Tourmaline gemstone is a semi-precious mineral. With colors ranging from magenta to teal-blue, meadow-green to vibrant yellow and even black, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali” which means, “stone mixed with vibrant colors". Although it might be a stretch to say tourmaline has supernatural powers, it does have the uncommon and very special ability to generate an electric charge and emit negative ions and far infrared rays. Tourmaline emits far infrared radiation in the 4-14 micron wavelength. Electromagnetic radiation in the far infrared range is able to boost the immune system and promote detoxification. Negative ions can on the other hand can help increase energy, alertness and elevate our mood. In fact, Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that negative ion generators relieve depression as much as antidepressants.
There's something in the air and while it may not be love, some say it's the next best thing: negative ions. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments - think mountains, waterfalls and beaches. Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. They are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation and moving air and water. You may have experienced the power of negative ions when you last set foot on the beach or walked beneath a waterfall. The air circulating in the mountains and the beach contains tens of thousands of negative ions - much more than the average home or office building, which contain dozens or hundreds, and many register a flat zero. "The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods" says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD of Columbia University in New York.
Far infrared therapy (FIR) involves the use of far infrared rays to gently heal, soothe, stimulate and detox the physical body as well as the mind. Far infrared rays are invisible waves of energy that have the ability to penetrate all layers of the human physical body, penetrating into the inner most regions of the tissues, muscles and bone.
Far infrared rays very gently increase blood flow by expanding the capillaries that carry blood. They also increase oxygenation and regeneration of the blood, deeply detoxifying it for the improved functioning of all of the major organs in the body, which depend on blood for energy. This detoxification is on the deepest level, allowing hidden toxins in the blood and tissue to be dissolved or immobilized. Far infrared rays also boosts your immune system, increasing the amount of white blood cells and killer T-cells. It is an excellent therapy for promoting healing, reducing muscle soreness, muscle spasms and relief for rheumatoid arthritis.