There have been numerous medical studies exploring the health benefits of home infrared saunas.

Posted on September 6, 2023

More research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms and long-term effects but current knowledge and state of research based on several preliminary studies suggest several positive outcomes. Below is a summary of key findings of positive health impacts linked to regular use of home infrared saunas:

  1. Cardiovascular Health:
    • A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that infrared sauna sessions improved blood vessel function, reduced blood pressure, and increased heart rate in patients with heart failure.
    • Another study published in the same journal reported that regular infrared sauna use reduced the risk of cardiovascular events in individuals with high blood pressure.
  2. Chronic Pain and Joint Disorders:
    • Research published in Clinical Rheumatology demonstrated that infrared sauna therapy provided significant pain relief and improved physical function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
    • A study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology found that infrared sauna treatment reduced pain and stiffness in patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Detoxification:
    • A study published in the Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health showed that participants using an infrared sauna had increased excretion of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, indicating a potential detoxification effect.
    • Research published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health indicated that infrared sauna use could enhance detoxification in individuals with chemical sensitivities and environmental toxin exposures.
  4. Mental Health and Stress Reduction:
    • A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that infrared sauna sessions significantly reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients with depressive disorders.
    • Research published in the International Journal of Behavioural Medicine demonstrated that infrared sauna use was associated with improved mood and reduced levels of stress markers in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  5. Skin Health:
    • A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed that infrared sauna sessions improved skin elasticity and reduced wrinkles in middle-aged women.
    • Research published in Photo-medicine and Laser Surgery found that infrared saunas had a positive impact on acne, skin complexion, and skin tone, potentially due to increased blood circulation and collagen synthesis.
  6. Metabolic Health and Weight Management:
    • A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that infrared sauna use resulted in increased calorie expenditure, suggesting its potential role in weight loss and metabolic regulation.
    • Research published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes revealed that infrared sauna sessions improved insulin sensitivity in individuals with type 2 diabetes, indicating potential benefits for metabolic health.
  7. Immune System Support:
    • A study published in the Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society showed that infrared sauna therapy enhanced immune function by increasing natural killer cell activity and improving immune response in patients with chronic heart failure.
    • Research published in the International Journal of Biometeorology demonstrated that regular sauna use, including infrared saunas, reduced the risk of respiratory infections in a population-based study.
  8. Exercise Performance and Recovery:
    • A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that post-exercise infrared sauna sessions enhanced endurance performance and muscle recovery in male distance runners.
    • Research published in the Journal of Athletic Training reported that infrared sauna use after exercise improved flexibility and reduced muscle soreness in collegiate female basketball players.
  9. It's important to note that while these studies indicate potential benefits, more research is needed to establish the effectiveness of infrared saunas across various health conditions and populations. It's recommended to consult with healthcare professionals before incorporating infrared sauna therapy into a healthcare regimen.

    Remember, this summary is not exhaustive, and new studies on infrared saunas are continuously emerging. Stay updated with the latest research and consult reputable sources for comprehensive information.

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