Chromotherapy, also called light therapy, is the practice of applying visible light (the color spectrum) to the body in order to balance energy, aid in cellular regeneration, and promote healing. Light is energy emitted as particles or waves, and each color of the spectrum possess frequencies of a specific vibration. The body recognizes and responds differently to each vibration, altering the biochemistry. 

Color, specifically when combined with light, can affect our body’s energy systems, our mental state, and our emotions. We encounter the physical, mental, and emotional effects of colored light every day, like when you experience optimism or joy under a blue sky and orange sun, or experience negative feelings on a grey, cloudy day.

You can induce the effects of colored light by using chromotherapy instruments, like those in some infrared saunas. 

How Does Colored Light Affect Me?

Red Light Therapy

Red light has anti-inflammatory capabilities that are beneficial for your skin, but can also penetrate below the skin’s surface to repair tissue. It supports the production of collagen, resulting in faster healing, decreased scarring from wounds and acne, and reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Red light has been shown to activate and strengthen the circulatory system by increasing the pulse and the rate of breathing. Red light supports the production of red blood cells, which may result in increased energy. It stimulates the sensory nerves responsible for hearing, taste, smell, and metabolism. When combined with infrared light, red light has been found to reduce neuropathic pain.

Pink Light Therapy

Pink light helps the circulatory system identify and remove impurities from the bloodstream. It also helps strengthen the veins and arteries. Pink light has a tranquilizing, calming effect that has been shown to suppress hostile, aggressive, or anxious behavior. 

Orange Light Therapy

Because orange light has been shown to elevate overall mood by stimulating mental activity and inducing a sense of optimism, it is considered to be the best emotional stimulant. Its warm quality helps increase cellular energy and has been shown to boost creativity levels. Orange light helps burn fat, improves asthma and bronchitis symptoms, and supports the immune system. 

Yellow Light Therapy

Yellow light can have an alkalizing effect on the nervous system, lessening symptoms of nerve-related conditions. It can help relieve indigestion, and is often used to help treat conditions of the liver, stomach, and intestines. Yellow light can help purify the skin and repair scar tissue. It has also been shown to induce feelings of joy, mental clarity, and security. 

Green Light Therapy

Green light is often considered the “healing” color. It provides regenerative stimulation to the immune system to help fight infections. It has been shown to decrease and stabilize blood pressure and support the heart. Green light can help reduce muscle tension, migraine symptoms, and chronic pain. It has been shown to help alleviate symptoms of nervous disorders. Green light induces a calm, relaxed state and can be used in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

Blue Light Therapy

Relaxing, soothing blue rays (not to be confused with the harsh, blue light used in cell phones and computer screens) has a soothing effect on the nervous system and encourages a calm, relaxed state. By stimulating the parasympathetic system, it reduces blood pressure, calms breathing, and slows the heart-rate. It has been shown to improve mood, energy levels, and regulate sleep patterns. The blue light wavelength has an antimicrobial effect, allowing it to effectively kill several types of acne-causing bacteria that can collect in your pores and oil glands.

Violet Light Therapy

Violet light possesses anti-inflammatory capabilities that can help relax the nervous system, reducing the symptoms associated with chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. It is often used to treat urinary system disorders, epilepsy, and cramps. Violet light has been found to promote proper functioning of the lymphatic system. It can help suppress the progress of glaucoma, eye fatigue, and myopia (short sightedness) symptoms. 

Maximizing Chromotherapy Benefits

Using chromotherapy in conjunction with infrared sauna treatments is a safe, effective way to maximize light therapy benefits. The infrared (invisible) spectrum of light has the ability to penetrate deep into your soft tissue. This encourages your body to fully absorb the spectrum of color emitted through chromotherapy instruments. 

Functional Medicine of Idaho has an infrared sauna with chromotherapy capabilities at our Meridian location. You call our office at (208) 385-7711 ext. 114 to book your next sauna and chromotherapy session. 

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Stephanie Ritari, PA-C

Stephanie Ritari is a board-certified Physician Assistant who offers primary care for adults at the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center. She specializes in Internal Medicine and has spent the majority of her career in the field of cardiovascular disorders.

Stephanie has more than 15 years experience as a Physician Assistant in a variety of medical areas, including cardiology and electrophysiology. Holistic practices have long been a part of Stephanie’s lifestyle, with a particular focus on clean living and nutrition. She has embedded functional principles into her conventional medicine practice throughout her career. After watching family members struggle to find answers for their chronic illnesses, Stephanie became more interested in finding ways to take a root cause approach in her own practice. Wanting to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and preventative scope of care for her patients, Stephanie began studying functional medicine. In 2021, she joined Functional Medicine of Idaho, where she is able to provide evidence based, root cause medicine.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Montana and her masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Rocky Mountain College. She is currently working towards her certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine. 

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog doing outdoor activities including biking, hiking, and skiing. She also loves interior design and traveling, and is hoping to start her own garden in the near future.

Dr. David Musnick, MD, IFMCP

David Musnick is a board-certified medical doctor who offers in-person and telemedicine care from the Functional Medicine of Idaho Eagle clinic (coming soon). Dr. Musnick offers Functional Medicine, Sports Medicine, Functional Immunology, and Primary Care for adults and teenagers. He specializes in sports medicine, internal medicine, frequency specific microcurrent (FSM), scars, homeopathy, prolotherapy, and low-level laser treatments. 

Dr. Musnick is interested in getting to the root of underlying causes and factors that affect healing, including diet, sleep, exercise, stress, GI health, brain region health, toxins, hormones, infections, and electromagnetic fields (EMF). In medical school, Dr. Musnick spent a year studying nutrition. He has always been interested in the complex interrelationships of different systems of the body. Taking on challenges in the past, he created new treatment programs to heal the brain after concussion, treat chronic pain, arthritis, and tough SIBO and IBS cases. Dr. Musnick wants to help his patients achieve the highest level of health, vitality and function. 

After his internal medicine residency in Seattle, Dr. Musnick completed a fellowship in sports medicine where he became interested in helping patients get back to optimal musculoskeletal health and eventually back to their favorite activities. He quickly learned that many areas of the body were interrelated and started learning more about nutrition, supplements, and other facets of functional medicine. Dr. Musnick has more than 24 years of experience in Functional Medicine and achieved a very high level of both experience and expertise with many health conditions. He is also the author of the book, Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness, and helped in writing textbook chapters on arthritis and concussions.

Dr. Musnick received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. He is certified through the Institute for Functional Medicine as an IFMCP. He also studied in the French school of Homeopathy. He is uniquely rare in that he teaches Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) and how to integrate it with functional medicine. 

In his spare time, Dr. Musnick enjoys hiking, nature photography, cooking healthy food, mountain biking, and skiing.

IFM Certified Practitioner

Aaron Dykstra, DNP, FNP-C

Aaron Dykstra is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. He offers pediatric primary care, including well-child checks and acute visits, in the Pediatric Department of the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center.

Functional and alternative therapies were a part of Aaron’s life from a young age, and he has implemented these principles into his conventional medicine practice throughout his career. Aaron has more than 8 years of experience in a variety of medical disciplines, including pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, and nutrition. He has practiced in rural health clinics in California and Oregon. For the last 5 years, Aaron has had a passion for working with children and implementing positive change through the family unit. Aaron joined the Functional Medicine of Idaho Pediatric Team in 2021. His enthusiasm for educating children and parents about living a healthy lifestyle allows him to provide preventative and acute care for infants, children, and adolescents. 

Aaron obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Brigham Young University. He earned both his Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice through the University of Arizona. He has obtained a Family Herbalist and Family Nutritionist certifications through The School of Natural Healing by Dr. Christopher. He is currently working towards his certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Outside of work, you will find Aaron spending time with his wife and 5 kids, mountain biking, running, or camping in the backyard. Aaron is a big fan of Master Chef and enjoys cooking.

Nadia Kravchuk, DNP, FNP-C

Nadia Kravchuk is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She offers functional pediatric primary care, including well-child checks and acute visits, in the Pediatric Department of the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center.

Nadia and her family immigrated to the United States in 1989 where they first settled in Oregon and then moved to Idaho in 2001. Complementary medicine practices were embedded into her lifestyle at a young age, and she has implemented these principles into her conventional medicine practice throughout her career. She has more than 15 years experience in a variety of medical environments, including emergency room, intensive care unit, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, and aesthetics.

Nadia joined Functional Medicine of Idaho so that she can combine functional principles with the foundations of conventional medicine to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. As an avid gardener, beekeeper, and sustainable living enthusiast, she understands the importance and role of optimizing nutrition, sleep, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. She has a passion for pediatric functional medicine and understands that early recognition and interventions can correct imbalances, prevent chronic illness, and improve overall outcomes for children.

Nadia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University. She earned both her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice through Frontier Nursing University. In 2017, she was the recipient of the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award. She is currently working towards her certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Outside of work, you will find Nadia working on her urban homestead, hiking, foraging, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband and her dog, Wolfy. She is also fluent in both English and Russian.