Healers of nearly every discipline have embraced the Richway Amethyst BioMat for more than twenty years. It is sometimes described as an infrared heating pad, but it’s much more than that. It uses many pounds of hot amethyst crystal to produce a unique signal of infrared light. This light is experienced as a wholesome and enveloping warmth that is both gentle and powerful at the same time. The benefits of this hot crystal therapy must be experienced to be believed.
7000MX BioMats are a 5th generation design that draws on twenty years of in-house research and development. The high temperature settings are similar to the effects of a sauna, except more relaxing because you can lie down, close your eyes, and tune out the whole world. Anyone who has tried this will confirm it’s more than just detoxification. It’s a profound and rejuvenating whole-body experience. But it’s not necessary to use the BioMat like a sauna every time. With the medium and lower temperature settings, you will experience a wholesome and gentle warmth that relieves pain, improves circulation, and speeds the healing of soft tissue.
The BioMat is very different from a standard heating pad. It does not contain heating coils, or any point sources of heat, so it does not present the practical dangers associated with heating pads. It also has EMF protection built-in. And yet, the BioMat can transfer far more heat into the body, compared to a heating pad. This is because the heat transfer is radiant, not conductive. And since the heat is distributed evenly throughout the body, rather than just on the skin, there is great therapeutic value.
The radiant heat is produced by hot crystals that cover the surface of the mat, and there are settings to control the desired temperature of the crystals. The crystals are warmed by a flexible conductive heating plate, which was developed originally by NASA in order to safely warm space stations and other space vehicles.
Far Infrared Light: This is the same phenomenon as visible light, but the wavelength is longer, so we cannot detect it visually. As the wavelength increases, the light can penetrate more deeply, transferring heat very efficiently. This is why sunlight warms us to our bones. If you hold a flashlight behind your fingers, only the red light can penetrate. This is because it has a longer wavelength than the other components of the light.
Negative Ions: These are air molecules that have an extra electron, hence the negative charge. They are abundant near large sources of moving water. Breathing these free electrons neutralizes oxidizing compounds (free radicals). They are an anti-oxidant! You may also notice benefits of mood and alertness, due to increased serotonin levels.
Amethyst: Natural crystals convert conductive heat into far infrared light very efficiently. Indeed, all infrared products rely on some kind of crystalline material for this reason, but some products use ceramic or graphite. Natural crystals have long been used for healing purposes, across many different cultures, and there could be a scientific basis for this practice, yet to be discovered.
Supports Core Body Temperature
Enzymes are responsible for nearly every chemical and biological process in the body, and they are very sensitive to temperature. A small decrease in temperature can cause a large decrease in the activity of an enzyme. Many people have low body temperatures without considering if this could be related to other health problems.
Relieves Stress, Improves Mood, Promotes Relaxation
The BioMat is more relaxing than most other infrared therapy modalities because you can lay down. We also recommend using headphones with ambient music to further the relaxing effects.
Heals Soft Tissue
For brand new injuries that involve swelling, ice is usually the best treatment, in order to relieve swelling. However, for existing injuries, such as strains or sprains, or other soft tissue injuries, heat is the best treatment. The BioMat allows you to deliver heat deeply to the injury site, rather than just on the skin. It produces far infrared light without becoming hot to the touch, so you can use it very near to the injury as well.
Infrared therapy is known to relieve chronic pain. However, many infrared devices offer no way to easily target that therapy on the affected area for long spans of time. The BioMat produces a significant amount of far infrared light, without being hot to the touch. So it can be used close to the body, and can be used in a variety of ways. Infrared light offers a powerful and natural form of pain relief, with no unpleasant side effects.
Whole-body infrared therapy, also called waon therapy, can increase the temperature of the body, and improve circulation greatly. The capillaries expand, and the hands and feet become warm, in the effort to shed excess heat. This extra blood flow allows more nutrients and oxygen to reach the cells, allows wastes to be rapidly exported, and allows rapid drainage of accumulated lymph.
Allows Artificial Fever
Hippocrates said that if had the power to produce a fever, he could cure all disease. This is a bit of an overstatement. But still, it’s amazing that even in his time, he understood the body uses fever to fight off disease. It is possible to use the BioMat in order to raise body temperature in a controlled manner, by using the high settings, and putting a blanket over yourself. This technique essentially creates a mild artificial fever.
Breaks a Sweat
Sweating is healthy, and it serves several important biological functions. Aside from cooling us off and unclogging pores, sweating allows our body to excrete accumulated toxic compounds. Going through life without sweating every day is unnatural, at least compared to the rest of human history. Of course, not everyone can exercise vigorously every day. But far infrared therapy does involve some of the same biological processes.
The US FDA’s Medical Device 510K indications for use are as follows:
Temporary relief of:
Many individuals may find relaxing their muscles helps them relax body and mind as well. When you try out the BioMat risk free for 7 days, you may find in addition to the US FDA’s medical Device 510K Indications for Use the BioMat:
How often and how long should I use the mat?
An effective treatment can be as short as 20 minutes, but you can usually get better results in 40 minutes to an hour. As far as frequency, you can use it every day, up to twice a day, or just every few days. Intermittent use for a specific reason, such as relieving back pain, can also be sufficient for it’s purpose.
When will I see results?
For certain purposes, such as pain relief, anxiety relief, and mood improvement, results are almost immediate, once you determine the right settings and durations. Of course, results may vary depending on frequency of use, and the nature of the problem that you are treating. For soft tissue repair, detox, and some other purposes, it can take days or weeks to notice improvement.
Can I use the mat for an injury (or post-surgery)?
If there is still swelling from the injury, it is better to use cold to reduce the swelling and prevent further injury. Once the swelling has receded, heat will speed up the rate of tissue repair and infrared therapy is the best way to deliver heat straight to the injury site. It is best to use the mat for 20-30 minutes, once or twice a day, for this purpose.
Are there any negative side effects?
All of the effects on the body should be positive, although it is possible to overdo it on the heat. Some people experience slight fevers, headaches, and nausea when beginning to use the BioMat. This isn’t a reaction to the infrared rays or negative ions in any direct way. It is the effects of detoxification, as wastes and toxins enter the bloodstream for removal. These effects are temporary and will vary depending on the level of toxins being released. It is better to take it easy and switch to lower settings for a time if you experience any negative symptoms.
Does the BioMat produce EMFs?
An electromagnetic field (EMF) is produced whenever electricity moves through a wire. There is a valid concern that our frequent exposure to these EMFs could have health effects. There is more concern about alternating current, since it creates a rapidly alternating field. The BioMat is designed to address and mitigate these concerns. It converts AC electricity to DC, and also has further measures to lessen the strength of the EMF. We have tested the BioMat with an EMF meter and found the readings either undetectable, or within a range of 0-2 milligauss. For comparison, a cell phone, laptop, or tablet computer generally produces about 500-1000 milligauss.
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