Benefits of Near Infrared Saunas

In this video  Dr. Thomas Burke shares his background in blood flow, and how it led him to Near Infrared Light Therapy, including healing difficult diabetic wounds, and damaged brain tissue caused by concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Burke goes into further detail of the process of Light Therapy, its benefits, and how it may be used to further increase the efficacy of medication in problem areas of injury due to the increase in blood flow.
Dr. Burke lists other disorders that may benefit from Near Infrared Light Therapy’s benefit of blood flow increase, including PTSD, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s.
The FDA clearance of the Light Therapy allows physicians to use the Infrared Therapy pads in a wide range of uses.

Benefits of Near Infrared Saunas

Near infrared sauna therapy is one of the least costly, safest and most powerful ways to eliminate toxic metals, industrial chemicals and chronic infections.  The benefits are too numerous to list for the scope of this article, but these are the main ones:

Detox Heavy Metals

The main reason to use an infrared sauna is to detox heavy metals such as lead, cadmium,mercury, arsenic, aluminum, nickel and many others. These metals accumulate in our bodies causing any imaginable health condition, symptom and disease, including cancer. These metals are present in our air, food and water. Everyone has heavy metal toxicity, the only difference being the degree of toxicity.

Detox Industrial Chemicals

One hundred thousand chemicals have been unleashed into our environment in the form of dumping and use in manufacturing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a person has 700 chemicals on average in their body, including rocket fuel and pesticides, with the most plentiful being phthalates, found in perfumed and colored personal care products. One can easily sweat these chemicals out of the body.

Control Yeasts, Mold and Fungi

These opportunistic infections are one of the most underdiagnosed and problematic, causing all kinds of vague symptoms. In small quantities, many types of yeast are harmless. Under the right conditions, some of them, such as Candida Albicans, overgrow and become pathogenic. They secrete extremely poisonous chemicals in our bodies such as alcohol and acetaldehyde, and can cause or contribute to a wide range of health conditions. These infections tolerate heat poorly, making saunas ideal to keep them under control. Many of these infections are caused and exacerbated by mercury and copper toxicity, problems that resolve with sauna use.

Kill Parasites

Parasites are found in the brain and other tissues of the body. Parasites are opportunistic infections that more easily harbor in bodies weakened by other chronic infections, heavy metal toxicity and nutritional deficiencies. Most parasites have no tests for their detection. Even when a parasite is detected, they are very resistant to treatment. Many treatments don’t work very well – if there is a treatment.

Parasites can be incredibly frustrating because any parasites you kill have laid eggs, which hatch in a few weeks and the cycle begins again. Treatment must be consistent and ongoing. Parasites are very intolerant to heat. Consistent near infrared sauna therapy is an ideal parasite treatment because it kills the parasites, the recurring parasite hatchlings and detoxes all the infections weakening the host – you.

Radiation Poisoning

Radiation causes cancer. Radiation is a huge problem in the world today. We are exposed to radiation from bomb testing, Fukushima fallout and living in urban areas. One of the best ways to destroy cells that contain radiation is with an infrared sauna. These weaker cells can safely and easily destroyed and prevent any cancers they may have eventually caused.

Skin Rejuvenation

The skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body. Sauna use slowly restores elimination through the skin. In most people, it is inactive, congested and toxic.  Excessive sun exposure, use of synthetic clothing, bathing in chlorinated tap water and exposure to hundreds of chemicals damage the skin. Excessive sympathetic nervous system activity (aka stress, fight or flight) causes blood to be withdrawn from the skin’s surface, contributing to inactivity of the skin.

Infrared saunas improve skin health in many ways. They shuttle blood to the skin’s surface, bringing oxygen and nutrients. DNA synthesis of fibroblasts, which affects the elasticity of skin, increased five-fold with infrared use. The result is younger-looking, more beautiful skin. Congestion, little bumps, roughness and other skin conditions clear with infrared sauna use. I’ve also noticed my skin becomes softer the more I use the sauna, especially my heels (aka my horse hooves).

Enhanced Sweating

Sweating in a sauna is a byproduct 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 some burden on the kidneys and liver. Sweating increases dramatically in most people after several months of daily sauna use.

Sweating during exercise is not effective for detoxification because exercise activates the sympathetic nervous system.  Sympathetic nervous system (stress, fight or flight) activity inhibits toxin elimination. You must be in a parasympathetic state (calm, rest or sleep) to detox. You can either workout OR detox, not usually both at the same time.

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. Saunas are most helpful for cardiovascular rehabilitation because they lower elevated blood pressure and improve the elasticity of the arteries – just like exercise.

Fever Therapy (hyperthermia) for Infections

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

Why do many have a low body temperature? Because their thyroid, which controls body temperature, is not functioning properly due to heavy metal and chemical toxicity. Again, problem solved in the sauna. Additionally, Hashimoto’s, which causes most thyroid dysfunction, is simply an infection of the thyroid, which clears up with sauna use. As the thyroid is healed, body temperature will increase naturally. Learn more about healing the thyroid naturally.

Tumors and Mutated Cells

Hyperthermia helps kill all types of abnormal cells – cells that contain radioactive minerals, chemical toxins, toxic metals and other defective 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. Again, it is not a stand-alone cancer treatment.

Inhibiting the Sympathetic Nervous System

Most people in modern society spend most of their time with their sympathetic nervous system activated – stressed out in fight or flight mode. However, detoxification and digestion occur only when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. This state is the opposite of stress – you are calm, relaxed, resting or sleeping in a parasympathetic state. An infrared sauna assists the body into a parasympathetic state, allowing detoxification to occur. This is a tremendous benefit not offered by many therapies. This is one reason why stress is a killer – when you’re always in a sympathetic state, your body cannot detox effectively and you accumulate more toxins than you normally would.

Enhanced Immunity

Infrared Saunas enhance white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products. 
It also removes accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation. Some researchers believe that infrared therapy can help stimulate the body’s immune system simply by elevating body temperature. A 30-minute infrared sauna session causes a temporary 3° increase in body temperature. This increase has been shown to stimulate white blood cells.

Oxygenating and Hydrating the Cells and Organs

Near infrared is an antioxidant nutrient, activates the cells, supports metabolic processes and decouples toxins from water molecules. The heat and other actions of the sauna greatly improve circulation, which brings nutrients to the cells and toxins to the eliminative organs.

Wound Healing

Physicians from NASA and the Medical College of Wisconsin found that near infrared light significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases and wound size decreased by 36%.

Pain Relief

Penetrating heat from infrared saunas has long been proven to reduce pain in joints and muscles by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation to areas of discomfort.  Infrared saunas have also been shown to significantly increase range of flexibility.

Reduced Blood Pressure

German medical researchers concluded one session in an infrared sauna for over 1 hour can have significant reduction of blood pressure thanks to persistent peripheral vessel dilation. They also noted that blood viscosity was improved. Infrared saunas cause the release of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels.

Benefits Only had with Near Infrared Saunas

Most people are only familiar with far infrared saunas, found at most spas and homes. One would be wise to consider the added benefits of a near infrared bulb sauna. A near infrared sauna has many benefits over a far infrared sauna.


Near infrared lamp saunas are cheap to run and purchase. You simply buy a single bulb or create a complete home sauna with three bulbs for $250 or less. They simply use 250-watt red infrared bulbs you can buy at any hardware store or online. Far infrared saunas typically cost $1000, but are usually far more expensive, with some costing as much as $10,000.


All far infrared saunas emit EMFs or electromagnetic fields, which are damaging to health in many ways. For this reason, they are not recommended. You do not have this issue in a near infrared sauna.

If you’re not sure about your sauna’s EMF levels, you can always check EMF levels with an EMF sensor. There are a few smart phone apps claiming to detect EMFs, but it seems unlikely that software can turn them into devices that can detect general fluctuation and correct levels of EMFs.

Increased Detoxification Effects

Near infrared saunas shorten the chains of polluted water molecules. As this happens, toxins like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide are expelled. Heavy metals such as mercury precipitate, easing their detoxification. This does not occur to the same degree in a far infrared sauna. 

Deeper Tissue Penetration

The most notable benefit over far infrared saunas is that you enjoy deeper tissue penetration, and thus detoxification, with their use. They penetrate up to 3 inches (7.6cm) into the body, while a far infrared sauna only penetrates about 1.5 inches (3.8cm).

Enhanced Effect on DNA

The greater intensity of near infrared lamps and deeper penetration of their rays increase the death of mutated cells. Mutated cells can eventually turn into cancer. This assists in the regeneration of normal body tissue. This benefit is very important for those suffering from illness due to damaged DNA.


Another benefit is the ability to increase circulation more effectively than with a far infrared sauna. When the bulbs are only on one side of the sauna, you are able to rotate every few minutes (like a rotisserie chicken). This shunts blood from one side of the body to another, vigorously enhancing circulation.

Color Therapy

The red bulbs used in a near infrared sauna emit red, orange and yellow light, which provides stimulating color therapy. These particular frequencies draw energy downward in the body (from your overworked brain) and assist the digestive and eliminative organs. They also nourish the adrenal glands, liver and kidneys according to traditional color therapies. Sauna researcher, Dr. C. S. Enwemeka wrote, “[Color therapy] includes the ability to accelerate inflammation, promote fibroblast proliferation, enhance chondroplasia, upregulates the synthesis of type I and type III procollagen mRNA, quicken bone repair and remodeling, foster revascularization of wounds and overall accelerate tissue repair in experimental and clinical models.”

Focused Healing

You can even use a single near infrared bulb to heal an isolated injury, infection or health issue. They are wonderful for focusing infrared energy at an area of the body in need of healing, improving circulation and killing microorganisms. Conditions that benefit from the intense, focused light of a single bulb include rashes, joint pain, muscle strains, acne, boils, conditions of the sinuses and infections and many others.

Simply shine the bulb on the area in need of healing. Use the near infrared lamp for five to fifteen minutes, five to ten times per day. Allow the lamp to heat the area as much as is tolerable. Be sure to never shine the lamp for more than five minutes at a time at your head. Avoid using the lamp within 24 hours of an injury. Reddening of the skin is normal and indicates blood being drawn to the area – exactly what you want to speed healing.

Sauna Setup

Get your home outfitted with a near infrared sauna today! I went to a spa to do a far infrared sauna for a year before I finally committed to buying a near infrared lamp sauna for my home. I wish I had smartened up sooner! You have a few options:

  1. My favorite sauna is the SaunaSpace Complete Pocket Sauna. I love my SaunaSpace sauna. It’s incredibly high quality and is perfect for any home.
  2. Convert a traditional sauna or a far infrared sauna to a near infrared light sauna.  Simply add three near infrared bulbs. You can find a 4-bulb near infrared unit you can add to your far infrared sauna in the Liveto110 Store.
  3. If you cannot afford a sauna, you can use a single near infrared bulb in a lamp fixture every day on your abdomen and back.  Click here to read about single lamp therapy.

    More Sauna Info

    Near infrared saunas are the most impressive protocol I’ve ever seen for healing hundreds of health conditions and diseases. One would be foolish not to incorporate this simple inexpensive tool into their health arsenal. Cancer is a reality of modern life, with people afflicted at younger and younger ages. We are not a victim of our genetics, but merely victims of modern industrial life. You have the power to fight back with near infrared sauna lamp therapy. Stop cancer dead in its tracks.

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Important note: *I am not a doctor and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products or services promoted on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You need to do your own research.

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