BY: Liz Kelchak, L.Ac
Ever wonder what those heat lamps are that your acupuncturist puts over you during treatment? It’s not an ordinary heat lamp but a far-infrared mineral lamp. Before we look at what far-infrared TDP Mineral Lamps are, we must first have an understanding of far-infrared heat.
According to thewolfeclinic.com, infrared light is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum. It cannot be seen and therefore is experienced as heat. One of its characteristics is the ability to easily penetrate human tissue. When this happens, it creates a natural resonance that has many beneficial properties. The FIR heat penetrates your skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. FIR heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
The TDP Lamp features a round plate coated with a proprietary mineral clay formation consisting of 33 earth elements essential to the human body. According to livingwellpdx.com when activated by the built-in electric heating element, this mineral plate emits a special band of far-infrared waves ranging from 2 to 25 (microns) in wavelength and 281034 mw/sq. cm in intensity that coincide with the wavelengths and intensity of the electromagnetic radiations emanating from the human body. As a result, the TDP far- infrared waves are readily absorbed. The far-infrared energy penetrates up to 3 inches and stimulates micro-circulation in the area, promoting the delivery of higher levels of oxygen and nutrients to the injured cells while eliminating toxins and cellular waste. Healing begins as pain is being relieved.
To use a TDP lamp, simply aim it at the painful area. The penetrating far-infrared energy will be felt as warmth in the treated area. The FDA and hundreds of scientific, clinical, university and medical studies agree that Far-Infrared Mineral Therapy has many benefits such as:
- Raises temperature in tissue
- Relieves pain
- Expansion of capillary vessels
- Rejuvenation of cells
- Promotion of blood circulation
- Helps to move toxins from cells
- Faster recovery from muscle strains
- Improvement in lymphatic system
East Wind Acupuncture has been using TDP lamps for over 10 years and is used with the majority of our acupuncture treatments for no additional charge although it is a therapy that can be used alone. So the next time your acupuncturist puts the TDP lamp over you remember to soak up all the benefits this lamp offers.