Well, not exactly. But..
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is usually the result of many factors, including diet, inactivity, genetics, weight, stress level, alcohol consumption, smoking, overall health, and more. High blood pressure occurs because the arteries become narrower and the heart has to work harder to get the blood to flow through them. Although it used to be a disease acquired as an adult, teens and younger children are now presenting with hypertension. BMC Pediatrics states that more than 20 percent of school children have high blood pressure.
Although the deleterious effects on the coronary system may never be fully reversed, hypertension can be cured. Most health professionals recommend an increase in the exercise level, elimination of alcohol and smoking, weight loss, a healthy diet, and a reduction in the stress level.
Infrared saunas may change that advice. Research has indicated that far infrared saunas, or FIR saunas, can provide some of the same benefits as exercise, weight loss, and stress reduction. FIR saunas can’t change a person’s diet or eliminate their smoking or alcohol intake, but they may be the catalyst that initiates that change.
Regular saunas heat the air around a person, causing them to sweat, sometimes profusely, their heart rate speeds up, and some people experience the endorphin release associated with physical exercise. FIR saunas, however, use infrared light to heat the body from the inside, which causes blood vessels to relax, the heart rate increases, and the parasympathetic nervous system is activated.
Not all people can tolerate the heated temperatures of a traditional sauna, so far infrared saunas may be the answer. FIR saunas can provide the same benefits as moderate exercise, which for those who may be unable to exercise due to physical limitations, can improve muscle tone and overall health. Using an infrared sauna won’t provide the physical exertion of running a marathon, but it will simulate the exertion achieved from moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk.
Another positive benefit of using an infrared sauna is that the treatment is effective within 15 to 20 minutes, so there’s no need to devote a large block of time to it. An extended stay won’t be harmful, and the relaxation benefits from an infrared sauna are similar to those received from a relaxing massage, but those who have limited time will still reap the benefits.
The Mayo Clinic indicates that they have received no reports of adverse side effects from patients who have used the far infrared saunas. They further suggest that the infrared saunas might be more relaxing and beneficial than a traditional sauna.
Infrared saunas operate on a wavelength similar to that of night vision goggles, which is above the level of microwave radiation, so there is no danger of being cooked from the inside. The Japanese traditionally use far infrared to treat sunburns, which requires a longer treatment than is usually received. Far infrared saunas are safe for extended use and are safe to use with children. Some medical professionals have begun to use far infrared saunas to treat disorders such as autism, and the combination of infrared, diet, and nutrition have shown very promising results.
Recent studies have used infrared saunas to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and rheumatoid arthritis, and have shown promising results. Larger and more intense research is planned to confirm the health benefits of infrared not only for hypertension, but for other chronic illnesses. Some healthcare professionals feel that infrared saunas are one of the safest and most effective methods for healing a variety of issues, including high blood pressure.
A far infrared sauna will not prevent high blood pressure because the lifestyle that caused the onset of hypertension started long before the use of the FIR sauna. However, it is possible that regular use of a FIR sauna can help lower high blood pressure while providing the benefits of moderate exercise. This may in turn generate a weight loss, which usually will result in lower blood pressure.
Aside from prescription medications, there is no magic elixir that is going to prevent or cure high blood pressure. The best method for preventing high blood pressure is to not get it in the first place. However, it’s extremely common. For those who prefer the absence of prescription medication(s) in their life, using an infrared sauna is an excellent way to reduce their blood pressure and make a positive change in their lifestyle that will result in long-term lowered blood pressure. Practicing good self-care and starting at an early age is the best method for preventing the onset of high blood pressure. An infrared sauna can be an invaluable tool for good self-care.
So in that respect, yes, an infrared sauna can prevent high blood pressure.