The natural method of treatment - general outline

Hyperthermia is a therapeutic method used to break the thermoregulatory system of the body through the use of appropriate equipment. It involves an exogenous increase tissue temperature in the range 38 ° C - 42 ° C. This method is used mainly in oncology (especially in combination with chemotherapy and radiotherapy). As well as successfully used it in non-oncological diseases such as: chronic back pain, hypertension, psoriatic arthritis, and others.

Benefits of hyperthermia:
  • it is non-toxic 
  • can contribute to the reduction of tumor mass and improve resection process
  • in most research increases a patient survival rates
  • improves the quality of life
  • reduces the risk of metastases
  • it reduces some of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • properly executed does not cause side effects
  • analgesic
  • it can be used in advanced stages of malignancies
  • the course of therapy is individual and depends on the type and severity tumor
Historical overview of hyperthermia

Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any diseases.
Parmenides, Greek physician and philosopher

Hyperthermia in original meaning is defined as a state of elevated body temperature, ie, indicating alarming symptoms, it has healing properties. Artificially increasing the whole body temperature or part of it, it is not a new method. In medicine it has been known since ancient times. This method has been described in papyri and mentioned by Hippocrates. In modern times, it was abandoned and re-discovered in the XIX century. In the time of the birth of microbiology Louis Pasteur, they formed the basis for the correct scientific understanding of the mechanisms of fever. In 1866 the German physician Dr. Busch described cases of spontaneous, not due to any treatment, regression of soft tissue sarcoma in the course of high fever, which was caused by bacterial infection of the body. At the beginning of the XX century, the American doctor William Coley began treating cancer using endogenous fever, caused by the deliberate infections, among others inactivated bacteria. This method is called Coley toxin. At the same time, the Austrian physician Julius Wagner-Jauregg practiced a method called malariotherapy, or deliberately infecting patients with malaria to induce in them a high fever, which was to contribute to cure other diseases. Thirty years later, at a time when Wilhelm Roentgen discovered artificial radioactivity, and the Maria Sklodowska Curie - natural radiation, in Germany tried already use hyperthermia in the treatment of cervical cancer. It was Germany that are "cradle" of modern hyperthermia, which for decades is undergoing a renaissance. Currently, they are using a hyperthermia there, as one of the pillars of the proceedings in oncology, and it is carried by over 260 medical centers. Routinely it is associated with the program of radiotherapy in the Netherlands, Italy and the USA. In many centers in the world it is used in combination with chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Hyperthermia is a method recognized by oncologists and appreciated in orthodox medicine, and its popularity shows over three thousand scientific publications made by a professional medical press. Doctors applying in practice a method of hyperthermia, exchanges their experiences in the framework of the European Society of Oncology hyperthermia ESHO. So far, it has held 30 meetings, which gathered each over 200 physicians using hyperthermia in oncology. In Poland recently, hyperthermia treatment was not applied. Its popularity has increased over the last fifteen years due to the scientifically proven efficacy in the treatment course.

Classification

 

Therapeutic hyperthermia in current medicine can be classified using different criteria:

  • temperature range
  • area to be heated
  • heating technology
  • invasiveness