The healing effect of heat was already known to the ancient Greeks. Indeed, Hippocrates considered fever to be a natural therapy in the treatment of breast cancer. Today, thanks to modern technical advances, we can apply “healing fevers” in a dedicated and safe fashion to help combat various illnesses.
In our practice, we use fever therapy in combination with mistletoe, chemo- and/or radiation therapy in order to intensify the effect of these treatments or, in certain cases, to enable their therapeutic impact to unfold. We know from empirical thermobiological research that, at temperatures above 40.5°C, the metabolism of malignant tissue is disturbed to such an extent that cell death can occur and tumours begin to shrink. Furthermore, heat activates the body’s immune system. So-called heat-shock proteins (HPs), which appear on the surface of cancer cells when the body is overheated, are behind this process. These serve as identification markers for the body’s own defence system. In this way, hyperthermia is a useful supplementary therapy to help the body fight the growth of cancer cells. The foundation Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) has described this procedure as the “fourth cornerstone of cancer treatment”.