Infrared Sauna Benefits for Cancer

Cancer pain and saunas

How can an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas help you beat cancer pain?

The good news is that there are hallmark research studies that show how effective heat therapy (including saunas) is for not just dealing with cancer pain but for shrinking tumors.

In this study published in 2002 by the Annals of Oncology, researchers reported that heat therapy alone could increase response rates of cancer recovery by as much as 13%.

Heat therapy in addition to traditional chemotherapy treatments took this number even higher.

This positive effect of using heat therapy for cancer and cancer pain has been seen in various types of cancers including: head and neck, breast, brain, bladder, cervix, rectum, lung, oesophagus, vulva and vagina, and also for melanoma.

It also increased a person’s chances of survival.

Another study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, called for the use of heat therapy as a standard in cancer care.

In fact, in an interesting article in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Lawrence Wilson MD writes, “If I were to single out one method to combat cancer, it is the sauna. It assists removal of chemical toxins and heavy metals, increases oxygenation, enhances the immune system, and reduces the radiation burden in the body.”
Now, let’s find out why heat/sauna therapy is so important for treating cancer and cancer pain.
Why heat therapy is so effective for treating cancer
It is important for us to understand why heat therapy is so important for treating cancer.

At temperatures between 40 and 44 degrees Celsius (104F-111.2F: these are temperatures you would encounter in a sauna), tumor cells which are typically in an environment of low pH and low oxygen are killed due to a decreased blood flow to the tumors. Cutting off blood supply to the tumors/cancer is a way to kill off the cancer by simply “starving” the cancer cells.

While this is an effective treatment, the problem is that, since blood supply is cut off, other medicines that are helpful in dealing with the cancer are unable to reach the cancer cells via the blood.

So to make the treatment with medication even more effective against cancer, heat therapy is important because you get the additive effect of killing the cancer cells by heat and by chemotherapeutic drugs.

For cancer pain specifically, infrared sauna therapy offers a lot of benefits.

Healing the body using hot fumes and heat therapy is something that has been done for centuries by many cultures to deal with pain.
A 20-session in an infrared sauna from Good Health saunas will increase the amount of endorphins produced in your brain. Endorphins interact with your brain cells to elicit an overall feeling of well-being.
Because the heat of an infrared sauna penetrates 1-2 inches deep into the skin, it is also able to relieve any muscle tension your body might be feeling from being sick.
Additionally, the heat from an infrared sauna can help you relax. Improved circulation of your blood in unaffected areas will deliver more oxygen to your brain which in turn will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

You simply cannot beat this natural remedy!
A brief summary of the benefits you can expect from an infrared sauna for treating cancer and cancer pain include:

  • Hyperthermia: Heating the body is a well-known and underused method of killing cancer cells.. Cancer cells are weaker than normal cells and more susceptible to damage from heat. Infrared saunas are superior for this purpose.
  • Eliminate Toxins: Saunas also help purge the body of toxins, such as heavy metals and chemicals.
  • Improving circulation. Cancer often grows in tissues with poor circulation and thus poor nutrition and oxygenation. Infrared saunas boost overall circulation. This brings nutrients, hormones, oxygen and other substances to all body tissues.
  • Decongesting the internal organs. The liver, kidneys and other internal organs can become burdened with estrogen, chemicals, and toxic metals. Infrared saunas cause blood to move toward the body surface. This helps cleanse the internal organs.
  • Care for your body’s largest organ: Your skin is a major organ for eliminating body wastes. But in most people, it’s inactive because they don’t sweat enough. Infrared saunas help cleanse you from the inside. They encourage sweating and free up toxins stored beneath the skin.

There is enough medical backing for using heat therapy and specifically an infrared sauna for cancer and cancer pain.

There is enough medical backing for using heat therapy and specifically an infrared sauna for cancer and cancer pain.

It is not a standalone treatment but has been shown to be used effectively with traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.

Unlike traditional saunas that use excessive heat that can sometimes cause burns and blisters, infrared saunas use lower heat to achieve the same effects.

Check with your oncologist to see if an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas is right for you.