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Infrared Sauna and Light Therapy

Aug 17, 2007
Infrared light has been purported to relieve pain, aid the body in releasing its toxins, improve circulation and metabolism. How can light have that supposed ability?

Infrared heat application isn't new. It's produced by the sun too. This is the heat you feel penetrate your skin when you stand in the sun - and miss when you walk into the shade. Infrared energy is also given off as body heat.

Have you ever been outside on a partly cloudy spring day of about 50F and felt quite comfortable until 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.

Incidentally, panels that produce similar infrared rays are used in hospitals to warm newborn babies. Even NASA has used infrared heat to keep their astronauts warm. So no need to worry. Infrared energy 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).

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.

And according to the "9th edition of Clayton's Electrotherapy", "infrared is the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation." Far infrared heat/energy is also capable of neutralizing the negative effects of toxic electromagnetic frequencies (EMF's).

Because it uses infrared radiant energy to directly penetrate the body's tissues to a depth of over 1.5", researchers have worked at harnessing this potential and Chinese researchers consider the band from 2-25 microns as the most therapeutic. That's 2-25 microns of far infrared radiation. The Japanese too have spent years investigating the effects of light on human health and have made great advances.

Infrared light is an important energy force that promotes healing - a raising of the white blood cell count. Why is that good? Because more white blood cells mean greater immunity. Greater immunity means greater health and a better quality of life.

Today we're seeing new technologies employing far-infrared energy in health care products an din clinical protocols such as hyperthermic therapies for detoxification and cancer treatment.

Energy medicine is an ancient practice and Chinese health practitioners would use healing touch therapies for improved cell growth, DNA synthesis and protein synthesis in cells. Although these ancient practitioners did not know the technical terms as to why their therapy improved health, they were sure their patients got better.

Yes, the human heat from their touch increased immune defense response in which white blood cells surround and ingested small living things (like bacteria) and cell wastes.

Far-infrared heat follows the same principle: warm the injury site to speed healing. Why is infrared heat better than say, a heating pad? Because the vibrational energy of far-infrared light is unlike that of the heat energy we use for everyday functions, like cooking. Boiling water could actually damage our skin but it doesn't heat internal organs.

Sunlight heats us in a profound way, however, because it contains penetrating far-infrared rays as well as the full range of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Joe uses far infrared sauna therapy almost daily for lactic acid release and detoxification. His favorite infrared source can be found here: Saunas for the Home
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