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Far Infrared is the 'warm' energy in humans, animals and plants, also emitted from sunlight. The intensity of Far Infrared produced by the human body constantly fluctuates. When its intensity is high, we feel healthy and are able to overcome ailments. When the Far Infrared (FIR) begins to decline, we are subject to disease and illness and tend to age more quickly. We can be exposed to Far Infrared heat for hours and it will never cause our skin to burn. Far Infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things.
What is Far Infrared therapy (FIR) and what does it do:
Far Infrared Ray are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, capable of penetrating deep into the human body, where they gently elevate the body's surface temperature and activate major bodily functions.
History - How Far Infrared therapy came into being:
Our bodies radiate far infrared energy through the skin at 3 to 50 microns, with most output at 9.4 microns. Our palms emit FIR energy also, between 8 and 14 microns. 'Palm Healing', an ancient tradition in China, has used the healing properties of far infrared rays for 3,000 years. These natural healers emit energy and heat radiating from their hands to heal, much the same as Reiki healers do. Current research conducted in Taiwan has measured significant far infrared energy emitted from the hands of Chi Gong masters. Yogis in India also employ palm healing and recommend it especially for relieving eye strain. Thermal therapy has in fact been in existence for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Finns, the Romans, the ancient Chinese and the American Indians.
Since ancient times, people have believed that exposure to sunshine can maintain and even enhance health. Sun therapy is a form of natural FIR thermal therapy. Far Infrared Ray are the invisible rays of natural sunlight that have the longest wavelength. However, sunbathing should only be enjoyed in moderation since sunlight contains ultra-violet ray which are potentially damaging. There is also no temperature control and sunshine is only available seasonally.
Invisible Heat Rays:
Cosmic Ray - 7 Ray - X-Ray -
Violet, indigo, blue, green,
Near Infrared Ray
Mid Infrared Ray
Far Infrared Ray
Far Infrared Technology:
For many decades, scientific evidence has found that deep heat can enhance the beneficial effects of healing therapy. Scientists have looked at ways of how to develop more effective forms of thermal treatment that target specific areas and enable deep heat penetration.
Traditional forms of heat therapy can be hazardous, uncomfortable, unhygienic, inefficient and ineffective. Traditional saunas create exposure to extremely high temperatures causing heat stress which can have detrimental effects on health, especially for people with a heart condition or high blood pressure. Thermal compression's and wraps are uncomfortable, heat is easily lost, temperature does not remain constant and maintaining a thermal compression or wrap is problematic and inconvenient.
Research and development in the sixties - notably most extensively in Japan and also Germany - introduced the Far Infrared Ray (FIR) thermal technology. This revolutionized thermal technology to an effective, safe, natural, hygienic, and efficient approach to thermal treatment. Today there are multiple health and medical professionals internationally who rehabilitate and treat a multitude of physical problems by using heat therapy for humans and as well as animals. Relief of sports injuries via thermal therapy is just one example of treatment. Cancer is a most significant other.
Far Infrared Medical Healing Worldwide.
Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have completed extensive research on far infrared medical treatments and report many amazing discoveries. In Japan, there is an 'Infrared society' composed of medical doctors and physical therapists dedicated to further Far Infrared research. Their findings support the outstanding health benefits of Far Infrared therapy as a method of healing.
Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical, received a patent in 1965 for a zirconia ceramic infrared heater used in the first healing infrared thermal systems. Medical practitioners in Japan were the only ones using infrared thermal systems for 14 years. In 1979, they were finally released for public use. The technique has been further refined into far infrared thermal systems that have been sold in the USA since 1981. One use of Far Infrared heat in the USA has been in the form of panels used in hospital nurseries to warm newborns.
To date, there have been over 700,000 far infrared thermal systems sold in Asia for whole body treatments. An additional 30 million people have received localized infrared treatment in Asia, Europe, and Australia with FIR lamps, which emit the same 2-25 micron wave bands as employed in a whole body system. In Germany, physicians in an independently developed form have used whole body Far Infrared therapy for over 80 years.
Far Infrared technology is generating outstanding results and is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition and acclaim: The benefits of FIR technology are truly phenomenal beyond the initial feelings of well being and relaxation. A wide variety of health and fitness systems are available internationally such as the FIR Sauna, FIR carbon crystal Heaters, FIR foot sauna and so on. Many traditional saunas now incorporate Far Infrared, but the benefits are questionable due to factors such as the distance from source of Far Infrared to the person, and the actual elements used to generate the Far Infrared.
Far Infrared potential benefits and the scientific basis of far infrared ray therapy - 2005.
Written By: Professor Neil Piller, Team Leader Lymphoedema Assessment Clinic,
Flinders Medical Center and Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia - 2005
There is still some uncertainty about the benefits of Far Infrared Ray (FIR) use because there have been no large scale clinical trials detailing its benefits. However, many anecdotal observations, experimental work and small scale clinical trials have strongly suggested a range of benefits.
Early in the awareness about FIR it was realized that Far Infrared Ray are released from the hands (palms) of Qi Gong masters and that this, in part, explained how they could improve people's health most likely through re-balancing a disrupted physiological mechanism.
FIR can penetrate deeply into the tissues, generating the sensation of warmth as they do so. There is a belief that the Far Infrared Rays set up a resonance in the body, thus generating this feeling of gentle warmth and repair. It was later discovered that certain ceramic substances could emit FIR naturally and when stimulated by an electric current.
There have been many studies about the benefits of various wavelengths of laser, of intense polarized and non polarized light on the human body, but it is those of the Far Infrared Rays which seem to have the widest and most systematic effect, and more work is underway to substantiate this.
Some recent good quality experimental and clinical scientific studies (2003) from Japan have shown FIR to result in more rapid wound healing which was independent of changes in blood flow and skin temperature. FIR helped this healing by stimulating a group of cells called fibroblasts to make more collagen which is a very important part of good wound healing and tissue repair. FIR and the gentle tissue warming has also been shown to help improve the 'health' of the cells that line our blood vessels, which if left untreated may increase the risk of heart disorders.
Some other exciting work in progress in Japan strongly suggests that when certain herbal plants are subjected to FIR that their anti cancer activity is enhanced.
We have a long way to go in terms of our knowledge and understanding of the beneficial effects of FIR. It does seem clear however, that there are good benefits in the use of FIR on the skin, blood circulation and other conditions where the homeostatic mechanisms of body balance have been disrupted. FIR is what is believed to be the basis of the healing powers of Qi Gong masters but now there are some aids which can uniformly deliver FIR, which can be used in your home.
We all have a responsibility to ourselves to ensure good health, but to do this we must be well informed about the best ways we can attain and maintain this and its associated vitality. A search of "Pub Med" and a reading of the booklet "The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infra Red Ray therapy" by Dr. Kyuo, which our team helped translate (for HTE), will help you in this quest.
Wishing you Good Health!
If you have any health-related enquiries for Prof. Neil Pillar, please forward them to Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
Source: HTE AUSTRALIA, NZ, EUROPE - Volume 1, Issue 88, Feb/March 2005
Far Infared Heat Benefits:
1) Far Infrared expands capillaries which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation.
2) Far Infrared is excellent for detox. Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins. Far Infrared thereby promotes elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood: Poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals - toxic substances from food processing - lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue - excess sodium associated with hypertension - and uric acid which causes pain. Furthermore, if sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands) rather than by the kidneys.
3) Far Infrared stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism - One hour under the Hothouse dome improves metabolism. FIR heat aids in breaking down cellulite - trapped water, fat and waste.
4) Far Infrared may induce the killing of varied pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
5) Far Infrared promotes rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems.
6) Far Infrared relieves nervous tension and relax autoneuro muscles thereby helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities. FIR reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms, as muscle fibers are heated.
7) Far Infrared strengthens the Immune System by stimulating increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.
8) Far Infrared strengthens the Cardiovascular System by causing heart rate and cardiac output increase, and diastolic blood pressure decrease - Extensive research by NASA in the early 1980's led to the conclusion that far infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flight.
In the winter, we feel comfortable with a sweater on when the room air temperature is 70F. In the summer, we feel more comfortable wearing a t-shirt in the same room air temperature of 70F. The explanation is that even though the air temperature is the same, the walls and ceiling radiate FIR waves from the outside sunshine during the summer, which thereby causes our bodies to be warmer
Couples that sleep together act as transmitters and receivers of FIR waves to each other. If you sleep alone, you act as a transmitter of FIR waves, but you receive none. When people sit together and talk, they are sending out and receiving vibrations of FIR from each other.
Health challenges below, have been reported in Japan and China as
Cancer, Leukemia, Prostate Cance.r
Far Infrared Therapy and Cancer Treatment:
In the US the mainstream thinking on cancer treatment has undergone great changes. Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy are considered detrimental to health and invasive treatments. Thermal therapy and immuo-therapy are non-invasive.
1) Cancerous cells cannot exist if blood circulation is smooth and continuous.
A cancerous cell has to stop moving to proliferate.
The cancerous cell's positioning, or settling down, is directly related to the capillaries, which are at the end of the blood vessels. The cancer cell tries to position itself by going through the capillary. If it goes through, there could be no settling down or positioning of the cancer cell - which is what happens if there is good blood circulation. If the cancer cell fails to pass through the capillary because of some functional disorder in the circulation, the cell could easily position itself. Good blood circulation of the capillaries - without functional disorder - leaves no way for the cancerous cell to settle down and position itself. The cell will then be killed by the immunocyte (the immunity cell).
The Klinik St. George Hospital - www.klinik-st-georg.de in Bad Aibling, Germany, has treated 2500 German and 2500 foreign patients each year. Their cancer treatment regime is a week of detoxification and strengthening the immune system with diet and nutritional supplements, followed by 2 weeks of localized Infrared hypothermia treatment and low dose chemotherapy. This regime has produced great success in treating cancers.
2) The cancerous cell has a weakness, heat.
Malignant cells will die if their temperature rises above 42C/107.6 F.
a) Far Infrared treatment raises body temperature to 42 degrees C.
b) Far Infrared heat penetrates through the body and kills existing cancerous cells.
c) Far Infrared heat enables capillaries to expand, thus enabling good circulation and combating the potential existence of cancer cells.
d) Far Infrared thermal therapy can alleviate pain and prolong life when conventional cancer treatment fails.
Far Infrared for Stomach Cancer and Obesity:
"A former wrestler who weighed in over 220 pounds with a large pot belly came to my clinic. He had a fist sized bulge in the middle of his belly from stomach cancer. Moreover, since he was over 70 years old, he was told that they could not operate on him. He came to my clinic after he was told that he had only 3 more months to live. Because of his obesity, we considered weight reduction. While watching a balanced diet, he underwent far infrared sauna treatment, losing 45 lbs in 2 months. Furthermore, through the heat treatment effect of the far infrared sauna, the tumor got smaller in 2 months, and his stomach pains were reduced within a few days. Since his body strength was not down at this point, we gave him cancer suppressing pills and continued the daily heat therapy by far infrared waves. His stiff and hard belly walls gradually became soft and his appetite increased. With improved results, the cancer suppressing pills were stopped, fearing any side effects. As a result of continued treatment in the clinic for one year, he was well enough to be discharged." - Dr. Toshio Yamazaki, Japan.
Far Infrared for Prostate Cancer - 2001 Testimonial:
"In May of 2001 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was told that my PSA blood count was a bit over 1800. This is an extremely high count. My wife called her son, Ken, and he came out right away and brought the far infrared Hothouse with him. He had told us about the success others had achieved with lowering their counts while using the Hothouse, and I was willing to try anything, as I did not want to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.
I started using the Hothouse immediately and ordered one for myself that night. After biopsies, bone scans and ultrasounds, I was told at the end of May, that my PSA blood count was at 1885, and that the cancer had spread to my bones (back, pelvis, legs, head, etc.).
On June 1st we went to the Cancer Clinic and got the pills to begin the hormone therapy to inhibit the growth of cancer. On June 12th I was taken to the hospital by ambulance after suffering a mild heart attack (unrelated to the cancer). Before leaving the hospital, the doctor injected my first hormone therapy shot. The whole time I had been using the FIR Hothouse everyday as long as possible. Some nights I would stay under it all night, waking up only to turn it back on again. During the day I would use it whenever I had the chance.
On July 19th, I went back to the doctor to have my PSA count done again to monitor the cancer. My count had dropped from 1885 to 30!!! This happened in only 12 weeks, one week of which I was in hospital and unable to use the Hothouse. As 30 is still a very high PSA count I will continue to use the Hothouse with total confidence that I will be able to bring my cancer to 0. Thanks to my stepson Ken and HTE for such a great machine!".- Merl Bowers Picture Butte, Alberta, Canada.