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Far Infrared Sauna and Far Infrared Heating Pad – Detox Therapy

Published on January 7, 2013

Far infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat and heats the body directly. The traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air which in turn warms your body.

Treating heavy metal toxicity is a demanding challenge that tests our responsibility to be incredibly informed about a wide spectrum of health issues, many of them complex. One of the most overlooked avenues of elimination is actually the skin, which offers a vast exit route to poisons trapped in the body. The skin is actually an amazingly complex organ and, by weight, the largest in the body. It covers, on average, some 22 square feet and weighs around nine pounds (roughly 7% of body weight). The skin provides the front line of defense for the body, as well as being expressive of both physiological conditions and emotional states. The skin is the extension of our nervous system to the outside, and defines our existence as a physical form.

Sweating does indeed increase mercury excretion. Probably an hour or two of sauna is the same as 50 mg of DMSA every 4 hours for a day.– Dr. Andrew Cutler

Infrared Sauna benefits

  1. Speeds up metabolic processes of vital organs and glands, including endocrine glands.
  2. Inhibits the development of pleomorphic microforms (fungi, yeasts, bacteria and molds) and creates a “fever reaction” of rising temperature that neutralizes them.
  3. Increases the number of leukocytes in the blood.
  4. Places demand on the heart to work harder thus exercising it and also producing a drop in diastolic blood pressure (the low side).
  5. Stimulates dilation of peripheral blood vessels thus relieving pain (including muscle pain) and speeding the healing of sprain, strain, bursitis, arthritis, and peripheral vascular disease symptoms.
  6. Promotes relaxation, thereby creating a feeling of wellbeing.
  7. Increases your core body temperature.

The volume of sweat produced in the far-infrared sauna is profuse and may induce two or three times the sweat volume of conventional saunas, yet they operate at a much cooler air temperature range: about 110-130° F, compared with 180-235° F in a conventional sauna. Using sauna for detoxification purposes is an ancient tradition practiced by different cultures around the world. The combination of modern far-infrared heating technology with the ancient sauna ritual seems to have resulted in an effective way to deeply cleanse the tissues of the body.

Studies show that sweat from a traditional sauna contains about 3-5% toxins where sweat from your far infrared sauna contains about 17-20% toxins.

Far Infrared Sauna Reviews

I do a sauna every day and have for a number of years. Usually I go to the YMCA and they have a regular dry sauna. Recently I got a far-infrared sauna and I was intrigued that the sweat felt different, less watery, and slimier. It made me think there was some truth to the assertions being made about far-infrared and its ability to draw more toxins than the standard regular sauna.– Dr. David Minkoff


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Portable Infrared Sauna

Price: $149.95

I have been using the far-infrared sauna and have noted outstanding results. My son’s “endocrine disruption” (pituitary damage/ central hypothyroidism) from mercury toxicity (measured by IV arginine stimulation IGF-1 and HGH) resolved within two months. When I added methyl B12 injections, his neurodevelopmental disorder (misnamed by my psychiatric colleagues as “Asperger’s syndrome”) has essentially resolved.– Dr. Alan Clark

When we get serious about detoxification we investigate every tool to facilitate the process. When it comes to using the skin there are other techniques and options besides sauna and deep sweating. The most basic and ancient earth materials can be used to literally suck the poisons through the skin and this can be enormously helpful and safe. Clay, specifically bentonite clay (a very fine volcanic clay), is ideal for this and is very inexpensive, practical and can be used in a patient’s own bathtub. Bentonite used in a bath can draw out toxic chemicals through the pores of the skin.


Far-Infrared Sauna – Dome

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These far-infrared saunas from High Tech Health are what I recommend for those who want a more permanent addition to their home or office. High Tech Health saunas are known for their excellent construction and use of non-toxic materials, and they are highly recommended by prominent health practitioners who specialize in detoxification.

Far Infred Mat

Biomat Far Infrared Therapy by Richway

Biomat Professional – Price $1695

The BioMat delivers the benefits of a far infrared sauna for a fraction of the price and also offers direct full-body contact with the FIR for more effective detoxification, protection against any harmful electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) by passing them through the electronic (electromagnetic wave) interceptor (EMI), and protection of the head from the full strength of the heat. With the BioMat, you also have the quantum effect of FIR, Negative Ions and Amethyst Crystals.

The FIR rays from the BioMat are enhanced by the amethyst crystals and thus they penetrate almost twice as deeply as you would have happen in a Infrared Sauna. So instead of a 1=3 inch penetration that you would get with a sauna, you would get penetration up to 6 inches or more with a BioMat.

BioMat is much more convenient and it doesn’t disrupt your day as sauna does. You can also use a mini biomat and can put it onto your computer chair and treat back problems. The Biomat also has the advantage of giving negative ions which contribute to your health and well being and can be used solely for this as well.

Infrared Sauna vs Infrared Mat

This is a testimony from my assistant nurse Claudia French:

I have had a biomat for about 6 weeks now. I also have a one-person FIR sauna that I use frequently for its health benefits. I used to use the sauna at least 4x per week since experiencing a low back problem and it always helps a great deal.

Since receiving the biomat I am finding that it provides many of the same benefits, if not more, than the sauna does and I find myself going to the sauna less and less frequently. Now I use the BioMat twice a day with a tremendous amount of back pain relief and increased mobility. As time goes on I am noticing that there is a growing or accumulating effect because I do not need as many other types of pain remedies as I used to and not needing to interrupt my activities to do the sauna and showering.

I find using the biomat to be addicting in fact it seems its FIR heat is reaching deeply into every area of my body even though it is the small sized biomat. When I position it on my back I can feel its penetrating energy all the way down to my toes. It’s very comforting yet stimulating at the same time! It is more convenient than going into the sauna because I can use it while sitting in a comfortable chair and continue working on my computer. The biomat will cause me to sweat if I increase the temperature and the amount of time spent with it on, but not as much as the sauna will. So both have their benefits but I would never give the biomat up! I love it.

General Instructions for Sauna Use

Medical studies can demonstrate that most toxins can be eliminated through the skin, relieving the burden on the kidneys and liver.[1] Sweating increases dramatically in most people after several months of regular sauna use. Supervision during a sauna therapy program is helpful especially if you have any type of health condition. Dr. Lawrence Wilson M.D. makes several recommendations for safe and effective sauna use:

  1. Do not exercise before using the sauna. Exercise stimulates the sympathetic nervous system that then inhibits toxin elimination. Sweating during exercise is not nearly as effective for detoxification because of this activation of the sympathetic nervous system.
  2. Drink 8-16 ounces of distilled or spring water before a sauna session and afterwards.
  3. Begin with only 20 minutes in the sauna. After a few weeks, if you feel well enough to do so, you may increase to 30 or even 40 minutes. Never begin with sessions longer than 20 minutes once a day because this can cause healing reactions that are unpleasant and even dangerous. No one should stay in a sauna longer than 60 minutes.
  4. If debilitated or very heat sensitive, begin with 15 minutes or less in the sauna. Wipe off your sweat every few minutes with a small towel.
  5. Shower off or, if you do not have time for a shower, towel off; showering is best. Use as little soap as needed. Use shampoo and conditioner only if needed. Most contain chemicals toxic to the body. Also skip most oils, lotions and creams.
  6. Always relax for 10-15 minutes after a sauna session to allow your body to readjust. Do not go right back to daily activities.
  7. It is best to use a sauna first thing in the morning or the last thing at night. This is when you are the most relaxed and your sauna session will be the most effective. The more relaxed you are, the more you will sweat.
  8. Always consult a health professional if you have a chronic illness and are not sure about sauna use. However, we have found no problems with using a sauna with people who have diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
  9. Pregnant women and children under age five should not use saunas. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
  10. Continue prescribed medication while taking saunas unless directed otherwise.
  11. You may use a sauna just twice a week or as often as twice a day. However, start with no more than one session daily for no longer than 20 minutes. If you are very debilitated, begin with once a week. Work up to daily use as you are able to do so.
  12. Healing reactions are temporary symptoms that occur as toxic substances are eliminated and chronic infections heal. Symptoms vary from mild odors, unusual taste in your mouth or rashes; these symptoms usually pass quickly. Some people feel great fatigue after sessions and this is normal. Almost all healing symptoms are benign and will pass quickly. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner if you have any cause for concern.
  13. Some people have bowel changes, aches, pains or headaches. Removing drugs from tissue storage may cause flashbacks or temporary drug effects, the same as when you took the drug. If you have used LSD or other psychotropic drugs, have an attendant near by, as a few have experienced flashbacks or even full-blown LSD trips.
  14. Old infections may flare up as they are healed due to repeated sauna use. Usually only rest and natural remedies are needed to help infections resolve faster.
  15. Today many people may use saunas who have chronic illnesses that may affect their ability to tolerate the sauna’s heat. In our experience with those with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, joint replacements and many other conditions, the sauna appears to be very safe. Here are a few signs, however, that indicate that one should leave the sauna soon:
  16. Your body temperature increases by more than four degrees.
  17. Your pulse increases more than 50% of your resting heart rate.
  18. You suddenly stop sweating.
  19. Some faintness and feeling of fatigue or weakness is normal during or after a sauna session. However, if you feel very faint, end the sauna session and lie down for at least 10 minutes.

[1] The National Institutes of Health is sponsoring research at Bastyr University near Seattle to determine the effects of sauna use on toxic environmental chemicals in the body.
Dr. Jason Allen, the lead researcher, is testing whether the sauna helps break down the fatty tissues that can store more than 200 synthetic chemicals. When the chemicals are released from the tissues, the body can excrete them. March 2012;

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  • Denise Zywicki Kelly

    I got an infarred sauna Dec. 5, 2015. On Feb 12th I got an itchy rash on my back that eventually spread to my forearms, tops of my hands, chin / neck & around my armpit area. My arms healed on their own. It wasn’t until I had my second dr appt & began a steroid ointment that my back cleared up (May 25th). I then had an apt with a dermatologist a few days ago….he told me that the sauna has cause me to now have a garden variety eczema!!?? Is this possible? I still have my amalgam fillings, could this be it? So frustrated, I’m not allergic to anything nor have had eczema or any other skin issues.

  • Blue Evans

    Plus there are multiple ways of detoxing, some are more beneficial for certain organs more so then others..

    • IMVAUser

      Dr. Sircus recommends using HMD, Heavy Metal Detox which is well-researched and very gentle, even for children.
      Some of the symptoms you might feel may be related to the release of the metals in your body and frequently make a person feel bad before they feel better.
      Its also extremely important to have adequate magnesium in your system to support the detoxification process, as if you do not, the detoxification symptoms may be worse.

  • Blue Evans

    Almost all you people are not remineralizing correctly and drinking the gallon of purified ph balanced or natural spring waters your supposed to.. You people sound way more deprived of nutrients the way all have these syndromes and diseases.. look into DR Wallach.

  • Paula

    Hi, I have two titanium cages in my neck. I had a fusion at two levels of the cervical spine. Is it safe for me to use the far infrared sauna? Thanks!

    • Paula,

      This is a statement found on some FIR Sauna sites:

      Saunas & Implants
      Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.

      Claudia French


  • Chrstine

    Therasage heating pads are fire hazards. Do not buy

    • James

      She’s right. They are a fire hazard. Do not buy. I have the proof of one pad, that had it’s backing burned away, after burnig and shocking me. They have the other one, which they practically begged me to send them, and of course, the lied and said they would refund the shipping. Now I know why they wanted that pad back so badly. It looked like it had been through a fire. But, haha, I still have the other one, and it too, is burned to bits on the backing, so that the wires are exposed. There should be a class action lawsuit against these criminals, who steal and lie and cheat you out of hundreds of dollars. I finally have a much better mat. It’s unfortunately more expensive, but it has a 3 year warranty and a 27 year limited warranty. It’s called Bio Mat made with amethyst. You can sleep on it and it doesn’t hurt you. You can tell just by the packaging alone, that it is a quality product. I got the “mini mat” which isn’t so mini. It’s much bigger than Therasage’s medium mat, and hey…..what do you know? It works and feels great and it puts me into a really nice restful sleep for the first time in ages. It’s a little more expensive, but no one really needs, unless you’re in hospital or work in a professional environment anything more than the Mini Mat. A long with the suit case like case with carrying handle, they also include a cover to place over the heating pad that you can wash. Check them out :

      The next best pad would be the Thermotex. I have the both. I rate the bio mat #1 and the Thermotex #2, but the Bio Mat……is just awesome. I love it and can’t see myself living without one now.

    • Audrey

      Hi Christine,
      What happened with yours? I’ve been leaning towards purchasing a Therasage pad over other brands.

  • Almost Heaven’s Heavenly Sauna

    I’d like to see some serious research to back up any of the claims made in this article. It’s interesting to note the only piece of research that is actually mentioned is not only still in progress, but is combining infrared technology with the traditional Scandinavian style sauna (see

    Many “doctors” and infrared sauna manufacturers make claims that aren’t able to be backed up by science. PLEASE be careful spending hard earned money on these so called infrared “saunas”. Many of them are unsafe and have been recalled due to faulty wiring and fire hazards. They have no real proven scientific health benefits, unlike their Scandinavian style counter parts which have been used for centuries in many different cultures.

  • Josie

    I bought the expensive Therasage as pictured on your article for my sister because it had the lowest EMF.
    My question: Is it safe for someone with CLL leukemia who has high leukocytes with her blood tests? She said with CLL the leukocyte levels rise and that is the problem with this type of cancer.
    Since you state it “increases the number of leukocytes in the blood”, will it cause more harm than good? I was hoping it would control her counts and delay the need for chemo.
    Please respond. Thank you.

  • jackie

    i bought a 1 man infrared sauna, everytime i used it i was hospitalized (4 times) for chronic upper gastric pain & inflammation so severe i could hardly breathe or swallow which lasted 3-4 days, nobody has ever been able to explain what this was and this then would cause intestinal blockage everytime. I have Hashimotos disease and fibromyalgia, anyone else had this kind of experience, i had to sell mine after the last try. Are there conditions which would be aggravated by infrared saunas?

    • OzMoses

      You probably should have stopped using it after the first hospitalization. 3 more times? Not bright.

    • Mannick

      May be you are releasing lead. Lead acts on the GI. I am lead and mercury poisoned( tested by lab ),this is why I have Hashi and fibromyalgia I get sick every time I use the sauna for too long: nausea for 2-3 days, constipation and sometimes legs swelling. I think it releases the toxins too quick for me.
      same thing when I exercise too hard,

  • Isabel Hill

    I bought a FIRS blanket from the UK several years ago (I live in New Zealand). I have found it of great benefit in helping me to live with MS (diagnosed in 1982). I cannot cope with high temperatures & during summer, don’t have the temperature higher than 33 degrees Celsius. I find the sauna blanket especially of benefit for management of pain. I generally set the sauna time for the maximum 90 minutes, but remain in the blanket only for as long as it feels “right” – this can be for only 30 minutes, or an hour. During the night however, I usually remain in the blanket the entire 90 minutes & often (mercifully) go to sleep, waking only after the 90 minutes session has ended. (I get little sleep mainly due to atonicity of bladder sphincter, necessitating several trips to the toilet during the night.) I chose to buy a blanket rather than the type shown above in which one sits, as lying down is much less tiring for me. I loaned my blanket to a friend for about 4 months last year. She found it of great benefit also & was loath to return it to me. My FIRS blanket cost me far more than price indicated above (it being flown from London UK to NZ). It has been a very worthwhile investment in my health maintenance & there are few days that I don’t have recourse to time in it. NSAIDs being of no benefit to me, my FIRS blanket has been a godsend these past few years.