The evolution and benefits of modern heat
Ancient Greece to Japanese and European
also known as heat therapy or thermal therapy,
proven to combat and eliminate disease, dates
back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks, Romans
and Egyptians, as well as to ancient
civilizations in India, China and Scandinavia.
Heat therapy has evolved in leaps and bounds
since those ancient times. Originally hot
water, steam, heated blades and toxins were
used. Modern hyperthermia now uses directed
far infrared (FIR) heat. Far Infrared medical
device produce heat energy, which is radiated
directly to the body from a very close
distance between the unit and the body area
being targeted - far infrared loses intensity
the farther away it is from the body. Far
Infrared heat travels in a straight line and
generally penetrates to a depth of 2-2 1/2
inches and is an absolutely safe and natural
therapy with no side effects.
Although it has been known for many centuries
that heat helps the body combat and eliminate
illness and disease - including malignant cell
activity - unfortunately, the enthusiasm of
modern American cancer research for this
natural healing modality has been lukewarm and
sporadic until recently. It has been the
alternative health community and innovative
hyperthermic oncologists that have kept the
access open for patients worldwide
particularly in countries such as Europe
(Germany), and Asia (Japan).
It is estimated that 1 in 3 people
will be diagnosed with cancer.
Hyperthermia is often
combined with conventional protocols to
target cancer - sarcomas, skin tumors and
carcinomas of the breasts, prostate,
ovaries, lung, stomach and skin. The
temperature of the cancer tissue is
elevated by far infrared heat energy -
approximately 107 to 113 degree range - to
weaken malignant cells.
The term hyperthermia is a
combination of two Greek words: hyper (rise)
and therme (heat) and refers to the increasing
of body temperature or selected tissues in
order to achieve a precise therapeutic effect.
Heat Therapy in the Ancient Times.
The use of high temperature as a healing
protocol for various diseases was common in
various cultures since ancient times.
Primarily, the heat had sacral meaning and was
associated with the healing power of the Sun.
Therefore, it was used for the therapy of
locally affected human body parts or the whole
organism. For that purpose, hot water and sand
(mud baths) from natural thermal springs, and
hot air and steam occurring in volcanic caves
The first known use of heat therapy was
carried out by an Egyptian aruspice named Imhotep
(2655 – 2600 B.C.). The Edwin Smith
Papyrus from about 1700 B.C., which is
probably a copy of a thousand year old text,
reports that the ancient Egyptians used the
so-called "fire drills" (hot blades and
sticks) for breast cancer. These protocols
involved the burning of cancerous cells and
had nothing to do with elevated body
temperature. It is worth noting that the local
and systemic hyperthermic methods were also
very popular in ancient China and India.
In ancient Greece and Rome many physicians
shared the opinion that knowledge how to
control human body temperature will allow them
to cure all diseases, including cancer, whose
pathology was well known and described in
those days. For example, the Greek philosopher
Parmenides (ca. 540 – ca. 470 B.C.) was
deeply convinced of the effectiveness of
hyperthermia as evidenced by the words: “Give me the power to
produce fever and I will cure all
This view was shared by Hippocrates (460 –
370 B.C.), a Greek philosopher and
scientist who is considered the “father of
medicine”. He claimed that the disease must be
incurable if it can not be cured by using
heat. Moreover, Hippocrates successfully used
heat to target breast tumors. His medical
practice was based on the philosophy of
ancient Greece, which attributed the fire to
the highest level of intelligence and freedom.
Heat therapy was recommended after
unsuccessful trials of invasive procedures and
when known drugs and other methods failed.
This conviction is well illustrated by the
words of Hippocrates: "What
medicines to not heal, the lance will;
what the lance does not heal, fire will".
Belief in the curative effect of fever was
also shared by Celsus (ca. 25 B.C. - 45
A.D.), a Roman author of the first
systematic treatise on medicine "De Medicina"
and Rufus of Ephesus, a Greek
physician who lived at the turn of the 1st and
2nd century. Celsus described the hot baths as
a tool in the treatment of various diseases.
In the 19th century
German physicians observed regression of
sarcoma in patients who suffered prolonged
high fevers due to infectious disease. In
NY, William Coley, a famous
oncologist at the time, used immunotherapy
toxins produced by a German pharmaceutical
company, known as Coley's toxins, to induce
fever (hyperthermia), and in multiple
documented cases, successfully attack many
types of cancer, from 1893 thru 1963. He
thus showed again what has been recognized
for centuries, that elevated body
temperature for 30 minutes to several hours,
may be used as a therapy for cancer and
other diseases. It must be noted that for
various reasons, including the development
of radiation and chemotherapy at this time,
the conventional medical establishment were
extremely critical and in fierce opposition.
William Coley Review, Post Graduate
In the 1960's,
some researchers confirmed that cancer cells
are more vulnerable to heat than their
normal counterparts. In the U.S. the
hegemony of the three official modalities -
surgery, radiation and chemotherapy - lasted
until the 70's, when hyperthermia was taken
off the ACS blacklist (Unproven Therapies
List). In the late 70's and early 80's
several trials showed that hyperthermia
combined with radiation produced superior
results over radiation alone.
- Source: AGH University of
Science and Technology.
BC until today - Essential
Facts on the History of Hyperthermia pdf
enjoying natural hot spring hyperthermia
in Jigokudani, Japan - enjoyed by humans
since ancient times.
Japan, China and Germany:
Japanese and Chinese researchers have both
conducted extensive work in the far infrared
field over the past 30 years. The research on
hyperthermia in Japan was begun by the
Hyperthermia Study Group in 1978. In 1984, the
Japanese Society of Hyperthermic Oncology
(JSHO) was established.
"Compared to other countries, Japan has the
highest number of hyperthermia equipment
installed, and the most doctors involved in
hyperthermia therapy. The main reasons for the
advanced state of hyperthermia research in
Japan include the development of excellent
heating equipment, high membership in JSHO,
grant-in-aid by the Japanese government, and
coverage by insurance for this form of
therapy." - PubMed 8876910
German physicians and hperthermic oncologists
have been recommending and using whole-body
hyperthermia therapy for over 70 years with
well established clinics now attracting
patients and celebrities (Farrah Fawcett
documented her own journey), from all over the
The benefits of hypertherapy
are extensive and impressive. Research
from Sweden, Finland, Japan, China, and
Germany lists numerous conditions that can be
successfully addressed. This list includes,
but is not limited to: arthritis, acne,
cancer, soft-tissue injury, menstrual pain,
eczema, upper respiratory infections, wound
healing, broken bones, Bell's palsy,
neuro-dermatitis, GI problems, cardiovascular
diseases, hypertension and ear, nose and
throat disorders such as sore throat, chronic
middle ear inflammation and infection.
Today - Whole body hyperthermia is
constantly being researched and updated whilst
being used all over the world to combat
cancer, most notably by hyperthermic oncology
institutes and clinics in Germany. Published
data worldwide has proven remarkable results
and is indeed changing lives.
The USA continues to lag
behind, regarding it as experimental, and a
threat to the highly profitable and
conventional protocols of prescribed synthetic
drug cocktails coupled with chemotherapy
success with hyperthermia treatment of
cancer tumors is very exciting:
1) Klinic St. Georg in Germany - www.klinik-st-georg.de/e/therapies/hyperthermia/index.html -
uses hyperthermic oncology to increase the
permeability and receptivity of tumor cells to
chemotherapy. Hyperthermia therapy is a very
gentle but nevertheless very effective
protocol and is one of the basic elements of
the integrated cancer therapy concept of
Klinic St. Georg. During hyperthermia therapy,
tumerous tissue is heated using different
As a result:
- The cancer cells are damaged and weakened.
- The body's own immunological defense
mechanisms are supported.
Hyperthermia is applied alone, or recommended
by Western oncologists to be used in in
combination with radiation or chemotherapy.
Hyperthermia is also used successfully in the
aftercare for secondary cancer prevention.
Metastasis and tumors that are inoperable or
resistant to other protocols can be influenced
favorably by Hyperthermia.
World famous Klinic
Bad Ailing, Germany.
2) Several private clinics in
Germany offer heat therapy for cancer,
including the Hyperthermia Center in Hanover
who write the following:
"During whole-body hyperthermia, the whole
body - with the exception of the head - is
overheated. In our practice we use water
filtered infrared lamps with a high
atmospheric humidity to generate heat. The
body reaches temperatures of between 39.5C and
Our patients experience whole-body
hyperthermia in a particularly beneficial,
integrated and healing environment. After a
preparation period of approximately half an
hour, the actual fever therapies begins,
lasting for around two and a half hours. The
patients receive comprehensive care, with
monitoring of their body functions, throughout
the procedure . Strengthening Ayurvedic teas
and fortifying natural beverage are available.
The subdued lighting, relaxing music and soft
color hues of the new practice rooms have a
soothing effect on mind and body.
After the healing phase, the patients enjoy a
period of rest in this environment, during
which their fever abates. They receive oxygen
for stabilisation, and can recuperate through
meditation. The practice team takes care of
the patient's well-being throughout the entire
time - and afterwards too, as telephone
support is provided for all queries relating
In our experience, whole-body hyperthermia is
particularly effective for inoperable tumors
and metastases, and for frequently recurring
tumor types. However, it is also used for
limited tumor onsets. We have successfully
used whole-body hyperthermia in our practice
for mamma carcinomas, sarcomas, skin tumors,
melanomas, bone metastases as well as
carcinomas of the lung, the stomach, pancreas,
the gallbladder and kidneys."
3) Prostate Cancer - In May
2000 a German researcher reported that an
experimental technique was used on 440
patients using "a probe inserted into the
rectum so cancer cells in the nearby prostate
gland may be heated and killed with
The report goes on to say "A recent study
showed nearly 80% of the 440 men treated had a
cancer-free follow-up test, or biopsy. Nearly
all had a clear biopsy after a second
treatment of high intensity focused
ultrasound, or HIFU." - Source:
Armstrong beat testicular cancer.
"Applying heat might make other cancers
as easy to eliminate as testicular
cancer, which is foiled by body
temperature." - www.sciencenews.org
4) Hyperthermic Oncology in
Europe - For nearly three decades,
oncologists in Europe have gathered together
to discuss the use of hyperthermia to
address cancer, as well as actually
implementing it. The two most prominent
groups being The International Clinical
Hyperthermia Society and The European
Society for Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO).
"The object of the European Society for
Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO) is to promote
for the public benefit, fundamental and
applied research in physics, engineering,
biological and clinical sciences relating to
the use of hyperthermia in cancer therapy.
Moreover, the society wants to facilitate
integration and exchange of information
between different disciplines in the study
of the biological effects of heat in the
treatment of cancer either alone or combined
with other cancer treatment modalities.
The European Society for Hyperthermic
Oncology was established in 1987 in England.
In 1992, the registered office of the
Society was transferred to The Netherlands.
Board Members: G.C. van Rhoon (The
Netherlands), M.R. Horsman (Denmark), GJ.
van Tienhoven (The Netherlands), O.J. Ott
(Germany), T.L.M. ten Hagen (The
Netherlands), V. Kouloulias (Greece), S.
Dall'Oglio (Italy), L.H. Lindner (Germany),
M. Persson (Sweden)." -
Extract from the
ESHO invitation to 28th annual meeting in
Munich, Germany, 2013:
"Over the last years, the field of clinical
Hyperthermia has become increasingly
dynamic. Results of phase II and III studies
as well as new findings in basic research
have firmly established Hyperthermia as a
protocol option in conjunction with standard
regimens in the field of oncology." - Conference
held at The Klinikum Großhadern of
the Ludwig Maximilians University of
Munich who have been using
hyperthermia cancer therapy since 1986.
of Hyperthermia - 1985 to present day.
it is the most important periodical
devoted to hyperthermic oncology.
5) Hyperthermia Journal.
International Journal of Hyperthermia is
the official journal of the Society
for Thermal Medicine, the European Society
for Hyperthermic Oncology, and the Japanese
Society for Thermal Medicine.
therapy expands hyperthermia by also
using a modulated electrical field. This has become one of
the leading hyperthermia based therapies
developed in Germany, stems from
Hyperthermia. Oncothermia is a Hungarian
invention from 1988, connected to the
bioelectric ideas of a Hungarian Nobel
Laureate for discovery of Vitamin C, Albert
Szentgyorgyi. German, Hungarian and Japanese
scientists and engineers have partnered up
together conducting ongoing research and
development, distributing this method
worldwide. Known as the Oncotherm Group,
they hold International symposiums in Europe
and have multiple publications available for
Heat Therapy Clinical
'"In trials reported in the May 2005 Journal
of Clinical Oncology, Theodore De Weese, a
radiation oncologist at Johns Hopkins
University, showed that heat therapy could
amplify radiation's effects. The scientists
recruited 109 cancer patients with
superficial tumors, such as those in the
skin of the head, neck, or breast. Half the
patients received radiation alone, and the
other half received radiation plus two
weekly sessions of hyperthermia.
months, the researchers found that about
two-thirds of the patients in the hyperthermia
group showed no lingering signs of their
cancer. In contrast, only 42 percent of
patients receiving just radiation had that
has numerous medical citations on
hyperthermia from all over the world. Here
is just one from The Netherlands in 2002:
Therapy in the USA - The American
Cancer Society, Stanford, The National
If you research hyperthermic oncology on the
internet, more and more information is being
made available. American medicine is finally
taking a look at this ancient healing protocol
and using it alongside chemo and radiation.
Whilst their chosen methods may seem crude,
cause side effects, and are expensive and
experimental, the use of hyperthermia in the
USA is now underway with even the American
Cancer Society discussing hyperthermia and
posting articles on their website: www.cancer.org/search/index?QueryText=hyperthermia&Page=1
There are varied methods used to create Hyperthermia,
many of them are crude:
American Cancer Society:
a) Thin heated wire probes, hollow tubes
filled with warm water, or implanted microwave
antennae and radio frequency electrodes.
b) Magnets and devices that produce high
energy are placed over the region to be
c) Some of the patient's blood is removed,
heated, and then pumped into the region to be
heated. The process is known as perfusion.
d) Hot wax.
Source: Stanford Cancer Institute,
Other hyperthermia methods include: "Whole-body
heating is being studied as a way to make
chemotherapy more effective in treating cancer
that has spread. It can be done using warm-water
blankets, inductive coils (like those in
electric blankets), or thermal chambers (similar
to large incubators)." -
The Food and Drug Administration
approved a microwave hyperthermia unit made in
Utah, USA (BSD 500 and BSD 2000), to be used
specifically for cancer management, required
to be used in tandem with radiation or chemo.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
website, cites the following:
1) Hyperthermia is a type of cancer treatment
in which body tissue is exposed to high
temperatures (up to 113°F) to damage and kill
2) Hyperthermia is almost always used with
other forms of cancer therapy, such as
radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
3) Several methods of hyperthermia are
currently under study, including local,
regional, and whole-body hyperthermia.
4) Many clinical trials (research studies) are
being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness
The NCI goes on to explain different methods
of hyperthermia using instruments such as
probes, needles, thermal chambers or hot water
blankets. The NCI is U.S. government’s
principal agency for cancer research.
Read the NCI Hyperthermia FACT SHEET.
an ancient health protocol, is considered
today as a revolutionary technology,
changing the face of conventional Western
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infrared units may be
found across Asia, the Pacific, Europe and
North America in the form of lamps or
sauna units. Traditional saunas still
generate ' wet' heat but have incorporated
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whilst a few units use precious stones
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pure far infrared 'dry' heat, generated
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Far Infrared heat does not burn the body
(as regular heat does), and does not cause
any recognized side effects when used by
itself. Far Infrared ray are measured in
microns, the most beneficial being between
Hyperthermia is an intergrative therapy
with other alternative and conventional
procedures and protocols. It is always
advisable to confer with a professional
medical specialist for guidance.
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