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Color My World: Chromatherapy Explained

By: Maggi Cameron
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Therefore, it can be seen that light, which was believed to be only used for vision, can directly affect just about every biological function, including the function of the skin.

The origins of color therapy

Virtually all major civilizations recognized the importance of light in healing, The Assyrians, Babylonians and Egyptians all practiced therapeutic sunbathing.3 The Greek city of Heliopolis, which means “city of the sun,” was renowned for its healing temples and light rooms. The windows in the temples were covered with specially dyed cloths. Different colors were used for their therapeutic healing powers.6,7

Physical affects of color

Color can affect the human body both physically and via energy pathways called meridians. Each color has its own properties, so different colors can have a different affect on the same area of the body. Color energy is a powerful treatment medium, especially if used directly in the form of colored light energy and in the appropriate way.

Muscle treatment. Muscles require energy known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to contract and cause an action. In the case of a fatigued muscle, all its energy is depleted and the muscle develops a cramp. Applying orange light to a fatigued muscle will increase blood flow and ATP, thus energizing the muscle. If the muscle has been strained and is locally inflamed due to toxic buildup and increased lactic acid, applying violet color energy would relieve inflammation and decrease pain. This example demonstrates how a similar complaint with nearly identical symptoms can have two different approaches in terms of color therapy. If a multicolored light is applied to the muscle, it will, in almost all cases, relieve pain.

Energizing effects. Chromatherapy works on the energy system of the human body. It aids in the regulation of various biochemical reactions and will also affect the magnetic fields surrounding each person. The rays of light emanating from the color spectrum can aid in the alteration of the magnetic field due to the nature of light—a mixture of electronic and magnetic radiation where one magnetic field affects the other in a positive manner.