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Further indicatinos for whole body cryotherapy in cryo-sauna at −110 °C

Some additional health problems and diseases shall be dealt with here that were not recorded in the indication list for whole body cryotherapy since inadequate experience has been gained from its use regarding these conditions.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

The positive effect of cold applications on the skin in patients suffering chronic-inflammatory and painful intestinal diseases (probably via what we refer to as cutivisceral reflexes) is known and has indeed been described elsewhere.

Crohn’s disease primarily afflicts the lower end of the small intestine and the colon, while ulcerative colitis affects only the colon. The actual cause of any of these diseases is not known. Gene defects are probable, as more recent studies suggest. Etiologically, however, inflammatory mediators released by the immune system of the intestinal mucosa that maintain the chronic inflammatory process play a special role in addition to psychosomatic components. Crohn’s disease can also become manifest outside of the intestine. Amongst other things joint inflammation can occur that in itself represents an indication for whole body cryotherapy. Because of its systemic anti-inflammatory and anti-algesic effect, whole body cold application can be used as an adjuvant therapy. Isolated observations and case studies have suggested an improvement in well being after application of whole body cryotherapy.

Restless-legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic leg movements in sleep

The cause for RLS (paralgesia in the legs before falling asleep, urge to move) and for periodic leg movements (twitching: flexion in foot and knee joints; toe extensions: tonic contractions while falling asleep) is probably rooted within the central nervous system. Affected individuals have almost certainly had the experience that with lighter forms of these two health disorders physical therapies, i.e. warm, but also cold applications, are able to relieve the symptoms and with more serious forms promote the therapy. Whole body cryotherapy can also be understood to number amongst these.

RLS occurs more frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Cold treatment of this disease then usually leads to relief of the RLS complaints.


So far, individual observations suggest that WBC may improve the symptoms of tinnitus. These observations are confirmed by the results of a more detailed study, which can be found below.

In a clinical study involving a group of 80 tinnitus patients (39 bilateral, 20 right-sided, 15 left-sided, and 6 with "tinnitus in the head") with a duration of symptoms ranging from one month to 23 years (WBC −110°C in two series with a total of 10 exposures of 3 min each), the following results were obtained (according to patient information and audiometric control): in four patients, the tinnitus was completely eliminated; in 47, the intensity was reduced; in 16, a slight improvement was noticed; and in 13 patients, the findings were unchanged. Audiometric analysis revealed a frequency change of the tinnitus in 138 ears and a change in the intensity in 91 ears. A reduction of hearing loss could be detected (28).

The indication lists for some cryotherapy centers identify even more diseases which can not be referred to here by the author as being treatable by cold for lack of personal experience. Amongst these include gout arthritis and paralysis of peripheral nerves in addition to the conditions mentioned on page 49 in the book.

For further useful information about whole-body cryotherapy at -110 ° C, and the mechanisms of action, we recommend the book "The Power of the Cold" by Prof. Dr. sc med Winfried Papenfuss, published by Edition K Wolfsegg. Large parts of the content of this website were taken from this book. 

The catchy standard work is suitable for both professionals and interested readers. With pleasure we forward your order of "The Power of the Cold" directly to the publisher.