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Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single therapy/approach. So this section "spotlights" just five - providing a taste of the research available. They were not selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • 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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