The FAR INFRARED RAY Sauna
What it is, how it works, and what the medical researchers say.
This website does not retail (FIR) Far InfraRed Ray Saunas.
Excerpts from international reports and published accounts of the health benefits attributed to Infrared Rays.
During the past 25 years researchers and clinicians in
Over 700.000 IR thermal systems has been sold in Asia for ‘whole-body’ treatments, and a further estimated 30 million people have received localized IR treatment in Europe, Australia and New Zealand using lamps tuned to the same waveband as employed in the ?whole-body? thermal system such as the unique portable FIR Sauna.
[From Dr. Arthur C. Guyton’s textbook of Medical Physiology] ‘To produce 1 gram of perspiration requires 0.568kcal.’
[From the Journal of American Medical Association: JAMA]: ‘A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grammes in a sauna, consuming nearly 300kcal., which is equivalent to running 2 to 3 miles. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.’
Since an IR sauna helps to generate 2 to 3 times the perspiration produced in a hot-air/steam sauna, the implications for increased caloric consumption are quite impressive. Assuming ‘a sauna’ as mentioned in the JAMA to last for 30 minutes, then some interesting comparisons may be drawn.
Two of the highest calorie consuming forms of exercises are Rowing and
For those who do not exercise or who cannot exercise this is a very valuable and effective way to achieve weight control, or maintain a fitness programme and the benefits of a regular exercise.
This may also apply to the elderly, or those who are otherwise unable to exert themselves to achieve a cardiovascular training effect.
"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 impact 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." - Journal of the American Medical Association 8/7/81.
Owing to the deep penetration, between 4 ~ 5 cm into the skin, of the infrared rays generated by the Infrared Thermal System, there is a heating effect deep in the muscular tissues and the internal organs. This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought-after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect. Medical researches confirm the use of a sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself and involves substantial increases in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. As a confirmation of the validity of this form of cardiovascular conditioning, extensive research by NASA in the early 1980's led to the conclusion that infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flights.
"In the 1980s it was the decade of aerobics classes and high-mileage training. Such strictures insured that most 'real' exercisers were youths and in good shape to begin with. Many Americans got caught up in the fitness boom, but probably just as many fell by the wayside. As we've reported, recent research shows that you don't have to run marathons to become fit - that burning just 1,000 calories a week is enough. Anything goes, as long as it burns these calories." - Wellness Letter, 10/90,
It should be mentioned here that as our bodies are made of cells of which the water in it is most important. FIR vibrating at a frequency mentioned before is able to activate the cells. This in turn regulates the blood flow and blood vessels which may have been blocked due to cells being trapped by plasma blood proteins - (trapped plasma blood proteins explained in the Medical Textbook on Physiology by Dr. Arthur C Guyton).
About therapeutic effects: According to Professor Zhang Jian Dong the human body and bodies of animals as well soil and minerals are able to give off FIR rays under specific conditions. A knowledge known to many Chinese Qi-Gong masters who use their own body emissions of FIR rays to ease ailments of others.
The intensity of emission vary with health so that the human body become less able to defend against attacks by ailments and diseases as health status declines, and may accelerate as one's state of health is reduced. When we reach a terminal condition (death) the FIR radiation will also be close to zero.
For that reason the human body needs a continuous supply of FIR radiation from Mother Nature to boost the powers of FIR rays in our bodies. Sunlight exposure makes us feel healthier owing to the Natural Energy contained in the segment of the spectrum that is Far Infrared rays.
It is important to note that FIR in the FAR Infrared segment [6-14 microns] is the right wavelength needed by the human body to activate various biological functions without any harmful effects. To the contrary these rays strengthen the body and help prevent disease. Another effect is the therapeutic effect on the body, increasing the body’s resistance and rendering it capable of assisting in the treatment of various ailments thus reducing suffering and accelerating recuperation.
Doctors in various hospitals use FIR as a form of physiotherapy and FIR is a therapy based on maintaining good health.
To be a bit more specific the generally accepted therapeutics effects resulting from the heat of the FIR rays include:
1. Increases in the extensibility of collagen tissues.
The cited experiment clearly shows that low-impact stretching can produce a significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching or range-of-motion exercises, which is also safer than stretching tissues at normal tissue temperatures.
This safer stretching effect is crucial in properly training competitive athletes so as to minimize their down- time from injuries.
2. A decreases of joint stiffness directly.
3. Relief of muscle spasms.
This result is possibly produced by the combined effect of heat on both primary and secondary afferent from spindle cells and from its effects on Gogli tendon organs. The effects produced by each of these mechanisms demonstrated their peak effect within the therapeutic temperature range obtainable with radiant heat.
4. Pain relief.
5. Increase of blood flow.
6. Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, oedema and exudes.
7. More recently, it has been used in cancer therapy.
Cancer Pain: relieved pain in later stages of cancer extremely well.
8. Burns relief.
Relieves pain and decreases healing time, with less scarring.
9. High Blood Pressure
Reported safe in 40 to 50?C range and regular use helps to lower hypertension. A Case of a diabetic is reported with a systolic decrease from 180 to 125, and a concurrent 10 lbs. weight loss after infrared treatment.
10. Low Blood Pressure
Regular FIR Sauna use assists the body to raise blood pressure to normal levels.
11. Short-term memory
Use is reported to improve short-term memory retention.
12. Cerebral Haemorrhages
Recovery appears to be both sped up and significantly enhanced.
13. Auto Accident: related soft tissue injury
Daily sessions with FIR treatment 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.
Infrared healing is now becoming the leading edge in the care of soft tissue injuries to promote both relief in chronic or intractable "permanent" cases, and accelerated healing in newer injuries.
14. Arthritis, acute and chronic
Both are reported to be greatly relieved.
15. Gouty Arthritis:
Similar relief reported.
16. Rheumatoid Arthritis:
FIR treatment successfully relieved discomfort.
A Swedish case study reports on the case of a 70-year-old man with Rheumatoid Arthritis secondary to acute rheumatic fever. He had reached his toxic limit on Gold injections and his Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate was still at 125. Within 5 months of undergoing an infrared treatment, his ESR was down to only 11.
In another case of rheumatic arthritis, that of a 14-year old Swedish girl who couldn't walk comfortably downstairs due to knee pain since an eight year old, her Rheumatologist told her mother that her child would be in a wheelchair within 2 years if she refused gold corticosteroid therapy. However, after 3 infrared sauna treatments, she became more agile, and subsequently took up folk dancing, without the aid of the conventional approach in her recovery.
A clinical trial in
17. Menopause Symptoms
Treatment relieved chills, nervousness, depression, dizziness, head and stomach aches.
18. Weight Loss
As previously discussed the initial loss occurred through perspiration and the energy use needed to produce the perspiration. Secondly, weight reduction occurred through direct excretion of fat.
19. Radiation Sickness
Post-Operative Oedema: treatment with infrared has been so successful that hospital stays were reported to have been reduced by 25%.
A Medical Clinic in Japan has reported great success with the use of infrared treatment for Whiplash, Sciatica, Menopause, Arthritis, Shoulder Stiffness, Rheumatism, Acne, Gastro enteric Problem, Ear Diseases and Insomnia, Muscle Spasms and Tension, Low Back Pain, trauma and repetitive stress syndromes, Post-exercise Muscle Pain, Gouty, Rheumatoid ailments, and the list goes on.
CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE, ARTERIOSCLEROSIS AND HYPERTENSION
German medical researchers reported in "Dermatol Monats schr,? in 1989 that a group of hypertension patients was studied under the identical conditions of infrared-induced hypothermia, 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 hypothermia is well compensated, while the prior list of effects clearly show the micro-circulatory changes that lead to the desired result of a lowering of blood pressure.
1. Rheumatoid Arthritis
2. Sequelae of Strokes
3. Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
6. Compression Fracture Pain
2. Michael Aaland's book: ‘Sweat’ (Capra Press, 1978) quotes a Finnish doctor to the effect that: ‘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.’
PROSTATE GLAND SWELLING
Those who suffer from inflammation or swelling of the Prostate Gland may also suffer from cancer of the Prostate Gland, one of the common killers of men.
The prostate gland is the organ responsible for the production of male hormones and sperm and is very important to men. When the swollen Prostate Gland presses against the urethra, various symptoms of difficulty in urination will occur.
The use of FIR can provide therapeutic effects.
If you are suffering from a disease be certain to consult with a primary-care physician concerning it.
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections, be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.