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Steam Room Detoxify
with Steam Bathing
Apart from the immune system stimulating effects of sweat therapy, many
tout it as one of the most effective and painless steam room detox treatments available.
"The only detoxification program that has proven successful in removing fat stored
toxins from the body is hyperthermia, or heat stress detoxification", according to
Zane Gard, M.D., and Erma Brown, P.H.N. "Heat stress," says Dr. Gard, "can
also remove calcium deposits from the blood vessels and break down scar tissue from their
walls." Other studies demonstrate that hyperthermia can remove chemicals such as DDE
(a metabolite of DDT) PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyl), and dioxin from fat cells.
Literature Review and Comparison Studies of Sauna/Hyperthermia in Detoxification."
Townsend Letter for Doctors 107 (June, 1992): 470-478
In a steam bath, the natural cooling process through perspiration is eliminated and
therefore allows little or no loss of the valuable body heat necessary for effective
detoxification or immune-boosting therapies. Unlike a dry sauna, steam does not dehydrate
the skin nor allow toxin-filled perspiration to dry prior to rinsing. In a study published
in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, Haemodynamic and Hormonal Responses to Heat
Exposure in a Finnish Sauna Bath, dry heat was unable to elevate the body temperature to
the desired level whereas steam accomplished the 101 to 103 F body core temperature
quickly and efficiently in 10-15 minutes. Dry vs. Steam.
Dr. Veronica Butler, medical co-director at The Raj, a health center based on principles
of Ayurveda, recommends herbalized steam baths, called swedenas, to clients as part of the
ancient Ayurvedic purification treatment,known as panchakarma.
Heat speeds up the chemical processes in the body, making steam bathing one of the
simplest and most comfortable ways to rid the body of accumulated toxins. As the pores
open up and millions of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic
and other waste products. Sweat contains almost the same elements as urine, and for this
reason, the skin is sometimes called the third kidney. It is estimated that as much as 30
% of bodily wastes are eliminated by way of perspiration.
However, more than common metabolic waste products are secreted through the skin. Natural
health practitioners often notice that when heavy smokers get a steam bath or a body wrap
(where the body 'simmers' for up to 45 min. under hot covers), they will leave a yellow
residue of the towels. Reino Tarkianinen, President of Finlandia Sauna, reports that when
the company replaces sauna benches from public baths, a thick, black layer of accumulated
tar can be found underneath the benches.
In Finland, research is being done on the use of sweat therapy in the treatment of people
who are chemically affected. The purifying effects of perspiration could also be behind
claims that steam treatments can help cure or control such ailments as acne and arthritis.
Last but not least, steam bathing produces powerful therapeutic effects simply by
increasing circulation. As the carrier of the re-building forces of the nutrients to all
parts of the body, the bloodstream plays a crucial role in the maintenance of health.
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