MediTest
27 Apr 2018
Author
Alexandra Gibbs
Title

Portable Infrared Saunas

Body

After reading a few positive reports on infrared saunas I ordered a portable infrared sauna which arrived about a week ago. Unfortunately the device states that it shouldn't be used directly on the head or eyes so I have used it mainly on the spinal chord. This has not produced any noticeable effects and so I was wondering if I should blast the infrared waves onto the cerebral area. After all large infrared saunas blast rays at the whole body including head and eyes so I don't understand why a portable device shouldn't direct light waves at the whole of the body too.

Comments

Alex- I've used both the sit in ones (head sticks out) and homemade near infrared 4 lights in a closet, and local one light. For what it's worth my tentative observations:

Localized: good for local, painful areas, especially muscular and joints.

Closet- The regular brooder lamps (far infrared) seem stronger in effect to me, beyond the artificial fever effect on the immune system of heating up the whole body. I had to shorten the time that seems the needful one on the FIR sauna. Also: the light bulbs tended to heat my head if I wasn't careful about their direction, and this caused a lot of worsening symptoms. I'm quite leary now of this, as the idea of heating up the brain seems like a VERY BAD IDEA! The brain likes a very particular temp range (now is proven that yawning is there to cool the brain down!) and I would not suggest using any infrared lamp directly on the head.

FIR sauna- This seems the easiest to manage, although I haven't used it consistently enough to tell you any benefit. The heat, timing, etc are very simple.

The benefits of a whole body infrared treatment are obvious in that it gets multiple tissues, induces sweating and thus detox, but also that it induces an artificial fever which seems to kick the immune system into gear. This is especially important for those of us who have chronic low body temp. Enzymes, immune cells, etc. don't function well except within an optimal temperature range, and most function at "normal" body temp or above.

If using a whole body sauna, you can track your temp before and after (as well as morning baseline) and correlate your reactions to temp fluctuations. For example, if my base and starting temp is 97.3 (really!) and I drive my temp upto 99 after 35 minutes of sauna, and next day feel crappy and have a body temp of 96.9, I know I've killed stuff. Why? Because endotoxin release suppresses body temp. Solution: heat up and sweat it out, maybe not for as long this time so I don't induce as much die-off.

I know a lot of us probably have brain Cpn, but I wouldn't heat the brain itself (other than the amount from sitting in a regular sauna which the body seems able to handle) but rely on the immune system and enzyme system gear-up provided by the whole body effects. 

CAP for Chlamydia pneumonia since 11/04. 25yrs CFS & FMS- Currently: 150mg INH, 200 Doxycycline, 500mg MWF Azithromycin, 1000mg Tini daily (Continuous protocol)

Thanks, Jim. I wish I had space for the whole sit-in experience as I tend to be pretty cold and the portable device doesn't really seem to change my temperature or do anything very much. Ho hum.

Started CAP April 2005, lost motor function unchanged, burning paresthesia much improved.

I have the 3 infrared bulbs attached to a wooden board that I sit in front of. I have done it just twice so far. But I worry about my eyes too. Even with sunglassses and closing my eyes the lights are supr bright. And because I have to sit in front of it it does get my whole face no matter how I try to angle it. Is this bad for me? My eyes feel soar after the experience. A different soar than the extreme dryness I think. They feel so tired. But maybe the lights can be drying too, I dont know. O do wish it could get my whole body, maybe I will bite the bullet and just go to an expensive infrared sauna place. But that would be hundreds a month if I was to go as often as I am suppose to and not as convenient. Any advice appreciated, thanks. 

31 year old woman in Portland, Oregon. Living w/Sjogren's since June 2006. Super dry painful eyes, dry cotton mouth on liquid diet little saliva, dry soar throat, dry nose can't breath, dry skin, dry hair, stomach bloating and fatigue. 

31 year old woman in Oregon. Living w/Sjogren's, peripheral neuropathy & unexplained dizziness since 6/2006. On CAP since summer 2007 & Infrared TX. Doxy 2X a day daily 100mg each, Zith 250mg 3X a week, Flagyl every 3 weeks for 5 days &

If you are using the infrared bulbs as a sauna, be sure to sit on a stool or something that allows you to turn your body from time to time. Have you gone to Dr. Wilson's site? http://www.drlwilson.com/Articles/sauna_therapy.htm

Order his book so that all your questions will be answered.

Raven

Feeling 98% well-going for 100. Very low test for Cpn. CAP since 8-05 for Cpn/Mycoplasma P.,Lyme, Bartonella, Mold exposure,NAC,BHRT, MethyB12 FIR Sauna. 1-18-11 begin new treatment plan with naturopath

Thanks Raven. I will order the book since this will be long term but in the meantime, i can get a stool but then the bulbs I think will hit my legs only because it is on the floor. I can also turn as you mentioned. But worry if I am sitting down it does get my face and head no matter what i do and worry it is not suppose to be on those areas.  

31 year old woman in Portland, Oregon. Living w/Sjogren's since June 2006. Super dry painful eyes, dry cotton mouth on liquid diet little saliva, dry soar throat, dry nose can't breath, dry skin, dry hair, stomach bloating and fatigue. 

31 year old woman in Oregon. Living w/Sjogren's, peripheral neuropathy & unexplained dizziness since 6/2006. On CAP since summer 2007 & Infrared TX. Doxy 2X a day daily 100mg each, Zith 250mg 3X a week, Flagyl every 3 weeks for 5 days &

I have a portable head out Far Sauna, the panels are ceramic, no bulbs; I crank it up & sit in it for about 30 minutes.  some days I sweat lotss & others a bit less.  It is particularly great in the winter as my temp runs at about 97.5 ish even with the compounded thyroid meds.

I am going to try & do the temp thing as Jim had done.  I don't notice a very big increase personally so I expect it will be in the range of what Jim's is, will let you know.  If you search there have been other topics about the infrared saunas here.

Grace & Peace

Ruth

CFIDS/ME, FMS, IBS, EBV, Cpn, Babesia, insomnia (sleep- melatonin, GABA, tarazadone, temazepam, novocyclopine, allergy formula, 2 gm tryptophan), Natural HRT peri-M, NAC 2.5 gm, Doxy 200 mg day pm, Azith 250 mg M/W/Fday

CFIDS/ME, FMS, MCS, IBS, EBV, CMV, Cpn, H1, chronic insomnia, Chronic Lyme, HME, Babesia, Natural HRT-menopause, NAC 2.4 gm,Full CAP 6-2-07, all supplements+Iodorol, Inositol-depression, ultra Chitosan, L lysine Pulse#27 04-19-10 1gm Flagyl/day-5 days<