LIGHT THERAPY - THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
Leading Colour and Light Therapist andPrincipal Iris School of Colour Therapy
Most people have experienced the feeling of good health when they have had spent time out in the sunshine. Not only does natural light improve our mood, but when we are exposed to all the spectrum colours found in natural light, our body systems function better and our skin glows with good health.
Colour Therapists have for many years believed that light therapy is the purest medicine we have access to on earth, and that it will one day take over from traditional medicine. After many years of being marginalized, research and use of light therapy has suddenly taken off and colour and light is being used as a healing medium in many areas of medicine.
LED light therapy is at the forefront of these new developments into the Light therapy can benefit people of all ages, and without any known side-effects, it is considered entirely safe.
It is in the field of sports medicine and health and beauty therapy that we see a phenomenal increase in the use of light therapy. Scientific research by NASA have proven that light can help expedite the skin's healing ability and promote new cell growth. Different colours contain different healing qualities that a colour therapist can introduce to improve various conditions. Wisconsin Medical College also found that specific wavelengths of red light can be used as a non-invasive treatment for soft tissue injuries, providing quick recovery and pain relief. It is also used for accelerating wound healing.
Red light stimulates energy production and increases metabolic function of the skin promoting cell renewal and hydration. In so doing it helps regenerate and stimulate the replenishment of collagen. This reduces pore size and improves skin texture. Surprisingly, although red light is warming, it has an anti-inflammatory and healing effect on the skin. It is used successfully for the treatment of Psoriasis and Rosacea. Interesting both conditions appear red, so this treatment can be likened to the theory of homeopathy that uses the idea of treating like with like. Research by the American Academy of Dermatology has also shown that the skin heals almost 200% faster when exposed to red light, but in the case of a person with acne, blue light and purple light has been found to be more effective. These short wavelengths stimulate the production of molecules called porohyrins that react to the blue and red light. These in turn make free radicals that kill off the bacteria that cause acne.
Although red light is used for some skin conditions, it is its complementary, the colour green, that has been found to reduce dark spots and pigmentation associated with sun damaged skin. Green wavelength of light targets melanocytes, which are melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin's epidermis. According to the manufacturers of one light therapy device, the green light inhibits the production of excess melanin, and prevents this from moving to the surface of the skin thus breaking up the melanin clusters in order to reduce existing discolouration. Green lies in the middle of the colour spectrum, so it can also be used to calm and reduce redness to inflamed conditions.
Yellow and Orange light also have their own specific qualities. Yellow has been found to stimulate the nervous and lymphatic systems, while toning and strengthening the muscles under the epidermis. This tightens the skin and so reduces the appearance of aging. Orange light is a gentle stimulant that revitalizes the whole body and improves skin-tone so that you feel and look radiant.
There is no doubt that future research will discover many more used for light therapy to heal a whole range of ailments. Hopefully one day there will be no need for drugs and invasive surgery, light therapy will be able to do it all quickly and safely.
About the author:
Suzy Chiazzari is a best-selling author of nine books on colour therapy and natural living. She is the founder and principal of the iris School of Colour Therapy. She is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader but Suzy also works as a consultant on colour, light and aromatherpy therapy product development.
Iris School of Colour Therapy offers accredited distance learning Diplomas in all aspects of Colour and Light Therapy.
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