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The word hyperthermia comes from the Greek and means over-warming (hyper: too much and thermos: warmth). The idea of hyperthermia naturally comes from the consideration that an artificial increase in body temperature is the same as healing fever. I cannot agree and my personal experiences show me clearly that there is really a significant difference between the body generating fever because bacteria is injected into it, as with the Coley therapy, or increased bodily temperature produced through artificially generated waves. There is another interesting aspect of hypothermia that is also very interesting; it is certainly a therapy, which has successfully found a place in allopathy through the detour of alternative medicine.

While allopathy for the most part only laughed at hypothermia until the end of the last century, today there is a close network of people who are studying this therapy intensively, at the University of Berlin, Charité, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, the University of Düsseldorf, the University of Essen, the University of Lübeck, the University of Munich, and at the University of Tübingen. Naturally the universities represent the opinion that hyperthermia only makes sense when it is combined with a chemotherapy. My opinion in this regard: Any other statement would have been surprising.

Here we cannot forget that the production of hypothermia devices and the therapy is an ever increasing business. For this reason alone active fever therapy hardly has a chance of survival. Please do not misunderstand me. I certainly believe that we can no longer imagine modern cancer therapy without hyperthermia, however I believe that this comes at the cost of active fever therapy with bacteria, whose effect is not doubted by anyone who has studied it in detail.

Basically there are the following forms of hyperthermia:

Local hyperthermia

The main application area are surface tumors like individual lymph node metastasis, breast cancer nodes etc.

Regional hyperthermia

The main application areas are larger areas of 20-40 cm. It can be used almost anywhere with the exception of the thorax.

Whole-body hyperthermia

Here the primary distinction is between moderate whole-body hyperthermia in which a body temperature of max. 40.5ºC  is achieved, and systemic whole-body hyperthermia in which a body temperature of over 42ºC is achieved. Moderate whole-body hyperthermia involves more of an immune boosting effect or improved thermal regulation of the body, and the systemic whole-body hyperthermia involves supplemental direct destruction of cancer cells. Many physicians use both of these therapies together with chemotherapies, often in low dose. This form of therapy could be a possibility for reducing a hazardous tumor mass, if an operation is not possible.

Hyperthermal perfusion

With hyperthermal perfusion a pre-warmed liquid (e.g. the patient’s own blood with chemotherapeutic substances) is channeled through the veins to warm the body part. This is used for tumors in the extremities (legs/arms).

Interstitial hyperthermia

This type of hyperthermia therapy is used for certain body cavities or within organs that are surrounded by bone (the brain for example) and it is executed via previously implanted catheters. In this regard microwave antenna are used almost exclusively.

Magnetic field hyperthermia

This process is still in the trial phase. Here magnetic materials are warmed by an alternating magnetic field.


Here temperatures over 50ºC are attempted, for example, for prostrate carcinomas via laser technology.

Warming for hyperthermia therapies can occur in different ways:

  1. With two metal plates between which an electrical alternating field is generated (20 MHz to 70 MHz).
  1. High-frequency with a frequency of over 60 MHz.
  1. Infrared systems, microwaves or ultrasound.


Lothar Hirneise

Personal opinion: Doubtless hyperthermia has established itself in both camps, allopathy, and non-conventional. This was certainly only possible because of the many studies that show how successful this therapy can be. In addition to the fact that consequently active fever therapy has been displaced, hyperthermia has an additional disadvantage: Again the focus is placed on the tumor. Almost all doctors measure the success of hyperthermia by the size of the tumor. Do not fall for this error, never forget that with the exception of moderate hyperthermia this therapy is primarily concerned with destruction of the tumor and that the holistic perspective should not be forgotten.

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