Possible Health Benefits of Color Therapy
It is generally not disputed that light affects us. Even conventional medical practice uses light to treat certain diseases. Phototherapy is used to direct ultraviolet light to the affected area in the treatment of psoriasis and acne. Blue light is used to treat hyperbilirubinemia, a liver condition in premature babies. Light is used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The Relationship Between Light and Melatonin
Sleep experts have known about the relationship between melatonin and light exposure for a long time. In fact, both melatonin and light are said to control the synchronization of the biological clock.
Melatonin, the chemical that is known to be important to sleep, can be controlled by light. In fact, light exposure suppresses melatonin production. This is why it's hard to sleep in a room that isn't dark.
If you are sleepy during the day, sleep experts suggest going outside and exposing yourself to large doses of sunlight during the middle of the day instead of taking a nap. This will suppress melatonin production and give you a "wakeup."
|Did you know that RED could help with sleep?
A small clinical study showed that wearing red or magenta glasses after sundown increased secretion of melatonin by 70%.
If you are going to a movie or watching television after 9:00 P.M., try wearing magenta colored glasses to block out the green light.
Alternative medicine also uses light in the practice of color therapy. With color therapy, there are different associations, attributes and possible benefits to each color. See TherapyColor.com for more information on this. But it is also thought that there may be medical benefits. This is how color therapy is believed to work:
A color will vibrate at a specific frequency. It is said that organs and glands of our bodies also vibrate at specific frequencies and that colors correspond to the areas of our body which have the same frequency. When we are sick, our organs and glands may become out of balance and not function at their proper frequencies. Restoring the proper frequency is thought to restore health.
For those interested in holistic health, a convenient and efficient way to apply this color therapy is to wear color therapy glasses. It is believed that the color entering the eyes is directed to the hypothalamus gland, from there to the pineal gland and then to the pituitary gland, which regulates and governs hormone production. As the brain processes this information, it is believed that it causes cellular and hormonal changes. The key is that the frequency of the color may be transmitted to the area of the body which recognizes it. The frequency, or vibration, of the color is constant. The vibration can "tune" that area of the body. In other words, that area may now be restored to its proper vibration and be restored to health while the color is being used. If used regularly, the body may learn to function properly on its own, much as it will with physical therapy.
Another way to use color therapy is with a device such as the Chromalive® Color Therapy Penlight Set. With this type of device, color can be directed externally to a specific problem area of the body, for example, burns. Other methods of applying color therapy are wearing certain colored clothes, taking a color bath, using color therapy oils, using a colored lamp in a room or painting walls a specific color.
Following is information on how each color is used in color therapy, however more research is needed. If you choose to use color therapy to compliment medical treatment, please advise you doctor you are doing so. Also note that different states have different regulations regarding alternative medical practitioners. Please choose one that is licensed by a national organization which requires members to abide by the organization's standards.
| RED has the longest length in the visible spectrum and the lowest rate of vibration. Possible benefits:
Chronic pain - May lower the frequency of wave lengths causing them to be less excited and thereby reduce pain
Stimulate the liver
Stimulate the automatic nervous and circulatory systems
Help with female disorders
Act as a pustulant, drawing poisons to a head to be eliminated
Increase heart strength and stimulate circulation
Reduce inflammation and swelling
Increase blood flow to the brain
Support the building of the blood
Possible help or some relief for Tourettes Syndrome
ORANGE possible benefits:
Depress the parathyroid gland
Stimulate the lungs and thyroid gland to increase oxygen to the body
Relieve cramping, cramps and convulsions in all parts of the body
Reduce menstrual cramps
For lactating mothers, stimulate the mammary glands resulting in increased milk production for women who breastfeed their babies
Relieve digestive gas, flatulence
Treat skin conditions such as boils, carbuncles and abscesses
Relieve hiccups (hiccoughs)
Build lungs and stimulate the respiratory system. Used to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, Tuberculosis
| YELLOW is associated with the stomach, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. Possible benefits:
Help for night blindness, It filters out blue light
Increases appetite. Better assimilation of food for better nutrition
Healing for all kinds of paralysis from stroke to sluggish organs. Stimulates and builds nerves
Strengthened the nervous system
Depress the spleen and the parathyroid gland and stimulate the lymphatic glands
Strengthened heart resulting in better circulation
Destruction of body worms
Improved rheumatoid arthritis, neuritis and similar conditions because yellow may help eliminate calcium and lime deposits
| GREEN is the master color, associated with the pituitary which is the master gland.
Overall wellbeing and chronic or acute issues
Stimulate the brain
Stimulate the digestive
Use green along with turquoise for the treatment of burns
Healing of sores, bruises and cuts
Dissolving blood clots
Promote the release of mucus/phlegm
Tremors, twitching, shaking
| AQUA possible benefits:
Irritations, itching and inflammation of the skin
Rebuild the skin when damaged by burns, scratches, infections or sores. Relieve pain from burns. Help with scaring
Remove muscle fatigue toxins from the body. Relieve aches and pains
Harmonize all circulation processes
A mild sedative with no side effects
Dyslexia. Read more about dyslexia and color
Macular degeneration. Reported to improve vision and relieve stress on the eyes
| BLUE is associated with the thyroid, parathyroid, throat, mouth and lungs.
Blue is associated with the throat, thyroid, parathyroid, lungs and mouth
Acts as a bactericide. Useful in the treatment of acne and other skin disorders
Relax and calm muscles
Shrink tumors, get rid of goiters, and warts
Sleep disorders since blue has a peaceful effect
Slightly stronger than turquoise for the relief of burns and fevers
Relieve itching, skin irritations and inflammations
Rebuild the skin when damaged by burns, scratches, infections or sores
Pain from burns
Dyslexia. Read more about dyslexia and color
Tardive Dyskinesia. Read more about tardive dyskinesia and blue.
| INDIGO may depress the thyroid while stimulating the parathyroid at the same time. Possible benefits:
Ear, eye, sinus, throat and nasal problems
An alternative antibiotic which may be more powerful than prescription antibiotics with no side effects
An analgesic. Reduce swelling relieving the associated pain
Stops hemorrhages and nose bleeds
A strong sedative resulting in a deep sleep. Upon awakening, you will feel rested, refreshed and alert
Acts as an astringent, tightening, toning and firming the skin
| VIOLET possible benefits.
Stimulate hormonal activity. Use it on the throat to stimulate the thyroid
Overall immune enhancer
Depress any over active part of the body, except the spleen and parathyroid
For over excitable people, may relax and calm the nerves
Cardiac depressant, relaxing the muscles and nerves controlling the heart
Stimulate the spleen, helping it build white corpuscles. The spleen is the final checkpoint for the blood before it returns to the heart. It cleanses the blood of poison or any undesirable cells. Violet may act as an antibiotic, helping to destroy harmful organisms
Relieve dysentery and diarrhea
Depress the appetite
Deep, restful sleep
| MAGENTA possible benefits:
Stimulate or depress arteries or veins to bring them to normal
Stimulate and build the heart
Bring blood pressure within normal range, whether up or down
Stimulate or depress adrenal glands and kidneys to bring them to normal
Strengthen reproductive organs
| BAKER-MILLER PINK possible benefits:
Read more about Baker-Miller Pink
Read about the history of color therapy.