Far Infrared Thermal Therapy,
Hippocrates Health Institute.
far infrared is a 'dry' heat used in close
proximity to the body for optimal penetration, as
can be seen in the large thermal therapy
'incubation' units used in European health
clinics. Clothing does not have to be removed.
Anyone who has received thermal
therapy in Europe will attest it is not
inexpensive - clinic fees, hotel cost, travel
expenses etc - but results are often worthwhile.
However, for those wishing to use
thermal therapy units in their home, it must be
advised that ...
a) Research must be done to
find a unit that will provide optimal benefits.
b) Thermal therapy is an intergrative
modality that may safely be used alongside
conventional protocols if so desired.
c) Emotions and diet MUST be
d) Suitable health care practitioners
should be consulted with throughout the journey
American Far Infrared units.
When reading the American NCI document below,
please keep in mind that these American methods are
really crude, and even involve probes which can
burn the body. Side effects using American methods
discussed below, are quite frankly completely
undesirable and frightening.
and European Far Infrared units
(not traditional saunas which generate wet heat),
are far more advanced and do not use probes,
therefore there is no damage to the body of any
kind, just pure Far Infrared dry heat which does
NOT burn or harm the body, only heal and
following is purely the opinions of the NCI
regarding their experimental applications and
results using hyperthermia:
The National Cancer Institute
The U.S. government’s principal agency
for cancer research.
NCI Fact Sheet: What is
called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type
of cancer therapy in which body tissue is exposed
to high temperatures (up to 113°F). Research has
shown that high temperatures can damage and kill
cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to
By killing cancer cells and damaging proteins and
structures within cells
(2), hyperthermia may shrink tumors.
Hyperthermia is under study in clinical trials
(research studies with people) and is not widely
available (in the U.S.).
hyperthermia used to treat cancer?
Hyperthermia is almost always used with other
forms of cancer therapy, such as radiation therapy
and chemotherapy (1, 3). Hyperthermia may make
some cancer cells more sensitive to radiation or
harm other cancer cells that radiation cannot
hyperthermia and radiation therapy are combined,
they are often given within an hour of each other.
Hyperthermia can also enhance the effects of
certain anticancer drugs.
clinical trials have studied hyperthermia in
combination with radiation therapy and/or
These studies have focused on the
treatment of many types of cancer, including
sarcoma, melanoma, and cancers of the head and
neck, brain, lung, esophagus, breast, bladder,
rectum, liver, appendix, cervix, and peritoneal
lining (mesothelioma) (1, 3-7).
Many of these studies, but not all,
have shown a significant reduction in tumor size
when hyperthermia is combined with other
treatments (1, 3, 6, 7).
However, not all of these studies have
shown increased survival in patients receiving
the combined treatments (3, 5, 7).
What are the
different methods of hyperthermia?
Several methods of hyperthermia are currently
under study, including local, regional, and
whole-body hyperthermia (1, 3-9).
In local hyperthermia, heat is applied to a small
area, such as a tumor, using various techniques
that deliver energy to heat the tumor. Different
types of energy may be used to apply heat,
including microwave, radio frequency, and
ultrasound. Depending on the tumor location, there
are several approaches to local hyperthermia:
approaches are used to treat tumors that are in or
just below the skin.
applicators are positioned around or near the
appropriate region, and energy is focused on the
tumor to raise its temperature.
or endocavitary methods may be used to treat
tumors within or near body cavities, such as the
esophagus or rectum. Probes are placed inside the
cavity and inserted into the tumor to deliver
energy and heat the area directly.
techniques are used to treat tumors deep within
the body, such as brain tumors. This technique
allows the tumor to be heated to higher
temperatures than external techniques.
anesthesia, probes or needles are inserted into
the tumor. Imaging techniques, such as ultrasound,
may be used to make sure the probe is properly
positioned within the tumor. The heat source is
then inserted into the probe.
frequency ablation (RFA) is a type of interstitial
hyperthermia that uses radio waves to heat and
kill cancer cells.
regional hyperthermia, various approaches may be
used to heat large areas of tissue, such as a body
cavity, organ, or limb. Deep tissue approaches may
be used to treat cancers within the body, such as
cervical or bladder cancer.
applicators are positioned around the body cavity
or organ to be treated, and microwave or radio
frequency energy is focused on the area to raise
Regional perfusion techniques can be used to focus
on cancers in the arms and legs, such as melanoma,
or cancer in some organs, such as the liver or
lung. In this procedure, some of the patient’s
blood is removed, heated, and then pumped
(perfused) back into the limb or organ. Anticancer
drugs are commonly given during this time.
hyperthermic peritoneal perfusion (CHPP) is a
technique used to treat cancers within the
peritoneal cavity (the space within the abdomen
that contains the intestines, stomach, and liver),
including primary peritoneal mesothelioma and
stomach cancer. During surgery, heated anticancer
drugs flow from a warming device through the
peritoneal cavity. The peritoneal cavity
temperature reaches 106-108°F.
Whole-body hyperthermia is used to treat
metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the
body. This can be accomplished by several
techniques that raise the body temperature to
107-108°F, including the use of thermal chambers
(similar to large incubators) or hot water
effectiveness of hyperthermia treatment is related
to the temperature achieved during the treatment,
as well as the length of treatment and cell and
tissue characteristics (1, 2).
ensure that the desired temperature is reached,
but not exceeded, the temperature of the tumor and
surrounding tissue is monitored throughout
hyperthermia treatment (3, 5, 7).
local anesthesia, the doctor inserts small needles
or tubes with tiny thermometers into the treatment
area to monitor the temperature. Imaging
techniques, such as CT (computed tomography), may
be used to make sure the probes are properly
have any complications or side effects?
Most normal tissues are not
damaged during hyperthermia if the temperature
remains under 111°F. However, due to regional
differences in tissue characteristics, higher
temperatures may occur in various spots.
can result in burns, blisters, discomfort, or pain
(1, 5, 7). Perfusion techniques can cause tissue
swelling, blood clots, bleeding, and other damage
to the normal tissues in the perfused area;
however, most of these side effects are temporary.
hyperthermia can cause more serious side effects,
including cardiac and vascular disorders, but
these effects are uncommon (1, 3, 7). Diarrhea,
nausea, and vomiting are commonly observed after
whole-body hyperthermia (7).
trials continue to research hyperthermia in
combination with other therapies for addressing
different cancers. Other studies focus on improving
the future hold for hyperthermia?
A number of challenges must be
overcome before hyperthermia can be considered a
standard therapy for cancer (1, 3, 6, 7). Many
clinical trials are being conducted to evaluate
the effectiveness of hyperthermia.