For thousands of years, people of all cultures have used the healing power of steam to soothe their bodies and cleanse their minds.
Steam therapy stimulates the cardiovascular system. It improves circulation, but does not raise blood pressure, since heat expands the blood vessels in the skin, thus permitting increased blood flow.
In fact, heat speeds up all of the chemical processes in the body, making steam bathing one of the easiest ways to rid the body of toxins. As the pores of the skin opens up and the sweat glands start to excrete, the body flushes itself.
Perspiration contains many of the same elements as in urine, and for this reason, the skin is sometimes called the third kidney. It is estimated that as much as 30 % of bodily wastes are eliminated in this way.
In addition, the raised temperature reduces the growth rate of most bacteria and viruses, giving the immune system time to mobilize its own forces.
It is believed that steam bath after a workout reduces the lactic acids in muscles that cause soreness. This contributes to greater muscle elasticity, alleviates the pain of sports injuries, and even helps to prevent such injuries before they occur. It even helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis.
Steam Inhalation is a long-recognized and effective therapy for the treatment of common colds and sinusitis.