Introduction to hyperthermia – The potential of therapeutic overheating

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Hyperthermia undoubtedly represents a meaningful option for treating specific chronic diseases and cancer in various stages. Its efficacy has been documented by global empirical data gathered for decades as well as by numerous examinations and studies on the subject. Scientific data of different evidence levels on the use of hyperthermia for treating chronic diseases are available in the fields of dermatology (scleroderma), gastroenterology (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease), pulmonology (asthma), metabolic disorders, morbid obesity and hypertension as well as rheumatology or immunology and in pain therapy, especially for the treatment of fibromyalgia. The role of hyperthermia has also been examined in the context of detoxification efforts. As can easily be discerned, the feasible application range of hyperthermia is exceedingly broad, and the method – when properly applied – is capable of generating sustained prognostic improvement in a multitude of health conditions, including, but not limited to oncology.


The body of scientific research on the topic of hyperthermia keeps growing. This work covers all levels, from basic research to clinical studies. Extensive studies on synergies with various cytostatic drugs and radiation-sensitizing effects have paved the way for inclusion in clinical routine. The available studies document positive results for patients and encourage further efforts.

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Intruduction to hyperthermia

Prof. Dr. Holger Wehner

Dr. med. Dipl. med. Holger Wehner, chief physician, medical director and founder of the clinic, is specialist of general medicine with additional designation naturopathic method, nicotine therapist as well as specialist in the area of hyperthermia. He has special expertise and worldwide reputation in the field of extreme whole-body hyperthermia, especially in the procedure of systemic multi-step cancer therapy [Prof. M. Von Ardenne]. Dr. Wehner was formerly Chief Physician of the Von Ardenne Clinic for Systemic Cancer Multi-Step Therapy. In 2006 he was appointed to the Chair of Integrative Medicine at the Academy for Medical and Social Rehabilitation in Moscow due to his commitment in the field of integrative medicine. The efforts in the hyperthermia sector led to the presidency of the German Society for Hyperthermia (DGHT) for the years 2002 to 2012, the re-election took place in 2014 and ended in 2018 at his own request. Dr. Holger Wehner has more than 30 years of experience in the field of hyperthermia and integrative medicine in oncology and non-oncology.

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