Sauna therapy has been used for hundreds of years, in cultures around the world. More recently, studies have demonstrated a myriad of benefits to this warming therapy, securing its place in use for preventing and treating illness for years to come.

Sauna sessions are known to:

Increase heart rate:i more blood flow delivers more oxygen and nutrients and removes more waste products.

Increase blood flow to vital organs:ii exercise increases heart rate, but reduces blood flow to vital organs as it is shunted to the muscles; sauna can deliver blood throughout the body.

Detoxify: by inducing perspiration, sauna is an important tool for depuration, which is the process of getting toxins out of the body. Sweat is used preferentially by the body for excretion of metals such as arsenic, cadmium and higher-molecular-weight lead, as well as carrying mercury, organic solvents, flame retardants and other fat soluble xenobiotics out of the body. iii iv v

Reduce Stress: endorphins are released and excessive sympathetic “fight or flight” activity is vii viii One may assume that a rebalanced autonomic nervous system would benefit individuals suffering from hormone balance, insomnia, tension headaches, hypertension, wound healing, and chronic disease of all kinds.

Relieve Pain: by various methods, sauna has been shown to reduce pain of chronic headaches ix
, fibromyalgia x joint pain and stiffness xi. With increased blood flow, blood vessel dilation and nitric oxide production, injury healing time may be reduced and exercise recovery is expedited. xii

Improve Cardiovascular Fitness: lower blood pressure xiii, reduce arterial stiffness and improve endothelial function xiv, increase nitric oxide production xvand improve lipid profiles. xvixviiIncreased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of sudden cardiac death.xviii

Modulate Immune Function: white blood cells increase in number and activity xix without negative impacts on autoimmunity. Regular sauna bathing decreases the incidence of common colds xx; its impact on other contagious illnesses has not been studied, but we can expect the results would be similar.

Far Infrared Sauna uses light waves to heat the body from the inside out, providing for deep tissue heating without excessive ambient temperatures. Sweating is often greater in Far Infrared Saunas than hot air/convection saunas, and user comfort and tolerance is increased. Our Far Infrared Sauna is Zero EMF. Sauna use in general, and infrared sauna use in particular, is generally recognized as safe and well tolerated.xxi xxii

The following conditions have been shown to benefit from sauna therapy: hypertension, congestive heart failure, post-myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, exercise recovery, environmental toxicity, stress and stress-related diseases.

Far Infrared Sauna is not an FDA Approved Device. This page is for informational purposes only. Sunrise Natural Medicine itself and Daybreak, LLC do not provide medical guidance. Consult a licensed doctor (such as one of the Naturopathic Doctors who practice at theSunrise Natural Medicine location) for medical advice and before beginning any new wellness regimen.