May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and with more than 30,000 Americans contracting this disease each year, we at Sunlighten have a deep understanding of its devastating effects. In our work with those with Lyme disease, we have discovered that adding infrared sauna therapy to their treatment regimen helps in a variety of ways.
Lyme disease – caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi – is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged or deer ticks, and can have lifelong debilitating effects such as arthritis, fatigue and even neurological deficits. Sweating in the infrared sauna flushes fat-soluble toxins (including heavy metals) out of the body via the skin. This sauna detoxification, which occurs at the lower heat available in an infrared sauna assists the immune system and the healing process while increasing circulation, invigorating the body and allowing the medication to reach all parts of the body in a more efficient manner. Infrared sauna therapy also relaxes the muscles and joints, providing much needed pain relief in addition to sauna detox.
According to Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN, Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases, LLC in Providence, RI, people with Lyme disease frequently have difficulty with one or more of the detoxification pathways in the body. Fortunately, far infrared saunas work to facilitate the body’s detoxification, helping the cells in your body release heavy metals and chemicals through your skin.
But that’s not all Sunlighten Saunas can do.
“Heavy metals and chemicals deplete your immune system, which makes it a perfect breeding ground for infections,” said Zaken. “Another way that far infrared saunas work is by raising your core body temperature, which, in turn helps kill bacteria and viruses that may be living in your body.”
Zaken should know. In addition to helping heal others, she also suffers from Lyme disease.
“Far infrared saunas are also useful in facilitating detoxification from mold biotoxin illness. I purchased a Sunlighten far infrared sauna years ago when I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease. Today, I am well, and continue to use it in my good health to help to keep me healthy. I especially recommend it to my patients during the recovery stages of their disease, to assist them in maintaining their health, and during remission from Lyme disease,*” said Zaken.
Some researchers and health care providers feel that near infrared therapy is better suited to treat Lyme disease symptoms; others prefer the effects of far infrared heat. With Sunlighten’s exclusive custom full spectrum infrared sauna, the mPulse, Lyme disease sufferers can set up a regimen to take advantage of BOTH near infrared AND far infrared sauna detox in the same unit. Contact one of our representatives via Live Chat or 877-292-0020 to learn more about the benefits of our full spectrum sauna offering.
It is important to have the guidance of a doctor who is familiar with Lyme disease. To find a doctor in your area that is “Lyme literate,” call the Lyme Disease Association’s toll free information line at 888-366-6611 or check out their website at www.lymediseaseassociation.org. Another good site for Lyme info is the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society at www.ilads.org.
*Note: Zaken does not recommend using far infrared sauna treatment during a herxheimer reaction or while actively treating parasitic infections.