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CHROMOTHERAPY

Chromotherapy, or color light therapy, is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic light to cure diseases. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases and ailments.

COLOR LIGHT THERAPY

medical benefits of chromotherapy
Detoxification

Reduced Inflammation

Pain relief

Wound healing

Increased range of motion

Increased flexibility

Improved circulation

Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Improved sleep patterns

Stress reduction

Medical Benefits

Light Therapy has been reported to reduce swelling, relieve pain, decrease inflammation, accelerate open wound healing and greatly reduce overall recovery after medical/surgical procedures.medical affects of color therapy - human brain Patients have demonstrated increased range of motion, decreased muscle tension and spasm, and improved circulation.

Rejuvenating LED light therapy can be used for pain management such as joint and back pain, sore or torn muscles, sprains, arthritis, post-surgical scars, burns, wounds and more. When used with infrared technology, light therapy (chromotherapy) is one of the most effective and noninvasive ways to repair the body.

Firefighters and first responders are using the chromotherapy lights inside our saunas to combat growing concerns of mental health and PTSD. Light therapy is also used to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD effects individuals when the lack of sunlight results in seasonal depression. Chromotherapy helps with SAD by resetting the internal biological clock (Circadian rhythms), helping individuals sleep better and regulate their mood. Even companies, such as GE and Philips, have created phototherapeutic products to improve and regulate mood.

Cosmetic Benefits

Light therapy is also a growing treatment for anti-aging. improved skin with chromotherapy and infrared sauna useMany individuals have seen a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and age spots.

Light therapy is “effective at improving the appearance of the face, neck and chest by reducing the signs of aging, wrinkles and age spots”, says Web M.D. Combined with infrared therapy, LED phototherapy can be a great way to revitalize skin. Light therapy energizes skin cells, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, giving skin back it’s youthful look.

cosmetic benefits of chromotherapy
Healthier Skin

Moisturized Skin

Reduces Pores

Anti-aging

Age spots

Acne and scar reduction

Reduced stretch marks

Wrinkle reduction of crow’s feet

Stimulates collagen and elastin

Decreased hair loss

Chromotherapy Color Chart

Known as “The Great Energizer,” red has been shown to boost energy and promote faster healing when used in tandem with infrared sauna therapy. Red is the first visible color we see after the infrared band is passed; it loosens and releases stiffness and constrictions, promotes cellular growth and activates the circulatory system. Red color therapy is great for colds and sluggish or dormant conditions such as pneumonia and arthritis, as well as anemia and other blood-related conditions. It acts as a liver stimulant and an energy builder. Red links with and stimulates the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin, resulting in greater strength. Red also causes hemoglobin to multiply, which increases energy, raising body temperature conditions as it stimulates sensory nerves like hearing, taste and smell; it also activates metabolism.

Orange is often referred to as “The Wisdom Ray” because it is a blend of red and yellow, combining physical energy with mental wisdom, including a transformation between low physical reaction and higher mental response. Orange aids in repairing inflammation of the kidneys, gallstones, menstrual cramps, epilepsy, wet cough and all sinus conditions. Orange energizes and eliminates localized fat, helps address asthma and bronchitis, sparks greater mental activity and can induce an uplifting sense of cheerful emotions. With this freeing action upon the mind, orange relieves repression; it is the best emotional stimulant and helps assimilate new ideas. Orange helps remove inhibitions, paving independent social behavior like bringing joy to the workday and strengthening one’s appetite for life.

Yellow has been shown to create feelings of optimism, good humor and positivity. It has a very enriching effect upon the intellect and helps awaken mental inspiration, arousing higher mentality. Yellow is an excellent color for nervous exhaustion or nerve-related conditions as well as conditions of the stomach, liver and intestines. Other typical diseases treated by yellow are constipation, gas, diabetes and eczema. The soothing and calming effect of yellow light therapy is a safe alternative for treating rosacea, redness and inflammation; yellow can also help the pores of the skin by repairing scar tissue. Yellow provides clarity of thought, increases awareness and stimulates interest and curiosity; it is related to the ability to perceive or understand and connects us to our mental self.

Green is the universal healing color. It can be used for just about any condition in need of healing and contains both a physical and spiritual nature in equal balance and harmony. It is one of the best light therapy hues for combating Seasonal Affective Disorder, directly counteracting the side effects of SAD. Green can decrease and stabilize blood pressure and help heal many illnesses, including heart troubles, ulcers, cancer, headaches, nervous disorders and influenza; it acts as a general tonic and can help relax muscles, nerves and thoughts. Green cleanses and balances our energy to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. It is used primarily for balancing our whole being; when in doubt, go green!

Blue can be used for any types of ailments associated with speech, communication or the throat because it connects us to holistic thought and gives us wisdom and clarity, enhancing communication and speech. Blue stimulates muscle and skin cells, nerves and the circulatory system while also lubricating joints and helping address infections, stress and nervous tension. It has a pacifying effect on the nervous system, encouraging relaxation and is a mentally relaxing color, making it ideal for sleep problems. These relaxing, soothing blue rays also bring a great calm and peace to a mind that is worried or in an excited or nervous state. So when you want to minimize feelings of anxiety and depression, this very positive color is a great choice!

Violet is the last color we see before light passes on to ultra-violet. This color is an excellent remedy for neurosis, diseases of the scalp, sciatica, tumors, rheumatism, cerebral and spinal meningitis, concussion, cramps and epilepsy. It addresses inflammation and urinary illness, relaxes the nerves and lymphatic system and animates and cleans the venous blood; violet light delivers a calming effect that can even help to overcome feelings of pain. Violet is a tranquil color that stimulates white blood cell production as well as purifies our thoughts and feelings, giving us inspiration in all undertakings and connecting us to our spiritual self, bringing guidance, wisdom, inner strength and enhancing artistic talent and creativity.

Healing With Color

Color is light; split into different wavelengths vibrating at different speeds and at different frequencies. Objects that ABSORB all wavelengths and DO NOT reflect are black in nature. Objects that REFLECT all wavelengths and DO reflect are white in nature. Between black and white lies COLOR. Colors are wavelengths of energy that, to us, appear as color because of the potential and capabilities of the object to either absorb or reflect the energy.

Light therapy uses colors for their proposed healing abilities in treating emotional and physical disturbances. Light therapy is based on the premise that different colors evoke different responses in people. For example, some colors are considered to be stimulating, whereas others may be soothing. Color therapy has been suggested for many uses, based on tradition or on scientific theories. Consult with a health care provider before using color therapy for any use.

The History of Color Light Therapy

Color Light therapy is a technique of restoring imbalance by means of applying color to the body. Its history is rooted as far back as the Mayan culture.

In India, Ayurveda, an ancient form of medicine practiced for thousands of years, is based on the idea that every individual contains five elements of the universe which are present in specific proportions unique to each individual, including their personality type and constitution. When these elements are out of balance, Ayurveda works with the energies inherent in the colors of the spectrum to restore this balance.

In ancient Egypt the art of healing with color was founded in the Hermetic tradition, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes as remedies, and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of color.

In China, traditional Chinese medicine incorporates color to be associated with each organ and elemental system. This healing method looks at the idea that every individual is a balance. The first color wheel was invented by Sir Isaac Newton. He split white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue. He then joined the two ends of the color spectrum together to show the natural progression of colors.

Light Therapy has been valued throughout history as a remarkable source of healing. Today, the therapeutic applications of light and color are being investigated in major hospitals and research centers worldwide. Results indicate that full-spectrum, ultraviolet, colored, and laser light can have therapeutic value for a range of conditions from chronic pain and depression to immune disorders.

Resources

1. Natural Standard: An organization that produces scientifically based reviews of
complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) topics

2. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): A division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services dedicated to research Selected Scientific Studies: Color Therapy Natural Standard has reviewed all of the currently available medical literature to prepare the professional monograph from which this version was created.

The information in this monograph was prepared by the professional staff at Natural Standard, based on thorough systematic review of scientific evidence. The material was reviewed by the Faculty of the Harvard Medical School with final editing approved by Natural Standard.

Some of the more recent studies are listed below:

1. Deppe A. Ocular light therapy: a case study. Aust J Holist Nurs 2000;7(1):41.

2. Geldschlager S. Osteopathic versus orthopedic treatments for chronic epicondylopathia humeri radialis: a randomized controlled trial. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd 2004;Apr, 11(2):93-97.

3. Maher CG. Effective physical treatment of chronic low back pain. Orthop Clin North Am 2004;Jan, 35(1):57-64.

4. Natural Standard Research Collaboration, Chief Editors: Ulbricht C, Basch E, Natural Standard Herb and Supplement Reference: Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews, USA. Elsevier/Mosby, 2005.

5. Ohara M, Kawashima Y, Kitajima s, et al. Inhibition Of lung metastasis of B16 melanoma cells exposed to blue light in mice. Int J Molecular Medicine 2002;10(6):701-705.

6. Wileman SM, Eagles JM, Andrew JE, et al. Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder in primary care: randomised controlled trial. Br J Psych 2001;178:311-316.

7. Wohlfarth H, Schultz A. The effect of colour psychodynamic environment modification on sound levels in elementary schools. Int J Biosocial Res 2002;(5):12-19.

8. Zifkin BG, Inoue Y. Visual reflex seizures induced by complex stimuli. Epilepsia 2004;45(Suppl 1):27-29.

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