08 May Fight Lyme Disease With Infrared Sauna Therapy
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and with more than 30,000 Americans contracting this disease each year, many have a deep understanding of its devastating effects. In my experience with those with Lyme disease, I’ve discovered that adding infrared sauna therapy to a treatment regimen can help in a variety of ways.
Lyme disease – caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi – is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged or deer ticks, and can have lifelong debilitating effects such as arthritis, fatigue and even neurological deficits. Sweating in the infrared sauna flushes fat-soluble toxins (including heavy metals) out of the body via the skin.
This sauna detoxification, which occurs at the lower heat available in an infrared sauna, assists the immune system and the healing process while increasing circulation, invigorating the body and allowing the medication to reach all parts of the body in a more efficient manner. Infrared sauna therapy also relaxes the muscles and joints, providing much needed pain relief in addition to sauna detox.
People with Lyme disease frequently have difficulty with one or more of the detoxification pathways in the body. Fortunately, far infrared saunas work to facilitate the body’s detoxification, helping the cells in your body release heavy metals and chemicals through your skin.
But that’s not all Clearlight Infrared Saunas can do.
Heavy metals and chemicals deplete your immune system, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for infections. Another way that far infrared saunas work is by raising your core body temperature, which, in turn helps kill bacteria and viruses that may be living in your body.
Far infrared saunas are also useful in facilitating detoxification from mold biotoxin illness. Infrared use is usually recommended during the recovery stages of the disease, to assist in maintaining good health, and during remission from Lyme disease.
Some researchers and health care providers feel that near infrared therapy is better suited to treat Lyme disease symptoms; others prefer the effects of far infrared heat. With Clearlight’s Sanctuary Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas, Lyme disease sufferers can set up a regimen to take advantage of BOTH near AND far infrared sauna detox in the same unit. Contact Jen at Jenerate Wellness at 608-630-4039 to learn more about the benefits of our full spectrum sauna options.
It is important to have the guidance of a doctor who is familiar with Lyme disease. To find a doctor in your area that is “Lyme literate,” call the Lyme Disease Association’s toll free information line at 888-366-6611 or check out their website at www.lymediseaseassociation.org. Another good site for Lyme info is the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society at www.ilads.org