Whole Body Cryotherapy : The Three Levels of Cure

Historical Overview

The word ”Cryotherapy” originates from the Greek words: “cryo” = cold, and ”therapeia” = cure.

Since ancient times people have used the healing powers of cold for the treatment of pain, to reduce inflammation, improve health and prevent diseases.
200 years ago, a German man scientist named Sebastian Kneipp dived into the cold water of the Danube to treat tuberculosis (he was a mortal illness in those years). As a result, it has been shown that even the worst diseases could be treated by stimulating the immune system.

Cryotherapy is a curative health treatment involving extremely low temperatures (below -130° C / -266° F). Modern ”Whole Body Cryotherapy” (WCT) aka ”Air Cryotherapy” (ACT) or “Cryosauna,” was originally practiced by Dr. Yamaguchi in 1978, in Japan. Dr. Yamaguchi used short freezing treatments to manage the pain of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Yamaguchi significantly reduced the sore and painful feelings his patients experienced during manipulation of their joints. The rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain.

During the 1980s, Dr.Yamaguchi’s research concluded that the beneficial effect of the rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface while inside the cryo-chamber, is far greater than that of the cooling while immersed in an ice bath.

In summary, Dr. Yamaguchi’s thorough and sustained research concluded that “Whole Body Cryotherapy” (WCT) affects the body on three different levels.

Biochemical level – the circulatory system
The Energy level – the energy meridians
The Information level – the nervous system