History of Heat Therapy
SHORT HISTORY OF HEAT THERAPY
The application of heat to treat certain conditions, including possible tumors, has a long history. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used hot stones, wrapping them in hot blankets or immersing them into hot water or sand to treat breast masses. Twenty-four hundred years ago, the Father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, noticed tumor shrinkage after a fever and came to the idea of inducing fever to cure diseases. Medical practitioners in ancient India used regional and whole-body hyperthermia (raising the body temperature) for healing purposes and anti-aging. Asians heated by the sun, with handmade mats with Amethyst, Tourmaline and Jadeite stones to accumulate the thermal healing power of the sunlight, which was transferred to the body while sleeping on the mat. Turkish baths, Russian banya and Finnish saunas are other examples of traditional heat therapy treatments.
Modern scientists consider that hypothermia (low body temperature) may be the cause of many diseases, including cancer, and even a 1.8° increase of the body temperature may improve the immune function by 40 percent and can enhance production of enzymes and hormones by up to 50 percent and stimulate the metabolic processes up to 12 percent by increasing calories burn and fat loss.
Many types of local and whole body hyperthermia therapies are used in modern medicine for cancer treatment and other medical conditions i.e. focused ultrasound, microwave heating, induction heating, magnetic hyperthermia and infrared sauna.
If you would like to experience far infrared therapy for yourself, then it’s time to try out mats!