No single therapy or protocol can combat disease
all alone. There is no 'magic pill'. The mind/body connection
and diet must always be addressed first and
foremost, and then healing tools and intergrative
therapies may be applied, such as Thermal Therapy
for serious detoxification.
Whilst Thermal Therapy is
widely used across Europe and Asia, it is limited
in the USA as conventional American protocols are
still experimenting with it and often utilizing
crude forms of delivery such as metal probes.
Far Infrared thermal therapy
available to the public for home health
maintenance and support, are in the form of a
lamp, fabric, or sauna. Pure 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. Cothing does not have to
Anyone who has recieved
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 stressed that a)
Research must be done to find a unit that will
provide optimal benefits b) Thermal
Therapy is an intergrative modality that may be
used alongside conventional protocol c)
Emotions and diet MUST be addressed d)
Qualified health care practitioners should be
consulted with throughout the journey to recovery.
When reading the American NCI document below,
please keep in mind that
a few methods
discussed are crude and involve probes which
can burn the body. Asian and European Far
Infrared units are far more advanced
and do not use probes,
therefore there is no damage to the body
of any kind, just
pure Far Infrared heat which does NOT burn or harm
the body, only heal it.
The National Cancer Institute
(NCI) - is the U.S.
government’s principal agency for cancer research.
Below is the NCI's
Hyperthermia Fact Sheet: www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/surgery/hyperthermia-fact-sheet
Fact Sheet: What is hyperthermia?
"Hyperthermia (also 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 normal
tissues (1). 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
damage. When 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
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,
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:
External approaches are used
to treat tumors that are in or just below the
skin. External applicators are positioned around
or near the appropriate region, and energy is
focused on the tumor to raise its temperature.
Intraluminal 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
Interstitial 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. Under 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.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a type of
interstitial hyperthermia that uses radio waves to
heat and kill cancer cells.
In 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. External
applicators are positioned around the body cavity
or organ to be treated, and microwave or
radiofrequency energy is focused on the area to
raise its temperature.
tchniques 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.
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
The 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). To 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). Using 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 positioned (5).
hyperthermia have any complications or side
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. This 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. Whole-body 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
What does 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. Some trials continue to research
hyperthermia in combination with other therapies
for addressing different cancers. Other studies
focus on improving hyperthermia techniques.
To learn more about clinical trials, call NCI’s
Cancer Information Service (CIS) at 1 800 4 CANCER or visit
Clinical Trials Information for Patients and
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thermal therapy and
USA, MEXICO, CANADA.
All of the individuals below
followed conventional cancer protocols and
maintained contact with their doctors, besides
addressing their diet and implementing
using intergrative therapies of
their own choosing.