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Hyperthermia is the elevation of body temperature beyond normal ranges. While hyperthermia can refer to a life-threatening complication[1], intentional hyperthermia has been studied for his possible benefits for the immune system, cardiovascular system, as a cancer adjuvant, and for increasing physical endurance.

Types of hyperthermia[edit | edit source]

Body temperature can be raised endogenously, such as through a fever. Sauna, hot baths, and exercise also raise body temperature.

Physiological effects[edit | edit source]

Immune system[edit | edit source]

Cardiovascular system[edit | edit source]

Possible health benefits[edit | edit source]

As a cancer adjuvant[edit | edit source]

There have been numerous in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrating the potential of mild hyperthermia to sensitize cancerous tumorous to chemotherapy and radiation.[2]

In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[edit | edit source]

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Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia - Hyperthermia
  2. Peer, Adrienne J.; Grimm, Melissa J.; Zynda, Evan R.; Repasky, Elizabeth A. (March 1, 2010), "Diverse immune mechanisms may contribute to the survival benefit seen in cancer patients receiving hyperthermia", Immunologic Research, 46 (1–3): 137–154, doi:10.1007/s12026-009-8115-8, ISSN 0257-277X, retrieved November 9, 2016