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Chromo What? Learn About Chromotherapy And It's Amazing Benefits

Chromo What? Learn About Chromotherapy And It's Amazing Benefits

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Chromo What? Learn About Chromotherapy And
Its Amazing Benefits

By: Your JNH Lifestylist

Color is all around us, and surprisingly, can be therapeutic in certain forms. The most well-known use of color and light therapy is for depressive disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). About 10-20% of recurrent depression cases go through a seasonal pattern [1]. Many of these cases get worse during the colder and darker months, and light therapy is considered one of the best available treatments for it. Combining this light therapy with color therapy, known as chromotherapy, can further enhance treatment, re-balancing the entire body, and improve overall health. Let’s take a closer look!


What Is Chromotherapy?

Chromotherapy is a therapeutic method that uses the visible spectrum of electromagnetic radiation to improve health and wellness [2]. This colored light can help re-balance your energy by adjusting the vibrations and frequencies in your body. Ultimately, this restores homeostasis throughout your systems, enhancing your overall well-being.

Interestingly, this type of therapy has a rich history, with color therapy being used for healing purposes for centuries. The Ancient Egyptians used it, even though they weren’t aware of the science behind it all. During this time, primary colors, including red, blue and yellow, were used [3]. Today, all types of colors are incorporated, with the knowledge that different colors impact the human body and its systems in different ways.

The Benefits Of Chromotherapy

Like the range of colors in a rainbow, chromotherapy comes with many benefits. The following offers a brief overview of these advantages and why it could be a good idea to give chromotherapy a try:

1. Decrease Swelling And Inflammation

Edwin Babbitt was the first person to identify the differences across different colors and healing. In fact, he’s considered the pioneer of chromotherapy. He recognized what each color was most capable of; for example, blue and violet have anti-inflammatory properties [4]. In particular, blue light can help with inflammatory conditions, such as sciatica and meningitis.

2. Encourage Healing

Babbitt also identified red light as a stimulant that increased blood flow. With increased blood flow, the body can carry nutrients, cells and oxygen to an injured area, aiding in the recovery and healing process. Research has also found that blue light can help with wound healing, with one study stating that post-operative wounds had significantly decreased in size after only seven days of chromotherapy treatment [5].

3. Relieve Pain

Since chromotherapy decreases inflammation, increases blood flow and improves healing, it can help alleviate pain associated with some conditions. For instance, if inflammation is pressing on a nerve creating neural pain, this may be relieved through various chromotherapy sessions.

4. Decrease Muscle Tension

Warm colors may increase tension and arousal levels of an individual. However, cool colors have the opposite effect, and they may increase relaxation and reduce muscular tension [6]. Consequently, this can also help relieve pain and improve function, such as the ability of a person to move without pain or limitations.

5. Improve Your Mood.

Color therapy impacts the neurohormonal pathways in the human body. More specifically, it can play a role in serotonin and melatonin activation, which play vital roles in the sleep-wake cycle and your mood [7]. As such, many researchers and scientists have cited chromotherapy as a viable treatment option for many psychiatric disorders, but any person can also receive these mood-boosting benefits.

Try Out Chromotherapy Today!

Color therapy has various advantages. Whether you have experienced an injury or you are looking for a mood lift, chromotherapy might be just what you need. The color spectrum can inevitably impact your health and wellness in many ways, but imagine combining that in all the immense benefits infrared therapy offers too. Every JNH Lifestyles infrared sauna is outfitted with a socket to accept our top-of-line Chromotherapy bulb (sold separately), which offers 6 different colors with various color-changing modes. Combine both today and experience the JNH lifestyle!


Resources:

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[5] Smith Howard. "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment & Management" Medscape.com, Medscape, https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/331715-treatment.

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