The evolution and benefits of modern heat
Ancient Greece to Japanese and European
Hyperthermia, 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).
cancer statistics. It is
that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed
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 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
for cancer tumors.
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
- The body's own immunological defense
mechanisms are supported.
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
Klinic St. Georg,
Bad Ailing, Germany.
private clinics in Germany offer
heat therapy for cancer, including the
Hyperthermia Center in Hanover who
write the following:
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
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 to hyperthermia.
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
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 ultrasound".
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." -
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
The European Society for Hyperthermic
Oncology was established in 1987 in
England. In 1992, the registered office
of the Society was transferred to The
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)."
from the ESHO invitation to
28th annual meeting in Munich,
"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
Journal of Hyperthermia - 1985 to
it is the most important periodical
devoted to hyperthermic oncology.
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 in Europe.
Oncothermia 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 personal
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
After several 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
numerous medical citations on
hyperthermia from all over the world.
Here is just one from The Netherlands
back in 2002:
in the USA
The American Cancer Society, Stanford,
The National Cancer Institute:
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:
a) Thin heated wire probes, hollow
tubes filled with warm water, or implanted
microwave antennae and radio frequency
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
d) Hot wax.
Stanford Cancer Institute, USA.
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)." - www.cancer.org
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.
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 cancer cells.
Hyperthermia is almost always used with
other forms of cancer therapy, such as
radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
methods of hyperthermia are currently
under study, including local, regional,
and whole-body hyperthermia.
clinical trials (research studies) are
being conducted to evaluate the
effectiveness of hyperthermia.
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.
although an ancient health protocol, is
considered today as a revolutionary
technology, changing the face of
conventional Western modalities.
Japanese and German
Far Infrared Heat Therapy
Now Available For Everyone Worldwide.
Infrared Units are available
across Asia, the Pacific, Europe and
North America in the form of lamps or
sauna units. Traditional sauna units still
generate ' wet' heat but have
incorporated far infrared ceramic plates
or metal rods, whilst a few units use
precious stones such as amethyst or
jade, whilst the
Japanese dome unit
uses pure far infrared 'dry' heat
generated via silicone crystal chips.
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 7-11 microns.
Hyperthermia is an intergrative
therapy with other alternative and
conventional procedures and protocols.
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