Components of practical clinical detox programs--sauna as a therapeutic tool

Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 Mar-Apr;13(2):S154-6.


Saunas can be used very effectively for certain cardiovascular problems and as a means to enhance the mobilization of fat-soluble xenobiotics. When saunas are used to reduce blood pressure and enhance blood flow and cardiac functioning, only short sauna sessions (15 minutes) are necessary. When one wants to enhance the mobilization of heavy metals and chemical xenobiotics, longer sessions are needed and those should be medically monitored. But, for either use, saunas are safe and effective and should be used more frequently to benefit the health of our patients and ourselves.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / prevention & control
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / prevention & control
  • Steam Bath / methods*
  • Sweating*
  • Xenobiotics / metabolism


  • Xenobiotics