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Detoxification: Near-Infrared Sauna

More than 80,000 chemicals are registered for use today in the United States, with an estimated 2,000 debuting on the market every year. Of these chemicals, many have not been studied for adverse health effects. The human body is often overwhelmed by pollutants and toxins, which are found everywhere from the air we breathe to the water we drink.

When toxins accumulate in our bodies without any effective route of elimination, they get increasingly dangerous and can contribute to cancer. That’s why detoxification is a one of our seven key principles of non-toxic alternative cancer treatment and key to our holistic approach at Hope4Cancer. We employ many therapies for detoxification, including near-infrared sauna.

Near infrared light assists in the excretion of chemical toxins and heavy metals through the sweat glands. It increases oxygenation and strengthens the immune system — while also reducing the radiation burden in the body by removing radioactive particles resident in the tissues. The sauna’s heat penetrates into the body, stimulating the sweating process without the uncomfortable feelings of suffocation common in high-temperature dry and steam-heat saunas.

Furthermore, near-infrared sauna helps your body detox from cancer-causing industrial chemicals. From pesticides and rocket fuel to chemical compounds in cosmetics and deodorant, a person has 700 xenobiotic chemicals in their body on average according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s no wonder that our bodies, having accumulated these dangerous chemicals, need the detoxification benefits of near-infrared sauna.

Near-infrared sauna can also destroy cells that contain radiation, a dangerous problem in our world today. Exposure to even small amounts of radiation over the long term can heighten the risk of cancer. These weaker cells that may contain radiation are safely and easily destroyed with near-infrared sauna.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, designed to help release toxins from the body. But in most people, the skin is inactive, toxic and congested. This impairs the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins through the skin. Near-infrared sauna drives skin rejuvenation and shuttles blood to the skin’s surface, bringing nutrients and oxygen that allows the skin to resume its detoxification function.

Most of us are familiar with hypothermia, which is an abnormally low body temperature. Near-infrared sauna works by inducing hyperthermia, the opposite. This creates a “fever” reaction. The body naturally raises its temperature as a natural defense against infections and toxins. Many people, however, have a low body temperature because their thyroid (which controls body temperature) is functioning improperly — possibly due to heavy metal and chemical toxicity. Hyperthermia, therefore, raises the body temperature, powerfully assisting the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Tumors and mutated cells don’t tolerate heat well, and therefore, raising body temperature hastens their death.

Near-infrared sauna also boosts immunity. By enhancing white blood cell function, exposure to near-infrared light increases immune response and drives the elimination of pathogens and cellular waste. Just a 30-minute near-infrared sauna session causes a temporary three-degree increase in body temperature, an increase that is enough to stimulate white blood cells.

The deep heat from near-infrared sauna reduces pain because it is a proven method in reducing inflammation and increasing circulation. Stimulating the dilation of blood vessels (particularly peripheral blood vessels) improves blood flow deep in muscle tissues, reducing pain in joints and muscles.

Compared to that from other saunas, the heat emitted from a near-infrared sauna is considered to be completely safe and, in addition to all of its benefits, it’s a cooler option. Traditional saunas require high temperatures for profuse sweating, but infrared rays penetrate the skin and heat from the inside, as well as on the skin’s surface. This results in an air temperature that is much cooler, allowing you to stay in much longer and receive the fullest benefits. This is particularly significant for cancer patients or sick individuals who would not be able to tolerate a regular sauna due to intense heat.

In addition to its detoxification support, near-infrared sauna is just one aspect of how we use light energy in our holistic approach at Hope4Cancer. We consider light energy to have healing powers in many significant ways, such as the way we apply light in Hope4Cancer’s Sono-photo Dynamic Therapy where cancer cell-destroying sensitizers are activated by exposure to light waves of specific wavelengths. Want to learn more about how our approach to cancer healing can help you or your loved one? Reach out to our team by calling us at 1-888-544-5993 or 1-619-669-6511 for calls outside of the United States. Our team is here for you or your loved one on the path to recovery.

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13 thoughts on “Detoxification: Near-Infrared Sauna

  1. Is there any way a pt can be treated in the NE US.? For ex the infra red sauna and light wave therapies. Or any of the others? Any near NYC? Pt is weak and limited finances for Cancun as well as too far. What about Dr Kelly’s treatment plan?
    Thank you

    1. This is a very good question. Near infrared radiation falls within the spectrum of natural sunlight, the wavelengths that our bodies absorb and utilize at the tissue and cellular level. That is why, from a perspective of healing energy, near infrared is definitely the way to go. Far infrared energy, on the other hand, is fully absorbed by water. It is very good at inducing sweating to generate a detoxification effect, but it acts at a relatively superficial level. Near infrared is capable of detoxifying by inducing a sweating response. That is why, from a perspective of cancer, near infrared light is the best choice.

      1. I am Tanja from Slovenia, Europe, studying Functional medicine. I am already reffering some cancer patients to your clinic and your new book. I have a question for you. I am building my near infrared sauna and looking for the best bulbs (lamps). I have heard that your near infrared saunas are really very effective. I have searched a lot for the right near infrared lamps with the right wavelenght spectrum. I understand that the peak wavelenght should be 800-850 nm? There are so many companies and bulbs that one company produces, that I am so confused. I don’t know what to buy. Would you be so kind and tell me, which bulbs for your near infrared sauna do you use in your clinic (the company and the exact model of the bulb? I tryed to contact 3 times and no answer from them. I would really appreciate your answer. Thank you and kind regards!

        1. Hello Tanja.
          We are not able to give medical advice directly through our website or social media platforms, but please contact our admissions office at 888-544-5993 or go to and fill out the form and one of our admissions officers can get you a consultation with our doctor.

  2. As a previous patient, now on home therapy, is a hot tub a satisfactory way to raise the body temperature. With 105 degree water, in 30 minutes my body temp raises to 102 and then I must exit, but I do sweat profusely. Is this a reasonable alternative to buying an infra-red sauna?

    1. Hi Harold,
      The answer is no. Being able to raise your body’s internal temperature to 102 degrees is a good accomplishment to achieve a hyperthermic state, which has its own benefits (we would still recommend a proper whole body hyperthermia unit to accomplish the heating more efficiently and for a longer period of time). However, this does not provide the healing light therapy that can be accomplished with near infrared light wavelengths. Here is why:

      Our bodies are designed to respond to light of specific wavelengths. Deep at the molecular levels, we absorb energy in specific wavelengths, that cause important biological pathways to work. The most obvious pathway we all know about is photosynthesis in plants that allows plants to make food from sunlight. But similar to that, there are a lot of wavelengths that are related to healing in many subtle ways. Most of those wavelengths fall in the red and near infra-red region of natural sunlight. Sunlight provides structured energy that molecules need to activate in very specific ways. Heat, on the other hand, is a chaotic form of energy that increases temperature, but does not do what only light wavelengths can successfully do.

  3. What specific sauna (company and model) is used at the hope4cancer clinics?

    Also, are saunas that emit near, mid and far infrared waves (such as Clearlight saunas for example) as good as those that only emit near infrared waves?

    1. We use different types of saunas at Hope4Cancer, however, most of the time people want to know what kind of saunas they can use at home. We work with a website,, that have a couple of good options to choose from.

      Whether to choose near infra-red or far-infra red or a hybrid is a much debated topic. Dr. Jimenez prefers the use of near infra-red, but most devices in the market are of the far infrared variety, which sometimes makes it a bit difficult to choose. Here is a nice blog article that explains the difference (

      Let me also recommend you to an excellent website created by Dr. Rhonda Patrick that scientifically explains the benefits of saunas for a variety of health conditions. I hope this information helps you in making a decision. All the best!

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