Single near infrared heat lamps are a simple and inexpensive, yet incredibly effective treatment for pain, muscle strains, rashes, acne and infections, including hard to reach infections of the nose, ears and sinuses.
What are Infrared Heat Lamps?
Infrared heat lamps are red-colored near infrared bulbs that are sold as “heat lamps.” The bulbs emit near and middle infrared rays. The near infrared rays penetrate 3 inches (7.6 cm), some say as much as 9 inches (22.8cm) inside your body.
This is what sets infrared bulbs apart from other healing modalities. The rays penetrate inside your body to kill infection and heal tissues. They heat you up from the inside out, providing countless health benefits.
A single bulb can be used to focus penetrating healing rays on a specific body part, injury or infection. Many viruses, bacteria, candida and parasites and cancer cells have poor tolerance to heat compared to normal healthy body cells and are easily killed with near infrared saunas. Learn more in my article Near Infrared Saunas Kill Cancer.
A single near infrared bulb can be a good alternative if you cannot tolerate heat or do not have access to a full infrared sauna. While some people like the intense heat of a full infrared sauna, some are not able to do infrared sauna sessions for various health reasons or because they have histamine intolerance and heat exacerbates these issues.
If you cannot afford a full infrared sauna or do not have access to one at a spa, you can still enjoy the benefits of near infrared healing with a single infrared bulb, also known as heat lamps.
Note, however, that do have maximum detox impact, you must sit in a full sauna and SWEAT. While a single infrared sauna bulb cannot replace or has near as many detox benefits as a full walk-in sauna, it still packs a punch!
A single infrared heat lamp directed at an area of the body provides excellent and often surprising benefits. The heat and other frequencies near infrared heat lamps emit improve circulation, hydration and oxygenation. A single red infrared heat lamp directed at an area of the body provides the following excellent benefits:
- Improved circulation
- Deep penetration, up to several inches inside the body
- Facilitates toxin release
- Regenerates healing and recovery post workout
- Improved oxygenation and hydration of the tissues.
- Kills infections like fungus, candida and parasites
- Kills viruses that cause flu, colds, etc
- Faster tissue and wound healing
- Calms the nervous system
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Heal Health Conditions
A single infrared heat lamp can benefit countless health conditions. Many clients report to me how an infection or deep wound healed quickly, how they stopped a recurring sinus or bladder infection dead in its tracks, rapidly killed nail fungus or soothed a pulled muscle. One can safely shine the lamp on any area of the body in need of healing.
Conditions that benefit, often after just a few treatments, include infections, wound healing, joint pain, muscle strains, skin rashes, acne, boils, toothaches and conditions of the eyes, nose, ears and sinuses and countless others.
Pain. Neck, shoulder, elbow, knee and back pain respond well to the soothing heat of an infrared lamp. The penetrating heat promotes healing and rejuvenation. The frequencies of the light speed healing and recovery.
Infections. The infrared lamp can kill infections that are resistant to antibiotics. One client had a sinus infection that did not respond to antibiotics or to natural healing methods. She had a fever and constant headaches every evening. By shining an infrared lamp on the sinuses for 10 minutes at a time, six times a day, relief occurred in two days with complete elimination of all symptoms in five days.
For a general infection treatment that can be surprisingly effective, shine the red lamp at the thymus gland, moving the body or the lamp as close as possible without causing a burn. The thymus gland, located at the level of the breast bone, is a lymph organ that produces T cells for the immune system. Shine the lamp at the level of the breastbone for about 15-20 minutes. This treatment can be repeated three or four times daily for a severe infection.
Eye, ear, sinus and tooth infections. The single lamp can be very helpful for infections and other conditions involving these hard to reach areas. These dark, damp areas are ripe breeding grounds for bacteria. Many people are unaware that they have low level chronic infections in their ears, mouth and sinuses. The heat of an infrared heat lamp kills pathogens in these areas and can reduce or eliminate the need for antibiotics.
Bladder and Vaginal Infections. Many bladder and vaginal infections can become recurring and resistant to treatment with antibiotics and antifungals. A single infrared bulb can penetrate the tissues of these areas, killing pathogens that have become difficult to treat with traditional methods.
Nail fungus. Toenail fungus is very resistant to conventional treatment. Daily infrared heat lamp therapy can kill nail fungus or keep it under control. I had one client whose toenail fungus improved markedly after only a few treatments.
Young children. For a baby or infant, one can shine the lamp on the abdomen for about ten minutes, preferably while the baby is lying comfortably in your lap. Use caution and keep the lamp at least 1.5-2 feet from the baby. This can help colic, constipation, anxiety, irritability and other problems. Do not shine the light near a baby’s eyes or head.
For older children. Skin rashes, blemishes, and other skin conditions may respond. Teenage or adult acne often responds beautifully in a few days with just one or two treatments.
Pets. Heat lamps can also be used on pets, horses and other animals.
Full Infrared Saunas Vs. Single Lamps
A full infrared sauna that heats up the entire body and promotes sweating with 3-4 bulbs. This is a recommended protocol for a Mineral Power program to detox the body of heavy metals and hundreds of chemicals. But some people cannot do a full sauna for various reasons, making a single infrared heat lamp a sensible option. In these situations, the use of a single reddish heat lamp can be wonderful and even lifesaving.
These situations include:
- Pregnancy. Pregnant women cannot heat up a fetus. Fetuses do not have a mechanism to cool themselves. I do not recommend full sauna therapy for pregnant women, but a single bulb is perfect.
- Children. Children under 5 years of age cannot regulate their body temperature and should not go in a full sauna.
- Cost. A full sauna costs at least $350 dollars and even run into the thousands of dollars. I sell a full sauna for $350 in the Live to 110 Store, but this can be out of reach for some. A single bulb lamp with a fixture costs $49 or even less.
- Hard to reach areas. A single bulb can shine light on areas of the body that are hard to reach with the fixed lamps in a full sauna.
- Illness. If one is too ill to use a full sauna, a single bulb is a great alternative.
- Heat sensitivity. If one is sensitive to heat, a single bulb can provide soothing therapy without heating the entire body.
How to Use your Lamp
Clamp the socket to a chair, shelf, headboard of a bed, or other convenient location where you can move your body close to the lamp.
Always set a timer for your session. Infrared lights can induce deep relaxation and you could fall asleep under the light and over treat yourself.
Sit about 12″ to 24″ from the lamp. Move the lamp or your body slightly during the lamp session to avoid burning yourself. Allow the area to become as hot as one can comfortably tolerate. If the lamp is fixed, move the body slightly. Keeping the lamp on one spot for more than a few minutes causes a slight reddening of the skin that is not harmful and will go away.
Use the infrared bulb five to sixty minutes per session. You can use it one to six times per day (for acute issues). If you are using it on your head (ears, sinuses, etc.), use it no more than 10 minutes at a time.
- Do not use the lamp on any area of the head for more than 5-10 minutes in one session. The brain should not be heated, though short bouts of infrared therapy are okay.
- If using on the head, sessions should be at least two hours apart.
- Always close your eyes and don’t look at the bulb if you shine it at your head area.
- Do not keep the lamp on one spot if you feel a burning sensation.
- A timer is a good idea when using the lamp so that you do not overheat yourself.
- Avoid using the lamp on an injury for the first 24 hours. The lamp might increase inflammation. Following this 24-hour period, the lamp is excellent for most injuries.
- Heating one spot on the body too long could cause a burn. It is recommended to move the lamp or your body around during a session to avoid heating the same spot too long.
- Do not apply essential oils, lotion or cream to your skin before using the heat lamp. Oils can heat up and cause a burn.
- Do not touch an infrared lamp when hot.
- Treat the lamp gently. Do not screw the lamp in too tightly as the bulbs can be quite fragile and can burst.
- Infrared lamp therapy may be contraindicated for rosacea as this condition can be exacerbated by heat.
- Infrared lamp therapy is contraindicated for some skin cancers, which may become aggravated by the light.
- If the lamp is too hot be sure to move it away from your body so you don’t get burned.
- You will not get a tan from this lamp.
The Right Bulbs
The infrared heat lamp you want is a 250-watt, red bulb that is sold at hardware stores as a “heat lamp.” Avoid clear or halogen bulbs. Heat lamp bulbs are manufactured by Triangle, Sylvania, Philips, Havel-Sli, Westinghouse, General Electric.
The bulb need not be pure red – the color varies from a yellowish to a deeper red color. These bulbs are often sold for use in chicken coops, in restaurants to keep food warm or in ceiling heating units in bathrooms.
You will also need to purchase a clamp-on lamp socket and fixture rated for at least a 250-watt light bulb. They usually come with a guard to prevent touching the bulb.
Purchase a Single Bulb Infrared Heat Lamp
In US: You can purchase a single infrared bulb on Amazon.com.
In Europe: Purchase an infrared bulb in Europe (220 volts) on Amazon.com
In Australia: Lightonline.com.au for a heat lamp (220 volts). I’ve also seen them as 275 watt heat lamp bulbs on http://www.ebay.com.au
Learn More about Infrared Saunas
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1. Wilson, Lawrence, MD. Sauna Therapy. L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc. Third edition, 2011.
2. Wilson, Lawrence, MD. Single Red Heat Lamp Therapy.
March 2014. http://drlwilson.com/articles/HEAT%20LAMP.htm