Infrared Energy as used in Alternative Healing.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
OF INFRARED RADIANT ENERGY
Is the Portable Infrared Sauna safe for me?
What exactly is radiant heat?
No need to worry ?
It has nothing to do with either ultraviolet radiation (which
gives you a sunburn and damages your skin) or atomic radiation
(the kind from a nuclear bomb).
Radiant heat is simply a
form of energy that heats objects directly through a process
called conversion, without having to heat the air in between.
Radiant heat is also called Infrared Energy (IR). The infrared
segment of the electromagnetic spectrum is divided into 3 segments
by wavelength, measured in microns or micrometers (a micron
= 1/1,000,000 of a meter); 0.076 ~ 1.5 microns = near or close;
1.5 ~ 5.6 = middle or intermediate; 5.6 ~ 1,000 = far or long
wave infrared. The infrared segment of the electromagnetic spectrum
occurs just below or ¡°infra¡± to red
light as the next lowest energy band of light. This band of
light is not visible to human eyes but can be seen by special
cameras that translate infrared into colors visible to our eyes.
We can, however, feel this type of light that we perceive as
heat. Our sun produces most of its energy output in the infrared
segment of the spectrum. Our atmosphere has a window in it that
allows IR rays in the 7 ~ 14 micron range to safely reach the
earth¡¯s surface. When warmed, the earth radiates
infrared rays in the 7 ~ 14 micron band with its peak output
at 10 microns.
According to Dr. Tsu-Tsair
Oliver Chi in his summation on the mechanism of actions of infrared
devices tuned to the human body, these rays are selectively
absorbed by the tissues needing a boost in their output. The
internal production of infrared energy that normally occurs
within our tissues is associated with a variety of healing responses
and may require a boost to a maximal level to insure the fullest
healing response possible in a tissue under repair. Harmlessly.
This phenomenon is called resonant absorption.
The sun is the principal
source of radiant energy that we experience daily. Have you
ever been outside on a partly cloudy spring day of about 50
and felt quite comfortable when the sun was suddenly obscured
by a cloud? Although the air temperature had not had time to
drop, you felt chilled, as the cloud would not let the warming
infrared rays through to reach you. The infrared heat in the
Portable Infrared Sauna is just like the heat from our sun or
that which our own bodies produce as they burn fuel to keep
Our bodies radiate infrared
energy out through the skin at 3 ~ 50 microns, with most of
their output at 9.4 microns. Our palms emit infrared energy
at between 8 ~ 14 microns. Palm healing, which has a 3,000 year-
old tradition in China, has been based on the healing properties
of these natural infrared rays. The Yogis of India also use
such palm healing and recommend it especially for relieving
eye strain. Sauna use has been popularized by the Finns whose
old religion used it as a ceremony for mental, spiritual and
physical cleansing. This religion came with the Finns when they
migrated from an area northwest of present day Tibet, between
5,000 ~ 3,000 year BC, to their present location in Finland.
Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa received
the patent on the zirconia ceramic infrared heaters used in
these thermal systems in 1965, after five years with Fuji Medical
R & D department. The Far Infrared which were based on these
heaters were used exclusively by medical practitioners in Japan
until they were released for public use in 1979. The idea has
now been further refined into the Portable Infrared Sauna that
has been sold in the United States since 1981. Panels that produce
similar infrared rays are used in hospitals to warm newborn
The heaters in Portable Infrared
Sauna emit about one-third of their output in the middle infrared
band, from 2 ~ 5.6 microns, for super-deep penetration and the
other two-thirds in the long band, from 5.6 ~ 25 microns with
that part of the output evenly spread around the 9.4 micron
pivot point of peak human output. This distribution maximizes
the higher penetration of the middle-band waves and combines
then with the long waves that produce a resonant absorption
amplification of healthy tissue output. The Chinese researchers
consider the band from 2 ~ 25 microns as the most therapeutic.
Recent books such as Cross
Currents, by Robert O. Becker, M.D., have detailed the hazards
of exposure to certain kinds of electromagnetic fields such
as those encountered under high tension power lines or while
working at computer display terminals. Japanese researchers
have reported that infrared radiant heat serves as an antidote
to the negative effects of such toxic electromagnetic sources.
Portable Infrared Thermal System has been tested and found to
be free of such so-called "toxic" electromagnetic
fields. The Swedish National Institute of Radiation Protection
has concluded that the heaters in Infrared Thermal System are
ONE OF ITS KIND AVAILABLE
Why is this Portable Infrared Sauna unique?
It uses infrared radiant energy to directly penetrate the body's
tissues to a depth of over 1.5". Its energy output is tuned
to correspond very closely to the body's own radiant energy
that our bodies absorb as much as 93% of the infrared waves
that reach our skin.
A conventional sauna must
rely only on indirect means of heat: First on convection (air
currents) and then conduction (direct contact of hot air with
the skin) to produce its healing effect on us. In an Portable
Infrared Sauna, less than 20% of the infrared energy heats the
air, leaving over 80% available to be directly converted to
heat within our bodies. Thus an infrared based system can warm
its user(s) to a much greater depth and much more efficiently
than a conventional sauna, as its energy output is primarily
used to convert energy directly to heat in us and not to create
excessively hot air that then only heats the skin superficially.
This crucial difference explains many of the unprecedented benefits
reported to be available through an Infrared Sauna System not
attainable through the use of a conventional sauna.
The infrared energy applied
in the Infrared Sauna may induce up to 2 ~ 3 times the sweat
volume of a traditional hot-air sauna while operating at a significantly
cooler air temperature range of 110° to 130°F vs. 180°
to 235°F for hot-air saunas. The lower heat range is safer
for those concerned about cardiovascular risk factors that might
be adversely affected by the higher temperatures encountered
in old-style hot-air saunas. German researchers report beneficial
effects from an hour-long whole-body infrared exposure in two
groups of hypertension patient that they studied in 1989, including
a 24 hour-long increase in peripheral blood flow and a decrease
in high blood pressure.
It is also distinctly more
pleasant to breathe in Infrared Saunas with air temperatures
about 50° to 125°F cooler than in traditional hot-air
saunas. Due to its user-friendly nature, people naturally prefer
to use the Infrared Sauna and will continue to do so on a regular
basis because of the ease of breathing the much cooler air while
feeling as warm as they choose, and the distinctive feeling
of well-being reported by users as an aftereffect. These Infrared
Sauna Systems may even be used with the door fully open if the
only effect desired is infrared penetration, or if a very cool,
minimal-sweating experience is desired as a pre-activity warm-up
while fully clothed. This approach might be used in warming
up prior to stretching, working out, running, or exposure to
Infrared Saunas are easier
and more comfortable to use than old-fashioned hot-air saunas.
The conventional hot-air saunas require extensive warm-up periods
of 30 ~ 90 minutes, making them much less practical than the
modern Infrared Saunas that warm up in about 5 minutes at a
room temperature. Consistent and convenient at-home use is thus,
again, much more likely with an Infrared Sauna System. Significantly
lower operating costs make the Infrared Sauna System more desirable
than a regular sauna. A 20 minute session, including a 5 minute
warm-up in the Infrared Sauna, costs about 5 cents of electricity.
A comparable session with a full warm-up in a conventional sauna
costs about $.75 ~ $1.00. Daily usage of the Portable Infrared
Sauna will raise your electrical bill by only $1.50 a month
compared to $22.50 to $30.00 a month in a conventional sauna,
if each is used for 20 minutes after warm-up.
Infrared Saunas bring you
the same infrared rays experienced in the traditional American
Indian sweat lodge in a much more convenient and practical form,
and in the privacy of your own home. The cleansing and purifying
benefits attributed to the traditional sweat lodges are now
available for daily purification without the time consuming
and extremely labor-intensive setup processes that a sweat lodge
BENEFITS ATTRIBUTED TO INFRARED RAYS IN REPORTED FROM AROUND
Over the last 25 years, Japanese and Chinese researchers and
clinicians have done extensive research on infrared treatments
and reported many provocative findings. In Japan there is an
"Infrared Society," composed of medical doctors and
physical therapists, to further research and support the health
benefits of infrared as a healing method. There have been over
700,000 infrared thermal systems sold in the Orient for whole-body
treatments, and an additional 30 million people have received
localized infrared treatment in the Orient, Europe and Australia
with lamps tuned to the same 2 ~ 25 micron waveband as employed
in these whole-body thermal systems. Whole-body infrared therapy
has been used for over 80 years by German physicians in an independently
CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING EFFECTS
The Infrared Sauna makes it possible for the elderly, or those
who are otherwise unable to exert themselves, or who won't follow
through on an exercising and conditioning program to achieve
a cardiovascular training effect. This also allows for more
variety in any ongoing training program. "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.
Due to the deep penetration,
over 3.5" 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. The body responds
to this deep-heating effect via an hypothalamic-induced increase
in both heart volume and rate. 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. Blood flow during whole-body hypothermia is reported
to rise from a normal 5 ~ 7 quarts per minute to as much as
13 quarts per minute.
"The 1980's was the
decade of high-impact aerobics classes and high-mileage training.
Yet there was something elitist about the way exercise was prescribed.
Only strenuous workouts would do, you had to raise your heart
rate to between X and Y, and the only way to go was to go for
the burn. Such strictures insured that most 'real' exercisers
were relatively young 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, University of California, Berkeley.
CALORIC CONSUMPTION AND WEIGHT CONTROL
In Guyton's Textbook of Medical Physiology, we find that producing
one gram of sweat requires 0.568 kcal. The Journal of American
Medical Association (JAMA) states; "A moderately conditioned
person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming
nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to 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 drinking water, the calories consumed will
not be." Since an Infrared Sauna helps generate two or
three times the sweat produced in a hot-air sauna, the implications
for increased caloric consumption are quite impressive. Assuming
"a sauna", as mentioned in JAMA, to last for 30 minutes,
some interesting comparisons might be drawn. Two of the highest
calorie-consuming forms of exercises are rowing and marathon
running. Peak output on a rowing machine or during a marathon
run burns about 600 calories in 30 minutes. An Infrared Thermal
System may enhance this effect from "just slightly"
up to as much as 250%, by burning about 900 ~ 2,400 calories
in a 30 minute session. The Infrared Sauna might then simulate
the consumption of energy equal to that expanded in a 6 ~ 9
mile run during only a single session. An Infrared Sauna can,
thus, play a pivotal role in both weight control and cardiovascular
conditioning. This would be very valuable for those who don't
exercise and those who can't exercise yet want an effective
weight control and fitness maintenance program and the benefits
of a regular exercise.
Success reported with infrared treatments by Japanese researchers:
TMJ Arthritis · Muscle Spasms - reduced or eliminated
Low Back Pain - relieved
Acel-decel Injury Sequelae
Adhesions - lengthened or more easily broken; they are common
in competitive athletes, trauma and repetitive stress syndromes
Disc-protrusion Related Neuralgia
Brain Contusion - accelerated healing
Tight Shoulders - relaxed
Compression Fracture - Example: pain stopped for 3 days with
only a single treatment
Spinal Cord Shock - post traumatic shock reversed
Muscle Tension - relaxed
Post-exercise Muscle Pain - vital to competitive athletes
Arthritis: Gouty, Rheumatoid, DJD - each substantially relieved
Shoulder Pain - relieved or eliminated
Bursitis - eliminated
make use of Infrared Radiant Heat to treat sprains, strains,
bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis and muscle
pain..." - McGraw/Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Dr. Masao Nakamura of the O & P Medical Clinic in Japan
has reported great success with the use of infrared treatment
A case study was reported in Sweden 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 the case
of rheumatic arthritis of a 14-year old Swedish girl who couldn't
walk comfortably downstairs due to knee pain since she had been
eight years 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 began to become more agile and subsequently
took up folk dancing, without the aid of the conventional approach
in her recovery. A clinical trial in Japan reported the successful
solution in seven out of seven cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis
treated with whole-body infrared therapy. These case studies
and clinical trials indicate that further study is warranted
on the usage of whole-body infrared therapy in the care of patients
with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The following is a summary
from Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition, ED. Just us F.
Lehmann MD, William's and Wilkins, Chapter 9 or concluded from
the data there in.
Generally it is accepted
that heat produces the following desirable therapeutic effects:
1. It increases the extensibility
of collagen tissues.
Tissues heated to 45°C and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic
residual elongation of about 0.5 ~0.9% that persists after the
stretch is removed. It does not occur in these same tissues
when stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Thus 20 stretching
sessions can produce around 10 ~ 18% increase in length in tissues
heated and stretched.
This effect would be especially valuable in working with ligaments,
joint capsules, tendons, fascia, and synovium that have become
scarred, thickened or contracted.
Such stretching at 45°C caused much less weakening in stretched
tissues for a given elongation than a similar elongation produced
at normal tissue temperatures.
The cited experiments clearly show 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. It decreases joint stiffness
There was a 20% decrease in stiffness at 45°C as compared
with 33°C in rheumatoid finger joints, which correlated
perfectly to both subjective and objective observation of stiffness.
Any stiffened joint and thickened connective tissues should
respond in a similar fashion.
3. It relieves muscle spasms.
Muscle spasms have long been observed to be reduced through
the use of heat, be they secondary to underlying skeletal, joint,
or neuro-pathological conditions.
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. It produces pain relief.
Pain may be relieved via the reduction of attendant or secondary
muscle spasms. Pain is also at times related to ischemia due
to tension or spasm, which can be improved by the hyperemia
that heat-induced vasodilatation produces. This then breaks
the feedback loop, in which the ischemia leads to further spasm
and then more pain.
Heat has been shown to reduce pain sensation by direct action
on both free-nerve endings in tissues and on peripheral nerves.
In one dental study, repeated heat applications eventually led
to abolishment of the whole nerve response responsible for pain
arising from dental pulp.
Heat may lead to both increased endorphin production and a shutting
down of the so-called "spinal gate" of Melzack and
Wall, each of which can reduce pain.
5. It increases blood flow.
Heating of one area of the body produces reflex-modulated vasodilatation
in distant-body areas, even in the absence of a change in core
body temperature; i.e. heat one extremity and the contralateral
extremity also dilates; heat a forearm and both lower extremities
dilate; heat the front of the trunk and the hand dilates.
Heating of muscles produces an increased blood flow level similar
to that seen during an exercise.
Temperature elevation produces an increase in blood flow and
dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles, and venous, probably
through direct action on their smooth muscles. The release of
bradykinin, released as a consequence of sweat-gland activity,
also produces increased blood flow and vasodilatation.
Whole-body hypothermia, with a consequent core temperature elevation,
further induces vasodilatation via an hypothalamic-induced decrease
in sympathetic tone on the arteriovenous anastomoses. Vasodilatation
is also produced by axon reflexes and by reflexes that change
6. It assists in resolution
of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudes.
The increased peripheral circulation provides the transportation
needed to help evacuate the edema, which can help stop inflammation,
decrease pain and help speed healing.
7. More recently, it has
been used in cancer therapy.
This is a new and experimental procedure.
It shows a great promise in some cases when used properly.
American researchers favor careful monitoring of the tumor temperature;
whereas, the successes reported in Japan make no mention of
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.
Localized infrared therapy
using lamps tuned to the 2 ~ 25 micron waveband is used for
the treatment and relief of pain by over 40 reputable Chinese
Researchers reported over
90% success in a summary of Chinese studies that assessed the
effect of infrared therapy on:
Soft tissue injury
Periarthritis of the shoulder
Pain during Menstruation
Eczema with infection
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
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:
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
All of the following ailments may be associated to some degree
with poor circulation and, thus, may respond well to the increased
peripheral dilation associated with Infrared application:
Children's Over-tired Muscles
Fatigue Stretch Marks Menstrual Cramps
Leg and Decubitus Ulcers: failed to heal using conventional
Post-Operative Edema: treatment with infrared has been so successful
that hospital stays were reported to have been reduced by 25%
Peripheral Occlusive 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 ~ 457
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 users 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 hypothermia 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 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 microcirculatory
changes that lead to the desired result of a lowering of blood
Problems often accompanying Aging, that have been reported to
have been alleviated or reduced by Infrared Therapy in Japan:
Cold hands and feet: A physical therapist found 20~50% improvement
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
Sequelae of Strokes: Example - Hemiparesis relieved over time
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy: reduced
Duodenal Ulcers: eliminated
Pain: which prevented sleep or limited useable sleeping positions
Compression Fracture Pain: Example - pain gone for 3 days after
each treatment in steoporotic compression fractures
Hemorrhoids: reduced § Cystitis: gone
Cirrhoses of Liver: reversed
Asthma & Bronchitis: cleared up (like moving to Arizona's
Chron's Disease: gone
Post Surgical Adhesions: reduced
Leg ulcers: healed when previously static and resistant to other
Keloids: significantly softened and, in some cases, completely
Conditions relieved with Infrared treatments in Japan:
Chronic middle-ear inflammation
or infection: in one clinical study of chronic serousotitis
media no pathogenic bacteria were isolated 70% of the subjects
Taint's: chronic severe case cleared with 10 Infrared treatments
Conditions benefited by Infrared treatments in Japan and China:
Clogged pores are unplugged of cosmetics creating a skin texture
and tone of unexcelled quality. Michael 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
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 adder 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
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 formed.
As you can see, the segment of the infrared spectrum emitted
by the Infrared Thermal System is reputed to offer an astounding
range of possible therapeutic benefits and effects in research
conducted around the world. The data presented is offered for
reference purposes only and to stimulate further observation.
Infrared Thermal Systems creating a cure for or treating any
disease is neither implied nor should be inferred.
If you have a disease, be certain to consult with a primary-care
physician concerning it.
If you are using any prescription drugs, check with your physician
or pharmacist for any possible change in the drug's effect due
to any interaction with infrared energy.
It is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature in
someone with adrenal suppression and systemic lupus erythematosus
or multiple sclerosis, by some authorities.
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.
If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, discontinue your
sauna use. Finnish women use their saunas, which don't throw
heat as deeply into the body, for only 6~12 minutes and reportedly
leave at that time, due to perceived discomfort. Their usage
at this low level of intensity is not linked to birth defects.
Infrared Sauna usage may be 2~3 times more intense, and comparatively
shorter 2~6 minute sessions hardly seem worth any minimal risk
they may present.
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants
generally reflect infrared rays and thus are not heated by this
system, nevertheless you should consult your surgeon prior to
using Infrared Thermal System. Certainly, the usage of Infrared
Thermal System must be discontinued if you experience pain near
any such implants. Silicone does absorb infrared energy. Implanted
silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement
may be warmed by the infrared rays. Since silicone melts at
over 200°C (392°F), it should not be adversely affected
by the usage of the Infrared Sauna. It is still advised that
you check with your surgeon and possibly a representative from
the product manufacture to be certain.
Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period
may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Once a woman
is aware that this may occur, she can choose to allow herself
to possible experience this short term effect without worry
or to simply avoid the Infrared Sauna usage at that time of
Hemophiliacs and anyone predisposed to hemorrhage should avoid
Infrared sauna usage or any type of heating that would induce
vasodilatation, which can potentate the tendency to bleed.
Obviously, should any condition worsen with use of an Infrared
treatment, the use of the system should be discontinued.
People do not experience pain using Infrared Saunas unless such
is contraindicated. If you do, the use of radiant heat is clearly
inappropriate for you at that time.
DO NOT attempt to self-treat any disease with this Infrared
Thermal System without direct supervision of a physician.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SELECTED TOPICS OF INTEREST
1. Weight Loss
Burns up to 900 & more calories in just one 30-minute session.
Here are how many calories a 150-pound person normally burns
up in 30 minutes of exercise:
SPORT : CALORIES
Rowing (peak effort) : 600
Swimming (crawl stroke) : 300
Jogging : 300
Tennis (fast game) : 265
Chopping Wood : 265
Cycling (10mph) : 225
Golfing (without a cart) : 150
Walking (3.5mph) : 150
Bowling : 120
Vigorous Racquet Ball : 510
Marathon Running 593
Some weight loss authorities believe that our bodies use fat
to dilute toxins. As an Infrared Sauna is an unsurpassed expel
of toxins, it is also a great way to get rid of any fat our
bodies are using to dilute toxins we are storing.
Excellent for increasing blood circulation to the skin, which
is essential for beautiful, youthful, glowing skin.
A new "inner glow" as the skin is free of accumulated
dirt and dry skin cells, due to deep cleansing of impurities.
Improves the conditions of acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and
any skin lesions and cuts.
Open wounds heal quicker with reduced scarring.
Removes roughness, leaving skin baby smooth and soft again.
Firms and improves skin tone and elasticity.
Scars fully formed, even colds, may be gradually softened. Burns
and other wounds or incisions may heal with significantly reduced
Cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and
wastes, which are trapped in pockets below the skin. An Infrared
Thermal System can assist this condition, as profuse sweating
helps clear this form of unwanted debris from the body.
European beauty specialists confirm that a sauna will greatly
speed any anti-cellulite program.
Due to at least twice the depth of heat penetration into cellulite
combined with up to 10 times the level of heating in these tissues,
an Infra Therapist System can be significantly more effective
than any conventional sauna.
Effective for arthritis, back pain, muscle spasms, headache,
Radiant heat helps with sprains, strains, arthritis, muscle
spasm and pain.
If you are an athlete, an Infrared Thermal System is all good
news. It allows oxygen debt to be repaid more quickly. This
is likely to lead to improved and quicker healing of sprains
and muscle pain for you.
Removes stress in the comfortable warm temperature.
* Disclaimer: Prana Products,
Inc. does not prescribe or recommend Infrared Saunas as a cure,
remedy, or treatment for any medical condition or illness. The
company does not take responsibility for those choosing to treat
themselves. Consult health care professionals for serious medical
conditions. These statements have not been evaluated by the
Food and Drug Administration.