TDP Mineral Heat Lamp
The TDP lamp or TDP mineral lamp is a medical device which comes under U.S. Food and Drug Administration Class II as a far-infrared heating device. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increases microcirculation and loosens fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. It is used by acupuncturists, Asian bodywork therapists, and other medical professionals. The class of devices to which it belongs is approved by the FDA for temporary relief from pain and arthritis.
The components of the head are what makes the TDP lamp different from other far-infrared heating devices. It is not simply a heat lamp with a light bulb. The heating element operates at about 870-degrees Fahrenheit, and the lamp emits far-infrared radiation in the 2-50 micrometre range.
History of invention
TDP is an acronym for "Teding Diancibo Pu" which loosely translated means special electromagnetic spectrum. The TDP mineral lamp was invented in China in 1978 and exhibited at the 1986 Zagreb International Fair in Yugoslavia in competition with 560 inventions from 18 countries by the inventor Mr. Gou Wenbin. It was also exhibited at the 1986 Brussels Eureka World Fair for Invention. Mr. Wenbin died in the late 1980's.
The story told about the discovery of TDP mineral lamp therapy begins in a black clay factory in rural China, where in spite of a work environment where workers were exposed to extremes of cold, wet, and heat, they had a very low incidence of illness. Upon further investigation, the differentiating factor was determined to be the beneficial far-infrared radiation from the hot clay. Analysis of the clay and later experimentation led to the development of the medical device now known as the TDP mineral lamp.
Experimentation with TDP mineral lamps started and by 1979, 36 universities, 45 graduate schools, 41 research institutes, 250 hospitals, and 3000 thousand medical doctors and researchers formed an international TDP society for the purpose of performing clinical studies related to the effects of TDP mineral lamp therapy.
The state of research in 1985 showed TDP mineral lamp therapy to have been successfully used to treat over 30 different human and animal diseases and disorders. Thirty million people had received medical treatment from TDP mineral lamps. Clinical evidence confirmed that TDP mineral lamp therapy would reduce inflammation, calm pain, and improve micro-circulation, and balance metabolism. Evidence was gathered substantiating TDP mineral lamp use promoted cell growth, reproduction, and repair, concurrently with promotion of specific enzyme activity levels and immune function.
Treatment usually consists of bare skin exposure in the affected area with the lamp positioned 12-18 inches from the body. Length of self-treatment for a single condition is typically 15-30 minutes (not longer than 45 min.)
Contraindications and safety
Patients with neuropathy are warned that the inability to accurately feel the temperature of the treatment may result in accidental burns. Infants or persons who cannot communicate when treatment is too hot should also avoid treatment. Treatment in areas with surgical implants (metal, silicone, pacemakers, etc.) should be avoided because of the risk that these foreign materials may absorb and hold heat at a different rate than living tissue, accidentally causing internal burns. Pregnant women, people experiencing fever, otitis media, splenitis, ophthalmic diseases, varicose veins, open pulmonary tuberculosis, serious arteriosclerosis, and with bleeding tendencies should avoid TDP mineral lamp therapy. People with hypertension should not use the TDP Lamp on their head. When using on the head, protection of the eyes is required so they do not become dry.
For persons with the following symptoms, TDP mineral lamp therapy may not be advised, as in Chinese medicine a therapist should not use heat treatment with someone who exhibits "hot" symptoms already: a natural tendency to be hot, rapid pulse or red face, fever or headache, dry mouth, thirst, sore throat, or cough, yellow tongue, dark urine, or sticky yellow mucus, hot flashes or night sweats, redness and swelling, mouth and tongue sores, chapped lips, or bleeding gums, heart palpitations, mental agitation, mania, or insomnia. And generally avoid treatment if the recipient does not like it.