Colour Therapies

Simple,  Powerful,  Pleasurable Therapy -

For Both Psychological and Physical Wellbeing

WHAT IS COLOUR LIGHT?

Colour is energy - it is essentially light - one narrow part of the electro-magnetic spectrum.  Each colour is described by its wavelength (in nanometers). The shorter wavelengths are near to the ultraviolet and blue end of the spectrum. The longer wavelengths are towards the red and infrared of the spectrum.

Each wavelength has specific properties, absorption rates for different materials and depths of penetration.

In general, the shorter (blue and violet) waves penetrate only into very superficial layers of the skin, whereas the reds and infrareds are absorbed deeper into blood, lymph tissue, tendons and muscles.

WHAT SORTS OF LIGHT / COLOUR ARE THERE?

There are variances in colour and light - all of which determine a differing effect.

Monochromatic light simply means 'one colour' and usually refers to colour which has filtered out all external peaks of other colour wavelengths, so that the result is a narrow bandwidth of pure colour. It is considered monochromatic if it exists within a bandwidth of 15 nonometres.

Colour reserachers, such as Karl Ryberg and Prof. Tina Karu maintain that monochromacity of colour is the most important factor in determining  successful beneficial clinical outcomes.

Coherent light is a name for light waves which are 'in phase' (that is, they are all resonating at the same rhythm together). Laser light is both coherent and monochromatic.

It was previously believed that coherence was an important factor in achieving effective clinical outcomes, however it is now understood (particularly by the works of Prof. Tina Karu) that coherent light 'scatters' when it contacts the skin's surface, nullifying that theory. For this reason, non-coherent light from other light sources (such as LEDs) are now considered to be as effective as laser therapy, providing the required dose/power and monochromacity is present.

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THE GUIDE ON USE and HEALING QUALITIES OF COLOURS

“For about six years I have given close attention to the action of colors in restoring the body functions, and I am perfectly honest in saying that, after nearly thirty-seven years of active hospital and private practice in medicine and surgery, I can produce quicker and more accurate results with colors than with any or all other methods combined—and with less strain on the patient.”


-Kate Baldwin, MD

One of the early pioneers of Colour Therapy, Dr. Kate Baldwin ((1855-1935).

Dr. Hazel Parcells, a leading American naturopathic physician during the latter half of the twentieth century, also used color therapy extensively. She remained active and in good health until she passed away peacefully in her sleep in 1996 - at the age of 106 years.

 

Her biographer reports: “Dr. Parcells often said that if all the tools for natural self-healing were taken away from her, save one, she would want that one to be color.”

Dr. Hazel Parcells, pioneer nutritionist and prophet (1889-1996) .

"I have been using color light therapy for 17 years in my medical practice specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and neuro-degenerative diseases with often astounding results."

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt M.D., PhD.

WHAT EFFECTS DO COLOURS HAVE?

Many systems of colour therapy agree that the 'cooling' colours (turquoise, blue, indigo, violet and  purple) have sedative, calming effects on both physiological and psychological states.  

 

'Heating' colours (scarlet, reds, orange and yellow) have a stimulating, tonifying and sometimes even aggravating effect on the body and mind. 

 

Green is considered a 'neutral' and balancing colour.

WHY USE COLOUR THERAPY?

Colour Therapy is -

 

  • Applicable to a wide array of conditions

  • Great for children, the elderly or sensitive patients

  • Can be self-applied at home

  • Non-intrusive

  • Safe

  • Simple

  • Painless

  • Gentle

  • Effective

  • and..Enjoyable!

WHAT ARE THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF COLOUR THERAPY ?

The list of conditions that colour light can be used for is extensive - both for physical and psychological conditions.

The following list of colour attributes are derived from the works of Darius Dinshah, from his book Let There Be Light.

RED 

  • Stimulates the sensory nervous system energizing the senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.

  • Stimulates the liver

  • Builds platelets and haemoglobin in blood

  • Causes rapid expulsion through the skin, sometimes inducing skin redness, itching, pimples, until the internal cleansing process is complete

  • Counter-agent for burns from x-rays and ultraviolet rays.

ORANGE 

  • Lung builder and respiratory stimulant

  • Thyroid builder and stimulant

  • Parathyroid depressant

  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms

  • Stomach stimulant

  • Assists vomitting when stomach contains unsuitable matter

  • Relieves flatulence and gas in the digestive tract

  • Bone builder - corrects bone softness and rickets by its calcium regulation effects

  • Tissue stimulant and decongestant

  • Stimulates the motor nervous system which energizes the muscles

  • Nerve builder for sensory and motor systems

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system

  • Stimulates the intestines, pancreas and production of digestive fluids (bile, hydrochloric acid etc.)

  • Increases bowel motions

  • Treats depression

  • Expels worms and parasites

YELLOW 

  • Cerebral balancer

  • Physical balancer

  • Stimulates the rebuilding of muscles and tissues

  • Destroys micro-organisms, germs and bacteria

  • Cleanses and prevents decay

GREEN 

TURQUOISE 

  • Benefits recent / acute conditions

  • Nourishes the body

  • Brain depressant

  • Skin tonic

  • Rebuilds burned skin

BLUE 

  • Relieves itching, irritations and abrasions

  • Encourages perspiration

  • Mild sedative

  • Removes or reduces fevers and inflammation

  • Pineal stimulant

  • Builds vitality

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INDIGO

  • Parathyroid builder and stimulant

  • Thyroid depressant

  • Respiratory depressant

  • Causes contraction

  • Controls abscesses

  • Lessens secretions (stops discharges and bleeding)

  • Promotes production of phagocytes which destroys harmful micro-organisms, bacteria and germs

  • Reduces breast milk production

  • Calming when there is suffering and/or nervousnesss

  • Calms hyper-active states

PURPLE

  • Kidney and adrenal depressant

  • Decreases sensitivity to pain

  • Induces relaxation and sleep

  • Increases functional activity of veins

  • Lowers blood pressure by 3 effects -

  • Lowers body temperature

  • Controls fevers

  • Lowers sexual hyper-activity

  • Controls lung haemorrhages

  • Helps reduce dry cough

  1. Dialates blood vessels

  2. Reduces the heart rate

  3. Decreases the activity of the kidneys and adrenals

MAGENTA

  • Emotional balncer and equilibriator

  • Auric builder

  • Builds and equilibriates the function of -

  1. Heart

  2. Blood and Circulatory system

  3. Kidneys and adrenals

  4. Reproductive system

SCARLET

  • Kidney and adrenal stimulant

  • General stimulant

  • Increases functional activity of arteries

HOW DOES COLOUR THERAPY WORK?

Until recent times, colour was thought to affect us mostly due to sight alone. However, an emerging body of research is confirming that colour light has definite physiological and psychological effects via 5 newly discovered pathways. These are -

Via the skin - The phenomenon of colour being distinguished without vision is known as 'dermo-optic' vision (which is how blind people are able to recognise colours).   

Researchers at the University of Vienna, Austria, found that colour light charges a protein, albumin, which is then able to deliver the charge to tissues remote to that site in the body. Additionally, certain pigments in the skin are charged in a similar way, delivering signals throughout the body via the lymph and blood.

Via the visual pathway - namely, the colour light enters the optic nerve, travels to the retina, past the pituitary gland, via the temporal lobe to the occipital lobe of the brain, where visual  information is processed for our conscious mind.

Via the Hypothalamus - Another bundle of nerves leads from the retina to the hypothalamus which regulates our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) - the unconscious part of our nervous system.  

It was noted that blue colours activate the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for relaxation, sleep and digestion) via the anterior hypothalamus, whereas red colours stimulated the sympathetic nervous system (stimulating and sometimes aggravating effects) via the posterior hypothalamus.  Greens mediated between the two systems.

Via the Amygdala - which is a colour sensitve part of the limbic brain (considered to be the 'emotional brain'). A study showed that neurons in the amagydala are 'turned on' by specific monochromatic wavelengths of colour, which would then induce a release of neuro-transmitters into the cerebro-spinal fluid, creating a distinct physiological and psychological effect.

Via Midbrain, Brainstem and Pineal Gland - The lower end of the optic nerve travels to the midbrain (another highly colour and light sensitive tissue) which then signals the brain stem and finally pineal gland. This influences the production of melatonin and circadian cycles (day-night rhythms), important for sleep, restorative function and combatting SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder - a type of depression association with lack of light).

References taken from Dr. Klinghardt's article 'Some Facts and Research on Using Color and Light for Healing'.  Read here for a more thorough discussion.

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