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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