Pain relief, detox, and calorie burning.

If you’re like most people, these are the only infrared therapy health benefits you’re aware of.

But here’s the real story:

Infrared light therapy (also known as Photobiomodulation) has more than 13 mind blowing, scientifically proven health benefits and (safe) uses, most of them you’ve never heard of.

And the best part?

These days, you can safely use infrared therapy technology (also known as MIRE therapy – monochromatic infrared light energy) at home, any time you need it.

(While saving hugely on your medical costs)

In this heavily-researched post you’ll find:

  1. The complete list of evidence-based health benefits of IR therapy
  2. Exactly how to use IR therapy to treat anything from Arthritis pain, to hypertension, chronic fatigue and weight loss – at your home.

But first:

What is Infrared Light Therapy?

The natural, non-invasive and painless Infrared light therapy, also known as Low Level Laser (LLLT) and photobiomodulation, is experienced by us as heat and is the invisible part of the sun’s light spectrum.

It’s the heat you feel when you get in your car after it’s been parking outside. It’s the warmth you feel on your skin when you relax on the beach.

We all naturally radiate infrared heat every day (even when we hug someone)

In 2017, Infrared (IR) technology advances allow you to enjoy the amazing health benefits of sunbathing – without the skin-damaging UV radiation.

Did you know? Infrared rays (700 nm – 1050 nm, frequency 430 THz) are so safe that it’s used to warm babies in the NICU.

What Does Infrared Heat DO to Your Body?

Infrared light penetrates deep into your body (2-7 cm) all the way to the inner layers of your skin, to your muscles, nerves and bones.

IR then boosts local blood circulation, which brings more healing nutrients and pain relieving components to the area, while promoting a detoxifying sweat.

Research in the last decades has proven that this particular frequency of light offers a powerful healing boost to your body on a cellular level.

Below you’ll discover the complete list of science-backed health benefits of infrared therapy and the staggering amount of infrared heat health uses available to you today.

14 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Infrared Light Therapy

infrared light therapy benefits

Keep reading to see how to use it for each condition

Near and Far infrared therapy technology allows you to harness all the powerful benefits of the sun – without being exposed to UV light and without any side effects.

In fact, it’s so safe it’s used to keep babies warm in the NICU, and our bodies naturally radiate it!

(See 32 more amazing facts about infrared rays)

Ready to know every way in which you can use infrared light therapy?

Let’s go.

1. Long Lasting Pain Relief (in Muscles/Joints/Nerves)

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Science has proven beyond any doubt that infrared light therapy is a safe, drug-free and effective method for long-lasting pain relief and injury-healing – anywhere in your body.

This includes:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint inflammation and pain
  • Spine injuries (bulging/herniated discs)
  • Sports injuries
  • Nerve pain (pinched nerves/Sciatica/Neuropath)

World-class athletes (Tiger Woods is one of them) have been using it for years to quickly recover from sports injuries.

Doctors use it, physical therapists use it and of course – acupuncturists (mainly via TDP lamps like this one).

There's More
Find out exactly how it works and how to use infrared heat to relieve any type of pain

Research and Studies

There are dozens of studies, but here’s an example:

16 randomized controlled trials including a total of 820 patients with acute neck pain were peer reviewed and concluded with this:

infrared for pain study quote

How to Use it at Home

There are multiple ways to use infrared therapy to relieve pain at home, depending on your health condition and treatment area size.

For example:

For back pain I’d recommend a jade/amethyst infrared heating pad/mat.

For Arthritis Joint pain I’d recommend either a heat lamp or a flexible IR heating wrap you can wrap around your joint. (See this post about Arthritis treatment with IR)

For Fibromyalgia pain I’d recommend a home infrared sauna – to treat your entire body at once, while detoxing from toxins at the same time.

2. Full Body Detox

infrared for detoxInfrared saunas are considered 7 times more effective at detoxifying heavy metals and other environmental toxins.

Infrared sauna treatments heat your body directly, inducing a rise in your core temperature.

The results:

  •  A deep sweat at a cellular level, where toxins reside (such as cadmium, lead and mercury).
  • Enhanced metabolism, blood circulation and tissue oxygenation.

Toxin detoxification can be extremely helpful for Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, chronic fatigue, colitis, any auto-immune disease, and even ADHD.

The best part?

These amazing results are produced at lower temperatures than a traditional steam sauna and can be much better tolerated by people who can’t withstand the high heat of steam rooms.

Lady Gaga has recently shared how she uses an infrared sauna to deal with her chronic back pain, and also describes it as an effective detox and weight loss tool.

How to Use it at Home

For full body detox you’ll need a large infrared home device. Here are your options:

Home infrared sauna – either buying your own infrared sauna (compare the 3 best ones here), or building your own near infrared sauna – for less than $100 (instructions here)

Portable infrared sauna/dome – a portable infrared sauna is less costly, and you can keep your head out during treatment, which many people like.

The Amethyst Biomat – lie on it and use a blanket to keep the heat. Turn to the other side after at least 30 minutes. From personal experience I can say that the Biomat is amazing.

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3. Calorie Burning & Weight Loss

infrared for weight lossHere are a few amazing facts about infrared therapy and weight loss:

First: While you relax in an infrared sauna, your body is actually working hard.

It’s working to produce a lot of sweat.

This hard “work” results with calorie burning.

According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report, you can burn as many calories as you would be jogging or rowing (200 – 600 calories) – in a single far infrared sauna session.

You will also lose “water weight” from sweating so much. You’ll gain back the “water weight” once you hydrate.

But:

You won’t gain back the calories. Those are gone for good. (Until the next pizza that is)

Second, Infrared light therapy is proven to break fat cells and reduce body fat

Research and Studies

A two-phase sauna weight loss study (conducted by Binghamton University in NY) found that increasing your body temperature results in a decrease in body fat.

(focus on that the next time you have a fever from the Flu…)

In the study, participants who used an infrared sauna 3 times a week for 30 minutes –  dropped an average of 4% body fat over a four-month period.

For a 175-pound man, that represents a weight reduction of 7 pounds.

Control groups showed no drop in weight.

How to Use it at Home

Infrared sauna treatments – you can get them at your local spas, but purchasing your own FIR sauna will save you a ton of money in long term (this is the best one for its cost).

JNH infrared sauna on Amazon – reasonable price

Portable infrared sauna – I recommend this one

Remember to drink up before, during and after – no exceptions!

There's More
If you want to reduce cellulite – go for red light therapy. Here’s how to use LLLT to reduce cellulite

4. Boosting Immunity & Cancer Healing

How does your body react when it is fighting viruses and bacteria?

You get a fever.

Why?

1. Because raising your core body temperature boosts your immunity (by producing more white blood cells), while creating a heated environment in which bacteria can’t survive.

And:

2. Because heating your body also causes blood vessel dilation, which enhances circulation and oxygen delivery throughout your body.

So, what do you do when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu?

You hit the infrared sauna to rally your body’s natural defenses.

(However, do not use an infrared sauna if you already have a fever)

What about cancer?

Raising core body temperature has been proven many times to inhibit the proliferation of certain cancer cells (including breast, lung, and tongue cancer), according to Medical Oncology in London.

According to Dr. Mark Sircus, best-selling author of many allopathic medicine books, the easiest, safest and most effective way of treating most disease, including cancer, is to increase body temperature with infrared therapy.

Dr. Sircus shares more on his clinical experience with infrared therapy:

My experience is that sleeping on a Biomat offers the best treatment for cold conditions and is instrumental in treating cancer because of the increased immune response

hyperthermia for cancer

Read more about using Hyperthermia for cancer on the American Cancer Society website

5. Raising Low Body Temperature

As you probably know, 98,6 F is considered the ideal body temperature for optimal health.

It helps maintain optimal blood circulation, vitality and strong immune system.

According to Dr. Sircus:

And worse:

According to this study, Low body temperature is one of the little known causes for obesity. Why? because Lower body temperature = slower metabolism.

How to Use it at Home

If you suffer from chronic low body temperature, you can safely use any infrared therapy device which treats your entire body:

An infrared sauna/ portable IR sauna

The full body Amethyst Biomat

6. Injury recovery

World-class athletes (Tiger Woods is one of them) have been using phototherapy to speed up recovery from sports injuries for many years.

Physiotherapists and sports medicine specialists are well aware of the many studies proving that phototherapy reduces pain and inflammation caused by muscle injuries, spine injuries and even broken bones.

Photo-biostimulation is proven to be beneficial for all sorts of injuries, including:

–      Muscle injuries (see this study)

–      Nerve injuries/damage (see this study)

–      Joint injuries (see how to use phototherapy for knee pain)

–      Broken/fractured bones (see this study)

How to use it at home

Using IR for injury recovery at home depends on the treatment area size and structure.

For example:

Here are the 3 best infrared knee heating pads for knee injuries and chronic pain.

7. Chronic Wound Healing

infrared for wound healingHere’s a mind-blowing fact:

According to many studies, cells exposed to near-infrared light (energy just outside the visible range) from LEDs – grow 150% to 200% faster than cells not stimulated by this light.

How does it work?

Near infrared wavelength increases microcirculation and formation of new capillaries.

The result:

The wound area receives more oxygen and nutrients to help with the natural wound healing process.

Find out more
See exactly how to use near infrared light to heal diabetic wounds, Venus ulcers, pressure ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds and much more – in our post about wound healing at home 
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8. Lowering Blood Pressure

What can one hour of FIR therapy effect high blood pressure?

According to medical researchers from Germany, one hour inside an infrared sauna can significantly reduce your BP levels, total peripheral resistance and cardiac ejection resistance.

How does it work?

According to the journal of the American Medical Association, infrared heat therapy lowers BP by promoting the same physiological process which happens when you do aerobic exercise.

Your core body temperature slowly rises and stimulates blood vessel dilation. This results with increased blood flow, heart rate and cardiac output – without you moving a muscle.

It’s exercising to reduce your blood pressure – without exercising.

However:

Any active symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath that would cause a person to avoid moderate exercise would also be a reason to avoid an infrared sauna.

How to Use it at Home

The 2 best ways to use infrared therapy to reduce BP levels are:

infrared sauna treatments – here are the 3 best infrared home saunas – reviewed and compared.

Sleeping on a full body Amethyst Biomat – get more info here

9. Peripheral Neuropathy

infrared for neuropathyCan low-level laser therapy relieve your Neuropathy symptoms?

Can it stop the numbing, the burning, tingling and excruciating pain – without any side effects?

The answer is YES.

In fact, this simple technology (also known as MIRE therapy – monochromatic infrared light energy) is proven to be the most effective drug-free pain relief available.

The key to the dramatic relief you’ll experience is nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is a short-lived gas that is crucial to the health of your arteries.

This powerful signaling molecule relaxes them, regulates blood pressure, fights free radicals and prevents platelets from clumping together.

Infrared light therapy prompts the release of nitric oxide, which enhances blood flow, brings oxygen nutrients and pain relieving components – to your tissues and nerves.
There's More
See exactly how to use infrared therapy to relieve your nerve pain and restore nerve function – in this post

10. Stress Relief and Sleep Problems

It’s the first thing you’ll experience when you finish a full body infrared therapy treatment:

Complete relaxation.

Muscle relaxation, pain relief, and mental clarity.

How does it work?

Infrared therapy is proven to balance you Cortisol (“stress hormone”) levels.

Ryotokuji et al. indicated that four weeks of FIR radiation administered to the feet of type 2 DM patients significantly reduced cortisol levels and blood glucose levels.

Infrared rays penetrate your body and promotes muscle relaxation and endorphin (“feel good hormones”) release.

Repeated infrared sauna session (or Biomat treatments) over several weeks can reduce stress levels long after you’ve finished treatment.

(Here’s a study showing Stress relief with the Biomat. )

I’ve found many people reporting a feeling of well being, improved sleep and greater peace of mind.

How to use it at Home

To manage stress levels and sleep problems, use either a portable home infrared sauna, or the Amethyst Biomat.

11. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Infrared sauna treatments can treat and relieve almost all symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, including:

  • Fatigue lasting for 6 months or more
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Digestion and immunity issues

Research and Studies

Science is just starting to investigate the effect of infrared heat therapy on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

For example:

This pilot study has found that FIR sauna can significantly reduce fatigue:

On a scale of 1 to 10, the average level of fatigue was reduced from 6.7 to 4.8. Negative mood, including anxiety and depression, significantly improved after therapy.

The heat from infrared saunas is powerful and deep, yet surprisingly gentle and easy to tolerate at the same time.

How to use it at home

Use an infrared sauna or portable IR sauna for 15 minutes every day, followed by 30-minute rest under a few blankets – along with a large glass of purified water.

12. Fibromyalgia Pain

Infrared saunas have been shown to reduce Fibromyalgia pain (and other symptoms) up to 78% (source).

The infrared heat is especially good for people with Fibro, because the heat is powerful and deep, yet surprisingly gentle and easy to tolerate.

How to use it Home

Infrared sauna treatments – 15 minutes once a day (140 F), followed by resting under a blanket for 30 minutes

Infrared heating pads – can be used for localized pain

13. Brain Injuries

5 recent studies found that near infrared light regenerates damage for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by reversing inflammation, oxidative stress and neurodegeneration.

With millions of TBI survivors, and various other possible applications for NILT, this is one of the hottest topics in neuro-science today.

14. Allergic Rhinitis

infrared for allergic rhinitisHay fever symptoms occur sue to inflammation in the nose, when your immune system “overreacts” to allergens in the air.

In this 2007 study, A WS TY101 FIR emitter was placed to face the patients’ nasal region at a distance of 30 cm.

The treatment was performed for 40 min every morning for 7 days.

The results?

The symptoms of eye itching, nasal itching, nasal stuffiness, rhinorrhea and sneezing were all significantly improved.

No adverse side effects were recorded.

How to Use it at Home

You can use IAT (infrared allergy treatment) at home via a special infrared light therapy nostril device (a “nasal warmer”).

Here’s the one I recommend.

After a few sessions with IAT, allergy symptoms can begin to ease and can be successfully managed.

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Conclusion

Infrared light therapy is one of the most versatile, effective and pleasant natural treatments under the sun – using the sun. :)

Every year more scientific research proves IR amazing health benefits and uses – all of them can be used safely at home.

Make sure to browse around the site because we have researched and recommend the safest, highest quality infrared light therapy products on the market.

Feel free to contact us if you feel you need a personalized recommendation for your needs.

Use the comment section to ask us anything, we answer everyone.

To your health and happiness,

Meital