Infrared is a specific wave length of light from the sun. Among the rays
coming from the sun, the FIR waves are the safest and the most beneficial.
What exactly is radiant heat? No need to worry - it has nothing to do with
either ultraviolet radiation (which gives you a sunburn and damages your
skin) or atomic radiation (the kind from a nuclear bomb). Radiant heat is
simply a form of energy that heats objects directly through a process called
conversion, without having to heat the air in between. Radiant heat is also
called infrared energy (IR). The infrared segment of the electromagnetic
spectrum is divided into three segments by wave length, measured in microns
or micrometers (a micron = 1/1,000,000 meter); .076-1.5 microns = near or
close; 1.5-5.6 = middle or intermediate; 5.6-1000 = far or long-wave
infrared. The infrared segment of the electromagnetic spectrum occurs just
below or “infra” to red light as the next lowest energy band of light. This
band of light is not visible to human eyes but can be seen by special cameras
that translate infrared into colors visible to our eyes. We can, however,
feel this type of light which we perceive as heat.
Our sun produces most of its energy output in the infrared segment of the
spectrum. Our atmosphere has a “window” in it that allows FIR rays in the
7-14 micron range to safely reach the earth’s surface. When warmed, the earth
radiates infrared rays in the 7-14 micron band with its peak output at 10
The sun is the principal source of radiant energy that we experience daily.
Have you ever been outside on a partly cloudy spring day of about 50 degrees
and felt quite comfortable until suddenly the sun was obscured by a cloud?
Although the air temperature had not had time to drop, you felt chilled, as
the cloud would not let the warming infrared rays through to reach you. The
infrared heat in the Hot House is just like the heat from our sun or that
which our own bodies produce as they burn fuel to keep us warm. These rays
are selectively absorbed by the tissues needing a boost in their output. The
internal production of infrared energy that normally occurs within our
tissues is associated with a variety of healing resources. After boosting a
tissue’s level to maximum, the remaining rays pass onward harmlessly. This
phenomenon is called “resonant absorption.”
WHAT DOES IT DO
Elevates the temperature of subcutaneous layers, thus expanding blood
capillaries, stimulating blood circulation, increasing metabolism between
blood and tissue, promoting tissue regeneration and reducing cramping.
• Penetrates 4-5 centimeters into the dermis (middle layer of skin) from
muscles into blood vessels, lymphatic glands and nerves.
• Affects every living cell and produces warmth. Through this cell tissue”
micro-friction” and the vibration of molecular resonance, chemicals within
cells are activated.
• The warming effect is helpful in eliminating such things as the waste
products generated by aging, heavy metals and toxic substances, which are
then secreted by the sweat and dermis-layer fat glands.
• Adjusts the autonomic nerve function and reduces the over-stimulation of
HOW THE PROCESS EVOLVES
FIR waves reach into the cell and create water molecule resonance
• The waves then produce atomic molecule resonance
• Energy conversion occurs through absorption
• It forms an effect on the heart
• It enters to the subcutaneous cell layer
• Temperature is elevated
• Capillary dilation takes place
• Extravasated blood and congested toxins are
• Cells are activated
• Organ cells are repaired and protected
• The formation of enzymes is promoted
When FIR penetrates our bodies it can be converted into the appropriate
energy. This activates the self-regulating systems in our living tissue so as
to alleviate the bodily imbalance and lead to recovery. It is not only a
beneficial health therapy, but can also be a substitute for other therapeutic
modalities. Because of its heat penetration property, FIR radiates to the
meridian points of the body.
Treatments generally last 20 minutes to an hour, but it
does not hurt to use it longer. Initially, relief is only temporary,
but with repeated treatments the duration of relief becomes longer and
eventually becomes lasting.
Today, scientists and physicians are studying specific wavelengths of light,
such as Far Infrared, to understand their therapeutic effects on our bodies.
The human body is
nourished directly by the stimulation of sunlight or nourished indirectly by
eating foods, drinking fluids, or breathing air that has been vitalized by
the sun’s light energy.
If certain wavelengths are missing in the light we receive, the body cannot
fully absorb certain nutrients. The result is that, even with adequate
nutrition, the body is malnourished without exposure to sufficient light.
Sunlight increases the ability of the lungs to absorb more vital oxygen, as
well as the blood’s capacity to carry and deliver it. Oxygen deficiency has
been readily linked to a host of illnesses and discomforts ranging from
chronic fatigue to cancer.
When near infrared (NIR) waves heat organic
substances the surface gets hotter than the interior, and the interior gets
heated by conduction from the surface. By contrast, far infrared (FIR)
penetrates deeply with a very uniform warming effect. Recent studies show that
not enough illumination contributes to fatigue, depression, suppressed immune
function, hair loss, skin damage. Lack of a balanced spectrum of light
contributed to loss of muscle tone and strength.
FAR INFRARED DOME
Far Infrared emits photons
• Photons help release enzymes
• Enzymes stimulate macrophage activity increasing the elimination of damaged
and diseased tissues
• Nitric oxide is released which expands capillaries and increases
Infra-red photons produce enzymes that activate macrophages, which help
eliminate damaged and diseased tissue. Macrophages work on a cellular level.
Nitric oxide is released and expands capillaries. It also increases
circulation and carries toxins to the lymph system and out of the body.
Why is this Infrared system unique? It uses infrared radiant energy to
directly penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over 1-1/2". Its
energy output is tuned to correspond so closely to the body’s own radiant
energy that our bodies absorb close to 93% of the infrared waves that reach
One of the reasons FIR has beneficial results in a variety of illnesses is
the ability of FIR waves to remove toxins, which are often at the core of
many health problems. Numerous toxins are stored in our bodies. Toxic gases may
be encapsulated by clusters of water. Where these toxins are accumulated,
blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. When a 10
micron FIR wave is applied to these large water molecules, the water begins
to vibrate, which reduces the ion bonds of the atoms which are holding
together the molecules of water. As the breakdown of the water molecules
occurs, encapsulated gases and other toxic materials are released.
Tsu Tsair Oliver Chi
summarized the effect of infrared rays on the body in these words, “These
rays are selectively absorbed by tissues needing a boost in their output. The
internal production of infrared energy that normally occurs within our
tissues is associated with a variety of healing responses and may require a
boost to a maximal level to ensure the fullest healing response possible in a
tissue which is being repaired. After boosting a tissue’s level to its
maximum, the remaining rays pass onward harmlessly.”
Success reported with Infrared treatments by Japanese researchers in
TMJ Accel-Decel Injury Sequelae
Traumatic Arthritis Brain Contusion -accelerated healing
Low Back Pain relieved Muscle Spasms -reduced or eliminated
Disc Protrusion-related Neuralgia Brain Contusion -accelerated healing
Tight Shoulders -relaxed Muscle Tension -relaxed
Bursitis -eliminated Shoulder Pain -relieved or eliminated
Spinal Cord Shock -reversed Post-exercise Muscle Pain
Arthritis: Gouty, Rheumatoid - each substantially relieved or improved
“Medical practitioners make use of Infrared radiant heat to treat sprains,
bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis and muscle pain,” according
to McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
Summary from Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th Ed., ED Justus F. Lehmann M.D.
Generally it is accepted that heat produces the following desirable
1. It increases the extensibility of collagen tissues.
• Tissues heated to 45 C exhibit an increase of
length in tissues when stretched.
• This effect would be especially valuable in working with ligaments, joint
capsules, tendons, fascia and synovium that have
become scarred, thickened or contracted.
• Such stretching at 45 C caused much less weakening in stretched tissues
than a similar stretching at normal temperatures.
• The experiments cited clearly showed that low-force stretching can produce
significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching
or range-of-motion exercises, and is also safer than stretching tissues at
normal tissue temperatures.
• This safer stretching effect is crucial in properly training competitive
athletes so as to minimize their “down” time from injuries.
2. It decreases joint stiffness directly.
3. It relieves muscle spasms.
4. It produces pain relief.
5. It increases blood flow.
6. It assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates.
7. More recently, it has been used in cancer therapy.
Warburg was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1944 for research concerning
photosynthesis in connection with the chemotherapeutics of cancer and the use
His research has shown that infrared impacts cancer.
Dr. Masao Nakamura of the O & P Medical Clinic in Japan has reported
great success with the use of Infrared treatment for:
Whiplash Menopause Shoulder stiffness
Rheumatism Sciatica Arthritis
Insomnia Acne Ear diseases
Researchers reported over 90% success in a summary of Chinese studies that
assessed the effect of Infrared on:
Soft tissue injury Lumbar strain Sciatica
Eczema with infection Cholecystitis Pelvic
Neurasthenia Pediatric pneumonia Menstrual pain
Periarthritis of the shoulder Post-surgical
Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy) Frostbite with inflammation
Far Infrared produces nitric oxide. (White cells use nitric oxide to defend
against tumors. Nitroglycerine and other related compounds act by releasing
The scientific mechanism of FIR was strongly suggested in the 1998 Nobel
Prize in Medicine Award. Scientists Murad, Furchgott and Ignaro found that
nitric oxide gas, which is released into the blood from the hemoglobin, turns
on the immune system and allows healing to take place. Dr. Valentino Fuster, a past president of the American Heart
Association, called the nitric oxide discovery “one of the most important
discoveries in the history of cardiovascular medicine because it promotes
expansion of the capillaries and allows the blood to get into the area to
increase circulation and reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.”
It has been demonstrated by Dr. Lon R. Horwitz that
a FIR energy modality increases nitric acid in the blood and plasma of normal
adult subjects. A 1999 publication by Dr. Horwitz
strongly suggests that Far Infrared produces nitric oxide gas, which aided in
the recovery of the five patients in a study, who could not get healing
conventionally. They had various diabetic problems and were not able to heal,
but they received the nitric oxide technology produced by the FIR, and healing
took place for all of them. Augmentation of Wound Healing Using Monochromatic
Infrared Energy; Advances in Wound Care; author’s unpublished research.
When you apply the FIR technology, you see the healing results from the
production of nitric oxide from the hemoglobin by the reaction of the photons
of the FIR on the enzymes, which produce the nitric oxide gas. The immune
cells get into the area and the circulation is increased. Pain is reduced,
and the area now has the immune cells necessary to get complete healing.
The wide-ranging results of nitric oxide may pay off in new treatments for:
Atherosclerosis (a thickening of artery walls)
Septic shock (a dangerous drop in blood pressure)
Infrared protocol was instituted after conventional management protocols were
shown to be ineffective in wound healing. The rate and quality of healing of
these previously refractory wounds, following use of FIR energy, may be
related to local increases in nitric oxide concentration. Increases in nitric
oxide previously have been demonstrated to correlate with vasodilatory
and anabolic responses.
Substances harmful to the human body are excreted through sweat and oil
glands, such as
carcinogenic heavy metals, toxic substances from food processing, lactic
acid, nonesterified fatty
acids, fat and subcutaneous fat which cause fatigue and aging, as well as
hypertension caused by sodium ions which trigger uric acid pain.
FIR HEAT IS FELT TO PRODUCE THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS IN THE
Short-term memory improved Accelerated repair in brain contusions
Cerebral hemorrhages - healing both speeds up and is significantly enhanced
Ligaments Joint capsules Tendons
Fascia Synovium Increases range of motion
Scarred, thickened or contracted tissues
Increases extensibility of collagen tissues
Reduces acidity in the body (FIR causes fruit to ripen faster by reducing
Neuresthenia Adjusts autonomic nerve function
Reduces over-stimulation of sensory nerves
Attracts calcium ions to the cellular level
Promotes adhesion and osmosis of water molecules across the cellular membrane
Stimulates enzyme activity
Assists in reduction of swelling and inflammation by improving lymph flow
Decreases joint stiffness directly
Neuralgia Headache Pain during menstruation
May lead to increased endorphin production, which reduces pain
CONDITIONS AFFECTED BY
Increases blood flow by promoting dilation of capillaries
Clogged capillary vessels Hypertension Arteriosclerosis
High blood pressure Low blood pressure Coronary artery disease
Arthritis Sciatica Backaches
Hemorrhoids Nervous tension Diabetes
Varicose veins Neuritis Bursitis
Rheumatism Strained muscles Fatigue
Stretch marks Menstrual cramps Upset stomach
Piles Poor peripheral circulation
Atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls due to fatty deposits)
Septic shock (dangerous drop of blood pressure)
Due to the deep penetration over 1-1/2" into the skin of the infrared
rays generated by the FIR dome, there is a healing effect deep in the
muscular tissues and the internal organs. The body responds to this deep
healing affect as a hypothalamic-induced increase in both heart volume and
rate. Research by NASA in the early 1980's led to the conclusion that
infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to
maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space
flights. As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in
heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, and blood flow rises.
INFLAMMATORY INFILTRATES, EDEMA AND EXUDATES
Edema of the joints Inflammation of joints Tendinitis
Sprain Joint stiffness Peripheral Occlusive Disease
Speeds up healing - treatment with infrared has been so successful that
hospital stays were reported to have been reduced by 25%.
Cancer therapy Cancer of the tongue
Radiation sickness - relieves signs & symptoms
Cancer pain - relieved in later stages of cancer
FIR heat can penetrate through the body and kill cancerous cells
Cancerous cells cannot exist if blood circulation is smooth. Good circulation
in the capillaries leaves no room for a cancerous cell to settle down. (A
cancerous cell has to settle down so it can proliferate.) FIR helps capillaries
to expand, improving circulation. The cancer cell also has a weakness: heat
above 42 deg C can kill it. FIR heat can penetrate through the body and kill
cancerous cells. FIR treatment raises body temperature. FIR therapy can
alleviate pain and prolong life when conventional cancer treatment fails.
Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are considered detrimental to health -
they are invasive treatments. FIR therapy and immuno-therapy
are regarded as non-invasive. FIR is extremely beneficial.
Dr. John Tate, DDS, says, “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 FIR dome for these reasons:
1. Safety. The FIR 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
2. Penetration. FIR penetrates 1-1/2" so this is an advantage to the
dental surgeon who deals with bone as well as soft tissue.
3. Area covered. The unique ceramic construction of the FIR dome covers a
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.
4. One hour’s use of the FIR dome for five days would produce a large body
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. They tell me, ‘Doc, I don’t need any more antibiotics; I am
healing; I feel good; I don’t have any swelling.’”
Pelvic infection Post-surgical infection
Scleraderma (an autoimmune disease where collagen
builds up and healing cannot take place because the circulation can’t get to
the area due to the buildup of the collagen)
Infrared energy appears capable of potentiating functions of white blood
cells. More white blood cells means greater immune
function and resistance to disease and viruses.
There is an immune response facilitated by the photons of the FIR technology
that turns on the enzyme system, particularly the nitric oxide synthase enzyme. It is well established medically that
this is the mechanism involved in the FIR technology.
PROBLEMS THAT OFTEN
Menopause Cold hands & feet High blood pressure
Rheumatoid arthritis Radiation sickness Sequelae of
Leg ulcers Rheumatism Insomnia
Benign prostatic hypertrophy Pain which affects ability to sleep
Pain from a metal joint implant Speeds healing of joint implants
Compression fracture pain
DISEASES OF ORGANS
Duodenal ulcers Hepatitis Gastritis
Cirrhosis of liver Hemorrhoids Asthma
Bronchitis Crohn’s Disease Post-surgical adhesions
Cystitis Heartburn Nephritis
Gastric and duodenal ulcers Stomach ache Gastroenteric
Reduces density of uric acid Cholecystitis
EAR, NOSE, THROAT
Sore throats Earache Nosebleeds
Chronic middle-ear inflammation & infection
Tinitus - chronic, severe case cleared with 10 FIR
Chest colds Bronchitis Pneumonia
Clogged pores. Poor skin tone. Open wounds
Laceration Body odor Loosens dead outer skin
Eczema Psoriasis Aging skin
Chapping Chillblains Frostbite
Rashes Removes roughness Improves skin tone
Nettle rash Neurodermatitis
Leg & Decubitus ulcers improved when previously
resistant to other care
Dandruff - due to increased blood flow through the scalp
Burns - Scars and pain from burns and wounds are decreased in severity and
extent. FIR therapy is used routinely in burn units throughout Asia.
Keloids - significantly softened and in some cases
Acne - FIR may open pores that have not been functioning in years
Sunburn - FIR radiations are the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet
radiation, according to Clayton’s Electrotherapy, Ninth Ed.
Arthritis Accel-decel injury sequelae
Lumbago Relieves muscle spasms TMJ arthritis
Cramping Whiplash Lumbar strain
Muscle tension Spinal cord shock Post-exercise muscle pain
Bursitis Muscle spasms Knee injuries
Paralysis Sciatica Neuralgia
Abnormal nerve functions
Back, shoulder, neck and muscle pain
Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy)
Reduces muscle spasms as muscle fibers are heated
Great for warming up before exercise
Soft tissue injuries - promotes relief in chronic cases Accelerated healing
in newer injuries
Auto accident-related soft tissue injury Cellulite
Aids in regeneration of tissue
Reduces soreness through direct action on nerve endings in tissues and on
Direct excretion of fat. Burns calories Increases metabolism
Weight loss can come through the energy use needed to produce sweating
Cellulite (a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes, which are
trapped in pockets below the skin) A FIR dome will assist this condition, as
profuse sweating helps clear it from the body. FIR heat can be significantly
more effective than other heat methods, due to the heat penetration being
twice the depth into cellulite.
As a FIR dome is an unsurpassed expeller of toxins, it is also a great way to
get rid of any fat our bodies are using to dilute toxins we are storing.
Two of the highest caloric output forms of exercise are rowing and marathon
running. Peak output in these sports burns about 600 calories in 30 minutes.
Infrared use may better this effect by burning some 900 calories in a
30-minute session. Thus Infrared might stimulate the consumption of energy
equal to that expended in a 6.9 mile run during only a single session.
The cleansing and purifying benefits attributed to the traditional sweat
lodges are now available for daily purification without the time-consuming
set-up process that a sweat lodge requires.
An infrared system can play a pivotal role in both weight control and
cardiovascular conditioning. The Infrared dome makes it possible for people
in wheelchairs, or those who are otherwise unable to exert themselves or who
won’t follow through on an exercise and conditioning program to achieve a
cardiovascular training effect. This also allows for more variety in any
ongoing training program. “Regular use may be as effective, as a means of
cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.”
For athletes, the FIR dome helps the oxygen-debt to be repaid more quickly.
The FIR dome is great for warming up before stretching or starting any
vigorous activity. Allow the FIR rays to pour right through your clothing
until you just begin to break a sweat. Now you are pre-warmed for stretching,
running, skiing in cold weather. This should help to prevent injuries.
Rheumatoid arthritis in a 14-year-old Swedish girl who couldn’t walk
comfortably downstairs due to knee pain since she had been eight years old.
Her rheumatologists told her mother that she would be in a wheelchair within
two years. However, after three infrared treatments she began to become more
agile and subsequently took up folk dancing, without the aid of the
conventional approach in her recovery.
If you have a disease or are using any prescription drugs, be certain to
consult with a primary-care physician before use. Some authorities consider
its use inadvisable with systemic lupus, erythematosis,
chronically hot and swollen joints, enclosed infections, predisposition to
hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, or during pregnancy. If you have a recent
(acute) joint injury it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an
injury. If you have metal pins, rods, artificial joints or other surgical or
silicone implants, consult your surgeon prior to using FIR. (Metal pins,
rods, etc. generally reflect infrared rays.) FIR use must be discontinued if
you experience pain near any implants. Heating of the low back area of women
during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.
The data presented herein is offered for reference purposes only and to
stimulate further observation. No implication of Infrared to cure or treat
any disease is implied nor should it be inferred.
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