Traits of Far Infrared Rays
Three main traits or basic characteristics need to be considered in FIR: Radiation, Deep-Reaching Effects and Resonance and Absorption.
Radiation refers to the aspect of FIR in which energy is emitted in form of particles and waves, transmitted, and absorbed by matter. The ability to exist as both particle and wave is called “electromagnetism”, manifested in FIR as well as in all other light spectra. Other types of light, such as microwaves, travel as heat energy. In order for FIR to have a heating effect the waves must hit matter and reflect off its surface. This phenomenon is responsible for cold temperatures at higher altitudes. On tall mountain peaks, surface area decreases greatly, and there is less matter for infrared rays to reflect from objects, or to demonstrate “resonant absorption.” Heat is, therefore, not emitted.
Most common heat sources do not affect our internal bodily organs or functions, due to their inability to “deep reach”. Our average bodily temperature of 36.5°C is not affected substantially by fluctuating environmental conditions. Unlike environmental temperature or even visible light rays or close-infrared rays, FIR rays have the ability to penetrate deeply and permeate thoroughly into the hypodermic layer of human skin. In other words, revitalizing human cells and tissue by warming the body from the inside.
We humans, and all living things are made up of organic (carbon-based) compounds including DNA, which is a giant molecule containing the genetic information for every species. Carbon compounds in our diets furnish the energy that sustains life “absorption”. Organic compounds make up most of our clothing, fuel, medicines, vehicles, pesticides, etc. but organic chemicals also are among our worst enemies including pollutants, threats to the ozone layer, etc. There is much ongoing and future research that needs to be completed to more specifically identify the characteristics of FIR, but many investigators believe FIR to be critical in many of the most basic biochemical processes within life forms.