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The Three Levels of Influence
But the processes we have described here as a result of WBC have very impressive, if at present mostly empirical, evidence from people suffering particular biochemical malfunctions, auto-immune system diseases or energetic body impairment having reported considerable and lasting improvements after taking a sufficient number of WBC treatments. References to such cases can be found in various reputable sources, including well-known medical journals
The word ”Cryotherapy” originates from the Greek words: “cryo” = cold, and
”therapeia” = cure. Hence, Cryotherapy is a curative health treatment involving
extremely low temperatures (below -130°C/ -266°F). Modern ”Whole Body Cryo Therapy” (WBC), also referred to as ”Air Cryo Therapy” (ACT) and “Cryosauna,” is rooted in the practice of Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan who, in 1978, started using freezing treatments of short duration on his rheumatoid arthritis patients’ skin surface for pain management purposes. With these cryo-procedures, Dr. Yamaguchi found he could significantly reduce the soreness and pain his patients usually felt during manipulation of their joints, because the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphines and therefore less sensitivity to pain.
In the 1980’s, while continuing his research, now on the effects of Whole Body
Cryotherapy, Dr.Yamaguchi and his associates came to this conclusion: that
rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface to a temperature of -1°C/32°F
while inside the cryo-chamber has a more beneficial effect on the human body
than its gradual cooling while immersed in an ice bath, where the lowest temperature possible is 5°C/41°F. As a result of thorough and sustained research, Dr. Yamaguchi further formulated that Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) affects the body on three different levels:
- The Biochemical level – the circulatory system
- The Energy level – the energy meridians
- The Information level – the nervous system The Biochemical Level
We start with the Biochemical Level, which is basically the physical level, and the
most understandable from the standpoint of modern medicine. Almost all
treatments and effects of modern medicine on the human body are on this level.
When inside the cryo-chamber, where ambient temperature is usually around
-170 °C/-274°F, the human body is rapidly exposed to extremely low temperatures
and the skin’s surface is quickly cooled to approximately -1°C / 32° F for a short
period of time (2.5 to 3 minutes). When the skin surface temperature reaches
freezing for even a few moments, cold sensors in the skin send a very strong
signal to the brain that the organism’s life might be in danger. In an innate
response to protect the body from the critically low temperatures that could lead
to hypothermia and death, the brain gives orders to all peripheral parts of the
body to constrict the muscles and tissues in order to send blood to the core of the
body. Why does this happen? Because the temperature in the body’s core must be
constant and equal to 98.6°F, as even slight changes to this temperature could
eventually cause death. So upon receipt of signals from the skin’s cold sensors of
the freezing temperatures in the cryo-chamber, the brain center has a clear
warning that maintaining the necessary core body temperature will be impossible
if blood circulation in the outer layers of the skin is allowed to continue.
Therefore, all survival resources are mobilized, and blood is sent into the body’s
core to begin circulating in an ”internal cycle” to protect the vital organs. One
immediate effect is that arterial blood pressure increases by about 10 points. For
example, if the systolic pressure (upper number) was 130 points (or millimeter of
mercury) before the treatment, it may reach 135-140 afterwards for a short time.
But much more is happening as the blood circulates in the ” internal cycle.” It is
also being enriched with oxygen and all the necessary enzymes and nutrients.
Several successive treatments will even lead to an increase in hemoglobin count.
The blood becomes enriched in accordance with the best capabilities, as all
resources and reserves are activated to ensure the functions of life while the body
does its best to survive under the perceived critical conditions.
What else is happening at this time? As the internal organs are surrounded and
nourished by the enriched blood, all crucial life processes are accelerated. In
other words, during WBC, if the performance of any of the organs was low or
impaired, these deficiencies are remedied as much as possible with all the
required components, so the bolstered organs can begin to recover. And if, in the
body’s normal, ”non-survival” mode of operation, some deficiency was not
considered critical, this new, unusual and ”perceived-as-dangerous” environment
mobilizes the body for self-defense, and it identifies and seeks to address any and
all deficiencies. Accordingly, all internal organ problems are reduced or
eliminated under the strong, rich blood flow effects. We also know that in
a specified period of time the whole range of body cells are
replaced with new ones, and the dead cells are eliminated through the lymph
system. Extreme cold also contributes to the efficient elimination of the dead
cells which would otherwise make sluggish many other workings of the body.
After 2.5 to 3 minutes of WBC, when clients step out of the cryo-chamber into the
warmer air, signals to the brain indicate this new temperature change, and all
peripheral tissues then expand, including blood vessels, muscles and skin tissues
- as opposed to the constriction that occurred in the beginning of the treatment
when the skin surface temperature was rapidly cooled to -1°C /32°F.
What is happening at this point? Under the temporary higher blood pressure
caused by WBC, blood is now released from the ” internal cycle” and flows back
out to the peripheral tissues, filling all the remote corners of the body from which
it was withheld during the low temperatures. When this enriched blood reaches
peripheral tissues, they are enhanced in the same beneficial way as the internal
organs were during the treatment. In fact, this beneficial process continues in the
body for 6 to 8 hours after the treatment.
In summarizing, we can say that the enriched blood creates favorable conditions
for internal organ regeneration, for expelling of toxins from subcutaneous layers,
for the cell renewal process, replacement of damaged cells and elimination of
dead cells from peripheral tissues – i.e. rejuvenation of the body at the cellular
level. While these processes are initiated by brief exposure of the skin surface to
extremely low temperatures, it is important to understand that tissue is not
actually frozen during the procedure. Only the illusion of a severe cold impact
is created when very cold air temporarily touches the skin where our cold
sensors are located. This is one of the essential differences between the Whole
Body Cryotherapy and the Ice Bath. This is very important to understand so let’s
go in a bit more detail.
Why Cryosauna (WBC) is Better Than the Ice Bath
The Ice Bath has been regularly used in professional sports today for the
rehabilitation of athletes with injuries. But the Ice Bath affects the body in a
completely different way than does the Cryosauna, which has now been shown to
be much more beneficial and with no negative side effects. So what are the
different effects of the Ice Bath and Cryosauna?
First, during the 15-20 minutes of ice bathing, tissue freezes quite deep and
frozen muscles temporarily lose capacity, as muscle tissue needs time to return
to normal - not to mention that after the Ice Bath the body needs rest. So regardless
of the time of day when the Ice Bath took place, the athlete cannot get back to
practice earlier than the next day. In contrast, Cryosauna does not actually
freeze muscle tissue, it only creates a powerful illusion that the body freezes.
So a further advantage is that, only 5 or 10 minutes after the Cryo-treatment,
an athlete can continue to work out or perform, completely energized and able to
make full use of the day.
Next, we need to emphasize that the body’s reaction to cryogenic temperatures
(temperatures lower than -110°C or -166°F) in the Cryosauna is radically
different from its reaction to low temperatures while submerged in the Ice Bath.
The big difference lies in the fact that, when gradually cooled in an Ice Bath, the
body’s response is to try to warm as much blood as possible in its core in order
to to send it to the peripheral parts to maintain the warm skin surface. In other
words, while in the Ice Bath, the body is struggling with actual, unrelenting,
penetrating physical cold (not just signals from skin cold sensors). This process
continues, trying to make the body capable of generating sufficient heat to
maintain warmth in the periphiral body parts. But when the heat is no longer
enough, the muscles start to congeal and freeze, beginning at the skin surface
and continuing inward to the body’s center. For this reason, longer stays in the Ice
Bath can cause hypothermia that can lead to death, as it is very difficult to stop
this process once begun. But in the cryo-chamber, the skin surface reaches
temperature of -1°C/32°F in just 30-40 seconds while the temperature outside
is -150°C (this is impossible in an Ice Bath where skin temperature cannot drop
lower than +5°C/41°F ). This signal sent from skin to the brain about the new
critical environment is so powerful that the brain understands immediately – there
is no way to keep the peripheral parts of the body warm. Instead, blood vessels
and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction to keep the body’s core temperature
from dropping - triggering the processes described before – enrichment of blood and
sending it to internal organs under higher blood pressure. This never happens in
an Ice Bath.
Lastly, while in the Ice Bath, oxygen supply to the skin surface is interrupted, and
it causes skin surface injury that can promote skin disease if the procedure is
As we conclude this brief explanation of the Biochemical Level aspects of the
Cryo-cure process, we should say that it is presented from a scientific rather than
a medical point of view, as although many successful medical studies have been
completed in Europe and Asia, the USA has ongoing, but not yet completed,
studies for official referral.
The Energy Level
The second level affected by Cryotherapy is the Energy Level of the human body.
It’s important to note here that modern Western Medicine has traditionally tried
to distance itself from even the existance of the Energy Level when referencing
organism viability. Only in the last few years has Acupuncture, which deals with
the energy meridians of a human being, become a full medical component and
Acupuncturists recognized as effective physicians. This recognition is a major
step forward in modern medicine. At the same time, most Eastern Medicine is
based, at least in part, on working with the human energy body.
The Energy Level of the human body is made up of a network of energy
meridians, similar to the way the circulatory system in the Biochemical Level is
a network of blood vessels, and similarly, as we will see in the next section,
the Information Level is a network consisting of the nervous system.
The human body consists of 12 main meridians and many lateral meridians,
together referred to as the energy network of a human body. The main
meridians are located inside the body, while lateral meridians reach the skin
surface. When the energy flow in any of the meridians is blocked, some organs
do not receive enough energy to function properly. This poses a malfunctioning,
and the organ starts to die. Unfortunately, modern Western Medicine can only
diagnose organ failures when they are already seriously damaged, and disease
symptoms appear at the Biochemical Level. So if we could diagnose or
simply restore the energy flow in the human body before it reached this stage,
as does WBC, many diseases would be prevented.
How does WBC stimulate this energy flow in the body? We know from any
physics curriculum that if we take a sufficiently long wire (1 m. or more), and
warm one end of it while cooling the other, the temperature diference leads to an
electric current in the wire. Exactly the same thing happens to the human
energetic system while using WBC. When the temperature on the skin surface
drops to -1°C / 30°F while body core temperature is 98.6°F, there is a 68.6°F
difference that is sufficient to cause a strong flow of energy in the meridians,
thereby restoring energy flow where disruptions may have been present. In this
case, WBC is used as a preventive and corrective method, and by stimulating the
energy flow in the human body, it allows people to stay healthy longer. Today, we cannot say that any method, including Acupuncture, can accurately diagnose potential discrepancies in energy flow, as relatively little research has been documented about it.
However, energy flow restoration will be very beneficial even without knowing the exact site of disruption in the body. As a result of today’s lifestyle characterized by stress, immobility, bad eating habits, chemical and biological contamination, as well as physical injuries and surgeries, the energy systems of human beings are seriously damaged. Even scars inside and outside the body are barriers to the energy flow through the body. If our
energy system does not function properly, and the body has the internal
malfunctions and damages described above, then there is not enough energy,
even at a very early stage, for prevention of an aging process, much less
rejuvenation. Aging is the immediate result of insufficient energy supply inside
the body. Restoration of the energy flow helps to restore the body physically, and
can at least prevent its premature aging. So, in summarizing WBC’s effects on the first two levels of the body, we can say that: WBC helps enrich the blood and supply it to all internal organs and peripheral parts of the body by making sure that the organs have all necessary ”building materials” for cell renewal. WBC also helps to supply the organs with
the necessary energy to make full use of these materials - as without energy, no
beneficial processes can occur. And in addition, remember that the organism is
not exposed to real danger during the treatment, and there is no threat of
damaging the tissues - only illusion of a survival threat is created.
The Information Level
Now we proceed to the third level - the Information Level, which consists of the
intricate network of the body’s nervous system, through which electronic signals,
self-analyzing questions and answers, and other detailed information are sent to
and from all parts of the body. (Remember, on this level, the nervous system can
be seen as similar to the circulatory system at the Biochemical Level, and the
energy meridian system at the Energy Level.) This incredible communication
system asseses the organism’s specific conditions, deficiencies, and immediate
needs in order to know how to restore itself and remain viable.
For example, if cell division does not follow the pattern determined in the
Information Level of the body, the cell begins to mutate. Cell mutation, of course,
disturbs proper functioning of the body. One of the most prominent examples of
this is the cell mutation in cancer, caused by incorrect cell regeneration.
Furthermore, we have to acknowledge that even modern medicine does not know
how the human immune system works, and there are actually two schools of
thought about whether auto-immune diseases, where normal cell have
mutated somehow and do not perform their needed function, are ‘real’ diseases.
An auto-immune system disease is one in which the body cannot distinguish its own
tissues and substances from a foreign element and attacks itself, thinking it’s
defending itself against intruders that threaten the health of the organism.
Another typical example of immune disease is Psoriasis. WBC has proved to be
an effective method fighting Psoriasis, and significant results have been achieved
in Russian clinics, confirming previous assertions.
How can WBC affect the immune system and rejuvenescence of the body’s
information system? Similar to the brain signals in the biochemical system that
are sent to the peripheral tissues causing vaso-constriction during WBC due to
the significant drop in temperature - In the Information Level, the brain sends
signals to all parts of the body through the nervous system in order to determine
the extent to which each part of the body is compromised. This is done to
allocate adequate resources that will ensure the viability of the organism, as this
function of the brain does not distinguish between the important (critical for survival) organs and less important tissues and functions. The human brain will try to perpetuate all the organs and body parts, unlike this same survival process in a lizard, for example, which sacrifices its tail in order to save the rest of the body.
What exactly is happening here in the body during WBC? When the brain,
in response to perceived critical conditions, surveys all body parts and analyzes
the returned signals, it creates a complete up-to-date picture of the body’s state
of health - which the brain requires to properly allocate resources to ensure the
viability of the body. Currently, there is no other known method in the world able to provide this kind of information-updating procedure that the body’s immune system and
information system need to correct itself in early stages of malfunction. And
currently, there is no medical research that even refers to the effects of WBC
on the human Information Level. And because modern medicine does not know
exactly how the immune system works; it does not know how to restore the
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