Infrared Sauna Benefits Part 2

Researchers reported over 90% success in a summary of Chinese studies that assessed the effect of infrared therapy on:

  • Soft tissue injury
  • Lumbar strain
  • Periarthritis of the shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Pain during Menstruation
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Eczema with infection
  • Post-surgical infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Cholecystitis
  • Pelvic infection
  • Pediatric Pneumonia
  • Tineas
  • Frostbite with inflammation
  • Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy

Japanese researchers, as reported in the book Infrared Therapy by Dr. Yamajaki, have produced the following provocative results.
  • Burns: relieves pain and decreases healing time, with less scarring
  • High Blood Pressure: safe in 40 ~ 50°C range and regular use helps to lower it
  • Low Blood Pressure: sauna trains body to raise it
  • Brain Damage: accelerated repair in brain contusions
  • Short-term memory improved
  • Cancer of the tongue reversed
  • Toxic Electromagnetic Fields: effects neutralized
  • Cerebral Hemorrhages: recovery is both sped up and significantly enhanced
  • Auto Accident: related soft tissue injury - daily sessions were used until best healing was attained; then Infrared systems were used to deal with permanent residuals. The pain control effect on the chronic residuals from such injuries lasted three days before another treatment was necessary.
  • Arthritis, acute and chronic: was greatly relieved
  • Gouty Arthritis: relieved
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: relieved
  • Menopause Symptoms: relieved chills, nervousness, depression, dizziness, head & stomach aches
  • Weight Loss: first, through sweating and the energy use needed to produce the sweat and second, through direct excretion of fat

Blood Circulation - the following ailments may be associated to poor circulation and, thus, may respond well to the increased peripheral dilation associated with Infrared application:

  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Backaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nervous Tension
  • Diabetes
  • Children's Over-tired Muscles
  • Varicose Veins
  • Neuritis
  • Bursitis
  • Rheumatism
  • Strained Muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Stretch Marks
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Upset Stomachs
  • Leg and Decubitus Ulcers: failed to heal using conventional approaches
  • Post-Operative Edema: treatment with infrared has been so successful that hospital stays were reported to have been reduced by 25%

Coronary Artery Disease, Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension 
Finnish researchers, talking about the regular use of conventional saunas state that there are abundant evidences to suggest that blood vessels of regular sauna-goers remain elastic and pliable longer due to the regular dilation and contraction of blood vessels induced by sauna use. German medical researchers reported in "Dermatol Monatsschr" in 1989 that a single whole-body session of infrared-induced hyperthermia lasting over one hour had only beneficial effects on subjects with stage I-II essential hypertension. Each subject experienced a rise in core body temperature to a maximum level of 38.5°C (101.3°F). All of the subjects in one experiment had significant decrease in arterial, venous and mean blood pressure that lasted for at least 24 hours and was linked, according to the researchers, to a persistent peripheral dilation effect. An improvement in plasma viscosity was also noted. Another group of similar hypertension patients was also studied under the same conditions of infrared-induced hyperthermia, with an eye toward more carefully evaluating the circulatory system effects induced by this type of whole-body heating. During each infrared session, there was a significant decrease of blood pressure, cardiac ejection resistance, and total peripheral resistance in every subject. There was also a significant increase during each session of the subjects' heart rates, stroke volumes, cardiac outputs and ejection fractions. The researchers cite these last three effects as evidences that the stimulation of the heart during infrared-induced hyperthermia is well compensated, while the prior list of effects clearly show the microcirculatory changes that lead to the desired result of a lowering of blood pressure. 

Problems often accompanying Aging, that have been reported to have been alleviated or reduced by Infrared Therapy:

  • Menopause
  • Cold hands and feet: A physical therapist found 20~50% improvement was maintained
  • High Blood Pressure: Example - Case of a diabetic with a systolic decrease from 180 to 125 and a concurrent 10 lbs. weight loss after infrared use
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: 7 out of 7 cases successfully resolved in one clinical trial
  • Radiation Sickness: relieves signs and symptoms
  • Cancer Pain: relieved pain in later stages of cancer extremely well
  • Sequelae of Strokes: Example - Hemiparesis relieved over time
  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy: reduced
  • Duodenal Ulcers: eliminated
  • Pain: which prevented sleep or limited useable sleeping positions were relieved
  • Compression Fracture Pain: Example - pain gone for 3 days after each treatment in steoporotic compression fractures
  • Hemorrhoids: reduced § Cystitis: gone
  • Cirrhoisis of Liver: reversed
  • Gastritis: relieved
  • Hepatitis: gone
  • Asthma & Bronchitis: cleared up (like moving to Arizona's dry air)
  • Chron's Disease: gone
  • Post Surgical Adhesions: reduced
  • Leg ulcers: healed when previously static and resistant to other care
  • Keloids: significantly softened and, in some cases, completely gone

Ear, Nose and Throat conditions relieved with Infrared treatments:

  • Chronic middle-ear inflammation or infection
  • Sore throats
  • Tinitus: chronic severe case cleared with 10 Infrared treatments
  • Nose bleeding

Skin conditions benefited by Infrared treatments

  • Nettle rash
  • Clogged pores are unplugged of cosmetics creating a skin texture and tone of unexcelled quality. Mikkel Aaland's book Sweat (Capra Press, 1978) quotes a Finnish doctor to the effect that: "The best dressed foreigner can come into a doctor's office, and when his skin is examined, it is found to be rough as bark. On the other hand, as a result of the sauna, the skin of any Finnish worker is supple and healthy"
  • Poor skin tone is restored to a more youthful level
  • Scars and pain from burns or wounds are decreased in severity and extent. Infrared therapy is used routinely in burn units throughout Asia
  • Lacerations heal quicker and with less pain and scarring
  • Acne: Three or four infrared treatments may open pores that have not been functioning in years, forcing out clogging cosmetics and loosening dead outer skin. The sauna is thus a boon to teenage skin, clearing acne and blackheads
  • Body odor: by improving the function of the skin, the infrared treatments may eliminate the cause of offensive body odor. It definitely reduces body odorr induced by occupational exposure to odorous chemicals
  • Eczema and Psoriasis: reported to have responded extremely well to infrared treatments
  • Sunburn: according to the 9th edition of Clayton's Electrotherapy, "infrared is the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation."
  • Keloids forms at a reduced rate in those prone to their formation with infrared treatments and may be softened by use of infrared systems if they have form,

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    Please note: the information contained herein has been compiled from various sources. We make no claims, either expressed or implied, that any products mentioned in this article will cure disease, replace prescription medication, or supersede sound medical advice.