FAR INFRARED SAUNA RESEARCH, STUDIES & FACTS
 

Research by NASA indicates that within the broad infrared radiation spectrum, those in the 8-14 micron range are most effective in penetrating the human body. It then naturally follows that when FIR of this frequency range is used in therapeutic treatment, it will have the greatest beneficial effect on the patient. This is because it is the frequency best able to produce the warmth necessary to expand capillaries and stimulate blood circulation.

This colour isothermograph below shows the effects of far infrared therapy.

The effects of using the Far Infrared Sauna


Far Infrared Medical Healing Worldwide

Far infrared treatments are nothing new and over the last 25 years, extensive research has been carried out worldwide on the medical benefits of far infrared particularly from countries like Japan and China. Japan even have their own "Infrared Society" consisting of a team of highly qualified medical professionals doctors and therapists who are dedicated to FIR research and some of their findings listed below support the outstanding health benefits of infrared therapy as a method of healing.

 

Very successful results for:
Acne
Asthma, bronchitis
Bursitis
Ear Diseases
Insomnia
Rheumatoid arthritis
Cirrhosis of the liver
Crohn's Disease (Ileitis)
Cystitis
Duodenal ulcers
Hepatitis
Leg ulcers
Muscle Spasms
Post-Exercise Muscle Pain
Sciatica
Shoulder Stiffness
Spinal Chord Shock
Whiplash

Symptoms significantly reduced for:
Benign prostatic hypertrophy
Brain Contusion
Cancer pain
Cold hands and feet
Compression fracture pain
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastritis
Hemorrhoids
High blood pressure
Deltoid Muscular Problems
Menopause Pain
Muscle Tension
Nose bleeding
Post-surgical adhesions
Radiation sickness
Sequelae of strokes
Skin Conditions

 


The Science of Far Infrared Therapies - Toxin Removal


"One of the reasons FIR has beneficial results in a variety of illnesses is the ability of FIR waves to remove toxins which are often at the core of many health problems. Toxins in our body appear in water as clumps or globules. Blood circulation becomes blocked and cellular energy impaired where these toxins accumulate. However, when the energy from  FIR is applied to water molecules containing toxins, the water begins to vibrate,  releasing the encapsulated gases and other toxic materials back into the bloodstream where they are removed naturally by the body's normal detoxification process.
One study done by American researchers showed that the sweat released by users of a FIR sauna (80-85% water) was different from the sweat released by users of a conventional sauna (75-95% water). The non-water portion of sweat released in a FIR sauna was cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulphuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid".

Quote taken from "The Science of Far Infrared Therapies" by Dr Toshiko Yamazaki, MD


Excerpts from "Warming Up to Far Infrared"

• Traditionally our daily dose of infrared comes from sunlight, which is composed of all the energy wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum but today we're seeing new technologies employing far-infrared energy in healthcare products and in clinical protocols such as hypothermic therapies for detoxification and cancer treatment.

• Energy medicine is very old, too - at least as old as the first Qigong masters and other ancient practitioners of healing touch therapies. These healers all had in common the ability to emit energy through their hands, and so do many modern day healers, such as Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N., who began teaching healing touch techniques in the U.S. in the 1970s. Contemporary researchers have now proved that these forms of energy medicine use wavelengths in the infrared range. In a study at the National Yang-Ming Medical College in Taipei, Taiwan, published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine in 1991, researchers measured the energy Qigong masters emit from their palms. The researchers employed electronic detection equipment but were also able to detect infrared energy by a rise in air temperature near the masters' palms. The study showed that emitted infrared Qi, or Chi (pronounced "chee" and essentially meaning energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine), has positive effects on human fibroblasts, the cells that rebuild connective tissue. The study also showed that infrared Chi stimulated a significant increase in cell growth, DNA synthesis and protein synthesis in cells.

• Is this warming effect different from that of a hot water bottle or heating pad? Yes, the vibrational energy of far-infrared light is unlike that of the heat energy we use, for example, in cooking. Steam from boiling water can burn the skin but it doesn't heat internal organs. Sunlight heats us in a profound way, however, because it contains penetrating far-infrared rays as well as the full range of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.

• At the molecular level, FIR exerts strong rotational and vibrational effects that are either biologically benign or, in certain processes, biologically beneficial. This healing ability stands in contrast to the damaging effects of short wavelengths, such as X-rays and gamma rays. The molecular effects of FIR are actually measurable through IR spectroscopy, a method of analyzing the emission and absorption of infrared light that reveals changes in atoms and molecules caused by IR energy. In healthcare, these effects are being harnessed to promote healing.

• Far-infrared light penetrates beyond the skin level and is absorbed efficiently by cells below, whereas visible light is mostly bounced off the skin surface. Near-infrared is mostly absorbed at the skin level and raises the skin temperature. Far-infrared can penetrate up to 4cms, exciting the vibrational energy of molecules and resonating with cellular frequencies. We can't exactly perceive the deep heating effects of FIR, though, because our body's ability to sense heat is mainly at the skin level. Nonetheless, the effects of FIR rays promote bio-processes such as increased metabolism and blood circulation, and can raise core body temperature. NASA certainly understood some of these effects when it developed FIR materials for radiant heat during space travel. Hospitals have also taken advantage of some of these properties to keep newborn babies warm using FIR materials around incubators.

• For many, the biggest news in FIR technology is its application of the far-infrared sauna in the evolving science of detoxification. At home and in clinics, these saunas are said to yield many benefits - including relief from different kinds of pain; stimulation of immune response; improvement in skin tone and conditions such as burns, eczema, acne; and the accelerated burning of calories.

• "If far-infrared saunas work, why wait to use them? In our homes and healthcare facilities, we need to use these saunas to detox the same way we exercise-safely and effectively. And don't overlook the importance of educating yourself and your children about sources of environmental toxins and allergens. Your future health depends on it!"  Dr. Rapp

by D.J. Fletcher - Alternative Medicine Magazine



Benefit of FIR 'Sweatless' Sauna in Comparison to Conventional Saunas


"Traditional wisdom has suggested that saunas work largely by promoting detoxification through the sweat," says John C. Cline, M.D., B.Sc., C.C.F.P., A.B.C.T., Medical Director of the Cline Medical Centre and Oceanside Functional Medicine Research Institute, Canada. "Saunas also stimulate cells to release toxins which can then be eliminated by the liver and bowel. Several published studies have now shown that this hypothermic therapy can bring about the rapid removal of a wide range of toxic substances from the human body." The FIR energy emitted in these saunas may induce two or three times the sweat volume of conventional saunas, yet they operate at a much cooler air temperature range: about 110 - 130 deg F, compared with 180 - 235 deg F in a conventional sauna. Many individuals who cannot tolerate a conventional sauna, steam room or sweat lodge will find FIR saunas pleasant. The lower heat range is also safer for those with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower temperatures don't dramatically elevate heart rate and blood pressure.

Dr John C. Cline, M.D., B.Sc., C.C.F.P., A.B.C.T.

   
           
       
           
       
           
   
Pleasant, safe FIR heat penetrates the body.
FIR is a pleasant heat or warmth unlike and its lower heat range is much safer than conventional saunas.
 
           
                   
             
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