Whole Body Hyperthermia


“Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease.”

-Parmenides, Greek philosopher and medic

Whole body hyperthermia is particularly recommended for treating cancer and chronic diseases such as rheumatic disorders, Lyme disease, immunity disorders, endometriosis. It is also used as a treatment for body detoxification. During the process of Hyperthermia, body temperature is raised in a controlled way by using infrared radiation (IRA; 760-1400 nm) and water filters, which helps to keep the absorbed radiation deep within strands of the skin. Filtered radiation reaches deep tissue layers but at the same time, it affects the skin surface to a minimum degree. The heat produced in this way is immediately distributed across the whole body via the bloodstream without causing local overheating.


Whole body hyperthermia – step by step:

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  • The patient takes off his clothes in the changing room and wears a dressing gown.
  • Then he gets on the whole-body hyperthermia bed.
  • Medical personnel cover the patient with a towel and a special thermal blanket.
  • The uncovered head lies on a rolled-up towel and is not exposed to infrared radiation A (passing through the water filter).
  • Heat emitters underneath the bed heat up the patient.
  • The patient can move freely under the cover and because of open design, the patient does not feel claustrophobic and is mentally relaxed.
  • Medical personnel observe patients and monitor their temperature, pressure, pulse and saturation.
  • After the treatment, the patient rests on the bed.
  • During whole body hyperthermia the patient may be given intravenous injections according to doctor’s recommendations.

The entire hyperthermia procedure is safe and painless. Warm-up time is selected individually to the patient’s needs, in accordance with the doctor’s recommendations. The patient is under constant control of the medical staff throughout the procedure.


Whole body hyperthermia in treating cancer

The idea behind the whole body hyperthermia is to raise temperature in the patient’s body to a certain level (maximum 42.5° C) for a specific period of time and at specific intervals. Hyperthermia, in its common and basic meaning defined as increased temperature of the body signalizing alarming symptoms, has – as long as it is artificially evoked under a doctor’s supervision – medicinal properties. The body’s temperature can be raised to approx. 37.5° C-38.5° C (mild hyperthermia), approx. 38.5° C-40.5° C (moderate hyperthermia) or approx. 40.5° C-42.0° C (high hyperthermia). Such artificial fever stimulates the natural immune system in its fight with cancer cells and chronic inflammations. After a short period of weakness caused by fever the body becomes stronger and the pain is eased. Hyperthermia does not cause any complications, it is painless and efficient. It improves quality of patients’ life.

The therapy is commonly used in Western Europe.


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Mechanism

The mechanism consists in acidifying the tumor environment by oxygen deficiency that results from overheating the tumor tissue (much more susceptible to high temperatures than healthy tissues) and causing the death of cancer cells. Moreover, the tumor is provided with nutrients by pathologically twisted blood vessels, which are more susceptible to high temperatures than the healthy ones. By being heated, these vessels expand and increase the concentration of drugs around the tumor. In this way hyperthermia enables reducing the chemotherapy doses while improving its efficiency by making cancer cells more sensitive to drugs. This reduces side effects. Additionally, there are clots and embolisms created around the tumor, resulting in its ischemia and necrosis.


Treatment

Patients lie on a special hyperthermia bed and have their whole body (except the head) heated with water-filtered infrared radiation, which penetrates deep into the tissue. The process is safe and painless. During the whole procedure patients are supervised by a doctor and have their temperature, pulse and blood pressure monitored. The optimum heating time and temperature level are adjusted to patients’ individual needs, according to doctor’s recommendations.

While the heat is distributed across the whole body, patients can experience increased sweating sensation. The heat penetrates deep tissues, but it doesn’t damage external layers. Then the body is wrapped up in a special material in order to maintain the heat. Afterwards patients rest, and the temperature slowly drops down to approx. 38° C. At this moment patients can go home. Hyperthermia does not cause any complications, it is painless and efficient. It improves quality of patients’ life.


Preparation for the procedure

The whole procedure (including the preparation and resting stage) takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. Therefore, patients are recommended to have a light meal and use the toilet before. Patients should wear light cotton clothes.



Indications

The indications of whole body hyperthermia are: Rheumatic diseases, Osteoarthritis, Autoimmune diseases, Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Asthma and chronic respiratory diseases, Chronic inflammations (neurodermitis, psoriasis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, prostatitis, otitis media), Chronic infections, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Regeneration and rehabilitation in sports medicine, Inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton (ankylosing spondylitis; Bekhterev’s disease), Muscular hypertension (deeper muscles and muscles around the loins); along with a massage


Contraindications

Relative and absolute (“B”) contraindications are: Heart failure (hyperthermia is possible on the condition of diagnosing mechanical efficiency and pulse monitoring), Cardiac arrhythmia (hyperthermia is possible on the condition of EKG monitoring), Severe infections, Susceptibility to febrile seizure, Taking photosensitizers, B – Cardiac and cerebral sclerosis, B – Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, B – Advanced tuberculosis with the pleural cavity, severe jaundice, chronic and progressive hepatitis, advanced cirrhosis, B – Advanced nephrosis and nephrosclerosis, B – Thermal skin injuries (e.g.: sunburns), B – Severe inflammations, B – Pregnancy, B – Disturbed thermal comfort and lack of cooperation from the patient.


Equipment

At IMC we use a hi-tech IRATHERM1000 machine, which has the European CE0494 Certificate (distribution of medical devices).


Steps:
  1. Create an online account
  2. Register for a medical consultation
  3. During the visit you will be qualified for whole body hyperthermia and proposed a treatment plan
  4. Perform treatments at IMC

Consultations:

preeti agrawal
Preeti Agrawal MdPhd
  • specialist in integrative medicine
  • integrative oncologist doctor

Prof. Anil Kumar Agrawal
  • General surgery
  • Oncological surgery

 

 

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