Detox Benefits of Black Tourmaline & Green Jade in Sauna Therapy
The use of crystals and gemstones for healing and spiritual practices has been going on for millennia. In fact, it is believed to have begun around 4,000 B.C. with the Sumerians, who used gypsum and hematite for protection. Similarly, the ancient Egyptians and Greeks used stones such as lapis lazuli, quartz, and amethyst for spiritual enlightenment and physical wellness. (1) The ancient Chinese carved jade, which symbolizes purity, into myriad ritual and ornamental objects to enhance good fortune and positive energy flow. (2) Closer to home, records indicate that since prehistory, Native Americans have used black tourmaline for decorative and religious purposes. (3)
Perhaps our ancient counterparts were onto something. Human beings have long enjoyed the beauty of such stones, but now numerous scientific studies have taught us that gems and crystals can benefit our health. Among these studies are many concluding that black tourmaline and green jade can help with detoxification.
What Is It?
Black tourmaline, sometimes called schorl or iron tourmaline, is a complex mineral found in abundance in the United States, Brazil, and Madagascar (4). It is a very popular gemstone and is widely used to make jewelry; however, it is also used in applications such as sensors, generators, and lighting technologies. (3)
This is because black tourmaline is pyroelectric, meaning it will generate an electrical field when heated or cooled. Ancient Greek naturalist Theophrastus was the first to describe this phenomenon, noting that heated tourmaline attracted bits of straw and sawdust. In 1756, physicist Franz Aepinus’ research confirmed black tourmaline’s pyroelectric ability, and in the 1880s, so did that of French physicist brothers Pierre and Jacques Curie. (3, 5)
How Does Black Tourmaline Work?
Black tourmaline’s pyroelectricity translates to far-infrared radiation (FIR) in the form of heat. This is the type of heat you soak up when you lay out in the sun but without the harmful UV rays. Experienced by the body as gentle, radiant heat that penetrates the skin to about 1.5 inches (4 cm) deep, FIR has been shown to be generally safe without prolonged exposure. In sauna therapy, this means that you can experience enhanced detoxification and reduced pain, stiffness, and fatigue. (6, 7, 8)
How Do We Get the Benefits of Black Tourmaline?
You can certainly find beautiful black tourmaline jewelry to wear, and you can carry it with you and place it throughout your home. However, there’s a more effective method for benefitting from black tourmaline, one whose positive outcomes are easier to measure: sauna therapy.
The heat from the sauna amplifies black tourmaline’s pyroelectricity, enhancing sauna therapy’s ability to reduce pain and oxidative stress by detoxifying the body. At Synergy Science™, the tourmaline panels in our Synergy Sauna™ prevent air contaminants and facilitate negative ion therapy (9). Negative ion therapy has been shown to improve mood, enhance cognitive performance, and promote antimicrobial activity by increasing oxygen to the brain. (10)
What Is It?
Over 5,000 years ago, the peoples of Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, and South America used jade, which was prized for its toughness, to make ax heads, weapons, and tools. Soon, however, artisans began to carve jade into ornamental and ritual objects and jewelry, polishing it to a high shine to reveal its luster. Most people think of jade as green, but it comes in colors that span the rainbow. (11)
How Does Green Jade Work?
It’s not just a stone you wear or carry for good luck. Jade, like black tourmaline, is pyroelectric and radiates FIR when heated, thereby promoting detoxification and reducing pain and stiffness. (12, 13) In fact, jade absorbs and distributes FIR waves more effectively than almost any other material. (14)
How Do We Get the Benefits of Green Jade?
Many wear jade jewelry and display jade objects, such as figurines, bowls, or vases, in their homes.
But, like tourmaline, jade isn’t just for décor. Our Synergy Sauna™ features genuine green jade gemstones in the foot heating pad. In combination with the black tourmaline panels, the foot heating pad helps gently raise your body temperature for detox, relaxation, and pain relief.
When FIR heat passes through the jade stones, it penetrates deeper into your body than with a traditional heating pad, getting deep into your muscles, joints, and organs. (14)
But the Body Can Detox Itself, Right?
It’s true: our bodies have a built-in detoxification system that includes the lymphatic system, liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, and skin. Essentially, each component of the system plays a crucial part (15):
- Liver: cleans toxins and harmful chemicals from the blood and prepares them for excretion
- Kidneys: flushes waste and toxins through urine
- Lungs: filters out carbon dioxide, fumes, molds, allergens, and airborne toxins
- Colon (large intestine): excretes solid waste
- Lymphatic system: removes byproducts of infection
- Skin: sweats out toxins
So if we eat healthy foods, drink enough water, and get enough sleep, shouldn’t the body’s detox system keep us healthy? Not necessarily. The simple fact is, we are unwittingly exposed to a growing number of toxins in the form of pollutants and pesticides every day, and our bodies have not evolved to handle them. As a result, our natural detoxification system can become overwhelmed, allowing free radicals to run rampant and damage our bodies.
There’s even a name for this: it’s called toxic overload, and the symptoms can include diarrhea, excessive urination, sore throat, heartburn, nasal congestion or runny nose (from mucus overproduction), vomiting, changes to body odor, and excessively oily skin — and that’s just in the beginning stage. As our bodies accumulate more toxins, symptoms can escalate to fatigue, memory difficulties, sleep impairment, eczema (and other inflammatory conditions like gout), depression, and “brain fog.” (16)
To lessen these conditions, we can take steps to assist our natural defenses. One of these is using the Synergy Sauna™, which is uniquely designed for comfort, relaxation, and detoxification using gentle FIR heat enhanced by the amazing properties of black tourmaline and green jade.
What You Can Experience With the Synergy Sauna™
Civilizations in antiquity knew that tourmaline and jade, among other gemstones, made beautiful jewelry and objects for home décor. Through centuries of study, we now know the health benefits of these stones: they can help provide relief from pain and oxidative stress by helping rid our bodies of toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
For a deep, full-body cleansing, the Synergy Sauna™ features these stones in addition to its many other unique and desirable features. Check it out here and start your journey to better health and relaxation!