Infrared & Health :
One of the characteristics of Far-Infrared Rays (FIR) is how easily this light is able to penetrate through human tissue. When this occurs, a natural resonance is created, which has many beneficial properties. Dr. Toshiko Yamazzaki, M.D. Author of “The Science of Far-Infrared Therapies” reports that one of the reasons FIR has such beneficial results in a variety of illnesses is its ability to remove toxins, which happen to be the core of many health problems. For example, when toxic gases such as carbon dioxide & sulphur dioxide or toxic substances such as lead or mercury meet large water molecules, they are encapsulated by clusters of water in the body. When these toxins accumulate, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. However, when 7 to 14 micron FIR rays are applied, the water begins to vibrate breaking the ion bonds of the atoms held together by the water molecules. As the breakdown of the bond occurs, the encapsulated gases and other toxic substances are released.
In other words, when far infrared rays (FIR) penetrate the skin, they come into contact with proteins, collagen, fats and water molecules. By stimulating micro-vibrations far infrared cause a thermal reaction which elevates tissue temperatures. The human body then reacts by dilating all the blood vessels regardless of size. Tissues are revitalized because of the improved (micro & macro) circulation.
What are Far Infrared
Sunlight consists of different wave lengths of light. The complete electromagnetic spectrum consists of visible and invisible rays. The visible rays are red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue, and violet in color, known as rainbow colors. When combined they produce the "white light" that we experience every day. The invisible rays are Ultra Violet, X-rays, Gamma, Cosmic, Microwave, Long Wave, Electrical Wave, and Infrared. Infrared waves are between visible light and the microwave rays. Our sun produces most of its energy output in the infrared segment of the spectrum. Infrared light is in this spectrum's lower range, and although its rays aren't visible to the naked eye, it generates the warmth we feel on bright sunny days.
The wavelength of infrared waves vary from 0.76 micron to 1,000 microns. Near infrared (0.76 to 1.5microns), mid infrared (1.5 to 4 microns), and far infrared (4 to 1,000 microns). While these rays share the attributes listed below, they are most noticeable in far infrared waves.
Radiation: Infrared rays radiate or
spread from a localized source.
FIR therapy has been used for over thirty years to treat patients with various health problems and have exhibited positive results. These conditions include but are not limited to: TMJ, arthritis, high blood pressure, benign prostrate hypertrophy, high cholesterol, pain, hemorrhoids, cystitis, gastritis, asthma and bronchitis, sore throat, muscle tension, muscle spasms, adhesions on cold hands and feet, poor skin tone, acne, body odor, eczema and psoriasis. FIR light therapy is considered to be harmless and can be found on the market today. Studies have shown that the patients have displayed minimal to almost no side effects and produced various positive results. It does so by reducing the sensitivity of the neural pathways of the nervous system, triggering the body to release endorphins, natural morphine-like substances known to block and reduce pain.
FIR can actually increase the regenerative ability of the body tissue. It also reduces abnormalities in nervous system and helps the autonomous system function at optimum level. Scientists continue to study infrared wavelengths of light improve their understanding of its therapeutic effects on our bodies. FIR is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition and acclaim as a complimentary medical and alternative therapy treatment.
An important principle of traditional Chinese medicine is that good blood circulation promotes good health. Conversely, an obstructed blood flow will increase the likelihood of disease and pain. Other ancient Asian therapies such as the Japanese "Palm Therapy" and China's "Qi GongTherapy" are also based on the premise that the human body itself, is capable of radiating Far Infrared rays.
Infrared therapy has proven to be effective because its "hot rays" exhibit analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic capabilities. Therefore, Far Infrared products are useful in the treatment of sub-acute or chronic inflammations, and for trauma, scar adhesions and nerve pain.