Hyperthermia - Therapeutic Heating
Whole-body hyperthermia - therapeutic heating - is one of the oldest traditional principles of healing.
Whole-body hyperthermia is a supportive therapy that can be combined with other therapies to relieve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, aches and pains, skin disorders and inflammation associated with other chronic conditions.
It induces sustained muscle relaxation even in the deeper, more inaccessible muscle layers.
I will heal all diseases if only I could induce fever.
- Parmenides, ca. 540-480 B.C.
Fever is a healing mechanism of the organism against disease, it purifies the body like fire.
- Heraclitus, ca. 535 –475 B.C.
What herbs do not heal, is healed by steel, what steel does not heal, is healed by fire, what fire does not heal, must be seen as incurable.
- Hippocrates, 460-377 B.C.
Body temperature plays a crucial role in the regulation of the immune system.
A healthy organism reacts to the threat of illness with regulated increases in temperature, progressing in acute cases to a fever which can trigger an enhanced immune response.
Similarly, an artificially induced increase in body temperature can result in a sustained stimulation of otherwise inhibited powers of self-healing, especially in chronic conditions.
This system is intended to be used to produce and control the delivery of mild heat, ie elevation of body temperature up to 40.5°C. The system uses water-filtered infra-red radiation to induce mild to moderate (or fever range) whole-body hyperthermia for immune modulation as adjunctive therapy. The system comprises a canopy containing the heating lamps and a control unit to regulate and record the delivery of heat.
What happens during a hyperthermia session? Have a look at this video:
Further Information About Hyperthermia
The heat source:
Nature provided the inspiration for the HT-3000: The hydrosun® irradiators have a patented, sealed liquid filter that enables them to replicate the combination of the sun and the moisture in the Earth‘s atmosphere. A water filter absorbs infra-red light of those wavelengths that would otherwise present a thermal burden to the skin.
An important feature of water filtered infra-red-A (wIRA) is its ability to penetrate into deeper-lying tissues while at the same time being gentle to the skin, thus allowing the application of wIRA at higher intensities resulting in increased effectiveness. The rise in the bodies core temperature is correspondingly rapid and well tolerated. In the leg and foot regions, further infrared emitters create a comfortable temperature in the interior of the tent so that heat loss is minimised.
The hyperthermia treatment consists of two phases:
The patient lies recumbent with his/her head positioned either inside or outside the tent. The wIRA irradiators are arranged above the exposed upper part of the body. The patient lies on the comfortable mattress of an adjustable hospital bed.
Heat Retention Phase:
The patient lies wrapped in the walls of the tent. The temperature generally still increases by a few tenths of a degree and can be maintained at this plateau level for as long as required. The electrically adjustable treatment bed allows the patient’s position to be altered according to his/her wishes and needs – from a horizontal position with the patient lying on the back or side to an upright seated position. In this way, comfortable positioning can be ensured even during a treatment lasting several hours. Using the electrically powered heckel-Lift 3000, the irradiator can be raised high above the bed improving the patient comfort.
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Dr Greg Schwarz
Nutritional Medicine and Environmental Medicine Practitioner
Dr Greg Schwarz is a medical practitioner with a special interest in nutritional medicine, holistic therapies for complex, chronic medical problems, support for patients with cancer, autoimmune conditions, inflammatory conditions, fatigue including ME/CFS/fibromyalgia, nutritional brain health, gastro-intestinal conditions, allergies and food intolerances, recurrent and chronic infections, and general preventative health.
Dr Schwarz has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Tasmania, a Master of Science (Environmental Management), University of Tasmania and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (FACNEM).