Earthing (Grounding) Therapy — Does It Work?

Respectful Living
5 min readApr 10, 2020

I recently watched a documentary on ‘Earthing’ called ‘The Earthing Movie: The Remarkable Science of Grounding’. The documentary had plenty of anecdotal stories about children being able to accomplish more while ‘grounded’, as well as helping behavioral issues, and even autism. It also featured several doctors and researches and quoted a few studies that were done on grounding. The movie makers and participants state that inflammation can be eliminated by grounding, and that muscle repair happens more quickly with grounding.

Some of the statements made in the movie seemed a bit over zealous to me, so I decided to do a little scientific research to find out if there was any validity to the claims.

So what is Grounding Therapy exactly? (Sometimes called Earthing.) According to Healthline, Grounding is:

“ a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have positive effects on your body.”

In simple terms, Grounding is connecting with the earth with your bare feet or body, in order to electrically ground you to the earth. Similar to how we ground electrical connections. I’m sure you have heard of a ‘ground wire’. Connecting your body to the earth via being barefoot, or with an actual ground wire would ‘ground’ you.

If you have followed along on my writing, you know that I love the scientific research and have gone in depth on many topics from the keto diet, to colorectal cancer, to reversing type 2 diabetes, to the oral microbiome, and the health benefits of fermented foods. You can guess that I have done a good bit of research on grounding and earthing therapy.

So here is what the science says……….

Studies have been done on the effect of grounding on sleep disturbances, muscle pain, cortisol levels, transfer of electrons from the Earth to the body, stress levels after grounding, metabolic healing response to grounding, glycemic control, blood viscosity, inflammation, immune system activity, and pain reduction.

Some of these studies were randomized and double-blind control trials (the gold…



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