by Glen Swartwout
Conventional saunas, whether wet or dry, use high air temperature heat, making breathing difficult for many people, and only heating the very surface of the skin via convection. Far Infrared (FIR) saunas work very differently. The air is not heated, except indirectly, while the body tissues are directly heated by healing Far Infrared waves.
Perspiration therapy has been used for thousands of years around the world, from the Roman baths to Native American sweat lodges. The Japanese live longer than any other nation, and they traditionally take a furo, which is a very hot bath, every night for relaxation and health. The Scandinavians take saunas regularly for their health as well. Heat stress detoxification is one of the most widely used and effective methods of detoxification, relaxation and rejuvenation in the world.
Producing one gram of sweat requires 0.586 kcal. “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a (conventional) sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal – the equivalent of running 2 – 3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 – 800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by re-hydration with water, the calories consumed will not be.” The article in JAMA continues: “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.”
With two to three times the sweat generated in a far infrared sauna as compared to a conventional hot-air sauna, the caloric consumption is remarkable. Today’s far infrared technology makes sauna therapy even more effective and enjoyable. NASA research in the 1980’s found that far infrared (FIR) stimulation is the best means of cardiovascular conditioning for long space flights.
What is FIR?
|Frequency Range||Warm earth||Palm of hand||FIR sauna|
|Near infrared||0.076-1.5 microns|
|Middle infrared||1.5-5.6 microns|
|Far infrared (FIR)||5.6-1,000 microns||7-14 microns||8-14 microns||5.6-25 microns|
|Peak emission:||10 microns||9.4 microns||9.4 microns|
The skin is the largest organ of the body, containing millions of sweat glands. Among its many functions is elimination, acting as a third kidney. Perspiration is capable of performing 27% of our total detoxification ability. Sweating eliminates a wide range of toxins efficiently with no stress on your liver or kidneys, while cleansing the skin and the underlying connective tissues for baby-soft, healthy, glowing skin.
Resonant absorption of far infrared energy causes toxins to become soluble and release from storage in the cells and connective tissue into the lymph. Sweat is then produced from this toxic lymph fluid bypassing the other routes of elimination: liver, kidneys, bowels, lungs and sinuses. This is a major advantage for those with stress in any of these areas.
Most Americans are carrying a toxic burden of 400 and 800 toxic substances stored in our fat cells. Extra fat is stored to dilute these chemicals and keep them in storage. Because our environment exposes us to higher levels than we are able to eliminate, bio-accumulation becomes a major contributor to reduced health and chronic degenerative conditions like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Many health practitioners now recognize far infrared saunas as one of the most effective methods of reducing the body’s burden of chemicals and heavy metals with minimum strain on the body’s organs.
Why Far Infrared?
People who need to detoxify the most are often very uncomfortable in a conventional high heat sauna. Also, despite the higher temperature in conventional saunas and steam baths, less sweat is produced and it contains fewer toxins. This is because the heat is transmitted by the air to the surface of the skin, in contrast to the radiant FIR, which penetrates deep into the body tissues.
In Japanese research, far infrared radiation “significantly increased intracellular calcium ion concentration, phagocytosis and the blastogenetic response of lymphocytes to mitogens. The results suggest that materials emitting electromagnetic radiation in the far infrared range, which are widely used in Japan for cosmetic, therapeutic, and preservative purposes, appear capable of potentiating leukocyte functions without promoting oxidative injury.”
Many top athletes now use far infrared technology to warm their muscles before and after working out to prevent injuries and promote relaxation. Far infrared is radiant energy which heats objects by direct resonant absorption, without heating the air in between. This means no wait-time for the sauna to heat up and very little cost for electricity. The typical operation is much more cost efficient than other saunas. And infrared heat is so safe it is used by hospitals to warm premature infants.
|Far Infrared Sauna||Conventional Sauna||Steam Room|
|Portability||Easy to move||None||None|
|Electrical Standard||110 volt plug||220 volt||220 volt|
|Temperature||110 to 130 degrees F||180 to 235 degrees F||90 to 120 degrees F|
|Energy to Air||<20%||100%||100%|
|Pre-heat time||10-15 minutes||30-60 minutes||30-45 minutes|
|Heat source||Far Infrared rays||Hot air||Hot water|
|Heat mechanism||Radiant||Convection (air)
|Heat penetration||Deep (4 cm)||Surface (mm)||Surface (mm)|
|Deep-tissue-heat||up to 10 times more||Some||Some|
|Sweating||2 to 3 times more||Some||Some|
Potentially toxic mineral contents of sweat eliminated during FIR sauna:
Nutrient mineral content of sweat:
What is eliminated?
Removal of 10.1% to 65.9% of the fat-soluble-toxins is achievable by the combination of the nutritional and sauna-detoxification.
- Acid toxins
- Environmental chemicals (77,000)
- Excessive fluids
- Food additives (3,000)
- Food processing solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives (10,000)
- hexachlorobenzene (HCB): 30% reduction
- Heavy metals
- Lipophilic toxins
- PCBs (polychlorination-biphenyls): 16% to 63% (adipose-tissue) reduction
- Polybromination-biphenyls (PBBs): 58.7% reduction (p < 0.05) at a decade in the body-tissues, with no change at the 5 and 10-year-marks)
What is stimulated?
- Autonomic-nervous-system: balance
- Blood-pressure: regulation (normalization)
- Diastolic-blood-pressure: reduction
- Fitness as an exercise-enhancement (warming for a stretch) or replacement in the case of a trauma, safety, ability or weather-issue.
- Healing-processes, including open-wounds, sprains and strains (elevation of the feet is for the maximum-therapy-effectiveness)
- Hyperthermia (artificial fever of 1 to 3 degrees F)
- Killer-T-cell regeneration by the thymus
- Leukocyte regeneration by the bone-marrow
- Recovery with the colds and flu, exercise and injuries
- Skin tone and elasticity
- Vascular dilation
What symptoms or conditions can benefit?
- Autonomic dysregulation
- Back pain
- Balance problems
- Brain fog
- Burns (healing and scars)
- Cellulite (fat, water and waste products trapped in the skin)
- Chronic-fatigue (CFIDS)
- Colds and flu (increase the saunas for the immunity-enhancement)
- Environmental illness
- Enzyme dysfunctions
- Excessive body odor
- Frequent colds or flu
- Feeling sick all over
- Hormonal imbalances
- Loss of dexterity
- Low body temperature
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
- Muscle and joint-pain
- Muscle-tension and spasms
- Oxygen-debt (speeding of the recovery)
- Pleomorphic-organism: imbalances
- Physical-difficulty with any exercising
- Scars (reduction of the formation; softening of the keloids and scar-tissue)
- Skin-lesions (open-wounds or scars)
- Skin-sagging (rejuvenation of the elasticity)
- Skin-tone (enhancement of the firmness)
- UV burns (antidote)
- Virus (reduction of the reproduction-rate)
Comparison with Exercise:
|Ease for the Joints||+++++||–|
Imagine relaxing in a Far Infrared Sauna for 20 to 30 minutes as you burn as many calories and perspire as much as you would if you ran 6 miles, yet without any strain on your joints or spine. Your cardiovascular system gets a workout as your nervous system relaxes. Your immune system gets stronger because hyperthermia acts as an artificial fever, helping to eliminate bacterial and other invaders. The profuse perspiration also cleanses and rejuvenates your skin and other tissues. Far Infrared Sauna technology is effective for burning calories, controlling weight, and even helping remove cellulite according to European beauty specialists. In one 25-minute session you burn up to 600 calories, as many calories as rowing for 30 minutes. At 110 degrees F, your body fat melts and becomes miscible with with the body fluids so you can actually excrete it through the glands of the skin, and pump it out through the lymph by exercising after your sauna warmup. With all these benefits, perhaps the best of all is the relaxation you feel as you read, listen to music, or meditate in a comfortable degree of warmth.
Diet and environmental chemicals cause 95% of cancers. Furthermore, as the first generation of man exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily chemicals, we have learned that stored chemicals can mimic any disease. “Incurable” chronic diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear once toxic chemicals are gone. Since the far infrared sauna is the safest, most efficacious and economical way of depurating stored toxins, this makes it a household necessity.
Calories used by a 150-pound person in 30 minutes:
|Far-Infrared-Sauna (high-conditioning-level)||900 to 2,400|
|Snow-shoveling||256 (female); 334 (male)|
|Lawn-Mowing||181 (female); 236 (male)|
|Digging||150 (female); 197 (male)|
|Weeding||138 (female); 181 (male)|
|Planting||135 (female); 177 (male)|
|Raking||120 (female); 157 (male)|
For the use of the sauna:
New-sauna: running-empty for the first-time at the maximum-heat for an hour with the door-open.
Setting-range: 100-140 degrees F at the maximum-level with the comfort.
Warm-up: for the stretching, exercising and injury-reduction is with the wearing of the sports-clothing and with the open-door: staying in the sauna for the first-breaking of a sweat. A 20-minute sauna results in a 10% immediate gain in flexibility. For maximum stretching benefits, start with a full 40-minute sauna and gain 1/2%permanent increase in your flexibility. 40 minutes or more is necessary for the maximum heating of connective tissues, achieving reduction of the elasticity for lasting changes with the stretching or yoga. Tolerance may fluctuate with some achieving comfortable sessions of up to 90 minutes at times. End your session when your body feels done.
Cooling: opening of the roof-vent, window, and/or door for the fresh-cool-air as you desire. For the setting and leaving of the thermostat at the maximum-position is for the sustaining of the FIR-benefits.
Fluids: Drink anti-oxidant, alkaline-water (Microwater &/or Coral-Calcium) prior and following the sauna, or fresh vegetable (or fruit) juice by an ionization-process (GreenPower). Minimize the fruits and fruit juices with any illness, unless you are doing the grape-cure (mono-diet of the organic-grapes).
- Calcium (see combinations: Cal/Mag, Coral-Calcium and Structural-Integrity-Plus)
- Magnesium (glycinate for the maximum-absorption, aspartate for the cell-delivery, taurate for the heart and retina)
- Potassium (vegetables, fruits, Potassium-Aspartate for cell-delivery)
- Sodium (bicarbonate of the soda: NaHCO3 as an alkaline-buffer)
- Sulfur (MSM)
- Colloidal-Minerals-liquid (avoid products with the heavy-metals)
- Coral-Calcium-sachets, capsules or ultra-fine powder (electrons, Ca, Mg, CO3, 72 trace minerals including the rare-earth-minerals for the longevity)
- E-lyte (Na, K, Mg, Cl, S, P, HCO3-) liquid ion concentrate with no sugar Structural Integrity Plus tablets (MCHC Ca for the increase of the bone-density, Mg, P, concommitant minerals and proteins)
- Niacin (with the history of the use in the sauna/nutrition-detoxification-programs)
- Oral chelation (Elation!)
- Effective Microbes
Fats & Oils:
Fatty-acid-supplementation is for the support of the skin health, elimination of fats and fat-soluble-toxins. Phosphatidyl Choline can also be added to increase absorption of nutrients and transport of toxins. Some of the possibilities for optimum EFA and oil-selection by the testing of the arm and leg-muscle-strength or with the Biofield-Analysis are:
EFA (up to 2-4 Tablespoons/day)
- DHA (Docosa-Hexaenoic-Acid) for the vision and brain-development
- Evening-Primrose-oil for the reduction of the inflammation
- Fish oil: EPA (Eicosa-Pentaenoic-Acid) or Eskimo-3 for the blood-type-O
- Flax-seed-oil (High-Lignan) or flax-seeds
- GLA (Gamma-Linoleic-Acid)
- Hemp-seed-oil (or raw-hemp-seeds)
- Pumpkin-seed-oil (or raw-pumpkin-seeds)
- Salmon-oil (or Pacific/Alaska-salmon)
- Squalene (Shark-Liver-oil) for the immunity, skin and liver
- Flax/Borage (for the balance of the omega: 3 & 6)
- ChildLife (for the infants and children)
- Efalex (for the enhancement of the learning-abilities)
Therapeutic and Essential-oils (must dilute in carrier or EFA and dose with caution; do not use essential oils internally if not on this list; use only with the support of your health practitioner):
Anise (Pimpinella anisum): Swallowing air, migraine, palpitations
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Intestinal colic & parasites
Black Pine (Pinus sylvestris): Respiratory tract, urinary tract, infection, gallstone, impotence
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum ceylanicum): Debility from flu, slow digestion, GI spasm, impotence
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): Exhaustion, dyspepsia, low BP, menopause, thrush, stomatitis, scanty periods, wound healing, night sweats in TB
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) Bud: Toothache, sores, insect repellent, lupus, debility, amnesia, indigestion, before childbirth, scabies, ulcers
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) Seed: Hg detox, nerve or GI pain, gas, anorexia nervosa
Eucalyptus (globulus, radiata or smithii): Congestion, UTI, fever, diabetes, migraine, worms
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) bitter: Weight loss, gas, vomiting, urinary stones, frequent urination, scanty periods, slow digestion
Geranium (maculatum): Hg detox, weak adrenals, urinary stones, gastric ulcer
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis): Loss of appetite, GI pain/gas/diarrhea, scurvy
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii): Obesity, cellulite, cleansing, PMS, headache, stiffness, hair loss, drug/alcohol withdrawal
Holy Basil: Mental fatigue, GI spasm
Lavender (Lavendula officinalis or angustifolia): All wounds, burns, insect bites, flu, migraine, vertigo, asthma, spasmodic cough, enteritis, gonorrhea, leucorrhea, paralysis
Lemon (Citrus limonum): Atherosclerosis, liver, varicose veins, stones, infection, debility, rheumatism, hemorrhage
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus): Anxiety, colitis, sympathetic stress, lice, sagging skin
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia): Deodorant, astringent, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, diuretic
Marjoram (Origanum marjorana): General and nervous debility, migraine
Mountain Savory (Satureia montana): GI pain, mental fatigue/eye strain, impotence, diarrhea, anti-bacterial/fungal
Neem oil: dysbiosis, parasites
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans): Chronic diarrhea, halitosis, toothache, gallstones, rheumatic pain, gas, debility
Orange (Citrus aurantium): Heart rhythm, chronic diarrhea, insomnia Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Gall bladder, IBS, palpitations, migraine, painful period, debility
Sandalwood (Santalum album): Urinary tract infection, gonorrhea, bronchitis, diarrhea
Spearmint (Mentha spicata): Bronchitis, sinusitis, nausea, headache, flu, fatigue
Sweet Birch (Betula lenta): Rheumatism, wounds, uric acid, muscle cramp, cellulite, hair growth
Sweet Orange (Citrus aurantium): Heart rhythm, chronic diarrhea, insomnia
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata or madurensis): Muscle spasm, liver, lymph, emotional trauma, calming
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): Debility, any infection, flu after chill, GI parasite, sleep
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens): Chronic muscle/joint pain, athletes, fever, cellulite
Ylang Ylang (Canaga odorata): Hypertension, tachycardia, impotence
Biofield-Analysis is for the optimization of all detoxification-support-remedies.
Sweating: Bathing or showering prior may increase sweating. Use 2 or 3 towels: fold one as a sitting-cushion, place one on the floor for the sweat, and one on your lap for wiping of the sweat.
Therapy-localization: Emphasize the treatment-benefits for any area by holding it as close to one of the heaters as comfort allows, or use a FIR lamp or umbrella instrument.
Optimum Dosage: Infrared radiation, as with visible light and ultra-violet radiation are normally present in sunlight and our natural biological environment. As with chemical nutrients, we require a certain amount of these energetic nutrients for optimum health. Dosage is the key. We need water to sustain life. Drink too much all at once, and you drown, because the kidneys cannot eliminate it fast enough to maintain the proper concentration of electrolytes in the blood, so the lungs fill up with fluid. Too little UV and you don’t convert cholesterol into Vitamin D, your Calcium absorption falters and your bones lose density and break. Thus, full spectrum lighting, with a slight, physiologically beneficial level of UV reduces hip fractures by 50%. The situation with Far Infra-Red (FIR) is similar. Low, physiological amounts stimulate circulation, mineral functions and detoxification, as in sleeping next to a spouse (a source of low level FIR), which increases longevity. Where infrared dosage becomes a concern is with either acute or chronic high levels of exposure, such as looking at the sun or a welder’s arc without adequate protection, or working at a pizza oven day after day. Your body is intelligent and will inform you by sensations of comfort when you are exposed to beneficial levels of FIR, and discomfort with damaging levels. When utilizing FIR saunas for detoxification, weight-loss or other fitness benefits, as with other health programs such as fasting or exercise, it is always wise to stop at the onset of any discomfort. When following this guideline, I believe you will be able to walk the middle path of health benefits that lies between deficiency and excess for beneficial substances and energies such as FIR.
Reports by the FIR-sauna-enthusiasts:
FIR “aided in the world class performances of the Olympic athletes.”
“It allows our members and athletes to ‘preheat’ muscle tissue before their workouts thus cutting down on the length of time taken to warm up before beginning their actual work out regimen. We find that a good deal of our members utilize the unit after their work outs and have had a great deal of positive feedback in this regard. Its compact size, low maintenance and minimal electrical consumption will save us substantially over the years.”
“. . . The minimal maintenance and durability of these units are fantastic. Our members absolutely love them, and we are yet to hear a negative comment on them. I am currently building a new home and have plans to install a 4 x 6 unit in my home.”
“We purchased two ‘Four-Person’ Sauna units from you in December 1993, and have used them in our locker rooms during this time. We have been very satisfied with their performance, durability and ease of use. Our members are happy and that, of course, makes us happy.”
FIR sauna therapy “is great for recovery and regeneration from competition and workout.”
“What a relief it is to be without arthritic pain. You wouldn’t believe the difference after 25-30 minutes in the sauna. It’s like a miracle for us. Everything they say it can do, it has done for us.”
“For the last five years I’ve suffered with fibromyalgia. In just three weeks of regular� sauna therapy, my painful symptoms are reduced and my energy levels have increased.”
“I would like to pass on the many compliments we received concerning the quality of craftsmanship. People were very impressed with the extra effort that has gone into these units.”
“Here it is a year later, and, if nothing else, my husband Bob and I are brimming over with enthusiasm about our sauna. The radiant heat helps to reduce tension, warm the body temperature and just gives an overall relaxing, soothing effect. Again, count us in with your satisfied customers.”
“It’s the best purchase I ever made at the fair! We both have stressful positions and work long hours and look forward to coming home to enjoy our sauna. In addition, I enjoy a cup of tea and read a book while I relax in our sauna — what a way to escape from the world.”
“I suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome…not able to take anti-inflammatory medication to relieve the pain. We purchased a Sauna in October 1995, and I am using it faithfully. I find it much help and my quality of life is better.”
“I’m thrilled with the purchase of my infrared sauna. It has played an intregal part in the success of my weight loss program. I am so pleased, that I highly recommend it to every person who would like to burn calories the easy way.”
In addition to complete saunas, complete kits are also available for those who wish to supply the wood and construct a sauna themselves, perhaps building into an area such as the unused space under a stairway.
Cautions for sauna use:
Adrenal suppression or exhaustion
Contraindications for sauna use:
Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology.
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), August 7, 1981.
Niwa Y., Iizawa O., Ishimoto K. Electromagnetic Wave Emitting Products – Potentiate Human Leukocyte Functions. Int. J. Biometeorol. 1993 Sept; 37(3):133-8.
Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., Northeast Center for Environmental Medicine, Author of Tired Or Toxic? and Total Wellness
Dave Maggard, Managing Director of Sports, Atlanta, Georgia, Canada Olympic Park, Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
Brian Armour, Technical Coordinator, Calgary, Alberta. American Health & Racquet
Tim Conner, President, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Gold’s Gym
Floyd Pittman, Manager/Co-Owner Gold’s Gym, Spartanburg, South Carolina, January 1995
Michael Smith, Canadian Gold Medal Decathlete, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Maureen T., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Emily S., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ursula O., Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Mr. & Mrs. Robert J., Cleveland, Naugatuck, Connecticut
Betty Ostendorf, Southington, Connecticut
Mavoretta McLeod, Burbank, California
Barb Bakke, Weight management specialist, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
(note: the FIR-Umbrella as shown above provides broader FIR coverage at a lower cost than the lamp described here.)
Quantum Lamp technology is a major breakthrough in quantum healing using Far (i.e. long wavelength) Infrared photons that energize the minerals and molecules in our bodies. These FDA registered light therapy units are so good that they won Gold Medals in two different categories at the 40th International Invention Exhibition. When the King of Belgium was cured of his rheumatism in 3 months by using the Quantum Lamp, he knighted the inventor.
The Quantum Lamp contains 46 different minerals, covering most of the 52 minerals found in the human body, including Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Potassium, Iodine, Chromium, Manganese, Boron, Molybdenum, Silver, Lithium, Copper, and Silicon.
In particular, the photon emissions from the Quantum Lamp’s rare earth minerals, which were discovered between 1794 and 1945, including Lanthanum, Yttrium and Gadolinium, improve circulation (e.g. decreasing hypertension), nerve conduction, joint comfort and a host of other body functions. The rare earth minerals share a common outer electron configuration of a 6s sub-shell, with differences only in the inner electron configurations of the 4f and 5d sub-shells. This unique electron structure gives the rare earth elements an outstanding ability to resonate and transmit bio-photon energy to body tissues, improving circulation, nutrition and elimination at the cellular level.
Rare earth spectra are highly responsive to the presence of other minerals, and they show strong fluorescence with uniquely complex spectral emissions. Gadolinium, for example can resonate at 3,432 different energy states, making it a potent atomic transmitter/receiver at tens of thousands of spectral frequencies. Rare earth minerals are easily ionized as well, adding thousands more spectra. These properties make rare earth elements useful as photon emitters in gas lamp mantles and red phosphors on television. These same properties make these minerals ideal energy transmitters for stimulating and energizing minerals, vitamins, hormones and enzymes in our body, increasing their biological activity by up to 500%.
Cell regeneration and repair is stimulated, making the Quantum Lamp helpful in treating burns, sores and a variety of skin diseases. In China, the lamps are also used after operations to speed healing and prevent infection.
Research at Kyung Hee University Hospital found 77% recovery in nerve, pain, paralysis and rheumatic conditions. 83% success was achieved in cases where loss of sensory-motor function was due to impaired circulation in the brain.
Oriental Medical Hospital, affiliated with Daejun University, found 87% recovery in cases of partial paralysis.
Another clinical study on 2600 patients resulted in 90% recovery from 23 different types of disease. Results are usually achieved in a very short time. For example, cases of athlete’s foot have been healed in just one or two treatments.
Because far infrared frequencies penetrate deeply into the body, all internal organs can be directly treated with the Quantum Lamp. The difference between the personal model and the clinical model is that the clinical model contains three adjustable lamps with computerized control, so that more complex therapies can be carried out. The personal model can be covered under many medical insurance policies when prescribed for home physical therapy by a physician, such as a chiropractor or medical doctor. In office treatments can also be covered as non-attended physical therapy.
0.076-1.5 microns = near or close;
1.5-5.6 = middle or intermediate;
5.6-1000 = far or longwave infrared.
Solar energy output is mostly infrared.
Atmospheric window: 7-14 microns.
Warmed earth: 7-14 microns, peak output: 10 microns.
Dr. Tsu-Tsair Oliver Chi: resonant absorption by tissues needing stimulation
Skin: 3-50 microns, peak: 9.4 microns.
Palms 8-14 microns.
Palm healing 3,000 year-old tradition in
Yogis of India for relief of eye strain.
Finns brought sauna technology from an area northwest of Tibet when they migrated 5,000-7,000 years ago to what is now Finland.
Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa palented the zirconia ceramic infrared heater in 1965. This technology was available only to medical doctors in Japan until 1979.
1/3 output in middle infrared 2-5.6 microns (for deep penetration of tissues)
2/3 output in far infrared 5.6-25 microns (peak 9.4 microns)
Chinese researchers consider the most therapeutic band to be 2-25 microns
Radiant heat source: sand (like on the beach) warmed inside a ceramic coil (Zirconia ceramic emitting tube shielded by a metallic grill covered by soft suede-tex for safety to the touch while in operation).
Japanese research shows infrared antidotes the negative effects of electromagnetic pollution. Because of the energy efficiency and minimal currents used in these saunas, no stressful levels of EMF are produced with this technology. The heaters used are safe according to the Swedish National Institute of Radiation Protection.
German research found benefits with an hour-long whole-body infrared exposure in hypertension patients in1989, with a 24-hour-long increase in peripheral blood flow and a decrease in high blood pressure.
Treatment mode: Temperature: Benefits:
Door open Cool Fully clothed warm-up for activities/sports
Door closed Warm Sweating for maximum detoxification
Conventional sauna: 30-90 minutes
FIR: 5-10 minutes
Cost: 20 minutes:
Conventional sauna: $1 (daily use: $22.50-$30/mo.)
FIR: 5¢ (daily use: $1.50/mo.)
700,000 units sold in the Orient
30 M people treated with FIR lamps in Orient, Europe & Austria.
German medicine independently developed FIR therapy in use for over 80 years.
Hypothalamus mediates increase in heart rate and volume in response to FIR. Blood flow doubles from a normal of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.
Burning 1,000 calories a week is enough to become fit. Taking a FIR sauna twice a week is more than enough to achieve this.
Conditioning Level Sweat Energy Use Equivalent Run
Moderately conditioned 500 gms 300 kcal 2-3 miles
Heat conditioned 1000-1300 gms 600-800 kcal 4-8 miles
Calorie Output in 30 Minutes of Conditioning:
Intense Exercise (Rowing or Marathon Running) 600 kcal 4 miles
FIR Sauna (150 – 250% more efficient) 900-1500 kcal 6-10 miles
Japanese Research Results:
Muscle Spasms – reduced or eliminated
Low Back Pain – relieved
Acceleration-deceleration Injury Sequelae
Adhesions – lengthened or more easily broken (common in competitive athletes, surgery, trauma and repetitive stress syndromes)
Disc-protrusion Related Neuralgia
Brain Contusion – acceleration of the healing
Tight Shoulders – relaxed
Compression Fracture – Example: Pain stopped for 3 days with a single treatment
Spinal Cord Shock – Post traumatic shock reversed
Muscle Tension – relaxed
Post-exercise Muscle Pain – vital for competitive athletes
Arthritis: Gouty, Rheumatoid, DJD
Shoulder Pain: relieved or eliminated
Bursitis – eliminated
“Medical practitioners make use of Infrared Radiant Heat to Treat sprains, strains, bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis, and muscle pain.”
Dr. Masao Nakamura at the O & P Medical Clinic inn Japan reports great success with infrared treatment of:
A case study in Sweden of a 70-year-old man with Rheumatoid Arthritis secondary to acute rheumatic fever had reached his toxic limit of Gold injections and his Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate was still 125. In 5 months using Infrared his ESR was down to 11.
A 14-year-old Swedish girl could not walk comfortably downstairs due to knee pain since eight-years old due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. The rheumatologists predicted that she would be in a wheelchair in 2 years if she refused gold and corticosteroid therapies. After just 3 infrared sauna she became agile and took up folk dancing, without any drug therapies.
A clinical trial in Japan reported the successful solution of seven out of seven cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis treated with whole-body infrared therapy.
Increase of the Collagen-Extensibility:
Stretching after heat therapy (45&Mac251;C) produces a non-elastic residual elongation of about 0.5-0.9% that persists after the stretch which does not occur when stretched at normal tissue temperatures. 20 stretching sessions following FIR can produce a 10-18% increase in tissue length. This is especially valuable with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae and synovium tissues with scarring, thickening or contraction. Stretching at 45&Mac251; causes much less weakening of the tissues for a given elongation than the same elongation at the normal tissue temperature. With heat therapy, low-force stretching or range-of-motion exercises produce significant residual elongation, which is safer than stretching tissues at normal tissue temperatures. Safety is crucial for competition athletes for minimizing down time with injuries.
Decrease of the Joint-Stiffness:
There is a 20% decrease in stiffness at 45&Mac251;C versus 33&Mac251;C in rheumatoid finger joints with perfect correlation of subjective and objective stiffness. Any joint or connective tissue stiffness typically responds.
Relief of the Muscle-Spasms:
Muscle spasms respond to heat whether they are secondary to underlying skeletal, joint or neuropathology conditions. Heat affects both primary and secondary afferents from spindle cells as well as Golgi tendon organs, with each of these mechanisms showing a peak response within the range of temperature range achieved by radiant heat therapy.
Relief of the Pain:
Pain relief mechanisms:
- Reduction of secondary muscle spasms
- Vasodilation and hyperemia reduces ischemia due to tension by breaking the pain cycle, where ischemia causes further spasm and more pain.
- Action on free nerve endings
- Action on peripheral nerves: A study of dental pain found that repetition of application of heat abolished pain from dental pulp.
- Increase of endorphin production
- Shut-down of the spinal gate of Melzack and Wall
How heat increases circulation:
Heat in any body part produces reflex systemic vasodilation, independent of body core temperature.
Heat in muscle tissue increases blood flow to exercise levels
Thermal energy dilates vascular smooth muscle, increasing perfusion of arterioles, capillaries and venules.
Bradykinin, released with sweat gland activity, stimulates vasodilation and blood flow
Hyperthermia (core temperature elevation) stimulates hypothalamic reduction of sympathicotonia, changing vasomotor balance via axonal reflexes.
How heat resolves inflammation, infiltrates, edema and exudates:
Increase of the peripheral circulation transports edema out of the tissue, reducing inflammation, decreasing pain and speeding healing.
Soft tissue injury: relief in chronic and intractible cases; acceleration of the healing of recent injuries.
Infrared therapy (2-25 micron) is in use by over 40 Chinese medical institutes for pain treatment, with over 90% success on:
Soft tissue injury
Periarthritis of the shoulder
Pain during mensiruation
Eczema with infection
Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsey)
Frosibite with inflammation
Yamajaki, Infrared Therapy
Burns: pain relief, decrease of the healing-time and scarring
High Blood Pressure: reduction with the regular-use (safety-range: 40-50&Mac251;C)
Low Blood Pressure: rising with the sauna-training
Brain-Damage: acceleration of the contusion-repair
Cancer of the Tongue: remission
Cerebrum-Hemorrhages: increase of the recovery-speed and degree
Auto-Accident-Soft-Tissue-Injury: daily-sessions for the healing-process and 1-treatment for each 3-days for the management of the chronic-pain.
Arthritis, acute and chronic: relief
Gouty Arthritis: relief
Rheumatoid Arthritis: relief
Menopause: relief of the chills, nervousness, depression, dizziness, headache and stomachache
Weight Loss: calorie-burning of the sweating and with the direct-melting and elimination of the fat
Conditions with the responsiveness by the blood-vessel-dilation and increase of the periphery-circulation:
Leg and Decubitus-Ulcer
Surgery-Edema with the 25%-reduction of the hospital-days.
Periphery-Occlusion-Disease: “The goal is to maintain an optimal blood flow rate to the affected part… In general the temperature should be maintained at the highest level which does not increase the circulatory discrepancy as shown by cyanosis and pain.” (Therapeutic Heat and Cold, pp. 456-7.)
Research: Coronary-Artery-Health, Arteriosclerosis and Blood-Pressure:
Finland: “There is abundant evidence to suggest that blood vessels of regular sauna-goers remain elastic and pliable longer due to the regular dilation and contraction.”
Germany: (Dermatol Monatsschr, 1989) whole-body-infrared-therapy-hyperthermia: only beneficial effects, lasting over one hour with stage I-II essential hypertension. Rise of the core-body-temperature with a maximum-level: 38.5&Mac251;C. For all subjects of the experiment are with the significant-decrease in arterial, venous and mean-blood-pressure for the 24-hours-minimum by a persistent-peripheral-dilation-effect, and with the improvement of the plasma-viscosity.
With another hypertension-patient-group with the infrared-hyperthermia is with the measurement of the significant-decrease of the blood pressure, cardiac-ejection-resistance and total-periphery-resistance of every subject, with a significant-increase for each session of the heart-rate, stroke-volume, cardiac output, and ejection-fraction. For these last-three-effects are for the evidence of the heart-health-status of this heart-stimulation. For the benefit of the micro-circulation-changes is for a reduction of the blood-pressure.
Aging-Symptoms with the alleviation or reduction by the Infrared-Therapy (Japan):
Cold-hands and feet: 20-50% lasting-improvement.
Blood-Pressure-Case: diabetes with a systolic-decrease: 180 – 125 and
Rheumatism-Arthritis: 7-successes of the 7-cases in a clinical-trial.
Radiation-Sickness: relief of the signs and symptoms.
Cancer-Pain: relief of the pain in late-stage-cancer.
Sequelae of Strokes: case-study of the hemiparesis-relief with the repetition.
Sleep: elimination of the pain-interference.
Compression-Fracture-Pain: elimination for a 3-day-period with each treatment of the osteoporosis-compression-fracture.
Cirrhosis of Liver: elimination.
Asthma, Bronchitis: elimination.
Leg-Ulcer: healing of the wound with the resistance by other methods.
Keloid: softening or elimination.
Ear, Nose and Throat-Conditions:
Middle-ear-inflammation and infection
Tinitus: clearing of a case with the 10-treatments
Skin-conditions (Japan and China):
Clogging of the pores: elimination of the cosmetics-deposition with the perfection of the skin-texture and tone.
Mikkel Aaland, Sweat (Capra Press, 1978): quotation of a Finland-doctor: “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.”
Scars and pain of the burns or wounds: reduction of the severity and degree. Infrared therapy is in routine use in the burn units throughout Asia.
Lacerations: speeding of the healing with a reduction of the pain and scarring.
Acne, teenage skin, and blackheads: three or four treatments may open pores with no function in years, releasing clogging-cosmetics and loosening dead outer skin.
Body odor: reduction of chemical toxicity and other causes.
Eczema and Psoriasis: relief
Sunburn: infrared is the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation.
Keloids: softening and reduction of the growth-rate.
Dandruff: reduction by the stimulation of the blood-flow of the scalp.
For the treatment of any disease by the infrared-therapy is with the consultation of your health-practitioner.
For any pain or worsening of any condition is for the termination of the infrared-therapy.
For the use of any prescription-drug is with the consultation of your physician or pharmacist for any interaction with the infrared-energy.
Adrenal-suppression, systemic-lupus-erythematosus and multiple-sclerosis are with the potential of the exacerbation by the elevation of the core-temperature.
Acute-joint-injury: wait for the 48-hours or for the resolution of the symptoms of heat and swelling for the use of infrared-therapy.
Chronic-heat and swelling of the joint(s) or infection of the tissue are with the potential of the exacerbation by the heating with any intensity.
Pregnancy or possibility of the pregnancy is with the caution of the minimizing of the sauna-time. For the women in the Finland are with the 6-12-minute-high-heat-saunas or with the limitation by the period of the comfort, with no increase in the birth-defects. For the far-infrared-sauna: 2-6-minutes is with the equivalence.
Most metal-pins, rods, artificial-joints and other surgery-implants reflect infrared rays and are with the compatibility for the infrared-therapy. Consultation with your surgeon is for your certainty. For any pain in the area of an implant with infrared-therapy is for the indication of the stopping of the therapy.
Silicone is with the absorption of the infrared energy. Silicone-implants and prostheses for the nose or ear-replacement are with the safety, for the melting-point of the silicone is: >200 degrees C (check with your surgeon or with the manufacturer of the product for your certainty).
Heating of the low-back of a menstruating-woman is with the possibility of the increase of the menstruation-flow.
Hemophilia, aspirin-use and hemorrhage: vasodilation is with the tendency for the increase of any bleeding.
Weight-Loss: Burning of the 900-2,400-calories in a 30-minute-session.
For the Heat-Conditioning and Deep-Tissue-Cleansing with the Far-Infrared-Sauna:
I suggest bringing 3 large towels: one at your feet, one to fold and sit on, and the third to wrap in or wipe the sweat. You may want to wear a bathing suit or wrap in a beach towel, as you prefer. A shower before your sauna is optimal for increased sweating. After your sauna, at least after a few sessions of heat conditioning, you should be quite sweaty, so a shower after is pleasant, too.
Another popular plan is a dip at the cold-ponds at 4-mile, the spring-fed white sand lagoon in Keaukaha, or Richardson’s black-sand-beach after the sauna, for the benefits of the salt water pulling out positive ionic pollution from the body, plus the hot-cold hydrotherapy effect, especially at the ‘ice-ponds’. They have cold showers at both parks with no fee. You can wear your bathing suit in the sauna and then go swimming in clean ocean water, about 15 minutes away.
Some folks swim in Hilo Bay within walking distance, or the Wailuku River across the street, among the beautiful spots to explore by foot. A healthy option for the bold and agile is to dip in the cool waters of the Waikapu Stream as it forms a pool just before it enters the Wailuku River. The very daring may even explore upstream a bit, with the aid of reef walkers and great care on the slippery rocks. This sacred stream, once reserved for the King (hence the name, which means waters-forbidden), is spring-fed and quite clean. This is just across the street, but the footing is tricky and there are mosquitoes.
In any case, you will want to drink plenty of alkaline, anti-oxidant microwater before and after your sauna for the replacement of your body fluids. All you can drink is included with your sauna. If you want to take home additional microwater, be sure to bring your own bottles (glass is best).