A new study shows that being exposed to high levels of heat can have an effect similar to antidepressants on people with major depressive disorder. The treatment is called whole-body hyperthermia (WBH). In the study, participants’ temperature was raised to between 99.5 to 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
With WBH, heating blankets, warm-water immersion or other techniques are used to deliberately raise a person’s body temperature.
According to an article in MD Magazine, ghe 6-week study found that WBH was almost as effective as using an antidepressant for those weeks. It’s also possible that a single treatment of WBH could benefit a depressed patient for several weeks at a time.