Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Infrared Saunas

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition whereby a person suffers from a constant and prolonged feeling of tiredness for no apparent reason. It also tends to come with other symptoms such as aching joints and muscles, fever, and even depression. It is believed that CFS usually arises after a viral infection, hormonal imbalances or issues with the immune system.

Dealing with CFS

It can be tricky diagnosing and treating CFS because it tends to mimic other medical conditions. A Japanese study, however, has found that there is an alternative method that can help ease the pain and discomfort for those with Chronic Fatigue. Their solution is heat therapy.

Infrared Sauna for CFS

The study involved two CFS patients undergoing thermal therapy using far infrared sauna set at 60 degrees C for 15 minutes once a day for 35 sessions. Complementing these were post-sauna warming sessions, as well. After the 35 sessions, the patients continued their heat therapy for another year, but the time spent was reduced to only once or twice a week.

At the end of the study period, the two patients reported dramatic improvement in their pain. This occurred as early as after only 15 to 25 sessions. Fatigue, sleep disturbance, and low-grade fever were also eased significantly, giving them added energy and better moods.

Science Speaks

With heat therapy via infrared sauna, the heat generated penetrates through the skin much deeper, and is absorbed better by the skin. Blood vessels are dilated, thereby increasing blood flow and generally improving circulation throughout the body.

Detoxification also occurs, as the body sweats out the toxins and other free radicals. Relaxation is also achieved, giving a person a better opportunity to ease the anxiety and overcome depression that often comes with CFS.

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