick it in your wall outlet. Two orange lights verifies that the outlet is properly wired for Earthing. You then just plug the accompanying Earthing cord into the third hole and you are good to go.

Outside of North America, you will also have to use a ground rod if your home’s electrical system is not properly grounded (earthed).  If it is grounded, you will have to obtain a grounded North American adapter for the outlets.

If you live in an old apartment building without grounded electrical outlets and cannot place a ground rod outside in the Earth, what can you do?

If you don’t mind a wire running through your apartment, you could connect (clamp or tape) the prong end of the Earthing cord to the cold water pipe under your bathroom sink.  The pipe is part of the building’s water supply system, which originates underground, and is thus grounded.  Make sure that the pipe is totally made of metal all the way down to the ground.  Any plastic section of the pipe would cause an insulating effect.  You may want to consult with an electrician to explore this and other possibilities to create a good electrical ground connection.  Meanwhile, try to spend some regular barefoot time out-of-doors if possible and consider using an Earthing mat in your office or place of work if practical.

When working grounded on a laptop computer you might feel a kind of uncomfortable stinging, tingling in your hands.

Ungrounded laptops (without a three prong power cord) can generate significant electric fields.  Some people will feel sensations while they are grounded and working on the computer.  If the feeling is uncomfortable, we recommend several options:

  1. Don’t ground yourself while using the computer plugged in.
  2. Ground yourself only when the computer is operating on battery mode.
  3. Place the laptop directly on an Earthing mat to ground the computer

Can you plug an Earthing product cord into a surge protector or extension cord?

Yes, as long as the surge protector or extension cord have an existing ground hole (to accommodate the prong on the Earthing cord) and if you can connect the surge protector/extension cord into a grounded outlet in the home or office.

Can you use two Earthing products at the same time, such as a mat and a patch?

You can use multiple grounding products at the same time, but for safety sake you should only plug them into one grounding source, either a grounded outlet or a ground rod.   Not one to the outlet and the other to a ground rod.  The reason is to avoid the risk of a shock in case of a surge due to a power outage or a thunderstorm.

Here’s the situation: Your house/building electrical system is connected to, and stabilized by, a ground rod in the Earth, usually located under the electrical panel. A loop wire (also known as the ground wire), runs through your system, and you connect to it whenever you insert your Earthing cord into the third hole (the ground port) of the outlet.  If you plug your Earthing sheet, for instance, into the outlet, you are grounded via the house ground rod.

Let’s say you also want to sleep with a patch or a band.  You have an Earthing ground rod and you are thinking about using it now, and connecting the patch or band cord to the attached cord of the ground rod while at the same time you have the sheet connected to the outlet.

Don’t!  It’s not a good idea.

If you were to do it, you would be creating what’s called a “ground loop,” meaning a closed circuit − a closed loop with the ground closing the loop.  When you place an Earthing ground rod into the soil, usually it is not close to the house ground rod.  There are differences in size, depth, and soil conditions between the two rods that create an electrical resistance between the two rod locations.  This means a different “electric potential,” that is, level of electrical energy, and the difference would generate a current flow in the closed circuit of which you are a part. So the current flows through you.

In general, you wouldn’t feel anything unusual and you wouldn’t be harming yourself.  But there would be risk from a shock, for instance, when a power surge or a thunderstorm occur.  In that case, the difference in electric potential can get very high, reaching even several hundred or even thousands of volts, and create a very strong current enough for you to feel as a mild shock.

All Earthing product cords have built-in resistors that protect you.  If it were not for the presence of the resistor, the shock you feel would be much larger.

The bottom line: If you use more than one Earthing product at one time, connect them to the same grounding source, either to a grounded outlet or to the ground rod cord.  Not one to the outlet and the other to the ground rod.

You can certainly plug two single Earthing cords into the two receptacles of a standard grounded outlet or even into two different outlets.  Or you can use an Earthing splitter cord with two terminals into which you can plug two Earthing product cords.

It should be noted that newer houses have ground rods under the house at several points below the pathway of the ground wire, resulting in an improved grounding system.  Older grounding systems may have wires with a volt or two, because of the length of the wire and a slight build-up of resistance.  Electro-hypersensitive people may feel even that low voltage, and are advised in that case to connect their Earthing product to a dedicated Earthing ground rod planted in the soil outside an adjacent window, if that is feasible).

Can you plug the Earthing cord into the ground (Earth) hole of an outlet while there is an ungrounded lamp or some other appliance plugged in?

Yes.  As long as the outlet is grounded and you can insert the cord into the ground hole.

If it safe to plug a wire into the ground port of a wall electrical outlet and wrap it around your ankle or wrist?

We do not recommend this.  It is unsafe. All authorized Earthing products are specifically designed for safe, biological grounding of people. They have a built-in resistor that limits the flow of current in order to prevent the unlikely possibility that electricity would flow through the connecting wire and possibly hurt someone. The resistor allows the Earth’s natural energy to come through but not any potentially harmful electricity. In this respect, the resistor acts like a “kink” in a hose, curbing the flow. Earthing products for personal grounding thus have built-in protection similar to the systems utilized in industry throughout the world that prevents electricity and static from damaging sensitive electronic parts.

Is there a safety risk of being in contact with an Earthing system while using electrical or electronic devices?

Earthing products are designed with built-in user safety. First, an electrical outlet tester is supplied with each product to verify that an outlet is properly wired and that the outlet has a working ground. The product ground cords are designed to provide a safe soft ground utilizing a built-in (molded in) in-line current limiting 100kohm resistor. In the event that a short develops in an electrical device that a person is in contact with while grounded the built-in resistor limits the current flow to a safe level. The accepted safe current limit of 5-8mA is defined as “sensation of shock not painful; individuals can let go at will.” The human body threshold of sensation is 1mA. The electrical calculation is current=volts/resistance (I=V/R). R = Rresistor + Rbody. Typical body resistance is 10k when wet and much higher when dry. However, to be conservative, using Rbody=0, Rres=100kohm, V=130volts; then maximum current I=130volts/100,000ohm=1.3mA; well below the accepted safety limit of 5mA and most likely barely perceptible.

If the power goes off in the house, can you still be grounded?

Earthing doesn’t “run” on electricity. Your Earthing product is connected to the energy of the Earth, not to the electricity that operates your lights and appliances. If you plug your Earthing product into the ground (earth) port of your wall outlet, you are simply making contact with the ground (earth) wire in that hole that connects to other outlets in your house and is attached to a large ground rod outside. The ground rod receives the natural energy that flows through the Earth’s surface and stabilizes your electrical system. Whether your power is on or off, doesn’t matter. As long as you have contact with the Earth, by being barefoot outside, or using an Earthing product indoors that is connected to the Earth, either via a grounded (earthed) wall outlet or a separate ground rod outside, you are grounded.

Can you ground yourself outside by wearing electrostatic discharge (ESD) footwear?

ESD shoes are primarily designed for discharging static electricity but to a degree they ground the body beneficially. They are better than regular shoes but not as good as going barefoot. The difference between grounding and static discharge is that grounding instantly equalizes your body at Earth’s potential. Static discharge, generally called a soft ground or a dissipative ground, has an inline 1 meg ohm resistor in the ground cord which is design to slowly bleed off static electrical charges (contact and separation charges). These charges are created on the body by clothing and shoes whenever you move your clothing with arm movement or walk or sit on any synthetic material. The ESD industry uses dissipative grounding to prevent a rapid discharge of static electricity that might otherwise blow an electronic circuit or sensitive chip.

Compared to Earthing products, physiological results are not as good with ESD systems that incorporate a 1 megohm resistor in the line. Why is this so?

This statement refers to electrostatic discharge (ESD) devices used in the electronics industry and other industries that are meant to slowly dissipate static electricity on workers that can otherwise damage sensitive electronic components.  By comparison, Earthing systems are conductive, meaning they instantly equalize the body with, and maintain the body, at Earth potential, and are meant to simulate the natural, evolutionary human experience of being barefoot on the Earth outside.  Earthing research has demonstrated that holding the body at Earth potential (simulating being barefoot outside) produces significant results on measurements related to inflammation, blood electrodynamics, and autonomic nervous system function.

There is no scientific evidence we are aware relating to the effect of ESD systems on the physiology, and thus no way to compare objectively ESD vs. Earthing.  ESD products are meant for industrial use.  The Earthing design has been shown in repeated experiments, published in a variety of journals, to generate distinct changes in the physiology and for which ESD products, meant for industrial use to prevent common static from damaging electronic components, have not been documented to do.

We have informally tested ESD products and found that they do not generate the same electrophysiological changes as does Earthing. While ESD products may produce some benefits, people have told us that ESD products do not produce the same experience and results as Earthing.

All ESD ground cords contain 1 megohm resistor. A 1 megohm resistor allows 60hz EMF-induced body voltage to drop by 90 percent.  Earthing products have a built-in 100K ohm resistor in all ground cords for safety and allows 60hz EMF induced body voltage to drop by 99 percent.  Earthing’s ability to bring and hold the body at Earth’s potential restores the body’s natural electrical state and facilitates inflammation reduction. Reducing EMF-induced body voltages will not do that, however, such reduction benefits the autonomic nervous system and sleep.

Can you connect an Earthing product to an electric outlet on a cruise ship?

Check with the cruise company first. In-cabin outlets may not be grounded.

Can you use the outlets on a house boat to ground yourself?

As long as the boat is connected to a shore power, an electrical outlet ground would be fine. When a boat is not connected to shore power and running on a generator, the outlets may not be ground. You would have to ask the manufacturer.  If your boat is in ocean (salt) water, you can connect your Earthing device to a ground rod and dangle it over the side into the water. Sea water makes a good ground.