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Health, Healing and the Steam Shower

Aug 5, 2008
Most viruses are highly susceptible to an increase in temperature and will be damaged or even killed from overheating long before a human body is affected. Some of the viruses affected by the steam in a steam shower are rhinivirus, which is responsible...

It has been proven over many centuries that steam can have great health benefits.

The benefit of steam on the body has been well documented over the centuries, as far back as 200 B.C by the Romans who took steam baths, steam showers and saunas to the extreme, with the construction of huge bath houses renowned for treating all sorts of ailments.
In India whenever a large home was constructed, it was not considered complete unless it contained a bath house with steam room.

The Aztecs created special rooms called temezcals, to purify the worshipers.

Whilst excavating Aztec temples and cities archaeologists have even discovered the remains of small rooms built from adobe alongside the temples. The huts or temezcals contained a small pool of water in which hot stones were dropped. These steam rooms were used to treat physical problems such as breathing difficulties and for the purification of the body and mind.

Even today steam and steam showers are still used because of the widely acknowledged benefits of steam.

Even today the muslim hamma is still in use. This is a domed building with a chamber in which the steam accumulates.
In Finland the sauna or steam room is a common addition to any house and is known as the medicine of Finland.

Steam showers reduce infection and can reduce the symptoms of common viruses.

For many years the steam shower has been enjoyed for the benefits of total relaxation of mind and body; to ease stress; relieve muscle tension and stiff joints; sweat out body toxins; stimulate circulation; increase body metabolism; keep skin glowing and youthful and to alleviate sinus congestion due to colds, asthma or allergies.

How the steam in a steam shower works on the body.

The human body has several ways of defending its self against infection and disease. The one that we are interested in is hyperthermia. It is considered that a state of hyperthermia exists when the body temperature is raised above normal (98.6F). The steam in a steam shower has this effect on the human body. Most viruses are highly susceptible to an increase in temperature and will be damaged or even killed from overheating long before a human body is affected. Some of the viruses affected by the steam in a steam shower are rhinivirus, which is responsible for one-half of all respiratory infections, the microorganisms and bacteria that cause syphilis and gonorrhoea.

Steam showers can aid weight loss by helping with the release of toxins and fat cells.

The steam in a steam shower is not be able to kill every organism affecting the human body, but they can reduce numbers to a level the bodys immune system can cope with. The steam in a steam shower recreates the conditions that cause hyperthermia, therefore stimulating the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies and interferons. Steam showers are also a useful technique in detoxification therapy because they aid in the releases of toxins stored in fat cells.

Steam showers are affordable for most householders.

Given the possible health benefits of the modern steam shower and the reduction of the price of the units, it is easy to see why steam showers are a real benefit to any home.

So given the benefit of the steam shower and the fact that the cost is only slightly more than that of fitting a shower and bath unit. Why are you still using a normal shower?
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James Johnson, interior designer and experienced bathroom designer for UK STEAM SHOWERS . Article produced by DNETS.
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