Healing with light, or phototherapy, is gaining acceptance among medical practitioners, skin care providers and home enthusiasts as research and personal anecdotes verify the benefits of color light therapy for everything from treating cancer to skin care.
With the discovery that our cells continuously produce light, or photons, and that these photons carry information throughout the body's energy field, healing beings of light with light just makes sense.
Ancient Egyptians understood that certain colors affect the mind and body. They used panes of colored glass in ceilings so people could benefit from the incoming colored light.
Modern day medicine also capitalizes on the benefits of healing with light and color energies. A color may be chosen by frequency for physical healing or based on emotions and moods for mental healing.
Practitioners determine which color frequencies are needed based on presenting symptoms.
To treat those symptoms, or the cause of the symptoms, clients are exposed to one or more healing colors in sequence. Depending on the type of therapy being used, a person may sit between two colored lights or be exposed to light from a specific direction.
Light may be diffuse, as sunlight or a light box, or targeted to a specific part of the body.
You can feel the effects of colored light and the difference in each color's energy. When you sit inside a cathedral with predominantly dark blue windows, the space and energy feels cool and calming. Those with lots of red, yellow or orange feel lighter, warmer and more stimulating.
A similar idea for home use would be to put colored transparent plastic on a window that gets bright sunlight or over a bright home light.
On a metaphysical level, healing with light is considered a form of vibrational energy healing because light and color frequencies are used to balance a person's energy. Your body's chakra energy centers are each associated with a specific color. Colored lights, stones, or cloth are often used to balance these centers.
Hands on healing techniques often rely on channeling through universal energy or light. Some healers invite beings of light such as angels, ascended masters and spirit guides to participate in the healing and personal evolution process.
Red, blue and full spectrum light are the most commonly used colors for healing with light.
Red light therapy, or infrared light, was made popular thanks to NASA. They developed this technology as a way to protect the bones and muscles of astronauts at zero gravity.
This National Cancer Institute photo shows a laser beam focused at a tumor site. The light activates a photo sensitive drug which kills cancer cells.
Red is the longest wave length. It penetrates skin and soft tissue up to one inch deep without producing heat. This helps to improve blood circulation and relaxes stiff, painful muscles.
Red light therapy improves skin conditions including acne, eczema, scarring, burns, skin cancer, cold sores and rosacea. It stimulates collagen producing cells for plumper, healthier, younger looking skin.
Exposure to red light stimulates ATP production which provides energy for your body. This ATP increases white blood cells to repair damaged tissues and decreases swelling and inflammation. To help you feel better while you heal, it also stimulates the release of feel good endorphins.
Blue light therapy beds are used by hospitals for jaundiced babies. Babies are also placed in front of a sunny window to help them recover faster.
Ultra-violet light therapy has been proven effective as a treatment for psoriasis. Violet is also used to treat acne because it mobilizes forces within your body that kill acne causing bacteria.
More recently, blue light is becoming popular for seasonal affective disorder and people suffering from the winter blues.
Full spectrum light therapy or daily white or blue light sessions can help with each of these symptoms by improve mood, energy and sleep. It makes the long months of short winter days easier to endure.
Sun light affects your sleep cycle because you need the intense morning light turn down sleep inducing melatonin production and to dial up production of energizing, feel good serotonin.
When sunlight is sparse, your biorhythms get messed up. You feel sleepy and tired instead of happy and energized.
You can get yourself back in rhythm with seasonal affective disorder light therapy.
To counter the effects of sunlight deprivation, use bright full spectrum lighting in your home during the day, or use an approved light box with white or blue light for a morning dose of light. Light boxes emit intense artificial light that emulates the effects of sunlight on brain chemicals. Be sure to follow directions.
Light boxes also help with jet lag and may even help with non-seasonal moderate depression.
Some people swear by wake up clocks that brighten over time just like the rising sun to help them wake up naturally.
Color light therapy is proven to facilitate healing for pain, skin conditions, winter blues, and even cancer. The intense, bright light of the sun is by far the best source for full spectrum light therapy. It supplies just the right amount of all the color frequencies you need. When sunshine is not available, practical, or safe to use, light therapy devices are a big help for healing and well-being.