NIIM apologises that an advertisement for the Heckel HT3000 Whole-Body Hyperthermia System device, which was published on the Hyperthermia section on this website, should not have been published.
In the advertisement, we inadvertently and improperly made a prohibited representation about cancer; restricted representations about asthma, bronchitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease; chronic prostatitis, neurodermatitis and many others; and stated that the use of the device for the treatment of serious disease is safe.
A complaint to the Complaints Resolution Panel (Reference: 2017/07/013) was submitted anonymously and upon becoming aware of the complaint, NIIM immediately withdrew the offending advertisement. The panel also requested that a retraction be published in a form that had been discussed with the panel on the NIIM website. Consequently, we are publishing this retraction and also advise that since acquiring majority ownership of the Gold Coast clinic, NIIM has initiated a full compliance review of NIIM Gold Coast material to ensure alignment with relevant regulatory standards.
Whole Body and Local Hyperthermia Therapy
Hyperthermia therapy, also called thermal medicine or thermotherapy, is a type of therapy in which body tissue is exposed to high temperature. Hyperthermia therapy can be applied locally or used as a whole body treatment.
What is whole-body hyperthermia therapy?
NIIM is proud to use the Heckel HT-3000 Whole Body Hyperthermia System. Body temperature plays a crucial role in the regulation of our immune system. A healthy organism responds to certain illnesses with regulated increases in temperature, which may progress to a high fever during the acute phase of disease. The onset of a fever triggers an enhanced immune response and is considered a natural temporary “immunological special event”.
The hyperthermia system is intended to be used to produce and control the delivery of mild heat. The system uses water-filtered infrared radiation to induce mild whole- body hyperthermia as an adjunct therapy to conventional treatments.
How does it work?
The Heckel HT-3000 Whole Body Hyperthermia System is a specially designed device in the form of a tent made of a flexible, thermally insulating material. While lying comfortably on the treatment table or bed, the tent is placed over the table with the patient inside during the IR radiation phase, with their head outside the tent. Radiation is able to penetrate the skin to a depth where the blood can absorb the heat and spread it throughout the tissue and organs. Subsequently the body’s core temperature is safely heated within 1-2 hours. Once the desired temperature has been reached, the tent walls can be folded down and wrapped on to the patient to maintain the elevated core temperature.
The Celsius TCS radiofrequency loco-regional hyperthermia system is intended to target and heat specific regions of the body.
Hyperthermia therapy is always performed under supervised conditions with continuous monitoring of vital signs, including:
- Blood pressure
- PO2 (saturation of oxygen in the blood)
- Pulse rate
- Respiratory rate
Are the any potential Side Effects?
Hyperthermia therapy is non-invasive, but as with any medical treatment, may have undesirable side effects. Patients may feel flushed and thirsty after treatment and most problems they have with the treatment are not serious. The potential side effects will depend on the patient, what part of the body is treated and how high the temperature is raised. NIIM Gold Coast will discuss all potential side effects prior to beginning the therapy.
Please Note: ** This therapy must be used only as directed, and if symptoms persist please seek medical advice**