Hyperthermia, also known as heat
therapy, fever therapy or sweat therapy, helps your body both cleanse
and heal itself. A great healer once said, Give me the power to create
a fever and I can cure any disease. In the past, healers observed that
people suffering from diverse ailments were cured following a high
fever. By creating an artificial fever, these healers would help the
patient quite literally sweat the disease out of their system. Nowadays,
fever is thought of as an undesirable symptom because it increases our
discomfort therefore it is artificially reduced using drugs such as
aspirin. Imagine that our body is trying to heal itself and instead of
helping it, we hinder it by taking drugs to undo the healing process.
What are the benefits of hyperthermia?
Heat draws out toxins, helps clean clogged pores, kills harmful bacteria
and viruses, increases circulation and enhances the immune system.
Hyperthermia stimulates cellular activity and increases metabolism.
Circulation, tissue rebuilding and healing are also increased. Injuries
heal faster with heat. Have you ever used a heating pad to help heal
muscle aches and pains? In short, hyperthermia stimulates all body
Although we do not think of our skin as
an organ, it can be thought of as one of the biggest elimination organs
in our bodies. It has the ability to eliminate toxins and waste through
its pores. The basic goal of hyperthermia or heat therapy is to increase
the bodys temperature over a short duration to cause your body to sweat
profusely, thus cleansing toxins out of your pores. Additionally, the
increased body temperature will help your body heal itself from many
What precautions do I need to take with
Whatever treatment method you choose, make sure to properly hydrate
yourself before any hyperthermia treatment and drink 1-2 glasses of cool
water immediately after treatment. Remember the objective is to release
toxins through sweating, so you will dehydrate much faster than with
other cleansing therapies.
With the exception of a steam bath or
sauna where it is physically impossible to do so, never immerse or cover
your head as part of a hyperthermia treatment. Why not cover your head?
Well the obvious reason is that you need to be able to breathe. However,
the other reason is that the brain does not take too well to being
overheated. Your head is one of your primary cooling mechanisms and
keeping your head out of the hot water will help your body keep the
hyperthermia to safe levels. Since you do not have the option to keep
your head cool in a sauna or steam bath, you should limit your time in
them to 10-15 minutes, versus other methods which can take up to 30
If you feel nauseous or sick during the
course of a hyperthermia treatment, discontinue the treatment
immediately. Nausea could be a sign that your body is overheating.
How can I administer hyperthermia?
There are a number of simple ways to administer hyperthermia depending
on the tools you have available. You can induce an artificial fever by
soaking in a tub of hot water, sitting in a sauna or steam bath, or
wrapping yourself in blankets with a hot water bottle.
The simplest and easiest method of
increasing your body temperature is to immerse yourself in hot water for
approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Have you ever taken a hot bath or gotten
into a hot tub? Remember how good it felt even after you got out how
relaxed you were .how energized you felt after you cooled down? Well
you experienced the benefits of hyperthermia or heat therapy.
If you want to use your bathtub, fill
it with hot water as hot as you can stand. To be effective, you should
be able to cover all the parts of your body except your head. Even
though you are covered with water, you will sweat. Contained in this
sweat will be toxins that your body wants to eliminate. Use hydrogen
peroxide therapy to further enhance the benefit of hyperthermia.
Although using a bathtub is a
convenient method of administering hyperthermia, I find that my bathtub
is actually not long enough and it becomes uncomfortable because I have
to fold my legs. I therefore prefer using a hot tub or spa. If you are
fortunate enough to have access to a private spa, make sure the
temperature is set to at least 104 degrees F. As in the bathtub,
submerge all parts of your body, except your head, and stay submerged
for 20 30 minutes. This will ensure that your body temperature rises
Most people do not have access to a
private hot tub so is using a public one may be the next best option?
The biggest concerns with using a public hot tub or spa are contaminants
in the water from other users and the chlorine or bromine used to
sanitize the hot tubs. Neither chemical is good for you, and since the
pores in your skin can also absorb things, at the same time they are
releasing your toxins, you risk negating the detox effects. Instead, see
if you can find a hot tub that uses ozone to clean the water. This newer
type of cleansing not only kills bacteria in the water, but also better
neutralizes the toxins that may have been expelled by previous users. In
fact, hot tubs that use ozone generators to clean the water also give
you the added benefits of oxygen therapy at the same time as
hyperthermia or heat therapy.
If your bathtub is too uncomfortable
and you cannot find a hot tub that uses ozone cleaning, then you can do
a sunbath. You will need a large plastic sheet at least 8 feet by 4 feet
and 6 millimeters thick. Lay the plastic out in your backyard or
anywhere else where it is sunny. Lie on half of the sheet and fold the
other half over your body. Tuck in the edges along your side and at your
feet. Place a rolled up towel or outdoor pillow under your head and
neck. Lie in this position for 10 15 minutes and then turn over on
your stomach for another 10-15 minutes. As always, do not wrap or cover
your head with the plastic. If you have fair or sensitive skin, then
start out slowly and gradually increase the time you spend working
your way up to the full 30 minutes.
Yet another option is to make a
portable steam bath. Place two buckets of boiling water one in front
of a lawn chair and one directly under the seat. Sit on the lawn chair
with your feet submerged in the water in the bucket in front of the
chair. Use the plastic sheet to cover your body, leaving your head
uncovered. The goal is to trap the steam from the buckets of water under
the plastic. The temperature under the plastic should rise just like
in a steam bath.