Sun bathing. An ancient practice, done in warm climates and in the midst of winter on mountain tops. If the sun is shining, it’s in our nature to soak it up. We use the sun to create Vit D in our bodies, but the benefits of sun exposure don’t end there. Healthy sun exposure:
- supports proper melatonin regulation which is critical for immune and endocrine function
- releases endorphins which are feel good chemicals that put you in a positive mood and boost your energy
- help to heal psoriasis, scleroderma, dermatitis and other skin diseases
- in childhood, can reduce near-sightedness later in life
Other forms of light hold unique healing properties, known as thermal therapy.
Thermal therapy or hyperthermia utilizes far infrared heat and negative ion generation to support the body’s natural healing abilities. You can take advantage of the healing power of this energy with your own far infrared device in the comfort of your home, even on a cold winter day.
Far infrared therapy can support:
- Relaxation of muscles
- Increase of local circulation where applied
Temporary relief of:
- Minor muscle pain
- Minor joint pain and stiffness
- Joint pain associated with arthritis
- Muscle spasms
- Minor sprains and strains
- Minor muscular back pain
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Soothes and relaxes
- Supports the immune system
- Improves sleep (if associated with pain relief)
- Reduces inflammation (where applied)
- Increases tissue oxygenation (due to increased circulation where applied)
- Provides muscle relaxation such that you may sleep better if you experience occasional difficulty sleeping.
The deep penetrating heat of infrared therapy effectively stimulates metabolic activity, triggering the release of stored toxins through detoxification pathways. Far infrared helps your body to mimic a fever response which is what your body uses normally to fight infection and cancer.
see what the research says about thermal therapy
HSPs are highly expressed in many malignant human tumors including breast cancer, and the cytoprotective chaperone function of HSPs is essential for cancer cell survival. Moreover, these proteins seem to be associated with a poor clinical outcome and poor response to therapy. As a consequence, HSPs is an exciting new target in cancer therapy, particularly HSP90 that modulates multiple oncogenic proteins and signaling pathways in cancer cells.
Far-Infrared Therapy Promotes Nerve Repair following End-to-End Neurorrhaphy in Rat Models of Sciatic Nerve Injury
This study employed a rat model of sciatic nerve injury to investigate the effects of postoperative low-power far-infrared (FIR) radiation therapy on nerve repair following end-to-end neurorrhaphy. The rat models were divided into the following 3 groups: (1) nerve injury without FIR biostimulation (NI/sham group); (2) nerve injury with FIR biostimulation (NI/FIR group); and (3) noninjured controls (normal group). Walking-track analysis results showed that the NI/FIR group exhibited significantly higher sciatic functional indices at 8 weeks after surgery (P < 0.05) compared with the NI/sham group. The decreased expression of CD4 and CD8 in the NI/FIR group indicated that FIR irradiation modulated the inflammatory process during recovery. Compared with the NI/sham group, the NI/FIR group exhibited a significant reduction in muscle atrophy (P < 0.05). Furthermore, histomorphometric assessment indicated that the nerves regenerated more rapidly in the NI/FIR group than in the NI/sham group; furthermore, the NI/FIR group regenerated neural tissue over a larger area, as well as nerve fibers of greater diameter and with thicker myelin sheaths. Functional recovery, inflammatory response, muscular reinnervation, and histomorphometric assessment all indicated that FIR radiation therapy can accelerate nerve repair following end-to-end neurorrhaphy of the sciatic nerve.
Antitumor effect of whole body hyperthermia with alpha-galactosylceramide in a subcutaneous tumor model of colon cancer
Whole body hyperthermia (WBH) showed antitumor effects in a mouse subcutaneous tumor model of colon cancer. Addition of alpha-GalCer increased the efficacy of WBH, probably via enhancement of immune response.
The effects inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells by far-infrared radiation (FIR) are controlled by the basal expression level of heat shock protein (HSP) 70A
It was found here for the first time the effect on body temperature range by FIR in several cancer cell lines in vitro, which is controlled by endogenous HSP70 to protect cells from FIR-induced growth arrest. This finding suggests that FIR may be a very effective medical treatment for some cancer cell lines that have a low level of HSP70. Furthermore, if the level of HSP70 in any cancer of a patient is measured, the effect of medical treatment by FIR on the cancer may be predicted.
Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury exposures are ubiquitous. These toxic elements have no physiological benefits, engendering interest in minimizing body burden. The physiological process of sweating has long been regarded as “cleansing” and of low risk. Reports of toxicant levels in sweat were sought in Medline, Embase, Toxline, Biosis, and AMED as well as reference lists and grey literature, from inception to March 22, 2011. Of 122 records identified, 24 were included in evidence synthesis. Populations, and sweat collection methods and concentrations varied widely. In individuals with higher exposure or body burden, sweat generally exceeded plasma or urine concentrations, and dermal could match or surpass urinary daily excretion. Arsenic dermal excretion was severalfold higher in arsenic-exposed individuals than in unexposed controls. Cadmium was more concentrated in sweat than in blood plasma. Sweat lead was associated with high-molecular-weight molecules, and in an interventional study, levels were higher with endurance compared with intensive exercise. Mercury levels normalized with repeated saunas in a case report. Sweating deserves consideration for toxic element detoxification. Research including appropriately sized trials is needed to establish safe, effective therapeutic protocols.
Sauna as a Valuable Clinical Tool for Cardiovascular, Autoimmune, Toxicant-induced and other Chronic Health Problems
Sauna therapy has been used for hundreds of years in the Scandinavian region as a standard health activity. Studies document the effectiveness of sauna therapy for persons with hypertension, congestive heart failure, and for post-myocardial infarction care. Some individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or addictions also can benefit. Existing evidence supports the use of saunas as a component of depuration (purification or cleansing) protocols for environmentally-induced illness. While far-infrared saunas have been used in many cardiovascular studies, all studies applying sauna for depuration have utilized saunas with radiant heating units. Overall, regular sauna therapy (either radiant heat or far-infrared units) appears to be safe and offers multiple health benefits to regular users.
Twelve subjects were tested before and after using the BioMat for 1 hour daily over a 3‑month period using three different biofeedback devices and blood cortisol levels to measure stress reduction. Far infrared/negative ion amethyst BioMat reduces stress by 78%, as validated by pre ‑ and post ‑biofeedback brain scans, as well as fasting blood test to measure the stress hormone cortisol. The core of the BioMat technology is a combination of far infrared rays, negative ion effects and the conductive properties of amethyst channels. These powerful health stimulators are combined in a single, easy‑to‑use product with remarkable healing properties. The BioMat delivers soothing, deep‑penetrating heat, while stimulating the regeneration of damaged cells in the body. It is a safe and natural way to achieve optimal health now, and maintain a stronger, more resilient body in the future.
What is hyperthermia?
Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues. By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and structures within cells, hyperthermia may shrink tumors.
As shown from the results of this case study, the Bio-Mat/BioBelt has a synergistic effect and has resulted in both stress and pain reduction. Weight reduction for the 12 subjects was achieved through reducing cortisol, the stress hormone, and increasing serotonin and endorphins known as the happy chemicals in the brain.The far-infrared Bio-Mat and BioBelt increases blood circulation and oxygen supply to damaged tissues (aiding reduction of chronic joint and muscle pain or sport injuries), promotes relaxation and comfort, induces sleep, and relieves stress as shown in the case study. Further research is needed to clarify the synergistic effect of using the Bio-Mat/BioBelt in a number of biological functions, including the reduction of pain, stress, weight, increased libido, and overall sense of wellbeing owing to increased serotonin, as well as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and other essential neurotransmitters responsible for better sleep and reducing depression and overall stress.