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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 wave
length, measured in microns or micrometers (a micron = 1/1,000,000 of
meter): 0.076 – 1.5 microns = near or close; 1.5 – 5.6 = 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,
which we perceive as heat. Our sun produces most of its energy output in
the infrared segment of the spectrum. Our atmosphere 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.
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 deg? And felt quite comfortable when suddenly the sun was 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 your FIR heat sauna is just like the
heat from our sun or that which our own bodies produce as they burn fuel
to keep us warm.
The source of
infrared heat in your infrared sauna is actually a ceramic tube or cube,
warmed by an electrical wire embedded within it. This zircon ceramic
emitting tube is shielded by a metallic grill that is covered by a soft
coating of suede-ex, and is safe to touch while it is operating.
Repeated sauna therapy reduces urinary 8-epi-prostaglandin F(2alpha).
Miyata M, Kihara T, Minagoe S, Tei C.
Cardiology, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine, Kagoshima University,
reported that repeated sauna therapy improves impaired vascular
endothelial function in a patient with coronary risk factors. We
hypothesized that sauna therapy decreases urinary 8-epi-prostaglandin
F(2alpha) (PGF(2alpha)) levels as a marker of oxidative stress and
conducted a randomized, controlled study. Twenty-eight patients with at
least one coronary risk factor were divided into a sauna group (n = 14)
and non-sauna group (n = 14). Sauna therapy was performed with a 60
degrees C far infrared-ray dry sauna for 15 minutes and then bed rest
with a blanket for 30 minutes once a day for two weeks. Systolic blood
pressure and increased urinary 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) levels in the sauna
group were significantly lower than those in the non-sauna group at two
weeks after admission (110 +/- 15 mmHg vs 122 +/- 13 mmHg, P < 0.05, 230
+/- 67 pg/mg x creatinine vs 380 +/- 101 pg/mg x creatinine, P < 0.0001,
respectively). These results suggest that repeated sauna therapy may
protect against oxidative stress, which leads to the prevention of atherosclerosis.
Effects of repeated sauna treatment on ventricular arrhythmias in
patients with chronic heart failure.
Kihara T, Biro
S, Ikeda Y, Fukudome T, Shinsato T, Masuda A, Miyata M, Hamasaki S,
Otsuji Y, Minagoe S, Akiba S, Tei C.
Departments of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine,
aim of the present study was to determine whether repeated 60C sauna
treatment improves cardiac arrhythmias in chronic heart failure (CHF)
patients, because ventricular arrhythmias are an important therapeutic
target in CHF. Methods and Results Thirty patients (59+/-3 years) with
New York Heart Association functional class II or III CHF and at least
200 premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)/24 h assessed by 24-h
Holter recordings were studied. They were randomized into sauna-treated
(n=20) or non-treated (n=10) groups. The sauna-treated group underwent a
2-week program of a daily 60 degrees C far infrared-ray dry sauna for 15
min, followed by 30 min bed rest with blankets, for 5 days per week.
Patients in the non-treated group had bed rest in a
temperature-controlled room (24 degrees C) for 45 min. The total numbers
of PVCs/24 h in the sauna-treated group decreased compared with the
non-treated group [848+/-415 vs 3,097+/-1,033/24 h, p<0.01]. Heart rate
variability (SDNN, standard deviation of normal-to-normal beat interval)
increased [142+/-10 (n=16) vs 112+/-11 ms (n=8), p<0.05] and plasma
brain natriuretic peptide concentrations decreased [229+/-54 vs
419+/-110 pg/ml, p<0.05] in the sauna-treated group compared with the
non-treated group. Conclusion Repeated sauna treatment improves
ventricular arrhythmias in patients with CHF. (Circ J 2004; 68: 1146 -
Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function
in patients with coronary risk factors.
Imamura M, Biro
S, Kihara T, Yoshifuku S, Takasaki K, Otsuji Y, Minagoe S, Toyama Y, Tei
Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima
University, Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima, Japan.
sought to determine whether sauna therapy, a thermal vasodilation
therapy, improves endothelial function in patients with coronary risk
factors such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus
and smoking. BACKGROUND: Exposure to heat is widely used as a
traditional therapy in many different cultures. We have recently found
that repeated sauna therapy improves endothelial and cardiac function in
patients with chronic heart failure.
METHODS: Twenty-five men with at
least one coronary risk factor (risk group: 38 +/- 7 years) and 10
healthy men without coronary risk factors (control group: 35 +/- 8
years) were enrolled. Patients in the risk group were treated with a 60
degrees C far infrared-ray dry sauna bath for 15 min and then kept in a
bed covered with blankets for 30 min once a day for two weeks. To assess
endothelial function, brachial artery diameter was measured at rest,
during reactive hyperemia (flow-mediated endothelium-dependent dilation
[%FMD]), again at rest and after sublingual nitroglycerin administration
(endothelium-independent vasodilation [%NTG]) using high-resolution
RESULTS: The %FMD was significantly impaired in the risk
group compared with the control group (4.0 +/- 1.7% vs. 8.2 +/- 2.7%, p
< 0.0001), while %NTG was similar (18.7 +/- 4.2% vs. 20.4 +/- 5.1%). Two
weeks of sauna therapy significantly improved %FMD in the risk group
(4.0 +/- 1.7% to 5.8 +/- 1.3%, p < 0.001). In contrast, %NTG did not
change after two weeks of sauna therapy (18.7 +/- 4.2% to 18.1 +/-
CONCLUSIONS: Repeated sauna treatment improves impaired vascular
endothelial function in the setting of coronary risk factors, suggesting
a therapeutic role for sauna treatment in patients with risk factors for
CONTROLLED SCIENTIFIC STUDIES ARE THERE AND BY WHOM AND FOR WHOM?
"Over the last 25 years, Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians
have completed extensive research on infrared medical treatments and
report many amazing discoveries. In Japan, there is an 'infrared
society' composed of medical doctors and physical therapists dedicated
to further infrared research. Their findings support the health benefits
of infrared therapy as a method of healing."
What devices were actually used in the studies?
Far Infrared Ray technology was used. Probably manufactured in Japan.
Who manufactured them?
Food gets cooked regardless of who manufactured the frying pan. Point
being, FIR technology was used to produce the results.
Are any of these studies directly related to the devices used in saunas
or do they use other forms of infrared devices?
The studies are about FIR technology. If the sauna incorporates FIR
technology, then yes the technology is related.
What's the difference between an actual heater and infrared heater in a
sauna (in other words take out the infrared part)? "FIR Expands
capillaries, which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration,
circulation and oxygenation.
2) FIR is
excellent for detox. Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR
treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and
then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins.
promotes elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood:
Poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals - toxic substances from food
processing - lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat
associated with aging and fatigue - excess sodium associated with
hypertension - and uric acid which causes pain. Furthermore, if
sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be
eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands) rather than by the
stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism - One hour under the Hot House
burns over 900 calories by raising the metabolism and body temperature.
FIR heat also breaks down cellulite - trapped water, fat and waste.
4) FIR promotes
the killing of many pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, viruses,
fungi and parasites.
5) FIR promotes
rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the
fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of
injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and
protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration.
Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems.
6) FIR relieves
nervous tension and relaxes autoneuro muscles thereby helping the body
make the most of its intended healing abilities. Reduces soreness on
nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle fibers are heated.
strengthens the Immune System by stimulating increased production of
white blood cells (leukocytes) by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by
strengthens the Cardiovascular System by causing heart rate and cardiac
output increase, and diastolic blood pressure decrease - Extensive
research by NASA in the early 1980's led to the conclusion that far
infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way
to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during
long space flight."
What's the difference in quality and cost from hospital units versus
general cheap public units and why? "Dr.Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of
the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical, received a
patent in 1965 for a zirconia ceramic infrared heater used in the first
healing infrared thermal systems. Medical practitioners in Japan were
the only ones using infrared thermal systems for 14 years. In 1979, they
were finally released for public use. The technique has been further
refined into infrared thermal systems that have been sold in the USA
since 1981. One use of infrared heat in the USA has been in the form of
panels used in hospital nurseries to warm newborns. To date, there have
been over 700,000 infrared thermal systems sold in Asia for whole body
treatments. An additional 30 million people have received localized
infrared treatment in Asia, Europe, and Australia with FIR lamps, which
emit the same 2-25 micron wave bands as employed in a whole body system.
In Germany, physicians in an independently developed form have used
whole body infrared therapy for over 80 years."
Dr.Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department
of Fuji Medical, received a patent in 1965 for a zirconia ceramic
infrared heater used in the first healing infrared thermal systems.
Medical practitioners in Japan were the only ones using infrared thermal
systems for 14 years. In 1979, they were finally released for public
use. The technique has been further refined into infrared thermal
systems that have been sold in the USA since 1981. One use of infrared
heat in the USA has been in the form of panels used in hospital
nurseries to warm newborns.
So... What's the difference? Well, I could go out to an Italian
restaurant and pay over twenty dollars on spaghetti. Or I could go to
the grocery store and buy spaghetti sticks, and then I could come home
and make me one serving which costs me only about fifty cents. Spaghetti
is spaghetti. FIR is FIR. You know the old saying; whatever floats your
They have made this technology available to the public. Kinda like Hulda
Clark's parasite zapper. There was a time when that kind of stuff was
not available to the public. However, the zapper got refined to the
point where the public were able to purchase one--even make one of their
What double-blind controlled studies exist of infrared versus
conventional sauna and particular ailments?
Health challenges below, have been reported in Japan and China, as
alleviated, reduced or eliminated:
- Cancer, Leukemia, Prostate Cancer
Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinus problems
- Excess Body Fat/Weight Loss, Cellulite
High blood pressure, Chronic Nephritis
- Circulation problems - Rheumatism, Chilblains, Gout, Body Odor
- Hemorrhoids and Piles
- Swelling, Inflammation - Arthritis, Tendinitis, Tumors, Mastitis
- Back, Shoulder, Neck and Muscular Pains - Lumbago
- Neuralgia and Abnormal Nerve Functions - Herpes, Paralysis, Sciatica
- Skin Elasticity and Texture, Chapping, Skin Aging, Wrinkles
- Clogged Pores, Pimples, Acne
- Damaged, Burnt and Scarred Tissue
- Toxicity, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Cystitis, Uric Acid
- Gastric and Duodenal Ulcers
problems, PMS, Yeast problems,
- Fungus, Viruses, Bacteria,
Headaches, Nose Bleeds
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Diabetes Mellitus
following health challenges have been reported in Japan to be alleviated
or reduced by the use of infrared therapy:
Asthma, bronchitis (cleared up)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (7 out of 10 cases resolved in one clinical
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy (reduced)
- Cancer pain (greatly relieved pain in later stages)
- Cirrhosis of the liver (reversed)
- Chroneís Disease (gone)
- Cold hand and feet (a physical therapist discovered 20-50% improvement
- Cystitis (gone)
- Duocenal ulcers (eliminated)
- Compression fracture pain
- Gastritis (relieved)
- Hemorrhoids (reduced)
- Hepatitis (gone)
High blood pressure (in the case of a diabetic a systolic decrease
from 180 to 125 +
- concurrent weight loss)
- Keloids (significantly softened and, in some cases, completely gone)
- Leg ulcers (healed when previously static and resistant to other care)
- Pain preventing sleep or limiting sleeping positions (relieved)
- Post-surgical adhesions (reduced)
- Radiation sickness (relieved signs and symptoms)
- Sequelae of
Strokes (Herniparesis relieved over time)
trial in Japan reported a successful solution for seven out of seven
cases of rheumatoid arthritis treated with whole-body infrared therapy.
Dr. Masao Nakamura of the O and P Medical Clinic in Japan reports
success with the use of infrared heat treatment for the following:
- Ear Diseases
- Gastroenteric Problems
- Shoulder Stiffness
Musculoskeletal Improvements with Infrared Heat
Success has been reported from infrared treatments by Japanese
researchers for the following musculoskeletal conditions:
- Arthritis, Gout, Rheumatoid, DJD (each substantially relieved or
- Adhesions (common in competitive athletes, trauma, and repetitive
- TMJ Arthritis
- Acel-Decel Injury Sequelae
- Low-Back Pain (relieved)
- Bursitis (eliminated)
- Brain Contusion (accelerated healing)
- Disc-Protrusion Related Neuralgia
- Compression Fractures (in one situation pain stopped for three days
with one treatment)
- Muscle Tension (relaxed)
- Muscle Spasms (reduced or eliminated)
- Post-Exercise Muscle Pain (good results - vital to competitive
- Shoulder pain (relieved or improved)
- Spinal Chord Shock (reversed post traumatic shock)
- Tight Shoulders (more relaxed)
- Traumatic Arthritis
and Throat Conditions Relieved with Infrared Heat
The Japanese report the following ear, nose, and throat conditions
relieved with infrared heat treatments:
- Body Odor
- Chronic middle-ear inflammation of infection
- Clogged pores (unplugged of cosmetics, unexcelled skin texture and
(increased blood flow through the scalp)
- Eczema and Psoriasis (respond well)
- Lacerations (healed quicker with less pain and scarring)
- Nettle rash
- Nose bleeding (reduced)
- Skin Conditions (improved)
- Teenage skin problems (clearing acne and blackheads)
- Poor skin tone - Scars and pain from burns or wounds (decreased in
severity and extent)
- Sore throats
- Tinnitus (chronic severe case cleared with 10 infrared treatments)
- Used routinely in burn units throughout Asia.
FIR Therapy Medical Facts and Data:
Infrared sauna is thought to be 7 times more effective at detoxifying
such as mercury, aluminum, and even cholesterols, nicotine, alcohol,
ammonia, sulfuric acid and other environmental toxins, as opposed to
conventional heat or steam saunas.
The human body is a reservoir of all kinds of bio-toxins which cannot be
expelled immediately and become stored in the body, thereby triggering
illness. When toxic gases such as sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide, or
potentially fatal heavy metal toxins such as mercury, lead and chlorine,
meet large water molecules, they are encapsulated by clusters of water
and trapped in the body. Where these toxins are accumulated, blood
circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. However, when a
7 to 14 micron FIR wave is applied to these large water molecules, the
water begins to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds of the
atoms which are holding together the molecules of water. As the water
evaporates, the encapsulated gas and toxins can be released.
Infrared therapy increases blood circulation and oxygen supply to
(aiding reduction of chronic joint and muscle pain or sport injuries),
promotes relaxation and comfort, induces sleep and relieves stress.
German medical researchers concluded one session of infrared therapy for
over 1 hour can have significant reduction of blood pressure thanks to a
persistent peripheral vessels dilation. They also noted that blood
viscosity was improved. After 1 hour of infrared radiance, there is a
significant decrease of blood pressure - cardiac ejection resistance -
total peripheral resistance -and significant increase of heart rate,
stroke volume, cardiac output, and ejection fraction.
Acne - Infrared Lasers verse Infrared HotHouse or Infrared Lamp
"Infrared lasers such as Smoothbeam or CoolTouch, are becoming a very
popular method to treat acne - particularly very resistant cases. They
seem to work by shrinking the sebaceous glands, and you get relatively
quick results. They hurt like hell though." ~ Jeffey Dover, MD, Boston,
ELLE Magazine March 2004
Three to four infrared HotHouse or infrared lamp treatments appear to
open pores that have been malfunctioning for years, forcing out clogging
cosmetics, and loosening dry outer skin, healing acne and scars, WITHOUT
Sunburn - According to the Clayton's Electrotherapy, 9th Edition,
infrared radiation is the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet
Far Infrared Therapy and Electromagnetic Fields
Recently there have been reports detailing the hazards of exposure to
certain kinds of electromagnetic fields, such as those from high-tension
power lines, cell phones, or from computer display terminals. Infrared
heating systems have been tested in Japan and found free of toxic
electromagnetic fields. The Swedish National Institute of Radiation
Protection has also concluded that infrared heaters are not dangerous.
Instead, Japanese researchers have reported that infrared radiant heat
antidotes the negative effects of toxic electromagnetic sources.
The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology reports medical
practitioners make use of infrared radiant heat to treat sprains,
strains, bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis, and muscle
Effects of Infrared Heat - Chapter 9 of Therapeutic Heat and Cold,
Editors Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin. Infrared Heat
Therapy does the following:
- Decreases joint stiffness
- Relieves muscle spasms
- Increases blood flow
- Leads to pain relief
- Affects soft tissue injury
- Increases the extensibility of collagen tissue
- Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrated, edema, and exudes
Use Of Far Infrared In Dental Clinics Mr. Shu of Ninomiya Yuri
Dental Clinic used far infrared ray in his dental clinic for some years.
"I have successfully treated many common dental diseases, for instance,
pyorrhea alveolaris, gum inflammation, tooth pain, and muscular spasm."
Mr. Shu indicated that the use of far infrared ray is undergoing
research. Dr. Akira, Director of the Meitoku Association of Dentists and
Dr. Waaataru of the Kawano Dental Hospital also use far infrared
treatment on a regular basis for gum inflammation and post dental pain
"The HotHouse feels wonderful on an artificial hip...it is so
comforting. When pins or metal have been inserted, it does not harm, as
it doesn't get over 98 degrees. Keeping it at that constant temperature
doesn't make the body go up and doesn't make it go down. If a person is
recovering from a break and has metal pins in the body, the HotHouse is
very soothing to them." ~ D.Sudweeks, Pleasant Grove,Utah, January 27th,
C.Dunson, a Lymphologist in Utah reported that within 15 minutes of a
client being treated with the HotHouse and lymphology therapy, their
pneumonia was cleared. Infrared therapy in both Japan and China has
proven to be outstanding for asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, sinusitis
and congestion as it clears inflammation, swelling and mucous clogged
passages, as testified to in Dr. Yamazaki's book below.
Dr. Toshio Yamazaki, M.D. owns a clinic in Japan where she has done
extensive research on the therapeutic uses of far-infrared therapy. She
is the author of "The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far
Infrared Ray Therapy' which presents the clinical effects of far
infrared ray therapy.
Besides cancer, Dr. Yamazaki reports continual successful treatments of
many other diseases by use of FIR waves - treatments not only by her but
also by many other doctors. The list of diseases - documented in her
book - includes stress induced chronic diarrhea, abdominal distention,
ulcerated large intestines, gastritis, facial numbness, hemorrhoids,
shoulder, back, and knee pain, rheumatism, hypotension, diabetes, weight
loss, breast and abdominal tumors, low blood pressure, asthma, anemia,
burns and scalds, body odor, early onset of baldness, fracture of
cervical vertebra, radiation exposure and related diseases...
For more info you can pick up a book called 'The Scientific Basis and
Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy' Written by acclaimed
Japanese medical doctor, Toshio Yamazaki.
Now that I answered your questions... I am just tickled to ask you
something. In the name of science, what are these "cosmic stones" that
you are recommended in an earlier post?
Sample questions are:
- How many controlled scientific studies are there and by whom and for
- What devices were actually used in the studies and who manufactured
- Are any of these studies directly related to the cosmic stones or do
they use other forms of cosmic stones?
- What's the difference between a regular stone and a cosmic stone(in
other words take out the cosmic part)?
- What's the difference in quality and cost from cosmic stones versus
general cheap regular stones and why?
- What double-blind controlled studies exist of cosmic stones versus
conventional stones and particular ailments?
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