A skeptical view of Earthing (it's always good to look at both sides of any issue) -- http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/earthing/
No offense taken from you Kina, but I find it amazing how often this kind of thing happens. It seems some people can only accept things that are supposedly "science based", or "scientifically proven", and often display a lot of disdain toward ideas they can't conveniently understand within their own scientific constructs. Some of the sarcasm displayed on this thread is a good example.
Imagine that people came on this board and insisted that ME/CFS is strictly a cognitive issue -- that we believe we're sick when in fact our bodies are unusually healthy. All we have to do to get well is take an expensive class that tells us we're not sick and voila, we'd be well.
As far as I can tell from a tiny bit of googling, coming into contact with the earth will bring you to the same potential as the earth quite quickly so I am wondering about any current flow, how the electrons would travel into the body to any great extent (if they do) to neutralize free radicals etc.
Given the original poster's experience you may need more than those few nights on the pad to see benefit, or her particular combination of antivirals (with this approach topping off the tank so to speak).
Ask2266's medications: monolaurin, mirtazapine, citalopram, pregnenolone, DHEA, methylated B complex, Emblica officinalis (Indian gooseberry), liver extract, krill oil, cod liver oil, probiotics, betaine HCl, digestive enzymes, paleolithic diet.
As to how it works, I understand that once you reach the potential of the earth, current/electrons no longer flow. However, that assumes that our charge doesn't change internally. If free radicals are nothing more than positively charged particles that are constantly being produced from various biochemical processes, then wouldn't we be constantly needing a supply of electrons to squelch these bad boys? Isn't that why we are advised to eat antioxidants, for their supply of electrons? If that is the case, wouldn't we borrow electrons from the negatively charged earth as long as we were connected to it, if we were constantly producing free radicals that needed squelching? Is chronic inflammation nothing more than an electron deficiency?
Acids are more likely to be positively charged and bases/alkaline are more likely to be negatively charged. Could the benefit of earthing be that it is turning the body back to an alkaline state?