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Detoxification, Thermal Therapy,  
Research from Japan.
What is old is new again - Over many decades, Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians (European also), have completed extensive studies on Far Infrared (FIR) heat therapy and reported many interesting discoveries and benefits for this ancient natural healing source.

In Japan, there is an 'Far Infrared Society' composed of International medical doctors, thermal oncologists and physical therapists dedicated to further Far Infrared heat therapy research and application, more commonly known as thermal therapy.


An Asian Far Infrared dome - 2016
Close to the body for optimal benefit.

Their findings support the multiple health benefits of Far Infrared Ray as a modality of serious healing capability. Sources such as PubMed provide countless medical citations and documentation on thermal therapy and hyperthermic studies.

Here follows facts and data collected from worldwide research, which may or may not be applicable to current equipment available for home use, or offered by conventional health professionals that have their own set protocols and methods of thermal application.

Traditional sauna units that now incorporate FIR - such as wooden huts and plastic tents - infer or claim the benefits that scientific studies have attested to regarding far infrared thermal therapy, also applies to them.

This is not the entire true, as in most cases proximity to the far infrared ray is far beyond a few inches from the body, micron wave length is not beneficial, clothes must be removed, and the source used to generate the far infrared rays is questionable. Always research and ask questions.

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Japanese Data, Benefits

Far Infrared Thermal Therapy Medical Facts and Global Data:

Information presented herein may not to be randomly used or implied towards any far infrared unit, fabric or other far infrared product available to the public, for reasons explained above.

1) Properties: Far Infrared heat therapy general properties include the promotion of circulation, reduction and relief of pain, swelling and inflammation, elimination of serious toxins such as heavy metals, relaxation and comfort.

2) Blood Pressure: German medical researchers concluded one session of far infrared thermal therapy for over 1 hour can have significant reduction of blood pressure thanks to a persistent peripheral vessels dilation.

They also noted that blood viscosity was improved. After 1 hour of far infrared radiance, there is a significant decrease of blood pressure - cardiac ejection resistance - total peripheral resistance -  and significant increase of heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, and ejection fraction.

- Citation needed.

3) Cosmetic Use: Far Infrared lasers for cosmetics:
"Far Infrared lasers such as Smoothbeam or CoolTouch, are becoming a very popular method to treat acne, particularly in very resistant cases. They seem to work by shrinking the sebaceous glands, and you get relatively quick results. They hurt like hell though."

- Jeffey Dover, MD, Boston, ELLE Magazine March 2004

Far Infrared heat properties have been reported to help in opening and unclogging pores, and to aid in healing acne and scars thru tissue regeneration.

4) Sunburn: According to the "Clayton's Electrotherapy, 9th Edition", Far Infrared radiation is the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation.

5) FIR and Electromagnetic Fields (EMF):
There have been reports detailing the hazards of exposure to certain kinds of electromagnetic fields, such as those from high-tension power lines, cell phones, or from computer display terminals.

Far Infrared heating units have been tested in Japan and found free of toxic electromagnetic fields. The Swedish National Institute of Radiation Protection has also concluded that Far Infrared heaters are not dangerous. Instead, Japanese researchers have reported that Far Infrared radiant heat antidotes the negative effects of toxic electromagnetic sources.



6) CHI energy (Qi) - the life force energy present within every living thing.

"The Qi that a Qigong master releases is called external Qi whereas the Qi that circulates within the body is called internal Qi. When a person is sick, the flow of Qi internally can be interrupted and various organs might malfunction.

If proper information can be delivered inside the body via other media, or if new information can be generated within the body through exercise by patients themselves, the organs that are out of order will resume their proper function and the patients may heal.

This is how acupuncture, electric treatment, magnetic therapy, and far infrared ray neutralize various physical conditions and keep the body fit."

- extract from "The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy", Yamazaki Toshio, Japan.

7) The "McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology," reports medical practitioners make use of Far Infrared radiant heat to treat sprains, strains, bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis, and muscle pain.

8) Therapeutic Effects of Far Infrared Heat - Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold, Fourth Edition", Editors Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin - reports Far Infrared heat therapy does the following: 

* Decreases joint stiffness.
* Relieves muscle spasms.
* Increases blood flow.
* Leads to pain relief.
* Affects soft tissue injury.
* Increases the extensibility of collagen tissue.
* Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrated, edema, and exudes."

9) Use Of Far Infrared In Dental Clinics:

a) "Mr. Shu of Ninomiya Yuri Dental Clinic used far infrared ray in his dental clinic for some years. "I have successfully treated many common dental diseases, for instance, pyorrhea alveolaris, gum inflammation, tooth pain, and muscular spasm."

Mr. Shu indicated that the use of Far Infrared ray is undergoing research. Dr. Akira, Director of the Meitoku Association of Dentists and Dr. Waaataru of the Kawano Dental Hospital also use Far Infrared treatment on a regular basis for gum inflammation and post dental pain suppression."

extract from "
The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy", Yamazaki Toshio, Japan.

Far Infrared Hothouse.


FIR waves are close to the body
for optimum penetration.

b) Far Infrared Effect on Dentistry and the Immune System:

“I have used the FIR dome with over fifty high risk surgical cases without complication or dry sockets on 92% of the patients. The dome is placed over the patient in my office a half hour before surgery and then a half hour after surgery to promote an immune response.

The patient then takes the dome home and applies the technology at home for two hours a day for the next three days. They get what we call complete healing.

The macrophages produce collagen necessary to stimulate the fibroblasts, and the tissue of the fibroblasts then will stimulate the osteoblast, which is bone. That is where the bone forms - and it starts in the first three days - but it takes about six months for complete healing.

The two main cells we need in dentistry and in surgery around the bone area are the macrophages and the neutrophils.” (which are activated by far infrared heat).

The macrophage is called the “pac man” of the immune system. The macrophage is a cell that engulfs and digests microorganisms. Everything starts with the macrophage - “macro” meaning big and “phage” meaning eater. So we have a big eater here.

The tentacle on the macrophage grabs the staphylococci and a bacillus rod, and that macrophage extends a pseudo paw to get the bacteria that is now invading our blood.

I elected to use the Far Infrared Dome for these reasons:

- Safety. The FIR dome produces a wave length that is identical to the body’s own wave length by body heat, and that is at the 8-to-10-micron level, so it is safe.

- Penetration. FIR penetrates 1-1/2" so this is an advantage to the dental surgeon who deals with bone as well as soft tissue.

- Area covered. The unique ceramic construction of the FIR dome covers a large area of the body, with a large coverage in a short period of time. Since there is a 160-degree angle, the penetration and the intensity of the dome produces a strong effect.

- One hour’s use of the FIR dome for five days would produce a large body production of nitric oxide gas. It will also increase circulation, reduce pain and swelling and promote faster healing. That has been my observation with about 50 patients now."

- Dr. John Tate DDS.
, extract from American Dental Journal.

10) Healthy Arteries: When the normally smooth, firm lining of the arteries becomes thickened and roughened by deposits of fat, fibrin, calcium and cellular debris, it lessens the arteries ability to expand and contract, and slows the blood movement through narrowed channels.

These conditions make it easier for blood clots to form, blocking the arteries and stopping blood flow completely. Far Infrared heat is reported to be able to neutralize blood toxicity and smooth the walls of arteries, capillaries and veins. - Citation needed.

11) Respiration: Far Infrared heat therapy in both Japan and China has proven to be effective for respiratory challenges - asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, sinusitis and congestion - as it clears inflammation, swelling and mucous clogged passages, as researched and reported by Yamazaki Toshio in Japan.


Written exclusively for
HTE Australia.

Yamazaki Toshio has done extensive research on the therapeutic uses of far infrared therapy and is the author of "The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy" which examines and documents far infrared ray thermal therapy in great depth.

Toshio reports continual successful treatments of many illnesses and diseases by use of FIR waves - treatments not only by her but also by many other doctors.

The list of diseases (as documented in the book), includes - stress induced chronic diarrhea, abdominal distention, ulcerated large intestines, gastritis, facial numbness, hemorrhoids, shoulder, back, and knee pain, rheumatism, hypertension, diabetes, weight loss, breast and abdominal tumors, low blood pressure, asthma, anemia, burns and scalds, body odor, early onset of baldness, fracture of cervical vertebra, radiation exposure and related diseases.

Japanese Scientific Data:
Extract from "The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy" - Written exclusively for HTE Australia and use of the FIR Hothouse Dome, invented in Japan:

- Improves micro circulation by exerting strong rotational and vibrational effects at molecular level.

- Enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients in the blood cell to the body's soft tissue areas.

- Promotes regeneration and fast healing.
- Increases metabolism between blood and tissue.

- Enhances white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products.

- Removes accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation which are often at the core of many health problems.

- Stimulate the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neurochemicals involved in such biological processes as sleep, mood, pain sensations, and blood pressure.

12) There have been numerous studies on the therapeutic effects of FIR therapy. One clinical study done by Dr. Gordon Ko and Dr. David Berbrayer at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centers at the University of Toronto, published in the August 2002 issue of Alternative Medicine Review - "Journal of Clinical Therapeutics" - discusses significant improvements in both subjective measures of pain and discomfort associated with Raynaud's Syndrome.

13) Wound Healing: In Japan, Hideyoshi Toyokawa and others researched the effects of FIR on wound healing. The results showed that Far Infrared heat can improve wound healing significantly. The results can be read at "Experimental Biology and Medicin" online journal - www.ebmonline.org

14) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), is caused by motion and trauma to the median nerve passing through the wrist. Assembly line workers are particularly prone to the problem. The standard medical treatment for CTS is still invasive procedures, which have a success rate of less than 10%.

Dr. Wayne Good, plant physician at General Motors Flint Assembly, has previously treated close to 600 patients with FIR and achieved positive results in over 70% of patients.

15) The future is now: "Photobiotherapy (FIR) will become one of the premier healing tools of our future. It will eliminate the need for many of today's common surgical procedures.

I can see the day when every household in the country will have a (FIR) unit on hand. When used properly, it is a safe, effective, natural tool that can enhance, rather than oppose, the body's own innate healing powers."

- G.E. Poesnecker, N.D., D.C.

16) Ageing:
a) Common problems associated with lifestyle and aging, such as bone weakness and digestive problems, are attributed by some scientists to be the result of excess acidity in our system.

"The American Medical Journal" found that in patients with bone loss, alkalizing their system caused a decrease in bone loss. Their conclusion was that our typical American diet is acid producing.

The acids deposited in our blood are often stored by the body in forms of cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, and other villains that cause havoc in our system.

Sang Whang, the author of "Reverse Aging" claims that these excess acids can be eliminated with the use of Far Infrared products, along with consuming certain alkaline minerals and foods.

The Far Infrared resonance heats up the internal temperature of the body, increasing circulation, thus enabling the blood to 'melt out' the acidic toxins that have been deposited for years in one's arteries.


pH balance.

Acid and Alkaline Chart

b) "Reversing The Aging Process' - an Enlightened Doctor's Discovery". ©1999 by Dr. Fouad I. Ghaly, M.D. - Studies suggest that Far Infrared light stimulates the production of cell tissue and rapidly promotes the regeneration of skin and blood tissue.

Far Infrared Thermal Heat

Elimination of Toxicity: Toxic accumulation is a root cause behind most physical challenges, including the aging process, illness and disease.

One of the reasons FIR has beneficial results in a variety of illnesses is the ability of far infrared waves to remove toxins, which are often at the core of many health problems.

Far Infrared heat is thought to be 7 times more effective at eliminating heavy metals - such as mercury, aluminum, and even cholesterol's, nicotine, alcohol, ammonia, sulfuric acid and other environmental toxins - as opposed to conventional heat or traditional steam saunas.

The human body is a reservoir of all kinds of bio-toxins which cannot be expelled immediately and become stored in the body, thereby triggering illness.

When toxic gases - such as sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, or potentially fatal heavy metal toxins such as lead and chlorine - meet large water molecules, they are encapsulated by clusters of water and trapped in the body. Where these toxins are accumulated, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired.

However, when an approximate 7 to 11 micron FIR wave is applied to these large water molecules, the water begins to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds of the atoms which are holding together the molecules of water. As the breakdown of the water molecule occurs, the encapsulated gases and toxins are released.

detox fir

Toxic Cleansing With Far Infrared Waves: "One study done by American researchers showed that the sweat released by users of a FIR sauna was different that the sweat of people using a conventional sauna or doing normal exercise. The non water portion of sweat released in a FIR sauna was cholesterol, fat soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid." - Yamazaki Toshio, Japan.

Toxic Overload has been implicated in many health conditions, from fibrocystic breast disease (FBD) in women to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Symptoms of toxic overload include fatigue, headaches, joint or muscle pain, frequent colds and flu, signs of allergy and hormonal imbalance, chemical sensitivity, congestion, skin conditions, loss of dexterity, insomnia and more. Psychological symptoms include poor concentration, memory loss, mood changes, mental confusion and changes in behavior. - www.balancedlives.net

A Great Overview of FIR history and its therapeutic value is available in an article: "Warming Up to FIR" published in the Jan. 2001 issue of Alternative Medicine Magazine" by Dr. D.J. Fletcher. Here is an anecdotal extract:

"Randy Gomm in Vancouver, Canada had his life turned around by detoxification. As a firefighter, his health had begun to deteriorate until he was no longer able to work. He was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and eventually it was realized that the root of his problem was toxic overload from occupational exposure.

During the eight years he was ill, he says, he had a lot of time to research alternative modalities to regain his health. "I discovered that leading researchers in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome stated that their patients had high toxic loads," says Randy. "When their loads were reduced, their symptoms often improved dramatically.

It worked for me. Detoxing my body really helped put me back on my feet." - Randy now works with far Infrared heat therapy professionally."

Japanese Research

Far Infrared Heat Benefits:

Information is not indicative of benefits to be expected from all thermal therapy units made outside of Japan.

Reported in Japan to be helped by the use of Far Infrared heat therapy:

* Asthma, bronchitis (cleared up).
* Rheumatoid arthritis (7 out of 10 cases resolved in one clinical trial - 7 out of 7 in another).

* Cancer pain (greatly relieved pain in later stages).
* Cold hand and feet (a physical therapist discovered 20-50% improvement was maintained).

* Cystitis (gone).
* Duodenal ulcers (eliminated).
* Gastritis (relieved).
* Hemorrhoids (reduced).
* Hepatitis (gone).
* Keloids (significantly softened and, in some cases, completely gone).

* Leg ulcers (healed when previously static and resistant to other care).

* Pain preventing sleep or limiting sleeping positions (relieved).

* Post-surgical adhesions (reduced).
* Radiation sickness (relieved signs and symptoms).

* Adhesions (common in competitive athletes, trauma, and repetitive stress syndromes).

* Low-Back Pain (relieved).
* Bursitis (eliminated).
* Brain Contusion (accelerated healing).
* Compression Fractures (in one situation pain stopped for three days with one treatment).

* Tight Shoulders (more relaxed).
* Muscle Tension (relaxed).
* Muscle Spasms (reduced or eliminated).
* Post-Exercise Muscle Pain (good results - vital to competitive athletes).

* Body Odor.
* Sore throats.
* Clogged pores (unplugged of cosmetics, unexcelled skin texture and tone).

* Dandruff (increased blood flow through the scalp).
* Eczema and Psoriasis (respond well).
* Tinitus (chronic severe case cleared with 10 infrared treatments).

* Used routinely in burn units throughout Asia.
* Lacerations (healed quicker with less pain and scarring).

* Nettle rash.
* Skin Conditions (improved).
* Teenage skin problems (clearing acne and blackheads).
* Poor skin tone - Scars and pain from burns or wounds (decreased in severity and extent).

Dr. Masao Nakamura of the O and P Medical Clinic in Japan reports thermal therapy success with:
* Acne.
* Arthritis.
* Ear infections
* Insomnia.
* Menopause.
* Whiplash.
* Sciatica.
* Shoulder stiffness.

Yamazaki Toshio, Japan.

Far Infrared Choices.
Clothing, hair dryers, health, beauty ...

It is important to research and understand Far Infrared heat therapy so as to recognize what is available, and to understand the choices and capabilities offered by conventional, as well as alternative, healthcare professionals.

There has been tremendous advancement in thermal therapy in today's modern world and as a result there are now many far infrared thermal therapy units (or far infrared saunas as they are commonly known), and varied products available for personal use in the home, or by health and wellness clinics and spas.

Regarding thermal therapy specifically intended to maintain health, it is a good idea to ask questions and fully understand the capabilities of any far Infrared equipment before deciding which device to incorporate into your lifestyle, so as to receive the most optimal benefits possible.

Far Infrared Guidelines:

a) Far Infrared heat needs to be positioned as close to the body as possible - the further away, the less effective.

b) FIR fabrics (bandages and clothing), provide light support and promote temporary relief.

c) Pure Far Infrared is 'dry' heat, and therefore requires no removal of clothing.

d) FIR heat is measured in microns. Optimal range most beneficial to the human body is between 7-11.

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