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Hi David- I’ve read blog posts on PeopleBeatingCancer where you write about the health benefits of whole body hyperthermia aka sauna. I have a infrared sauna. How is infrared different from a (Finnish) sauna? My infrared sauna’s control panel only goes up to 135 degrees which I set for 1 hour. I use it 3 days a week or should I do a sauna daily? Tom
You have asked about one of my favorite therapies- whole body hyperthermia. I will elaborate about the WBH aka sauna as therapy- both the far-infrared and Finnish sauna.
“A sauna (/ˈsɔːnə, saʊ-/; Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑunɑ]), or sudatory, is a small room or building designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions, or an establishment with one or more of these facilities. The steam and high heat make the bathers perspire. Infrared therapy is often referred to as a type of sauna, but according to the Finnish sauna organisations, infrared is not a sauna.…
In a typical Finnish sauna, the temperature of the air, the room and the benches is above the dew point even when water is thrown on the hot stones and vaporised. Thus, they remain dry. In contrast, the sauna bathers are at about 38 °C (100 °F), which is below the dew point, so that water is condensed on the bathers’ skin. This process releases heat and makes the steam feel hot…
Increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. Its usage is also associated with lower markers of inflammation in the blood and a reduced risk of high blood pressure. In addition, it is associated with a decreased risk of pneumonia and may temporarily relieve symptoms of the common cold. It is also associated with a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It has been pointed out that many of the positive health effects reported with sauna usage, in particular its cardiovascular benefits, are associative and may be non-causal.
Saunas may not be safe in cases of unstable angina pectoris, recent heart attack, or severe aortic stenosis. Additionally, there is risk of heat prostration, hyperthermia, heat stroke and even death. Children and older persons who have heart disease or seizure disorders or those who use alcohol or cocaine are especially vulnerable. Sauna use can affect spermatogenesis, and has been associated with loss of fertility in men lasting up to two months.…
“The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions similar to those elicited by moderate exercise, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than does a regular sauna, which makes it accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. But does that translate into tangible health benefits? Perhaps.
Several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, headache, type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, and found some evidence of benefit…”
Infrared sauna treatments may be available at different levels: near, middle, and far.
These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Most people find that: