How Does Colour Therapy Work?
Colour therapy has two basic methods by which it can affect our body. It can function directly on our physical body or but it can also work more subtly on the different energetics of the body as well, for example through the aura.
First lets look at how colour therapy can help on a physical level. Each colour has its properties and so different colours can achieve different effects on the same area of the body, but the same colour can also have different effects on different areas of the body as well. All of these effects originate from the specific properties belonging to that colour. For example green tends to promote balance, if it is shone on the thymus gland it will aid in the regulation of T cell production. Whereas if it is shone on a tumor it tends to have an adverse effect, the tumor grows. Colours are a very powerful treatment medium especially if used directly in the form of coloured light, and as such they can have very powerful results if used in the appropriate way. If misused however, they can have side-effects.
A simple example of a colour therapy on a physical level is treating an overused muscle. It is common knowledge that muscles require energy to contract, thereby producing force and eliciting an action. However when the muscle fibres are in their contracted state they also require the energy molecule of the body ATP, to de-couple and relax. In the case of an overused muscle all of its energy is depleted, and the muscle can get stuck in the position in which it ran out of energy, usually the overused position. Applying for example orange light to that overused muscle will increase blood flow through it and bring along new ATP, thus energising the muscle to work normally again. If however the muscle has been in this position for too long, local inflamation can occur due to toxin build up. In chronic cases such as these the orange colour would cause a worsening of the symptoms - such as increased pain. Purple is more useful in these cases - to relieve the inflammation and decrease pain. This example demonstrates how a similar complaint with very similar symptoms can have very different approaches in terms of colour therapy.
Colour therapy also works at a more subtle level - the energetic system of the human body. There are many forms and theories about how this system works, I shall try to depict the ideas behind two more recognised theories here. Please note that none of these diagrams are mathematically nor physically accurate, they are just a digramatic representation.
Weak Magnetic Field Theory
This is the older of the two theories and it believes that there is a minute magnetic field around the human body. Thus the body can be considered a large, yet ironically very weak magnet. The north pole is at the head and the south pole at the feet. This theory is believed to be true because of a simple physical law - a wire carrying a current of electricity induces a magnetic field around itself. The human body of course doesn't have wires running through it, but it does have nerves which are active all the time in one way or another. Nerves quite literally pass an electronic impulse along their fibers to the target cells. This postulated magnetic field is probably far more complex than what appears in this diagram which serves only as a rough guide.
Also in the human body a myriad of various chemical reactions occur by means of electron transfer; in simple terms any movement of electrons is considered electricity. Considering the scale at which these reactions occur (atomic or molecular at best) there wouldn't be much electricity generated, however since a very large number of reactions occur, together they can generate a decent amount of electron movement and therefore also a weak magnetic field. So when we move into areas or high electromagnetic noise (computer crammed offices with neon lights, living under powerlines etc.) it affects us negatively because it disrupts these magnetic fields which are inherent to our bodies. Just as those magnetic fields are created by electron movement from biochemical reactions, the reverse can also happen. If the magnetic fields are altered strongly enough the biochemical reactions creating the magnetic fields of our bodies will be disrupted as well.
How can colour therapy help with this? It aids in the regulation of these various biochemical reactions and thus it will also "heal" the magnetic fields surrounding us. The rays of light emanating from the Bioptron can help directly in aiding the alteration of this magnetic field due to the nature of light - an interpolation of electronic and magnetic radiation. As discussed before one magnetic field can effect the other, in this case however in a positive manner.
This theory is much newer and extensive research, mostly in Germany, is being carried out to prove it. This theory pulls upon a similar physics principle to the one above, but slightly different. It also has to do with the electrons in our bodies, however it is not about electron transfer between atoms, but within an atom. When a chemical reaction occurs it is a well known fact that there is a transfer of energy between reactants. Usually in these systems a dynamic equilibrium exists which allows for the control of such mechanisms by means of precise energy preservation within the system. What this means is that control mechanisms exist within our bodies to harness the energy released from one reactant (chemical) and make sure that as little as possible of this energy is lost to the surroundings, while transferring it to the appropriate target. For example our body uses glucose as a primary fuel (energy) source, however glucose isn't simply combusted into energy because there would be a large amount of energy wastage involved. Instead our body organises glucose breakdown into 2 major cycles with a total of about 18 steps through which the energy from the initial glucose molecule is removed. During processes such as oxidative phosphorylation (glucose breakdown) the energy which is being carried around can excite the electrons orbiting around certain atoms by giving them this energy to carry. As they carry the energy the electrons can begin to spin faster around the nucleus. As they do so, they will begin to occupy a slightly different orbital - the path along which the electrons travel. The atom itself is very interesting in structure, in this diagram the nucleus is not depicted to scale because it wouldn't be visible if it was. If the nucleus was the size of a football, then the electron cloud would be the size of a football field. Thus there is ample space present for the electrons to "wobble" around in. When the atoms reach their destination, they will offload the energy they are carrying, as this is done the excited electron from before will lose its extra energy and will begin to spin slower, thereby re-occupying its old orbital. However as it goes through this process of returning back down to its initial state it will release a tiny amount of radiation. The wavelength and frequency of this radiation will depend on which orbital it was on to begin with and which orbital it occupied when it was excited. This radiation is usually light. These emissions are very low energy, meaning that the light emitted is very weak. Click here to view an animated version of the picture above, it requires flash player. If you do not have it click here to download it.
Sometimes discrepancies occur in the steps of various chemical reactions mentioned before and some of the steps may be skipped for various reasons. This is coupled with a slight loss of energy which can go on to the surrounding areas to cause biophoton emissions. The place where arguably the most reactions occur is near the DNA helix inside the nucleus of a cell. It is constantly unraveled and wound back up again to reveal the necessary genetic information for the growth and functioning of the cell. Thus many scientists have postulated that the cellular nucleus is the source of most biophoton emission.
Free radicals are also thought to be a source of biophotons. These are chemicals which are very reactive and very willing to give away one of their electrons or take away an electron from their surroundings. Either way free radicals change the chemical composition of their surroundings. This might not sound too serious, but a single electron in the wrong place can cripple the glucose metabolism of a cell very severley. Thus free radicals are said to be unstable, since their actions cannot be predicted, other than knowing that they are always negative. Since free radicals are quite unstable they can release energy very often, in the form of biophotonic radiation. Thus cells which are sick, dying or otherwise impaired have a higher biophoton emission reading than healthy normally functioning cells.
To place the strength of biophoton emissions into perspective, it is said to be like looking for the glow of a candle flame from 10 kilometers away. Not very much is yet known about the exact source of biophotons and most of the ideas we have just discussed are only that - ideas for now. However it gives important insight into the possibility of a new form of cellular communication - by means of light. Thus if cells can communicate with each other by means of light, what would be the result if we supplied a cell with the light it was asking for. If for example certain reactions within a cell have ground to a halt, supplying the appropriate light to the cell might get a mechanism of chemicals which had ground to a halt to pick up and begin functioning again. This is one of the principles by which the Bioptron colour therapy can be used.
The truth probably lies between these two theories, as both seem to be valid arguments. Only time and diligent testing will show what we are made of other than our physical bodies.
The Aura and Chakras
For thousands of years many cultures have believed that there is an inherent energy flowing through a person. Although mainstream science has not yet accepted this as fact, it is beginning to do so. The finding of biophotons (which can incidentally be of various colours) has showed that humans do in fact radiate in some form of way. Thus the old belief of auric fields and energy centers existing in the human body should also hold true. For a detailed explanation of auras visit our Aura section. Thus if the body has an energy field and energy centers, these areas can become depleted of energy or circulate the wrong type of energy. So if we supply them with fresh or appropriate energy in the form of vibrations (colours) of the appropriate frequency/wavelength these centers should begin functioning properly again along with all their related structures. Probably one of the most powerful ways of doing this is directly by supplying light to the problematic areas of energy flow.
With colour therapy aiding the recovery of a complaint is very easy and very precise. Due to the large range of available colours a treatment can be very exact in the effects that are achieved. Treatments can be very gentle as well as very strong simply by adjusting the exposure time to a specific vibration. So in conclusion it can be said that colour therapy is a very ancient art of healing which affects the body in various ways, both physically and energetically, by means of a range of different vibrations all of whose ultimate activator is light.
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