What Are Far Infrared Rays?
Benefits of Far Infrared (Waon) Therapy -
Review (Japanese Association of Medical Sciences 2009)
Download Review of the benefits of Far Infrared (Waon) Therapy (Japanese Association of Medical Sciences 2009). The review refers to Waon Therapy which uses a Far infrared ray dry sauna.
This review discusses the benefits of Far Infrared Therapy for: Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, lifestyle related diseases, mild depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
''An ideal therapy should be safe, free of side effects, and have high medical value, that is, a high effect/cost ratio. It should be non-invasive, and patients should feel better. Waon therapy fulfills all of these criteria and is an innovative and promising therapy.''
Far Infrared & Heart Disease.
A prospective, multicentre clinical trial has confirmed that Waon (Far Infrared) therapy is safe, improves clinical symptoms and cardiac function, and decreases cardiac size in heart failure patients. A retrospective 5-year follow-up study has shown that when given twice weekly, it decreases hospitalization and mortality. This indicates that Waon ( Far Infrared) therapy is a promising non-pharmacological treatment for heart failure’, says Tei.
Far Infrared is Light
Far Infrared rays (FIR) are invisible and present in sunlight; they were discovered by a scientist named Sir William Herschel in 1800. His research led to the discovery that there were not only the known visible rays - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet – but there were also invisible rays later named Infrared.
Approximately 80% of solar energy is made up of FIR and 60% is between the range of 10-20 microns.
Far Infrared Rays from the Sun
Far Infrared Rays are the healthy rays contained in sunlight that are responsible for photosynthesis which is the process used by plants to produce energy and without which there would be no life on earth.
Far Infrared Rays Boost Biological Function
Albert Szent-Gyorgi, Nobel Prize Winner and the discoverer of vitamin C, believed that all energy from the sun has profound effects on us. His research showed that light can literally stimulate the body’s basic biological functions – modern research is showing that Far Infrared does indeed stimulate metabolism.
Far infrared Rays Do Not cause sunburn and damage your skin & should not be confused with Ultraviolet Light which can cause sunburn and damage the skin.
Properties of Far Infrared Rays:
They cannot be seen with the naked eye
They generate heat when absorbed by many substances
They penetrate many objects including Human tissue.
They exhibit features of light such as travelling in straight lines, but can be deflected & reflected.
Far Infrared Explained - The 3 Types of Infrared Rays
Wavelengths of light can be measured in millimeters but are usually measured in units called microns just because the measurements involved are so small; for example 0.00076mm.
1 Micron = 0.001mm
So these wavelengths of light are as you guessed very very short.
Near Infrared: 0.76 – 1.4 microns
Infrared A (IR- A) (0.00076mm - 0.0014mm)
Mid Infrared: 1.4 – 3 microns
(IR-B) (0.0014mm- 0.003mm)
Far Infrared: 3 – 1000 microns
(IR-C) (0.003mm – 1.00mm)
Near Infrared is the shortest wavelength through to Far Infrared which is the longest ranging from 0.003mm – 1mm.
Note:Different organisations provide variations on the above classification. These divisions are not precise and vary according to the publication you read. We refer here to the system recommended by The International Commission on Illumination (CIE).
Far Infrared is Safe - Your Body Generates Far Infrared
Approximately 50% of the energy generated by your own body is in the form of Far Infrared rays. So FAR infrared is completely safe. (J Cardiol.2008)
The human body generates FIR between 8-14 microns. When our bodies are heated by FIR rays the activity level of our atoms are increased and heat can be generated.Albert Szent-Gyorgi, Nobel Prize Winner and the discoverer of vitamin C, believed that all energy from the sun has profound effects on us. His research showed that light can literally alter the body’s basic biological functions.
FIR warms the body from within
FIR are invisible wavelengths of light that are longer than that of visible light. FIRisrapidly gaining popularity as a safe therapy for natural health care.When this invisible wavelengths of light are absorbed by the cells of the body this can be felt as heat.
When the body absorbs Far Infrared Rays it is like being in the sunshine the body is warmed up, you feel nice and relaxed full of energy.
A Gentle Sauna Experience
Far Infrared Rays penetrate the body deeply helping gently warm your body at low temperatures - even as low as 370C which is body temperature. Far Infrared rays warm your body directly and NOT the AIR.
Conventional saunas however can be very uncomfortable as they operate at high temperatures between 65 to 950C, using the hot air or steam to heat your body. The skin becomes heated and transmits this heat to the cells closest to the skin.
The Far Infrared Experience - How does it Feel
Far Infrared Rays are the invisible light waves from the Sun that warm our bodies directly, without heating the air. They penetrate deeply into our body helping make us feel warm, energised and healthy.
We can experience Far Infrared Rays on a cold cloudy day. When the sun comes out we become warm, when the sun disappears we once again become cold.
The air temperature did not change at all, yet we became warmer in the sun due to the Far Infrared Rays.
Far Infrared Rays help warm up the body at low temperatures even less than your own body temperature (380C). What is unique about Far Infrared is that you can still sweat at such low temperatures.
Experience Far Infrared:
♦ The warmth from the sun
♦ The heat radiated by the body is Far Infrared
♦ Lying on a Beach the sand emits FarInfrared Rays helping you to relax and detox.
♦ Heat emitted from a persons hands when we are touched
♦Your palms emit healing Far Infrared energy too, from 8 to 14 microns.
Far Infrared energy is absorbed very easily by the human body and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy is being included in detoxifcation programmes by a growing number of Doctors and healthcare professionals worldwide.
Due to today’s high levels of stress and toxicity the body’s natural ability to heal, is often compromised. Some of us have reached critical stress and/or toxic levels and we do not have the energy to detoxify or repair our bodies.
The body genrates Far Infrared energy that normally occurs within our tissues and is associated with a variety of healing responses.
Far Infrared Thermal Treatment can leave you feeling relaxed and energised.
Healthcare and medical professionals in Japan (and more recently in Canada) have been using far infrared thermal systems to rehabilitate and treat a multitude of ailments for many years now.
Over 30 Million People Worldwide
Have Received Infrared Treatments
If you are unable to maintain or follow through with a physical exercise program then the Far Infrared Healthcare programme could be just right for you.