by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© March 2014, The Center For Development


A single reddish 250-watt “heat lamp”, which is really a near infrared lamp, is an excellent healing device.  This article details where to get a lamp and clamp-on socket, how to use the lamp, and cautions that one must observe for its safe and effective use.




            Clamp the socket to a chair, shelf, headboard of a bed, or other convenient location where you can move your body close to the lamp.  If the spring-loaded clamp is very stiff, place a towel or glove on your hand when opening the clamp.

            Always set a timer for your session.  Infrared lights can cause deep relaxation and you could fall asleep under the light and overtreat yourself.

Sit about 8" to 24" from the lamp.  Move the lamp or your body slightly during the lamp session as otherwise it may cause a slight burn. 

Allow the area to become as hot as one can comfortably tolerate.  A slight reddening of the skin is common and is not a burn.  It will go away within an hour, and is not harmful. 

Use the lamp five to twenty minutes per session, one to about six times per day.  Be sure to observe all the cautions listed in this article.




An isolated reddish infrared heat lamp directed at an area of the body provides the following excellent and often surprising benefits:


Š           Improved circulation.

Š           Deep penetration, up to several inches inside the body.

Š           Improved oxygenation and even hydration of the tissues.

Š           Infrared effects, which may include faster tissue healing and others.

Š           The energy of the lamp is often very relaxing for muscles and for the nervous system.




Joint and muscle conditions. Joint pain, muscle strains, nasal polyps, ear aches, possibly eye problems, possibly toothaches, skin rashes, acne, boils and perhaps some other conditions of the eyes, nose, ears and sinuses.  Neck, shoulder, elbow, knee and back pain may also respond.

            Relief in one or two days has also occurred in cases of low back pain, knee pain, nerve root irritation and other local conditions.  One can safely shine the lamp on any area of the body in need of healing. However, one must not shine it near the head for more than 5-10 minutes about every two hours.

Infections.  For a general treatment that can be surprisingly effective, shine the red lamp at the thymus gland, moving the body or the lamp as close as possible without causing a burn.  The thymus gland is located at the level of the breast bone. 

A treatment should last about 15-20 minutes, and can be repeated three or four times daily for a severe infection.

The lamp can also be used for ‘spot treatment’ of any infected area of the body.  For example, one patient had a sinus infection that did not respond to antibiotics or to natural healing methods.  She was weak and feverish every evening and had constant headaches.  By shining an infrared lamp on the sinuses for 5-10 minutes at a time, four times a day, relief occurred in two days with complete elimination of all symptoms in five days.  The patient continued to use the lamp for another two weeks because she said the red light felt wonderful.

Nail fungus. One gentleman completely controls his toenail fungus on many toes by placing a red heat lamp near the floor.  Each day he moved his toes as close as he could to the lamp until he felt it start to burn.  He needed to do this every day, once daily at least, for 6 months.  The treatment does not seem to be a cure, as he must repeat it every few months or so or the condition will return, but it keeps it under control.

            Young children. For a baby or infant, one can shine the lamp on the abdomen for about ten minutes, preferably while the baby is lying comfortably in your lap or on a table.  Use caution and keep the lamp at least 1.5-2 feet from the baby.  This can help colic, constipation, anxiety, irritability and other problems.  Do not shine the light near a baby’s eyes or at a baby’s head.

For older children. Skin rashes, blemishes, and other skin conditions may respond.  Teenage or adult acne often responds beautifully, often in a few days with just one or two treatments for 5-15 minutes per day.

For the eyes, ears, teeth and sinuses.  The single lamp can be very helpful for conditions involving these areas.  However, because they are on the head, do not use the light more than 5-10 minutes at one time.  Then wait two hours or more before doing another session.  Also, keep your eyes closed when using the light near your eyes.

Pets.  It can also be used on pets and large animals such as horses. 




Š           Do not use the lamp on any area of the head, such as the ears or sinuses, for more than 5-10 minutes in one session, and sessions should be at least two hours apart.

Š           Do not look at the lamp at close range.  Always close your eyes if you shine it at your head area. 

Š           Always use a timer when using the lamp so that you do not overtreat yourself.

Š           Avoid using the lamp on an injury for the first 24 hours following the injury.  The lamp might increase inflammation, which is not helpful.  However, the lamp is excellent for most injuries and accidents.

Š           Move the lamp or your body a little during a session.  Remaining in one spot too long could cause a burn.

Š           Avoid applying any kind of essential oil, lotion or cream to your skin before using the heat lamp.  Oils can heat up and cause a burn.

Š           Avoid touching an infrared lamp when hot.

Š           Avoid placing the lamp on any surface when hot to avoid igniting or burning the surface. 

Š           Treat the lamp gently.  Do not screw the lamp in too tightly.  Also avoid banging the lamp or splashing water on it, as these could cause it to break.

Š           Rosacea or some skin cancers may become irritated by the light.




            These are found at most hardware stores.  Ask for a 250-watt “heat lamp”.  It is not called infrared.  Any brand will do, and these include General Electric, Philips, Sylvania, Havel-SLi, Westinghouse, Feat or perhaps another.

            To get a clamp light socket, here are two links:



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