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Sauna Therapy

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As a holistic physician, we are ever searching for better ways to heal the body that are safe, inexpensive, and powerful enough to handle today’s health disasters.

 

THE BENEFITS OF SAUNA THERAPY

 

Skin rejuvenation. Sauna use slowly restores elimination through the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and a major eliminative channel.  In most people, it is inactive, congested and toxic. Sun exposure, use of synthetic clothing, bathing in chlorinated water and exposure to hundreds of chemicals damage the skin. Excessive sympathetic nervous system activity and emotions such as fear, anger and guilt cause blood to be withdrawn from the skin, contributing to inactivity of the skin.

 

Enhanced sweating. Sweating in a sauna is a by-product of applying heat to the body.  The sweating process gently and safely helps eliminate all heavy metals and toxic chemicals.  Medical studies demonstrate that most toxins can be eliminated through the skin, relieving the burden on the kidneys and liver. Sweating increases dramatically in most people after several months of daily sauna use.
Sweating during exercise is not nearly as effective for detoxification because exercise activates the sympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic nervous activity inhibits toxin elimination.

 

Exercise benefits. Saunas provide many of the benefits of exercise with much less expenditure of energy. These include enhanced circulation and oxidation of the tissues. Repeated sauna use can lower elevated blood pressure and improve the elasticity of the arteries. Saunas are most helpful for cardiovascular rehabilitation, arthritis, allergies, skin conditions and chemical sensitivity.

 

Decongesting the internal organs. Heating the body powerfully shunts blood toward the skin to dissipate heat.  This decongests the internal organs and greatly stimulates circulation.  Sinuses, joints and many other tissues benefit greatly.

 

Fever therapy (hyperthermia) for infections.  Raising body temperature powerfully assists the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.  Many people have a low body temperature and, for this reason, cannot get rid of chronic infections.  Common sites of infections are the sinuses, ears, eyes, bladder, throat and intestines.

 

Tumors, radiation poisoning and mutated cells. Hyperthermia also helps kill other types of abnormal cells. Tumors, for example, tolerate heat poorly. Raising body temperature hastens their death. Though not a conventional method, hyperthermia is a well-researched therapy for cancer.  Heat also disables or kills cells mutated by radiation or damaged by other toxins.

 

Inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system. This is tremendous benefit not offered by many therapies of any kind.  It enables the body to relax, heal and regenerate itself much faster, causing recovery from many types of ailments.

 

Oxygenating and hydrating the cells and organs, and improving circulation.

 

TYPES OF SAUNAS

 

Steam Saunas: Not recommend for healing program, the water usually contains toxin chemical like chlorine, Fluoride that easily get into the body Through the skin.

 

Traditional saunas consist of a small room or space that is heated with a heater that sits in one corner.  The heater is powered by electricity, gas, wood or other fuel.  In traditional native American sweat lodges, the space is heated with hot rocks that were previously placed in a fire.

 

Far infrared saunas use ceramic or metallic elements for heating that mainly emit in the far infrared range. These are usually small electric heating elements that are spread around the sauna space. Some newer ones instead use large sheets of black carbon material that is electrified to give off far infrared energy. this type of sauna is the most beneficial sauna for human body that we usually use it for our healing programs.

 

SUPERVISION AND SAFETY

 

Drink 8-16 ounces of only distilled or spring water before a sauna session. we do not recommend any other type of drinking water at this time.

 

Also, to replace minerals lost in sweating we only recommend taking kelp (a few large capsules daily) and a good quality sea salt used with cooking.

 

Begin with only 20 minutes in the sauna. After a few weeks, only if you feel well enough to do so, you may increase to 30 or even 40 minutes. Never begin with sessions longer than 20-minutes once a day because this can cause massive healing reactions that are unpleasant and even dangerous.

 

If debilitated or very heat sensitive, begin with 15 minutes or less in the sauna.  Wipe off your sweat every few minutes if you wish with a small towel.  Always leave a sauna at once if you feel very faint, if you stop sweating, or if your heart starts to race.

 

Shower off or you can towel off if you do not have time for a shower, although showering is best.  Use as little soap as needed.  An excellent soap and shampoo is J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo, which can be used as a soap as well.  It is available in health food stores or on the internet.

 

Always relax after a sauna session to allow the body to readjust.  Always rest for 10 to 15 minutes after a sauna session.  Do not go right back to daily activities.

 

Always consult a health professional if you have a chronic illness and are not sure about sauna use.  However, we have found no problems with using a sauna with people who have diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

 

Pregnant women and children under five should avoid saunas.  Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Use a sauna twice a week to twice a day.  However, always begin with a maximum of one session daily for no more than one-half hour.  If one is very debilitated, begin with once a week.  Work up to daily use as you are able to do so.

 

Healing reactions are temporary symptoms that occur as toxic substances are eliminated and chronic infections heal. Symptoms vary from mild odors, tastes or rashes are very common and usually pass quickly.  Some people feel great fatigue after sessions and this is normal.  Some people have bowel changes, aches, pains or headaches.

 

Old infections may flare up as they are healed due to repeated sauna use. Usually only rest and natural remedies are needed to help infections resolve faster.