For years I have been an outspoken advocate of Far Infrared sauna therapy however, I am not a physician. Research suggests when asked, many doctors do recommend Far Infrared sauna therapy. A number of doctors utilize this type of sauna for improving everything from the skin, all the way to the use in cancer management. Interesting to note that currently there are numerous alternative cancer centers employing Far Infrared sauna therapy as part of their detoxification protocols. It only makes sense, knowing all the benefits of Far Infrared, to include this therapy into your daily health routine. It is gratifying to be able to point to a doctor’s recommendation, as well.
If you suffer from cardiovascular health problems, you will be interested in knowing that an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, demonstrated that using a Far Infrared sauna on a regular basis improves vascular, endothelial, and cardiac function in patients with congestive heart failure. Consistent use of Far Infrared sauna therapy additionally diminished systolic blood pressure in patients. A Japanese study of 20 men with at least one risk factor for heart disease assessed the effects of a short 15-minute stay in a 140 degree sauna every other day for two weeks. Another study done at the Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Kagoshima University, Japan, demonstrated the hemodynamic benefits of a Far Infrared sauna in relation to Congestive Heart Failure. Doctors have found that many heavy metals and chemicals are bound in subcutaneous fat, and sweating is a critical way to rid the body of toxins. Heat therapy in the form of Far Infrared has been cited in the medical literature, and employed by places such as the well known Mayo Clinic.
Some mental hospitals use Far Infrared saunas in their rehabilitation programs to de-stress and soothe patients. According to the medical community, sweating is as essential to our health as eating and breathing. A vigorous sweat rids the body of wastes and regulates the critical temperature of the body to 98.6 degrees. According to medical statistics, most people simply don’t sweat enough. This makes Far Infrared sauna therapy particularly desirable. Most of life’s detrimental effects are reversed in a Far Infrared sauna.
Currently there is a full spectrum of physician approval for the many benefits of Far Infrared sauna therapy. Here are just a few quotes:
“If you analyze the peer reviewed data, full spectrum infrared sauna therapy would be a multibillion drug if it came in a pill. The ability to heal endothelium and improve symptoms and prognosis for congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease is remarkable. (Far Infrared) saunas are the only infrared saunas clinically shown to lower blood pressure and reduce belly fat, both contributing factors to a healthy heart.” Dr. Joel Kahn
“I do a sauna every day and have for a number of years. Usually I go to the YMCA and they have a regular dry sauna. Recently I got a far-infrared sauna and I was intrigued that the sweat felt different, less watery, and slimier. It made me think there was some truth to the assertions being made about far-infrared and its ability to draw more toxins than the standard regular sauna.” Dr. David Minkoff
“In today’s world where we are all exposed to toxins in the air and water, as well as through medications, vaccines and dental work, it is vital to integrate a detoxification regimen into one’s daily life. Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD. Far Infrared light waves penetrate facial and muscular tissue, helping to rid the body of toxins that are stored in deeper layers than the simple sweat glands that are activated in a conventional sauna. In addition, the cardiovascular cleansing properties of the (Far Infrared) saunas allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.” Dr. Rachel West
“Sweating does indeed increase mercury excretion. Probably an hour or two of sauna is the same as 50 mg of DMSA every 4 hours for a day.” Dr. Andrew Cutler
Including Far Infrared sauna therapy into your daily health routine will allow your body to detoxify, boost your immune system, regulate bodily systems and relax and rejuvenate your mind. It certainly helps having a doctor’s approval however, after just a few sessions in a Far Infrared sauna, you won’t need one!