Infrared Sauna Use Supports Toxin Reduction

two women at infrared sauna by Peony Women's Integrative Health

Infrared saunas have gained popularity as a complementary therapy for individuals with chronic illnesses. While the research on their efficacy is still evolving, there are several potential benefits of using infrared saunas to support chronic illness:

  1. Pain relief: Infrared saunas can help alleviate pain associated with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and muscle or joint pain. The heat from the sauna can relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and increase blood flow, which may provide temporary relief from pain.
  2. Improved circulation: Infrared heat can dilate blood vessels and improve circulation. Enhanced blood flow can be particularly beneficial for individuals with cardiovascular issues, diabetes, or conditions that lead to poor circulation.
  3. Detoxification: Sweating is one way the body eliminates toxins. Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat, which can help the body rid itself of toxins and heavy metals. This detoxification process may be beneficial for individuals with chronic conditions that involve toxin buildup or sensitivities.
  4. Stress reduction: Chronic illness often comes with a significant emotional and psychological burden. Infrared sauna sessions can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mood. Stress reduction can indirectly benefit individuals with chronic illnesses by helping them cope with their conditions more effectively.
  5. Immune system support: Some proponents of infrared saunas suggest that regular use may boost the immune system. A stronger immune system can help individuals with chronic illnesses better manage their conditions and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
  6. Improved sleep: Many people with chronic illnesses experience sleep disturbances. Infrared saunas can promote relaxation and relieve pain, potentially leading to better sleep quality for those struggling with sleep disorders related to their condition.
  7. Weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for individuals with chronic illnesses, as excess weight can exacerbate symptoms. Regular use of an infrared sauna may help with weight loss and weight management by increasing metabolism and promoting calorie burning.
  8. Skin health: Infrared saunas can improve skin health by promoting collagen production and increasing blood flow to the skin. For individuals with skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, this could provide some relief.
  9. Reduction of symptoms: While infrared saunas are not a cure for chronic illnesses, some individuals have reported a reduction in symptoms, such as reduced fatigue, improved joint mobility, and increased overall well-being.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of infrared saunas in supporting chronic illnesses varies from person to person, and not all chronic conditions may benefit equally. Before using an infrared sauna as part of your treatment plan, schedule a consult with Peony Women’s Integratve Health’s Nurse Practitioner, Sarah Early, to determine if it would be a good treatment option for you. She can provide personalized advice and ensure it is safe and appropriate for your specific condition.

November 28, 2023

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Early - Peony's WIH

Sarah Early - MSN, APRN-FNP-C, IBCLC

Sarah graduated from a Masters in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner graduate program with high distinction and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses while working and running Lactation Room. Her clinical education and training paved the way for her newest journey in private practice, Peony Women’s Integrative Health, which she opened in 2023. Working as a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner she serves clients in the DMV. Peony WIH focuses on caring for women with a root-cause, integrative, and functional medicine approach to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. PWIH provides in-office health consults with Sarah, integrative and functional nutrition support by a Registered Dietician, and Craniosacral therapy services. Sarah is focused on addressing the needs of women in the community through a patient-centered and collaborative approach to care. She is an active member of ILCA, USLCA, IATP, AHNA, AANP, and MBC.

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