The use of light for therapeutic purposes is indicated since ancient times and it has remained in the traditions of the people of the world. Mainly, the therapy consists of exposure to sunlight of the physical body or of the pharmaceutical compounds used to treat various diseases, while initially was used filtered natural light or not, and, after the discovery of electricity, the light that was used it was produced by artificial sources like voltaic arc, incandescent bulbs, gas discharge, LED or laser type.
In hermetical traditions, Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Arabs were using as remedies colored minerals, stones, crystals, ointments and paints, and their shrines were painted in different shades of color in order to be used for treatments.
The Danish doctor – Niels Finsen (1860-1904) discovered the treatment technique for “lupus vulgaris” (cutaneous form of TB) and for other forms of tuberculosis, by using ultraviolet radiation emitted by a carbon arc lamp passed through a system of lenses and filters. The discovery brought him the Nobel Prize in 1903, the first and only Nobel awarded for this kind of treatment proceeding.
In 1923, the Russian scientist Alexander Gurwitsch revealed “the mitogenetic radiation” (located in the UV light spectrum) and that the biological cells of a living organism exchange information between them via the UV radiation.
In 1927, Dinshah P. Ghadiali, discovered the scientific principles that explain the “why” and the “how” different colours have different therapeutic effects on the body. His encyclopaedic book “Spectro-Chrome Therapy” is considered to be the first book published that explains the doctrine of full color therapy. Most chromoterapy techniques used and still use his technique.
In the 80s, the German scientist Fritz Albert Popp, in his studies on cancer, has rediscovered the importance of the UV light in the biological medium and called this radiation “biophoton”. Biophotons balance in any living body contribute to the health of that body, biologically.
In December 2000 – the doctors at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have rediscovered the healing power of light, using technology developed for the space shuttle, by using LEDs, technology initially made in order to grow plants in space. They examined how this special lighting technology contributes to rapid healing of wounds, such as diabetic skin ulcers, serious burns, and severe oral sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation. The project includes clinical laboratory studies, including human studies, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and funded by an Innovation Research contract through the Technology Transfer Department at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. They’ve used devices manufactured by Quantum namely WARP 10 and WARP 75. Scientists are trying to understand how cells convert light into energy and to identify which wavelengths of light are most effective in influencing metabolic processes in different cell types. (Source: NASA / Marshall Space Flight Center.)
The first evidence from modern scientific literature that demonstrates the applicability of color therapy is in the book “Macrobiotic”by Christoph W. Hufeland, a German physician. He refers mainly to the influence of sunlight on the normal growth of human beings: “even human being becomes pale, soft, apathetic when it is devoid of light and eventually loses all vital energy.”
In 1991, Jakob Liberman, a pioneer in the therapeutic use of light, says in his book “Light – Medicine of the Future”: ” The human body is truly a photo vibrant cell activated by sunlight. Because the light is recognized as having profound effect on life. “
Theories and experiments made throughout history answer the question: “What colors help healing?”:
– Dr. Ghadiali and dr. Babbit: “Different colors represent the energy transmitted by the subtle body of the man (aura) that the body would need.”
– Dr. Lucey from Vermont University (USA) has developed an effective method of projection of blue-violet light in children that have jaundice at birth.
– Three Russian scientists: Lazaref, Sokoloff and Dantsig conclude: “If human skin isn’t exposed to sunlight for a long time, disorders occurr in the physiological balance. The result is the appearance of nervous disorders, vitamin D and other deficiencies in the immune system, in the human body defense…”. These Soviet scientists also confirmed the value of artificial ultraviolet light, for those whose sun exposure is missing: office workers, dark and cold climates, night shift workers, etc.