Sauna use benefits include lowering blood pressure in hypertension patients and helping patients with chronic congested heart failure by improving blood flow into the heart. Additionally, it also helps improve mobility in rheumatic patients, removes toxins in the body, reduces fatigue and mild depression, and improves the skin's appearance.
The heat in the sauna causes sweating, which in return helps get rid of stored chemicals from the body. Sweating has been known to be a very effective way of getting rid of alcohol and nicotine from the body. Thus, sauna use is heavily recommended for heavy smokers and drinkers wishing to undergo the detoxification process.
According to Dr. Julian Whitaker, sitting in the sauna helps the blood flow into the heart by slowly exercising the heart and enabling blood vessels and capillaries to dilate. The heart muscles become stronger and more tolerant to exercise and any other physical activity after a few minutes in a sauna for a specified period of time. Saunas are also a good way of relaxing and getting away from the hassles of the world.
However, it is important that patients consult their doctor before getting into the sauna so as to avoid aggravating existing conditions.