Infrared Saunas Play Role in Preventing, Assisting Cancer Recovery

Using heat to treat illness is not new. Over 2,000 years ago, the famous Greek physician Parmenides said, “Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease.”

by Lori Durr, Owner, Sundara Sanctuary

Infrared sauna therapy for cancer patients offers a combination of healing mechanisms that act simultaneously and synergistically. Infrared saunas heat the body and cause an artificial fever; it has been recorded that cancer patients who developed a fever sometimes went into remission. Below is a short list of the many benefits of infrared sauna.


Eliminates toxins: 

Without efficient circulation, not only do health-promoting nutrients and oxygen not get into cells, but waste materials cannot get out. Infrared saunas help remove hundreds of toxins such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cyanide; can also help remove nicotine and certain industrial compounds (like phthalates).

Improves the immune system: 

Conventional cancer treatments often suppress immune function; using a infrared sauna can boost your immune system. In the infrared sauna, your core temperature increases, and your body produces white blood cells to compensate for the “mini fever.” With regular use, your white blood cell count can increase.

Improves blood flow: 

Cancer cells grow and reproduce better in low-oxygen environments. Infrared sauna therapy allows for greater absorption of nutrients and oxygen in the area and organs affected by cancer, making the cancer cells more labile to treatments.

Decreases stress levels: 

It is well known that negative feelings can adversely affect your immune system and promote development of disease. Cancer is linked to stress and depression. Infrared sauna use reduces the body’s level of cortisol (the primary stress hormone). Regular use can relieve anxiety problems and sleep-related issues.

Promotes weight loss: According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, obesity is a known risk factor, not only for cancer, but for cancer death. Cancer is known to hang out in fatty tissue and is hard to metabolize out. Infrared saunas have been clinically shown to help burn fat and dramatically aid in weight loss.