The basis of light therapy is natural light, as it contains the full spectrum of its component colors, including UV and infrared, is a basic human nutrient and is necessary for optimum health.
The human being is nourished by the stimulation of sunlight primarily through the eyes and skin. Sunlight entering through the eyes goes directly into the brains hypothalamus to affect every system and cell in our bodies. Sunlight striking the skin directly stimulates vitamin D production. We are also nourished indirectly by eating foods, drinking fluids, or breathing air that has been vitalized by the sun's energy.
Light is nourishment to the body. It is essential that we receive light into our bodies everyday. When we are outside, we may wear glasses, contacts or sun screen. All of these block some portion of the full spectrum of light which starves a part of our body. Light enters our body primarily through the eyes (about 90%), and also via the skin and chakras. Light stimulates and supports the important endocrine system as well as the immune system and organs of the body. Full Spectrum Light Therapy has been shown to dramatically reduce depression and anxiety in those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, and has also been very helpful for drug and alcohol addiction. The visible spectrum (color), as well as infrared, and ultraviolet light (invisible) are also essential for the complete health of the body. It has been shown that 2 hours of indirect sunlight everyday create healthier bodies and emotional well-being. Color Therapy uses colored light on the various energy pathways of the body and also uses colored light for the transformation of consciousness.
Since the invention of the light bulb in 1879, we have changed our lifestyles from an outdoor society to an indoor society. Consideration, however, was not given to the effects of artificial lighting on human beings.
Relative to the power of natural outdoor illumination (100,000 lux), we are now living in the dark. Average indoor lighting is approximately 700 lux, or less than 1% of the light we are naturally intended to receive. Consequently, we suffer the physical, psychological, and emotional results of a lack of natural light, or malillumination. Full spectrum sunlight nourishes every living organism on Earth and has helped our planet evolve. Today, people are spending more time indoors and not getting enough sunlight from outside. To achieve natural balanced sunlight indoors, light bulbs need to contain a full spectrum of color as well as infrared and ultra violet wavelengths. These requirements are absent from regular cool white fluorescent light bulbs.
Mal-illumination is similar to malnutrition in that natural light, with its full spectrum of radiation, including ultraviolet and infrared radiation, is a life-sustaining element and a basic human nutrient. Exposure to natural light is necessary for overall human wellness and longevity. Light therapy treats the effects of mal-illumination.
Symptoms of mal-illumination or a lack of natural light:
Decreased sex drive
ADD / ADHD
Weakened immune system
Decreased creativity and productivity
Increased cravings for carbohydrates, sugar, and caffeine
Low vitamin D levels
Weakened, fragile bones
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