By Dr. Larry Wilson
Disclaimer: The material presented here is for educational purposes only. We make no medical claims for sauna therapy. Dr. Wilson works as a nutrition consultant, not as a licensed medical doctor.
Always consult your doctor or other practitioner knowledgeable in sauna use before beginning a sauna therapy program. Saunas are powerful devices and monitoring your progress by a professional trained in sauna use is always advisable.
As a holistic physician, I am ever searching for better ways to heal the body that are safe, inexpensive, and powerful enough to handle today's health disasters. Over the past four years, I have incorporated infrared lamp saunas as a healing and detoxification modality. Rarely have I seen such an impressive aid for healing many diverse conditions.
The infrared lamp sauna was first used about 100 years ago. The electric light bulb had just been invented by Thomas Edison. Early units made use of 40 small regular bulbs. It was found to remove toxins faster than the traditional saunas available.
The following is an introduction to the large subject of sauna therapy. We strongly recommend a current book, Sauna Therapy. This provides much more depth, more complete plans, protocols, cautions, case histories and much more.
Infrared lamp sauna therapy is one of the least costly, safest and most powerful ways to eliminate toxic metals, toxic chemicals and chronic infections. The benefits include:
Three basic types of saunas exist.
Traditional saunas consist of a small room or space with an electric, gas or wood heater, or heated with hot rocks.
Far infrared saunas use ceramic or metallic elements for heating that mainly emit in the far infrared range.
Infrared lamp saunas use incandescent infrared heat lamps for heating. They emit mainly near infrared, some middle infrared and perhaps a tiny amount of far infrared energy. They also emit a small amount of red, orange and yellow visible light. This type also provides warming and stimulating color therapy. Red, orange and yellow assist the eliminative organs.
While traditional saunas require high temperatures for copious sweating, infrared penetrates the skin and heats from the inside as well as on the skin. This means the air temperature in the sauna can remain cooler, yet one sweats plenty at this lower, more comfortable temperature.
The infrared lamp sauna penetrates deepest, we believe, and we are waiting for formal studies to confirm or disprove this hypothesis. They may penetrate up to three inches or so, so the air temperature can stay cool est of all the types of saunas with the same effectiveness. Preheating is usually not necessary, saving time and electricity. While some people like the intense heat of the traditional sauna, many find it difficult to tolerate, especially those when feeling ill.
Infrared is an antioxidant nutrient, activates the cells, supports metabolic processes and decouples toxins from water molecules. Near infrared is helpful for wound healing and cellular regeneration as well.Supervision and Safety
Supervision during a sauna therapy program is always needed. The presence of an attendant or friend close by is also most needed if you have any type of health condition.
Removing drugs from tissue storage may cause flashbacks or temporary drug effects, the same as when you took the drug. If you have used LSD or other psychotropic drugs, have an attendant near by, as a few have experienced flashbacks or even full-blown LSD trips.
In addition, follow the basic safety procedures below:
A lamp sauna offers wonderful benefits not available in a traditional or far infrared type of sauna including color therapy, near-infrared healing energy and other beneficial frequencies.
If you already own a traditional sauna or a far infrared sauna and wish to convert it by adding the infrared heat lamps, this can be done in most cases. There are a few requirements and a few cautions.
It is the infrared range, not the red color that is important. Red light, in fact, is harmful, but not infrared. There is a little red in the infrared heat lamps, but not much, in fact. It is mostly orange and yellow with a little red and mostly infrared coming from the lamps. This is subtle but important to point out.
I spoke with a woman who experienced this. She shined a red heat lamp on her puppies and noticed how calm and happy they became. Them she used just a red lamp from the store. Then animals did not like it at all. She concluded there was a difference in the heat lamp but did not know what it was.
Here is the difference. Infrared looks like red to the eye. It is different, however, and the heat lamp is "tuned" to produce a lot of it with a special filament design. The red light is just an incandescent lamp with a red filter. They are quite opposite in their effects.
Infrared is healing, while red is highly irritating and stimulating. If we used a red light with people, they would hate the sauna. Instead, they are calmed by the infrare d frequencies and the little bit of red light does not bother them. The filter used as a coating keeps most of the red out, in fact. There is more to lamp design than one might imagine!
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