Far Infrared Treatment Benefits
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.
Japan even has their own “Infrared Society,” consisting of a team of highly qualified medical professionals, doctors and therapists 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, 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 cord shock and 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, post-surgical adhesions, radiation sickness, sequelae of strokes and skin conditions.
Acupuncturist, Adam Gries, utilizes far-infrared heat therapy in two forms: his treatment table has a mat on it lined with jade discs, which, when heated up emit far-infrared waves, thus providing the patient with a far-infrared “bath.” He also employs the use of far-infrared heating lamps which he places directly over areas in need of targeted deep heat and improved circulation.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
Far Infrared Sauna Benefits
Do infrared saunas have any health benefits? What is a far-infrared sauna? Does it have health benefits?
Read the original article here.
Brent A. Bauer, M.D. responds:
A far-infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat. “Far” describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum. A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turns warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you.
The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, similar to those elicited by moderate exercise. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna, which makes it accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. But does that translate into tangible health benefits? Perhaps.
Several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis, and found some evidence of benefit. However, larger and more-rigorous studies are needed to confirm these results.
On the other hand, no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas. So if you’re considering trying a sauna for relaxation, an infrared sauna might be an option.
by D.J. Fletcher, Alternative Medicine Magazine