Far-Infrared Radiation and You !
Among its other benefits, The Harmonic Shield actively generates Far-Infrared Radiation (FIR). What is FIR, exactly ?
Have you noticed how after stepping outside on a warm, sunny day, you soon feel better and more relaxed ? Far-Infrared Radiation (FIR) plays a key part in this sense of well being and rejuvenation.
FIR is invisible to the naked eye and comprises nearly half of the sun’s rays. It’s the component in sunshine that triggers the blossoming of plants and the ripening of their fruits. It also has a wide range of health benefits for human beings.
The ultraviolet component of sunlight has, in addition to certain health benefits, certain drawbacks – these include sunburn, aging effects on the skin, and at worst, skin cancers. FIR, for its part, is the “heat” component of sunshine, which can be unpleasant, and can also have its dangers. Other downside aspects can include the facts that :
- You have no control of the temperature
- Sunlight is less warm and abundant at some times of the year
- You’re also exposed to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation
This is where other sources of far infrared energy offer good possibilities. FIR therapies permit more control and efficiency than sun exposure, penetrating deeper layers of the skin without the discomforts of overheating. They also allow targeted absorption to chosen parts of the body.
FIR therapies have been found to :
- Promote deep detoxification through sweating, right down to the cellular level. This not rids the body of heavy metals and other toxins, but boosts metabolism and nutrient absorption
- Improve blood flow to areas in the targeted areas
- Greatly improve circulation, subsequently reducing inflammation and increasing recovery and healing
- Reduce the risks of high blood pressure
Natural pain relief is another good reason to experience FIR therapy. The deeply-penetrating warmth relaxes tight muscles, which in turn relieves tension and promote optimal joint function
FIR also rejuvenates the skin and helps restore its youthful glow. Significant reduction in wrinkles and overall skin tone enhancements may sometimes be observed after therapy
Last but not least, elevated core body temperature during FIR exposure increases heart rate and burns calories. This is extremely helpful to individuals who want to lose weight but are constrained by health issues that affect mobility, strength and endurance.
While The Harmonic Shield is not as a therapy, nor claimed to cure any disease, its component materials make it a robust source of Far-Infrared Radiation !
Infrared Radiation and Health
When we think of radiation we most often think of a risk or threat, but with infrared radiation this is not the case. Also known as radiant heat, infrared radiation is a specific wavelength emitted mainly by the sun, and research has long shown it to have therapeutic qualities
Like ultraviolet radiation, far-infrared radiation is mostly invisible to the naked eye and makes up roughly half the sun’s rays. For human beings it’s the healthiest component of natural sunlight. It’s also responsible for the blossoming of plants, and the ripening of their fruits
While sunlight is a principal source of infrared radiation, all objects that emit and absorb heat (including our bodies) also give off radiant heat. Unlike its ultraviolet counterpart which triggers sunburn, far-infrared is literally sunshine to your well-being
Infrared Radiation for Optimum Health
The therapeutic benefits of infrared radiation are a result of its ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Some specific benefits are outlined below
Have you noticed how a quick run outside or a workout in the gym makes you feel better ? Although an increase in “feel-good” hormones such as serotonin plays a role in this, the act of sweating itself also contributes to the “top of the world” feeling post-exercise.
Notably, sweating helps you eliminate toxins and waste, particularly tiny doses of heavy metals that have accumulated in your body. There’s little you can do to avoid many heavy metals and toxins, which are found everywhere in our chemical laden, technology driven society. You can, however, count on infrared radiation therapy and products to help expel them.
Significant Improvements in Blood Circulation
Once far infrared heat is absorbed in some part of the body, blood flow in that area improves as a result of vasodilation (dilation or expansion of blood vessels). A Chinese study found that subjects who underwent far-infrared radiation therapy alongside hemodialysis experienced significant improvements in blood flow. This led to reduced incidence of vascular (blood vessel) access malfunction, a common cause of morbidity in hemodialysis patients.
Improvements in blood flow due to infrared radiation therapy can also potentially reduce cholesterol levels, increase metabolism, improve lymphatic circulation and enhance nutrient absorption. Furthermore, improved limb circulation can speed recovery after any strenuous activity or exercise.
When Japanese researchers tested the effects of infrared radiation on patients suffering from fibromyalgia (a condition causing chronic pain and tenderness in certain areas), the results were astonishing. All 13 subjects experienced significant pain relief, registering about half their usual pain scores after just the first session. After 10 sessions, the participants experienced 78 percent reduction in pain.
Another Japanese study showed that thermal therapy using infrared heat to complement a multidisciplinary pain management program showed marked reductions of pain.
A 2009 research on the effects of infrared sauna on patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in The Netherlands also demonstrated that infrared radiation can contribute to marked pain reduction. “Infrared treatment has statistically significant short-term beneficial effects and clinically relevant period effects during treatment in RA and AS patients without enhancing disease activity. Infrared radiation has good tolerability and no adverse effects,” the study concluded.
Pain relief from infrared radiation therapy is a result of two things : improved blood circulation, and the elimination of waste products and substances which trigger the inflammatory process. Pain almost always accompanies inflammation.
The results of a study published in the journal of American Medical Association stipulated that sweating from infrared radiation assists in weight loss. Increases in core body temperature resulted in increased metabolic rates and subsequently, an increase in the number of calories burned. This finding is good news to individuals who want to lose weight, but have limited mobility and can’t perform exercises or highly strenuous activities.
Blood Pressure Reduction
Hypertension – blood pressure levels that are persistently above normal - is a risk factor in a host of health issues, including stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. The results of a 2008 study published in the Journal of Cardiology stated that using infrared therapy to lower blood pressure levels was effective in improving cardiac function among patients suffering chronic heart failure.
While UV radiation is a leading cause of skin aging, it’s a different story with infrared radiation. Several studies, including one published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, reveal that skin rejuvenation therapies employing infrared radiation technology can potentially reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as crow’s feet, and help improve skin complexion.
Here’s an excerpt from a 2006 study published in the Yonsei Medical Journal on the effects of infrared radiation to skin photo-aging and pigmentation :
“We found that the content of collagen and elastin produced by the fibroblasts increased after infrared radiation, and that this increase was proportional to the duration of irradiation exposure. Following 6 months of treatment, all patients reported good (51-75%) improvements in skin texture and roughness. Additionally, patients noted fair (25-50%) improvement in color tone of the skin ; however, improvements in hyperpigmented lesions were not observed.”
Accelerated Wound Healing
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Neurology sought to study the effects of near-infrared light in conjunction with hyperbaric oxygen on wound healing. In their conclusion, light therapy alone accelerated wound healing by 155 percent than the usual rate of skin regeneration on “ischemic and diabetic wounds in rat models, and on acute and chronic wounds in humans.”
Conditions That May Benefit From Infrared Radiation
- Chronic Fatigue
- Clogged capillary vessels
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Low blood pressure
- Menstrual cramps
- Nervous tension
- Poor peripheral circulation
- Strained muscles
- Stretch marks
- Upset stomach
- Varicose veins
At their core, the therapeutic properties of infrared radiation stem from its ability to optimize biochemical processes vital to maintaining homeostasis or balance within the body’s systems. Other known benefits of infrared radiation therapy or products include relief from insomnia, a boost in immunity, and an improved overall sense of well being.
While The Harmonic Shield patch is not offered as a therapy, nor claimed to provide specific health benefits, its component materials make it a robust source of Far-Infrared Radiation !
Article by : Kyjean Tomboc RN / Jeff Smith RN
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