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What is a Gou Gong TDP Far Infrared Mineral Lamp?
The Far Infrared Mineral Lamp, currently approved by the FDA, was invented by a group of scientists in China, headed by Dr. Gou Wenbin. The Far Infrared Mineral Lamp has proven effective in treating numerous ailments such as muscular aches and pains, soft tissue injuries, arthritis and various skin conditions.
Early in 1970, an odd and interesting phenomenon was noted at a century-old ceramic factory in a rural area in China. This factory had extremely poor working conditions. The workers there stood in mud [ clay ] for much of the work day and the new production manager recognized these abject working conditions, becoming concerned that the workers would be troubled with arthritis and other related ailments due to standing on the cold, sodden floor for long periods of time. The ensuing investigations disclosed that the side effects of standing in the mud were the opposite of original concerns. They found that there was not a single case of arthritis among the workers.
A full-scale scientific investigation revealed a single anomaly: an electromagnetic reading in the far-infrared spectrum emanating from the kiln used to fire the ceramics. Analysis of a metallic slag in the kiln, accumulated over years of buildup, showed it was made up of 33 minerals. These minerals happen to correspond with 33 essential minerals in the human body, and when heated sufficiently, radiate far-infrared energy exactly like the human body.
The conclusion of the research suggested that the clay was the reason for such few pain symptoms.
The critical component of the TDP lamp is the heat-treated black clay. The ceramic plate emits electromagnetic waves in the infrared range of between 2 and 25 microns. The absorbed energy promotes microcirculation and strengthens the immune system as well as relieves pain in the body. It also stimulates the accupuncture points at the treatment location, and stimulates microcirculation which results in the delivery of higher levels of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues. The emitted FIM energy penetrates up to 3½ inches.
This effect is greater in injured tissues, since there is less resistance to electrical current and electromagnetic force at locations of damage in the body.
Since far infrared promotes blood circulation, it causes the expansion of capillary vessels. Therefore, it assists in tissue detoxification and improved efficiency in the lymphatic system.
The Far Infrared Mineral Lamp has successfully treated up to 60 million patients in China, Hong Kong, South Asia, Japan, Europe, and Australia.
For those interested in learning more about the lamps, the following book may be purchased at Amazon.com:
The Gou Gong TDP Mineral Lamp and Clay Therapy
Combining the Power of the TDP Mineral Lamp and Clay Therapy
Torn Muscle or Tendon: Quick Relief
Heated Clay Packs
In some situations, such as with wound management, a gentle and warm clay pack is more advantageous to therapy than cool clay packs. A gentle warmth will prevent wound chilling which can slow down healing, and the heat provides comfort and relief.
Since the TPD lamp alone has been used successfully to treat localized infections, the mineral lamp and clay application is a perfect marriage. One recieves the benefit of the mineral lamp, the heating advantage of far infrared, and the amazing benefits of local clay treatment.
Our research over the last few months ( June 2006 ) indicates that the clay itself does not prevent the far infrared from penetrating into the body. How can we tell? When far infrared effects localized tissue, the heat spreads by resonance. If one has a damaged tendon, for example, then the heat can be felt resonating up and down the tendon, and not just below the treated location. This effect has not shown to be minimized even when a clay pack 1 1/2 inches thick has been applied, with the TDP lamp about 12 inches above the clay pack. It is very possible that the localized clay ( just like with the mineral plate itself ) conducts the infrared single, and perhaps even amplifies it.
The combination of the TDP mineral lamp and local clay therapy is ideal for:
- Soft tissue damage
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
- Stimulation of accupunture locations to the point we would call the combined therapy true "Qi Gong" therapy.
- Skin conditions
- General injuries
- Relief from localized arthritic conditions
- As part of a support system for trauma healing ( spinal cord, bone damage, etc. )
- Reduction of localized inflammation
The treatment time for application of the lamp with clay is no more than 30 minutes, no more than twice daily. If more treatments or longer treatments are required, then the lamp should only be used to keep the clay warm ( turning the lamp on and off, or moving the lamp further away from the body ).
The TDP lamp can be used with clay compresses as well, as long as one considers that the added heat will cause the clay to dry very quickly.
Our end analysis of the combination of clay and the TDP lamp is that this unique treatment is better than the Lamp used alone, and also better than a clay pack used alone.
Charged Clay Compresses
Above is a charged clay compress, which can be worn or used with the TDP lamp. Make certain to spray the pre-prepared clay compress prior to heating so that the clay doesn't dry out. Twenty minutes of charge time is sufficient.
How we Discovered the TDP Lamp for Use with Clay
Many, many years ago we noted that hydrated clay made with geothermal hot springs water, taken immediately from an artesian source and combined with healing clay, was far more active than clay hydrated with normal water. Eventually, the study of balneology lead us to believe that the pressurized and naturally heated water had special properties due to the far infrared energy produced by ultrasonic wave forms. Furthermore, the heating of clay by the sun just prior to use has been a practice long used by pelotherapists.
As time went on, we knew it would be advantageous to find other sources of energy that could be safely used with clay by others, regardless of their demographic location. Upon reading an article about how the Chinese invented this lamp, the lamp became an obvious first choice for further investigation.
While any far infrared may be used with clay, The TDP lamp is definately unique and superior. We suspect that the clay used during therapy acts as a traducer, amplifying the effect and thus carrying at least some of the properties of the original clay studied in China.
Update, Five Years Later
The TDP mineral lamp therapy combined with healing clay continues to be one of the most effective treatment modalities for localized injuries that we've come across in our extensive research. This rather unique treatment combination has continued to gain popularity world-wide. It is currently employed by sports medicine clinics and works in perfect combination with all oriental medicine treatments, including acupressure and acupuncture.
Read below what one user, and the professionals who treated him, has to say about the treatment (this testimonial is from a sports medicine clinic in Australia):
Subject: Calcium Bentonite Clay for ankle sprain & inflammation
"James and Jimmy at Fluid Health suggested I try a new treatment (Calcium Bentonite Clay) to assist with the rehabilitation of my ankle after a bad sprain playing basketball. I have to admit I was sceptical at first...but the results were unbelievable! The effect it had on reducing swelling were amazing and the associated improvements in mobility and range of motion astounding. I have tried many different treatment modalities over the years as a keen sportsman and personal trainer but have never come across any treatment (natural or pharmaceutical) that is as powerful in reducing swelling!
I also gave some to my wife's father for his arthritis and he reported a reduction in swelling and pain improvements too! It's phenomenal."
From James Meredith at Fuid Health Management Systems:
"I am writing to you in regards to the Calcium Bentonite Clay that we purchase for practioner use in our clinic.
"My Business partner and I have more than 15 years experience between us working with acute and chronic sporting injuries in athletes and sporting teams throughout Australia. Without a doubt I can categorically say that the Calcium Bentonite Clay Therapy, combined with the use of the TDP heat lamp, is the most effective and fastest way of treating the acute phases of swelling I have every worked with or seen. In the last month alone I have treated four cases of swollen ankle with the Bentonite Clay, and in each case found that swelling had completely subsided after the first session.
"I would greatly encourage any practitioner looking to enhance their clinics ability to treat acute injuries to look at working with Calcium Bentonite Clay Therapy in conjunction with the TDP far infrared heat lamps.
Thank you for introducing us to the clay, and I look forward to keeping you up to speed on our progress with your product."
Featured: Did You Know...?
"What is the evolutionary significance of plant toxins and animal anti-toxin behaviour? From a plant's evolutionary perspective, a seed should be high in nutrients to support germination and seedling growth; the ripe fruit around the seed should also be nutrient-rich and attractive to animals, encouraging them to pluck and eat the fruit and disperse the seed. On the other hand, the seed itself should be repulsive to animal consumers, inducing them to regurgitate or defaecate it, and the unripe fruit should be repulsive, lest animals harvest it before the seed is viable. From an animal's evolutionary perspective, an ability to defeat the plant's toxin defences would enable it to obtain the nutrients in the seed as well as those in the ripe fruit, and to outcompete other animal consumers by harvesting the fruit while it is unripe and still unpalatable to them.
"Any textbook of animal biology describes the resulting evolutionary arms race, in which plants evolve increasingly potent toxins (such as strychnine and quinine), and animals evolve increasingly potent means of detoxification. While enzymatic detoxification has previously received the most attention, the work of Gilardi et al.10 and the wide distribution of geophagy among animal herbivores suggest an additional important means of detoxification by adsorption on ingested soil minerals."
- Jared M. Diamond, Department of Physiology, University of California Medical School, Los Angeles
Read more about indigenous habits and instinctual use of edible clay minerals in our bentonite articles section.
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