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Shining the Light on Color Light Therapy:What You need to Know

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Color Light Therapy, also called chromotherapy, is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It is gaining in popularity due to the advent of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). NASA’s medical research using Red and Near Infrared LEDs, has expanded the awareness, and use of, color therapy for healing. The application of specific colors as a therapy has been proven over centuries to have powerful healing effects. Natural light is composed of all the colors. As imbalances occur in our bodies, our cells develop the need for exposure to specific colors through light, to help regain balanced function.

 The human body, according to the doctrine of chromotherapy, is basically composed of colors. The body is stimulated by colors and colors are responsible for the correct working of various systems that function in the body. All organs and limbs have their own distinct color. Color can assist with emotional releases and is very useful in relieving stress and anxiety.

 There are 7 Colors in the Color Chart. Each different color has it’s own specific benefits.

 Below are the 7 Colors on the Therapy Chart and what they are used for:

  • Near Infrared
  • Red – Activates and Revitalizes
  • Orange – Restores and Animates
  • Yellow – Fortifies and Brightens
  • Green – Balances and Relaxes
  • Blue – Soothes and Calms
  • Indigo – Purifies and Focuses
  • Violet – Inspires and Supports
  • Color Combinations and What They are used for

Near Infrared Light Therapy – 700nm-1mm        

The healing effects of Near Infrared light only became known with the release of the LED technology. As it is invisible to the human eye, there was no way to gauge the effects infrared light had on the body.

 NIR LEDs are often used in conjunction with Red LEDs.

​Benefits of Near Infrared Light Therapy

Wound Healing

Speeds healing of:

Burns and severe burns

Muscle and tendon sprains

Circulation is improved

Eases pain for many conditions

Helps with skin repair and the effects of aging

Boosts collagen formation to help smooth wrinkles

Accelerated relief from severe food allergy symptoms

Boosts enzyme activity to stimulate metabolism

Within the Cells:

Stimulates mitochondrial function to boost ATP (our energy source for all body processes)

Increases DNA synthesis for cellular reproduction and to repair damaged cells

Conditions Used For:


Arthritic pain and mobility / management


Diabetic Neuropathy

Eye Injuries

Skin repair and rejuvenation



Red Light Therapy - 620-750nm

Red is a hot color and has a stimulating effect, both physically and mentally. It is associated with power, energy and vitality. Red is essential for physical and emotional transformation. Red light restores depleted energy and nourishes adrenal functions. It helps combat laziness and lethargy.

 Red is most effectively used where there is a lack of energy, vitality or where there is congestion. It is effective in the treatment of lung, bone, heart and muscle conditions. Red light therapy stimulates circulation as well as the muscular and cardiovascular systems.

Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Wound Healing

Burns: Speeds healing of burns

Helps repair skin and the effects of aging.

Boosts collagen formation to help smooth wrinkles

Prevents and reduces scar tissue

Increases blood flow and helps poor circulation

Regenerates the blood

Helps with anemia by building hemoglobin

Energizes and relieves congestion of the liver

Stimulates acupuncture points

Strengthens the flow of energy to the kidneys

Activates hormones. Red stimulates the pituitary starting a cascading effect to stimulate other organs and glands.

Stimulates the production of adrenal hormones

Brain: Increases the production of endorphins and enkephelins (mood elevating and pain reducing neurotransmitters)

Relieves pain in bone and muscle

Stimulates sensory nerves, which heightens the senses of smell, sight, taste, touch and hearing.

Within the cells, it stimulates ATP, our energy source.

Increases RNA/DNA synthesis for cellular reproduction and to repair damaged cells.

Conditions Used For:





Chronic Coughs



Glandular dysfunction




Head congestion



Wounds and inflammation

When to Avoid

  • With any condition that should not be stimulated
  • Experiencing anger or feeling over excited
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Mental illness or imbalance
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Wounds that are discharging pus

  • Orange Light Therapy – 590-620nm

    Orange is the color of joy and happiness. It enhances both mental and physical energy. Orange is a warm color that is used to help balance problems with the kidneys, the large and small intestines, the lower spine and sacroiliac joints. The two sacroiliac joints absorb the weight of the upper body and transfer it to the lower body. Orange is used to relieve nervous tension, arthritis, fear and loss of appetite when related to depression.

     Exposure to orange light for a brief period in the morning will help overcome feelings of lethargy.

    Benefits of Orange Light Therapy

    ​Relieves muscle cramps and spasms – including menstrual

    Strengthens the lungs

    Strengthens the kidneys

    Improves assimilation of food through the effects on the spleen and pancreas

    Relieves gas and soothes irritable bowel and the digestive tract

    Relieves hiccups

    Strengthens the immune system

    Increases pulse rate, without affecting blood pressure

    Stimulates appetite

    Stimulate thyroid gland

    Conditions Used For:









    Under active thyroid (Hypothyroidism)

    Kidney conditions

    Lactation (stimulation)

    Menstrual issues

    Respiratory diseases

    When to Avoid

    If you are experiencing any type of anxiety disorder or are feeling easily excited

    benefits of yellow light therapy

    Yellow Light Therapy – 570-590nm

    Yellow is a hot color symbolizing the sun. Yellow has a bright and cheerful effect. It is associated with the Solar Plexus, thus being beneficial in balancing the digestive system – the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and stomach.

     Yellow is also associated with the adrenal glands, nervous system and muscles. It activates the lymphatic and immune systems. It is used to heal arthritis and stimulate eye and ear functions. It can also be used to strengthen the nervous system and assist metabolism.

    Benefits of Yellow Light Therapy

    Rejuvenate the skin: Builds collagen to increase elasticity. Used to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging

    Builds and Tones the motor nerves to energize muscles

    Helps with mental concentration

    Stimulates and helps cleanse the liver, intestines and the skin

    Activates the lymphatic system

    Promotes digestion

    Stimulates the immune system

    Fortifies the hormonal system

    Helps expel parasites

    Conditions Used For:




    Digestive problems




    Adrenal gland problems


    Gallbladder conditions

    Kidney problems

    Liver conditions

    Lymphatic congestion

    Muscle atrophy

    Pancreas imbalances


    Sciatic nerve pain

    When to Avoid:

    When acute inflammation is present



    Heart palpitations



    benefits of green light therapy

    Green Light Therapy – 495-570nm

    Green is called the master. It is a balancing color, which has a sedating and cooling effect, green helps reduce the swelling and inflammation of joints and tissues as well as calm the body. It helps create oxygen and purify the blood. Green influences the heart, breasts, lungs, upper back, and the endocrine (chemical messenger) and circulatory systems. Green-argon lasers are often used for delicate diabetic eye surgery, because the green light tends to affect only blood vessels leaving other sensitive portions of the eye undamaged.

    Benefits of Green Light Therapy

    A detoxifier – especially beneficial for chronic conditions

    A disinfectant or antiseptic – has a germicidal and anti-bacterial effect

    Stimulates the pituitary gland

    Helps the sympathetic nervous system, relieve stress in the blood vessels

    Helps dissolve blood clots

    Builds muscle, bones and other tissues

    A tonic for the body

    An aphrodisiac and sexual tonic

    Strengthens the immune system

    Conditions Used For:






    Hay Fever

    Heart Conditions


    High blood pressure



    Liver conditions

    Whooping cough

    Tumors and growths (benign and malignant)


    Blue light therapy

    Blue Light Therapy – 450-495nm

    Blue is a cold color and has a relaxing effect on the mind and body. Blue light therapy is used to help boost morning energy levels. The blue light wavelengths help to set circadian rhythms and boost energy levels.

    Blue is specific to the throat and helps with imbalances in the thyroid and parathyroid glands. It also helps with neck and shoulder tension as well as problems with the teeth and gums.

    Sky Blue is used for Bronchial and Lung issues. Sky blue is a cool, calming color that facilitates the breaking down of emotional barriers. It aids in sleep and relaxation, soothes skin irritations and relieves itching and pain.

    Benefits of Blue Light Therapy

    Blue has Antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Blue light has been used as an option for those who cannot tolerate prescription antibiotics.

     It is used for burns. Blue light speeds healing of burns and has a cooling and soothing effect.

    Anti-inflammatory qualities

    Increases metabolism and builds vitality

    Promotes growth

    Has a tonic effect on blood

    Calms nerves

    Astringent effect. With astringent properties, blue shrinks tissues and dries up secretions

    Resets the biological clock when applied behind the knees. Blue light application is helpful whenever the body needs to adjust to different time zones or for shift work.

    Conditions Used For:

    Acne and blemishes, including skin eruptions from measles and chickenpox




    Diarrhea and dysentery


    Headaches and migraines

    Heart palpitations




    Hormonal imbalances, including menopause and impotence

    Hyperactivity in children








    Senses – smell and taste issues

    Swollen glands

    Throat conditions and sore throat

    Thyroid disorders



    Yeast and fungus problems

    Weight loss – blue is an appetite suppressant.

    When To Avoid:

    Do not use if predisposed to macular degeneration

    Experiencing cold symptoms

    High Blood Pressure

    Indigo Light Therapy – 420-450nm

    Indigo is a cold color that is used in all conditions involving heat in the body. Peaceful and calming, it has a relaxing effect on the mind and body. Indigo is used for restlessness and pain. It helps to calm skin eruptions as well as aiding in the treatment of bacterial infections. Indigo is beneficial for issues with imbalances in the pineal and the pituitary glands, sinuses, the eyes, ears and nose as well as with learning disabilities.

    Benefits of Indigo Light Therapy

    Blood purifier

    Anti-bacterial effect

    Anti-inflammatory qualities

    Helps with various skin conditions

    Speeds healing, of boils and skin ulcers

    Calms the nervous system

    Reduces swelling of wounds

    Astringent effect. As with blue, Indigo shrinks tissues and dries up secretions

    Conditions Used For:

    Ear, Eye and Nose conditions




    Learning disorders

    Sinus problems

    Skin conditions

    Varicose veins

    When To Avoid:

    Over exposure to the eyes

    If predisposed to macular degeneration

    Experiencing cold symptoms

    High blood pressure

    Violet Light Therapy – 380-450nm

    Violet is a cooling color. It has a soothing and calming effect. Violet helps with imbalances in the pineal and pituitary glands. It also helps soothe the nervous system and mental functions.

    Benefits of Violet Light Therapy

    Supports and calms the central nervous system

    Helps improve memory

    Helps correct muscular and skeletal imbalances

    Assists with environmental sensitivities

    Helps overcome sleep disorders

    Depresses appetite

    Anti-bacterial effect

    Anti-inflammatory qualities

    Violet has an Astringent effect. It shrinks tissues and dries up secretions

    Conditions Used For:




    Emotional exhaustion



    Mental disorders

    Learning disorders

    Muscular system, balance and co-ordination

    Scalp conditions

    Sensitivity to light, sound and environment

    When To Avoid:

    Over exposure to the eyes

    Do not use if predisposed to macular degeneration

    Experiencing cold symptoms

    High Blood Pressure

    Color Combinations and What They are used for:

    Red and Blue Light – Acne

    Alternating Red and Blue light is used to clear severe cases of acne and skin welts. The Blue light attacks the bacteria causing acne, whilst the Red light stimulates collagen and elastin to renew the skin.

    Red and Amber – Rosacea

    If you have burning, itching, acne, rosacea or broken capillaries, always start with a Red light. For Redness or broken capillaries, start with a combination of Red and Amber light. For Rosacea, this is the one condition where you do not start with a green or blue light. Rosacea is an inflammatory condition and Red light is what treats that. Blue light treats bacteria, however Rosacea is not caused by bacteria.

    Orange and Blue Light – Glands and Hormones

    Alternating Orange and Blue light is used to balance the endocrine (chemical messenger) system.

    Green – All Conditions

    Green is often used prior to the application of other colors for more effective results. The only condition Green and Blue are not recommended to start with, is Rosacea. Rosacea is an inflammatory condition which is best treated with Red Light Therapy.

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