"Far Infrared Potential Benefits and the Scientific Basis of Far Infrared Ray Therapy":
Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have completed extensive research on far infrared heat therapy and report many amazing discoveries. In Japan, there is an 'Infrared society' composed of medical doctors and physical therapists dedicated to further Far Infrared heat research. Their findings support the outstanding health benefits of Far Infrared thermal therapy as a natural method of healing.
Thermal Oncology in Germany: The Klinik St. George Hospital in Bad Aibling, Germany, has treated 2,500 German and 2,500 foreign patients each year. Their cancer regime is a week of detoxification and strengthening the immune system with diet and nutritional supplements, followed by two weeks of localized far Infrared hyperthermia therapy and low dose chemotherapy. This regime has produced great success in combating various cancers. - www.klinik-st-georg.de
Hyperthermia is used extensively in Asia and Europe - especially Japan and Germany - but is only fairly recently in comparison, being researched and utilized within the USA, acknowledged and attested to by the American Cancer Association and the National Cancer Institute on their respective websites.
Far Infrared promotes creation of nitric oxide. The action of nitric oxide was not discovered until about 1991 by Dr. Salvador Mondada. Then three Pharmacologists, Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro, and Ferid Murad won the Nobel Prize in 1996 "for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system". - www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1998/
Note on nitric oxide:
"From diabetes to hypertension, cancer to drug addiction, stroke to intestinal motility, memory and learning disorders to septic shock, sunburn to anorexia, male impotence to tuberculosis, there is probably no pathological condition where nitric oxide does not play an important role." - Source: nitricoxidesociety.org- Nitric Oxcide Society Website.
Recent research shows what Nitric Oxide does: (A Neurotransmitter that turns things on and off) (The Far Infrared rays activate Arginine in the body to create Nitric Oxide (NO).
- “NO (Nitric Oxide) relaxes arteries, thereby helping to maintain normalizing blood pressure ... unless NO is otherwise in short supply in the body: (Improves Heart function). It directs the beating of the heart, triggering the heart to beat faster or slower.” Dr. Furchgott discovered NO is the mechanism relaxing the heart known as the “endothelium-dependent relaxing factor”. Lack of oxygen constricts the heart. (NO carries oxygen in and carbon dioxide out)
- “It helps keep open the coronary arteries, preventing angina pain.”
- “It's a free-radical scavenger that helps to lower serum cholesterol and prevent “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and becoming worse.”
- “It's a powerful anticoagulant (blood thinner) that helps prevent blood platelets from clumping together and causing heart attack and stroke.
- “It enhances blood flow to the penis, helping to boosts erections.”(Like Viagra)
- “It enhances sexuality for women as well.”
- “It serves as a critical “bullet “by different immune-system cells that use it to kill bacteria and viruses and even shrink some cancerous tumours.”
- “It functions as a “messenger molecule” allowing nerve cells and brain to communicate with each other.” It lasts at most five seconds.
- “It is used by the brain to encode long-term memory and ensure blood flow to brain cells.” (Improves memory function)
- “It helps regulate insulin secretion by the pancreas, reducing the risk of diabetes.”
- “It helps control the lung airways, allowing one to breathe easier and avoid lung problems.”
- “It relaxes “hypertonic” sphincter muscles, preventing and healing haemorrhoids.”
FIR & Allergies
Far-infrared therapy significantly improves symptoms in patients with allergic rhinitis
PMID: 18002246 [PubMed – 2007]
FIR & Anorexia
Beneficial Treatment for Patients with Anorexia Nervosa
PMID: 11300546 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] March 2001
FIR & Atherosclerosis
Protects against Oxidative Stress, which leads to the preventions of Atherosclerosis
PMID: 15090706 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] March 2004
Improves impaired Blood Vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.
PMID: 11583886 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Oct 2001
FIR & Cancer
Far Infrared Ray Irradiation induces intracellular generation of Nitric Oxide in Breast Cancer Cells
PMID: 18922381 Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering 29 (1) 15-18
The effects inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells by far-infrared radiation (FIR)
PMID: 17968683 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] Oct 2007
Whole-Body Hyperthermia with Far-Infrared Rays show anti-tumor effects in a mouse subcutaneous tumor model of Colon Cancer.
PMID: 18038289 [PubMed – in process]-Nov 2007
Whole-Body Hyperthermia with Far-Infrared Rays strongly inhibited the growth of spontaneous mammary tumours in mice.
PMID: 10628363 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE Sept- October 1999
FIR & Cardiac Function
Far Infrared Therapy improves Clinical Symptoms and Cardiac Function, and decreases cardiac size in CHF patients.
PMID: 18922381 [PubMed – in process] Epub Aug 2008
Repeated Far Infrared therapy improves Pulmonary Hypertension during exercise in patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease.
PMID: 18522783 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Far Infrared Therapy improves Peripheral Arterial disease.
PMID: 18036546 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] & J Am Coll Cardiol, 2007; 50:2169-2171, doi: 10.1016/j.j.acc.2007.08.025 (Published online 12 November 2007).
Far Infrared Therapy improves access blood flow in Haemodialysis patients. 2007 American Society of Nat Clin Pract Nephrol. 2007 Aug:3(8) 422-3
PMID:17267744 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Means of Cardiovascular Conditioning
Regular use of a sauna may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories and regular exercise. As reported in the Journal of American Medical Association, August 7, 1987.
FIR and Cell Activation
Will we hear the light? Far Infrared can activate Heart and Ear Cells
Science Daily – Journal of Physiology March 2011
FIR & Chronic Heart Failure
Improves symptoms & exercise tolerance in CHF patients
PMID: 16105634 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] 11 Aug 2005
Repeated FIR Sauna Treatment improves Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF).
PMID: 15564698 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE December 2004
Repeated FIR Sauna Treatment improves vascular Endothelial and Cardiac Function in patients with Chronic Heart Failure.
PMID: 11869837 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] March 2002
FIR & Chronic Pain
Repeated Thermal Therapy may be a promising method for treatment of chronic pain.
PMID: 16088266 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] 2005
FIR & Depression
The signs of depression, can be reduced after prolonged (4 weeks) exposure to Infrared irradiation in the animal model.
Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 2007 Oct 1,31(7):1397-400. Epub 2007 Jun 19.
Repeated FIR Thermal Therapy may be useful for mildly depressed patients with appetite loss and subjective complaints.
PMID: 16046381 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] July – August 2005
FIR & Diabetes
Repeated leg hyperthermia may protect oxidative stress in bedridden subjects with type II diabetes mellitus.
PMID: 204724670 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] 2009
FIR & Dialysis
Thermal therapy in Dialysis patients – A Randomised Trial: FIR regulated the QI of the kidney. The findings of this study would help doctors effectively dealing with thermal therapy treatment of HD patients.
PMID: 21905276 [PubMed – in Process]
FIR & Dysmenorrhoea
Thermotherapy was effective for reduction of menstrual pain, dysmenorrhoea and B/P
PMID: 21516008 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] 16 June 2010
FIR & Fibromyalgia
Far Infrared Therapy is effective for the treatment of Fibromyalgia.
PMID: 18703857 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] & Intern Med. 2008;47(16):1473-6. Epub Aug 2008
FIR and General Health
Far Infrared Therapy exerts a potent anti-inflammatory effect.
PMID: 18202320 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] 2008 Jan 17
Biological Activities of Far Infrared radiation improves health.
PMID: 2689357 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE October 1989.
FIR & Immune Function
Materials emitting electromagnetic radiation in the Far Infrared range appear capable of potentiating Leukocyte functions without promoting Oxidative injury.
PMID: 8406976 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE September 1993
FIR & Lactation
Far-Infrared radiation may be an effective remedy for enhancing lactation.
PMID: 2400465 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE April 1990
FIR & Lifestyle Related Diseases
Sauna therapy may be a promising therapy for patients with lifestyle-related diseases.
Vascular endothelial function is impaired in subjects with lifestyle-related diseases, such as hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. Sauna therapy may be a promising therapy for patients with lifestyle-related diseases.
PMID: 14610268 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE Nov 2003
FIR has a sleep-modulatory effect in freely behaving rats and an insomniac patient.
PMID: 2689357 PubMed – October 1989 & PMID: 12053208 Mat June 2002
Beneficial for State 1 and II Essential Hypertension. A single whole-body session of infrared-induced hyperthermia lasting over one hour had only beneficial effects on subjects with State I and II essential hypertension. German medical researchers reported in “Dermatol Monatsschrift” 1989.
FIR and Skin
Skin treatment with Infrared Radiation may be an effective and safe non-ablative remodelling method, and may also be useful in the treatment of photo-aged skin.
PMID: 16941737 PubMed – in process Aug 2006
Far Infrared Rays promote full thickness skin wound healing in rats.
PMID: 12773705 PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE June 2003
FIR has a blood circulation-enhancing effect in human skin.
PMID: 2689357 PubMed – October 1989 & PMID: 12053208 Mat June 2002
FIR & Toxicity
A Far Infrared sauna was utilised as a treatment for high levels of Mercury and Lead Toxicity.
PMID: 16979103 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] 2006 Sep-Oct