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Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • A University School of Physical Education, Kraków study on how saunas influence fat metabolism found that 2 weeks of sauna sessions resulted in changes in total cholesterol and LDLC concentration, as well as increased HDLC concentration. Conclusion: could be good prognoses of heart disease prevention, but further research needed.
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  • A University of Otago (NZ) crossover study concluded that 3 weeks of post-exercise sauna bathing produced an enhancement of endurance running performance, by increasing plasma and red cell blood volume.
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  • A University of Toyama (Japan) study performed on rats concluded that repeated sauna therapy attenuates cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI) by improving coronary vascularity. Repeated sauna therapy could serve as a new, non-invasive therapy for patients with MI.
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  • A Kagoshima University (Japan) study found that 3 weeks of sauna therapy combined with underwater exercise significantly improved the pain, symptoms and quality of life of female fibromyalgia patients.
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  • A Charité University Medical Center (Germany) randomized, single blind control trial (137 participants) concluded that inhaling hot air while in a sauna has no significant impact on overall symptom severity for the common cold.
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