Near-infra Red Heat Benefits

Below a few studies on infra-red rays, in particular, on near infra red wavelengths. These studies show how NIR heat therapy can help to enhance detoxification, boost metabolism and more.

· BOOSTS METABOLISM – The mitochondria (power plants of the cells) produce more ATP (energy currency of the cells) when NIR (near infrared rays) is introduced. (1,2)

· REDUCES BODY FAT – A group of 20 women riding stationary bicycles 3 times per week for 4 weeks exposed to NIR lost an average of 8 cm’s or 444% more as compared to 20 women doing the same exercise without NIR. (3)

· INCREASED ENERGY – NIR activates the color sensitive chemicals (chromophores & cytochrome systems) to depths of 23 centimeters (or about 10 inches), stimulating the energy processes in cells. (1)

· IMPROVED CIRCULATION TO THE MUSCLES – NIR causes the release of nitric oxide. This stimulates vasodilatation of the microcirculatory system, bringing more blood to the muscles. (4)

· BETTER ENDURANCE – Muscle fatigue was reduced by up to 42.2% when exposing muscle to NIR. (5,6)

· INCREASED STRENGTH – Growth hormone release is induced by an increase in body temperature and not by exercise itself. Growth hormone increases muscle mass, calcium retention, and lipolysis (the breakdown of stored fat). (14)

· FASTER RECOVERY TIME – Certain tissue regenerating genes including integrins, laminin, gap junction proteins and kinesin proteins have shown a two- to five-fold increase upon exposure to NIR. (7,8)

· WORKOUT IN LESS TIME – Due to increased production of ATP and quick dilation of the microcirculatory system, a person can lessen warm-up time and work at a higher level of exertion without increasing blood pressure. (1,9,10)

· DETOXIFY THE BODY – Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Sweat is the only way to remove certain carcinogenic PCBs, dioxins, phthalates, and volatile organic hydrocarbons. (11)

· REDUCED VISIBLE CELLULITE – Cellulite is fat mixed with toxins that are trapped, in part due to an underactive circulatory system. Cellulite is so visible, in part due to weakened connective tissue. NIR helps rebuild connective tissue and has been shown to reduce cellulite. (12)

· REJUVENATES SKIN – DNA Synthesis of fibroblasts, which affects the elasticity of skin, increase five-fold with NIR. The result is younger-looking, more beautiful skin. (1,7)

· LESSENS JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN & INCREASES FLEXIBILITY – Penetrating heat from NIR has long been proven to reduce pain and increase circulation to areas of discomfort. NIR has also been shown to significantly increase the range of flexibility. (13)

References

1. Whelan H.T., Buchmann, E.V., et al, NASA Light-Emitting Diode Medical Applications From Deep Space to Deep Sea
2. Wong-Riley M.T., Bai, X., et al, Light-Emitting Diode Treatment Reversed the Effect of TTX on Cytochrome Oxidase in Neurons
3. Mockel F., Hoffmann G., et al Einfulss von Wassergefiltertem Infrator A auf die Reduktion von Lokalem Fett und Korpergewicht unter Korperlicher Belastung
4. Gilligan D.M., Panza J.M., et al, Contribution of Endothelium-derived Nitric Oxide to Exercise-Induced Vasodilation
5. Lopes-Martins R.A., Marcos R.L., et al, Effect of Low Level Laser on Skeletal Muscle Fatigue Induced by Electrical Stimulation in Rats
6. Abou-Hala A.Z, Barbosa D.G., et al, Effects of the Infrared Lamp Illumination during the Process of Muscle Fatigue in Rats
7. Wong-Riley M.T., Whelan H.T., Effect of 670-nm Light Emitting Diode Light on Neuronal Cultures
8. Buchmann E.V., Dhokalia A., et al, Effect of NASA Light-Emitting Diode Irradiation of Molecular Changes for Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice
9. Savard, G.K., Nielsen B., et al, Muscle Blood Flow is not reduced in Humans during Moderate Exercise and Heat Stress
10. Hannuksela M.L., Ellahham S., Benefits and Risks of Sauna Bathing
11. Rogers S., Reversing the Neuro-degeneration from Ubiquitous Environmental Endocrine Disruptors
12. Alster T.S., Tanzi E.L., Cosmetic Laser Therapy
13. Demura S., Noguchi T., and Matsuzawa J., Effect of Linear Polarized Near-infrared Irradiation on Flexibility of Shoulder and Ankle Joints
14. Christensen S.E., Jørgensen O.L., et al, Characterization of Growth Hormone Release in Response to External Heating

WEB RESOURCES

Influence of water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA) on reduction of local fat and body weight by physical exercise
Möckel F., Hoffmann G., Obermuller R., et al
http://www.egms.de/en/gms/2006-4/000034.shtml
NASA Light Emitting Diode Medical Applications From Deep Space to Deep Sea
Whelan H.T., Buchmann E.V.,Whelan N.T. et al,
http://www.photizo.co.za/pdf/article_nasa.pdf
Effect of low-level laser (Ga-Al-As 655 nm) on skeletal muscle fatigue induced by electrical stimulation in rats
Lopes-Martins R.A., Marcos R.L., Leonardo P.S., et al
http://jap.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/101/1/283
Effects of the Infrared Lamp Illumination during the Process of Muscle Fatigue in Rats
Abou-Hala A.Z, Barbosa D.G., Marcos R.L. et al
http://www.scielo.br/pdf/babt/v50n3/06.pdf
Effect of 670-nm Light Emitting Diode Light on Neuronal Cultures
Wong-Riley M.T., Whelan H.T.,
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20030001600_2002160140.pdf
Characterization of Growth Hormone Release in Response to External Heating
Christensen S.E., Jørgensen O.L., et al
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6507003
Effect of Linear Polarized Near-infrared Irradiation on Flexibility of Shoulder and Ankle Joints
Demura s., Noguchi T., Matsuzawa J.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12391438
Photobiomodulation Directly Benefits Primary Neurons Functionally Inactivated by Toxins
Margaret T. T. Wong-Riley , Huan Ling Liang , et al
http://www.jbc.org/cgi/content/abstract/280/6/4761
Promotion of muscle regeneration in the toad (Bufo viridis) gastrocnemius muscle by low-energy laser irradiation.
Bibikova A, Oron U.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8430907
Effect of NASA Light-Emitting Diode Irradiation of Molecular Changes for Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice
Whelan H.T., Buchmann E.V., Dhokalia A,
http://www.warplighttherapy.com/PDFs/DiabeticMice_JCLMS.pdf
The Use of NASA Light-Emitting Diode Near-Infrared Technology for Biostimulation
Whelan, Harry T.
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=37725&id=1&qs=Ntt%3DThe%252BUse%252Bof%252BNASA%252BLight-Emitting%252BDiode%252BNear-Infrared%252BTechnology%252Bfor%252BBiostimulation%26Ntk%3Dall%26Ntx%3Dmode%2520matchall%26N%3D0%26Ns%3DHarvestDate%257c1
Photomodulation of oxidative metabolism and electron chain enzymes in rat liver mitochondria.
Yu W, Naim JO, McGowan M, Ippolito K, Lanzafame RJ.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9421973?dopt=Abstract
Contribution of the mitochondrial compartment to the optical properties of the rat liver: a theoretical and practical approach.
B Beauvoit, T Kitai, and B Chance
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/pagerender.fcgi?artid=1225636&pageindex=1#page
Measurement of cytochrome oxidase and mitochondrial energetics by near-infrared spectroscopy.
C E Cooper and R Springett (1997)
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1691958&blobtype=pdf
Primary and secondary mechanisms of action of visible to near-IR radiation on cells.
Karu T.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10365442
Expression and regulation of NMDA receptor subunit R1 and neuronal nitric oxide synthase in cortical neuronal cultures: Correlation with cytochrome oxidase
Zhang C.1; Wong-Riley M.1
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/klu/neur/1999/00000028/00000007/00257975;jsessionid=2ldkccgl1fbs6.alice?format=print&crawler=true
Contribution of Endothelium-derived Nitric Oxide to Exercise-Induced Vasodilation
Gilligan D.M., Panza J.M., Kilcoyne C.M., et al
http://www.circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/90/6/2853
Muscle Blood Flow is not reduced in Humans during Moderate Exercise and Heat Stress
Savard, G.K., Nielsen B., Laszcyzynska J., et al
http://jap.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/64/2/649
Benefits and Risks of Sauna Bathing
Hannuksela M.L., Ellahham S.,
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11165553
Reversing the Neuro-degeneration from Ubiquitous Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, a Key to Healing the Patient When Everything Else Has Failed
Rogers S.
http://www.douglaslabs.com/pdf/nutrinews/Detoxification%20III.pdf
Cellulite treatment using a novel combination radiofrequency, infrared light, and mechanical tissue manipulation device
Alster T., Tanzia E.
http://www.syneron.com/assets/downloads/_pdf/Vela_CP_3.pdf
Effect of Linear Polarized Near-infrared Irradiation on Flexibility of Shoulder and Ankle Joints
Demura s., Noguchi T., Matsuzawa J.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12391438
Promotion of muscle regeneration in the toad (Bufo viridis) gastrocnemius muscle by low-energy laser irradiation.
Bibikova A, Oron U.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8430907
Low-level laser therapy accelerates collateral circulation and enhances microcirculation.
Ihsan FR.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15954817
Effects of near-infrared low-level laser irradiation on microcirculation
Maegawa Y., Itoh T., Hosokawa T., et al
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=821243
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