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Far-infrared sauna

Chuwa Tei, Teruhiko Imamura, Koichiro Kinugawa, Teruo Inoue, Tohru Masuyama, Hiroshi Inoue, Hirofumi Noike, Toshihiro Muramatsu, Yasuchika Takeishi, Keijiro Saku, Kazumasa Harada, Hiroyuki Daida, Youichi Kobayashi, Nobuhisa Hagiwara, Masatoshi Nagayama, Shinichi Momomura, Kazuya Yonezawa, Hiroshi Ito, Satoshi Gojo, Makoto Akaishi, Masaaki Miyata, Mitsuru Ohishi
BACKGROUND: Waon therapy improves heart failure (HF) symptoms, but further evidence in patients with advanced HF remains uncertain. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 19 institutes, we prospectively enrolled hospitalized patients with advanced HF, who had plasma levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) >500 pg/ml on admission and BNP >300 pg/ml regardless of more than 1 week of medical therapy. Enrolled patients were randomized into Waon therapy or control groups...
2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Hiroyuki Ihori, Takashi Nozawa, Mitsuo Sobajima, Takuya Shida, Yasutaka Fukui, Nozomu Fujii, Hiroshi Inoue
Cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction are associated with a pro-inflammatory state and reduced NO bioavailability. Effects on myocardial structural and molecular alterations were compared between Waon therapy (WT; repeated dry sauna therapy) and statin in hypertensive rats. Seven-week-old Dahl salt-sensitive rats were assigned to 4 groups: low-salt (LS) diet, high-salt (HS) diet, HS diet with oral fluvastatin (FL; 10 mg/kg/day for 4 weeks) starting from the age of 9 weeks, and HS diet with WT treatment in a far-infrared dry sauna (39 °C for 15 min followed by 34 °C for 20 min once daily for 4 weeks)...
August 2016: Heart and Vessels
Antti Mero, Jaakko Tornberg, Mari Mäntykoski, Risto Puurtinen
PURPOSE: This study investigated effects of far-infrared sauna (FIRS) bathing on recovery from strength training and endurance training sessions, but also possible differences between FIRS and traditional (TRAD) Finnish sauna bathing. METHODS: Ten healthy physically active male volunteers had on various days either a 60 min hypertrophic strength training session (STS) or a 34-40 min maximal endurance training session (ETS), which was following by 30 min bathing in special FIRS sauna at temperature of 35-50°C and humidity of 25-35%...
2015: SpringerPlus
Yuji Soejima, Takao Munemoto, Akinori Masuda, Yuuki Uwatoko, Masaaki Miyata, Chuwa Tei
OBJECTIVE: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling condition of unknown etiology, and no definitive therapy has been identified to date. We developed Waon therapy, a form of thermal therapy using a far-infrared dry sauna, and in this study herein examined its feasibility and safety in patients with CFS. METHODS: Ten consecutive inpatients with CFS stayed in a 60°C sauna for 15 minutes and then rested on a bed under a blanket for an additional 30 minutes outside the sauna room...
2015: Internal Medicine
Mitsuo Sobajima, Takashi Nozawa, Yasutaka Fukui, Hiroyuki Ihori, Takashi Ohori, Nozomu Fujii, Hiroshi Inoue
Waon therapy (WT), which in Japanese means soothing warmth, is a repeated sauna therapy that improves cardiac and vascular endothelial function in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). We investigated whether WT could improve the quality of life (QOL) of CHF patients in addition to improving cardiac function and exercise capacity.A total of 49 CHF patients (69 ± 14 years old) were treated with a 60°C far infrared-ray dry sauna bath for 15 minutes and then kept in a bed covered with blankets for 30 minutes once a day for 3 weeks...
2015: International Heart Journal
Fatma Vatansever, Michael R Hamblin
Far infrared (FIR) radiation (λ = 3-100 μm) is a subdivision of the electromagnetic spectrum that has been investigated for biological effects. The goal of this review is to cover the use of a further sub-division (3- 12 μm) of this waveband, that has been observed in both in vitro and in vivo studies, to stimulate cells and tissue, and is considered a promising treatment modality for certain medical conditions. Technological advances have provided new techniques for delivering FIR radiation to the human body...
November 1, 2012: Photonics & Lasers in Medicine
Sarah Myhill, Norman E Booth, John McLaren-Howard
We report on an audit of 138 ME/CFS patients who attended a private practice and took the ATP Profile biomedical test. The results revealed that all of these patients had measureable mitochondrial dysfunction. A basic treatment regime, based on 1) eating the evolutionary correct stone-age diet, 2) ensuring optimum hours of good quality sleep, 3) taking a standard package of nutritional supplements, and 4) getting the right balance between work and rest, was recommended for all patients. Additions to the basic regime were tailored for each patient according to the results of the ATP Profile and additional nutritional tests and clues from the clinical history...
2013: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Po-Hsun Huang, Jaw-Wen Chen, Chih-Pei Lin, Ying-Hwa Chen, Chao-Hung Wang, Hsin-Bang Leu, Shing-Jong Lin
BACKGROUND: Far infra-red (IFR) therapy was shown to exert beneficial effects in cardiovascular system, but effects of IFR on endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) and EPC-related vasculogenesis remain unclear. We hypothesized that IFR radiation can restore blood flow recovery in ischemic hindlimb in diabetic mice by enhancement of EPCs functions and homing process. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Starting at 4 weeks after the onset of diabetes, unilateral hindlimb ischemia was induced in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice, which were divided into control and IFR therapy groups (n = 6 per group)...
2012: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Mitsuo Sobajima, Takashi Nozawa, Hiroyuki Ihori, Takuya Shida, Takashi Ohori, Takayuki Suzuki, Akira Matsuki, Satoshi Yasumura, Hiroshi Inoue
BACKGROUND: Repeated low-temperature sauna (Waon) therapy relieves ischemic symptoms in patients with peripheral arterial disease. We investigated whether Waon therapy could improve myocardial perfusion in patients with ischemia related to chronic total occlusion (CTO) of coronary arteries. METHODS: Twenty-four patients who had ischemia in the CTO-related area were examined. The severity of ischemia was quantified by thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with adenosine...
July 15, 2013: International Journal of Cardiology
Walter J Crinnion
Sauna therapy has been used for hundreds of years in the Scandinavian region as a standard health activity. Studies document the effectiveness of sauna therapy for persons with hypertension, congestive heart failure, and for post-myocardial infarction care. Some individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or addictions also find benefit. Existing evidence supports the use of saunas as a component of depuration (purification or cleansing) protocols for environmentally-induced illness...
September 2011: Alternative Medicine Review: a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic
Mitsuo Sobajima, Takashi Nozawa, Takuya Shida, Takashi Ohori, Takayuki Suzuki, Akira Matsuki, Hiroshi Inoue
Repeated sauna therapy (ST) increases endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity and improves cardiac function in heart failure as well as peripheral blood flow in ischemic limbs. The present study investigates whether ST can increase coronary vascularity and thus attenuate cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI). We induced MI by ligating the left coronary artery of Wistar rats. The rats were placed in a far-infrared dry sauna at 41°C for 15 min and then at 34°C for 20 min once daily for 4 wk...
August 2011: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Shoji Fujita, Yoshiyuki Ikeda, Masaaki Miyata, Takuro Shinsato, Takuro Kubozono, So Kuwahata, Narisato Hamada, Takahiro Miyauchi, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Torii, Shuichi Hamasaki, Chuwa Tei
BACKGROUND: A previous report by our team showed that Waon therapy, using a far infrared-ray dry sauna at 60°C, improves cardiac and vascular function in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). The purpose of the present study was to clarify the effect of Waon therapy on oxidative stress in CHF patients and investigate its mechanism by animal experiments. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty patients with CHF were divided into control (n=20) and Waon therapy (n=20) groups...
2011: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Richard Beever
OBJECTIVES: Decreased quality of life in diabetes is associated with poor health outcomes. Far-infrared sauna treatments improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and congestive heart failure. The objective of this study is to determine whether far-infrared saunas have a beneficial effect on quality of life in those with type II diabetes. DESIGN: This was a sequential, longitudinal, interrupted time series design study...
June 2010: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Richard Beever
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature about the health benefits of far-infrared sauna (FIRS) use. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: A search of Web of Science, EBSCO, Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid HealthSTAR, and EMBASE using the terms far-infrared and sauna, refined by limiting the search to studies of humans published in English, yielded 9 relevant papers (level I or level II evidence). MAIN MESSAGE: Far-infrared saunas are approved by the Canadian Standards Association and are sold to the public...
July 2009: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Takashi Kihara, Masaaki Miyata, Tsuyoshi Fukudome, Yoshiyuki Ikeda, Takuro Shinsato, Takuro Kubozono, Shoji Fujita, So Kuwahata, Shuichi Hamasaki, Hiroyuki Torii, Soki Lee, Hitoshi Toda, Chuwa Tei
BACKGROUND: We developed a Waon therapy (soothing warm therapy) and have previously reported that repeated Waon therapy improves hemodynamics, peripheral vascular function, arrhythmias, and clinical symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Waon therapy on the prognosis of CHF patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We studied 129 patients with CHF in NYHA functional class III or IV who were admitted to our hospital between January 1999 and March 2001...
April 2009: Journal of Cardiology
Jean-Eric Blatteau, Emmanuel Gempp, Costantino Balestra, Tony Mets, Peter Germonpre
INTRODUCTION: This study investigated the influence of a far infrared-ray dry sauna-induced heat exposure before a simulated dive on bubble formation, and examined the concomitant adjustments in hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: There were 16 divers who were compressed in a hyperbaric chamber to 400 kPa (30 msw) for 25 min and decompressed at 100 kPa x min(-1) with a 4-min stop at 130 kPa. Each diver performed two dives 5 d apart, one with and one without a predive sauna session for 30 min at 65 degrees C ending 1 h prior to the dive...
December 2008: Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Masaaki Miyata, Takashi Kihara, Takuro Kubozono, Yoshiyuki Ikeda, Takuro Shinsato, Toru Izumi, Masunori Matsuzaki, Tetsu Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Kasanuki, Hiroyuki Daida, Masatoshi Nagayama, Kazuhiro Nishigami, Kumiko Hirata, Koichi Kihara, Chuwa Tei
BACKGROUND: We conducted a prospective multicenter case-control study to confirm the clinical efficacy and safety of Waon therapy on chronic heart failure (CHF). METHODS: Patients (n=188) with CHF were treated with standard therapy for at least 1 week, and then were randomized to Waon therapy (n=112) or a control group (n=76). All patients continued conventional treatment for an additional 2 weeks. The Waon therapy group was treated daily with a far infrared-ray dry sauna at 60 degrees C for 15 min and then kept on bed rest with a blanket for 30 min for 2 weeks...
October 2008: Journal of Cardiology
Kakushi Matsushita, Akinori Masuda, Chuwa Tei
OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread pain with tenderness in specific areas. We examined the applicability of Waon therapy (soothing warmth therapy) as a new method of pain treatment in patients with FMS. METHODS: Thirteen female FMS patients (mean age, 45.2+/-15.5 years old; range, 25-75) who fulfilled the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology participated in this study. Patients received Waon therapy once per day for 2 or 5 days/week...
2008: Internal Medicine
Megumi Umehara, Akihiko Yamaguchi, Susumu Itakura, Mitsuhiro Suenaga, Yoshimune Sakaki, Kenichi Nakashiki, Masaaki Miyata, Chuwa Tei
OBJECTIVES: Repeated Waon therapy, which uses a far infrared-ray dry sauna system, improved the vascular endothelial function and the cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure. In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with a poor prognosis. We investigated whether repeated Waon therapy improves PH, cardiac function, exercise tolerance, and the quality of life (QOL) in patients with COPD. METHODS: Consecutive 13 patients with COPD, who met the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease criteria and had breathlessness despite receiving conventional treatments, were recruited for this study...
April 2008: Journal of Cardiology
Akinori Masuda, Takao Munemoto, Chuwa Tei
Thermal therapy using far-infrared ray dry sauna was performed for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and low-grade fever were dramatically improved on two patients. And prednisolone administration was discontinued and became socially rehabilitated 6 months after discharge. On other 11 patients with CFS, physical symptoms such as fatigue and pain improved, too. Furthermore, we reported that repeated thermal therapy had relaxation effect and diminishes appetite loss and subjective complaints in mildly depressed patients...
June 2007: Nihon Rinsho. Japanese Journal of Clinical Medicine
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