The human body is affected by its surroundings, be it chemical substances, light or the Earth’s electromagnetic field, so it is totally normal to look for solutions in these same factors. If we take light as an example, chromotherapy is the answer.
Chromotherapy, as a concept, is as old as any other medicinal concept.
Phototherapy (light therapy), for example, was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, and India. Although unaware of the scientific facts behind colors being a medicine, they certainly believed in their power.
Later on, in our modern era, Einstein’s renowned equation E=mc^2 has shown that matter and energy are two sides of the same medal.
Physically speaking, colors(of the light) are electromagnetic waves, with different frequencies, meaning each color carries a specific amount of energy, and the same goes with the human body, which is made of matter at the macro level and nothing but mere vibrations at a smaller scale. Since each organ is made of a certain arrangement of atoms and particles that vibrate with certain frequencies, the moment a body part deviates from the expected normal vibrations, it gets manifested in a disease or a malfunctioning. So, to cure it, we ought to restore the appropriate levels of energy by exposing it to a defined color with the same frequency and energy.
Biologically speaking, light and therefore colors, is a very crucial element ensuring the correct functioning of the body systems, in humans or animals. Because it mainly controls the production of melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin is the sleep hormone, released by the pineal gland in darkness, and has depressive effects. Serotonin, its counterpart, is a stimulant released under daylight. It has been proved that perturbation in the production of melatonin in response to light influence can have negative effects on vital functions such as reproduction or mental health.
Light is behind the disturbance, so light is the solution. Chromotherapy is known for curing psychological disorders, such as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), especially during winter, when sunlight exposure is much lower, the release of melatonin is higher as a consequence. The exposure of different wavelengths (different colors) controls different hormones’ production.
Effectively, with only a few minutes of exposure, pink light has calming effects. Chromotherapy is also used to improve athletes’ performances. Blue light helps with steady energy exploiting, and red light for short and quick bursts of energy. Besides, studies have shown that yellow surroundings incite aggressiveness (neon street lights for example).
These are only a few examples. Although chromotherapy is one of those topics one can accept intuitively, there is still much research and experiment to be done.
By: Admamou Hiba