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Anyone else used an infrared portable sauna?

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Horizon, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. Horizon

    Horizon Senior Member

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    I bought a portable infrared sauna to help with pain and detoxification. I am worried this will aggravate my histamine response and POTS but I am desperate to see if I can get some relief.

    I did break out in a rash and very itchy the first time so I am going slow.

    Any experiences good, bad or neutral with sauna therapy?
     
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  2. Thinktank

    Thinktank Senior Member

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    My experience with FIR sauna has not been great. I bought it to "Detox" during lyme treatment.
    Unfortunately it worsened my POTS / dysautonomia because of heat intolerance, so the thing is just collecting dust now.
     
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    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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  4. Hilary

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    Hi @Horizon - I have had a blanket sauna for some time and have used it intermittently although only regularly in recent months. Trying to use it 3 times a week for detox. I can't say I've noticed any obvious changes as a result, either good or bad but I'm hoping it's useful as part of a wider picture. The only time I avoid it is if I have a headache as I think these are due to vasodilation.
    What I have noticed is that if I'm feeling generally better overall, I sweat far more readily - within a few minutes. If I'm in a relapse, it can take 30-40 mins. Sorry can't be more constructive.
     
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  5. Horizon

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    Thats good to know. It is funny the first time I sweat a lot, the 2nd time I didn't break a sweat at all. Go figure haha.
     
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  6. sb4

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    I would be careful with it for 2 reasons.

    1. These things usually have very high nnEMFs, so you could end up doing more harm than good.

    2. I have heard that FIR is not so good, and you want NIR. Near IR contains a lot more in the wavelengths 600-1000nm which are very good for mitochondria. I think the body also responds well to 1500nm but above that I think you will just be heating yourself up without the photobiomodulation effects and heat can be very bad if you have POTS.

    Good news is you can build your own NIR sauna for less than £100. Just buy some 250W Lamp holders, and some 250W NIR lamps and you are good to go!
     
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  7. Hilary

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    Hi @sb4 - Can I ask where you heard that NIR is preferable? As I don't especially want to make myself sicker, I'd be interested in following this up.
    Also, do you know of a reliable gadget for testing EMFs? (what does the nn stand for??) Excuse all the questions..
     
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  8. sb4

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    @Hilary I got the information mainly from Jack Kruse but also other sites when I was looking to build one myself.

    I think the reason is IRA is best because it contains the most frequencies that molecules in our body respond to whilst heating up minimally. I think it also penetrates deeper as the longer wavelengths get absorbed by water, though not 100%.

    I would personally try to avoid getting myself too hot, the benefits of a sauna are not necessarily the heat but the photobiomodulation which is most at IRA (600-1000nm). It has been proven that these wavelengths help mitochondria produce ATP, but I think it has much more effects.

    The nn stands for non native EMF. Basically most man made electronics will have negative effects on your cells as proven by research. If your are very close to the source as you could be in most portable saunas, then you will be getting a very high dose which destroys the EZ of water in your body, as far as Im aware, and this will likely do more harm than the benefits of IR.
     
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  9. Hilary

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    Interesting, thank you. I'll do some more reading. So much to understand..
     
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  10. Mij

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    I did FIR saunas a few times and although it increased my metabolism it depleted my energy after each session. It affected my OI negatively and I needed to lie down for a long time afterwards.
     
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  11. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    Would you also have to build something to enclose this?
     
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    Thats the thing, I think most of the benefits of IRA are not from heat. So if this is true, you would be best making the room as cold as possible whilst getting the photobiomodulation effects from the IRA.
     
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