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TopicColor and Light Therapy Submitted To: Sameer Goyal Submitted By: Sameer Goyal

COLOR THERAPY

LIGHT THERAPY

INTRODUCTION
COLOR THERAPY and LIGHT THERAPY are used as complementary therapies. The use of color therapy is a truly holistic, noninvasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of year; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt. On the other hand phototherapy, also known as light therapy and light box therapy, is the use of light to treat DISORDERS.

COLORS RECOGNIZED BY BRAIN


Red: official color of romance, passion, etc. anger,. Orange: Considered more friendly and welcoming than red Yellow: Advisable for dark hallways or smaller rooms for its bright cheeriness. Green: The color of relaxation, much more versatile than blue. Blue: Calm and tranquil, excellent for bedrooms...and apparently, an appetite suppressant.. Violet: Considered to be the most hated color by adults. It can be used in kids rooms..

DEFINITION
It is the therapy in which different colors are thought to affect the mood. or Color therapy or chromo therapy is an area of holistic healing used by alternative health practitioners to make changes in moods, emotions and health.

The seven major chakras in the body and their associated colors are:

Color Chakr a

Chakra location Base of the spine

Alleged function

Associated system

Red

First

kidneys, spine, Grounding and Survival Gonads, sense of smell

Oran Secon Lower abdomen, ge d genitals Yello Third Solar plexus w Gree Fourth Heart n Blue Fifth Throat

Emotions, sexuality
Power, ego Love, sense of responsibility

Urinary tract, circulation, reproduction Stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas

Heart, lungs, thymus Throat, ears, mouth, hands

Physical and spiritual communication

Just above the Forgiveness, Indig Sixth center of the o brow, middle of compassion, understanding forehead
Connection with universal energies, transmission of ideas and information

Eye, pineal glands

Crown of the Violet Seven th head

Pituitary gland, the central nervous system and the cerebral cortex

ACTION OF COLOR THERAPY


Our nervous cell from childbirth has a healthy vibration with a certain wave length. When a pathology takes place, the vibration of the cell changes. In color therapy, the cell is imposed with a healthy vibration. A nervous cell collects and accumulate the lacking colors and reject the colors in abundance. This is how color therapy works.

CONTD
You need to plunge in the color like in the depths of the sea, give yourself away to its vibrations, like to sea waves, bathe in the color, fill up with the color, and then you start feeling what color is.

USES
TO ENHANCE AND RECONDITION LIFE,HEALTH,ATTITUDE AND MOOD. TO ENCOURAGE EMOTIONAL STABILITY. TO ENHANCE VERBAL EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION. TO ENCOURAGE SPIRITUALITY, WISDOM AND MENTAL STRENGHT.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

1. The red color would be injurious in a naturally inflammatory condition of the system. Employed for too long and frequently, it may produce dangerous fevers. 2. Similarly, yellow should not be used when the nerves are very active or irritable. 3. Orange reddish tones may prove injurious in fevers, acute inflammations, delirium, diarrhea, neuralgia, palpitation of the heart and any condition of over- excitement. Blue, indigo and violet may prove too cooling and constricting and should be avoided.

LIGHT THERAPY

DEFINITION
Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorders (SAD) by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorders is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the winter. Light therapy or phototherapy (classically referred to as heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers lightemitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, fullspectrum light.

Seasonal affective disorder.

PURPOSE

Insomnia

Bipolar disorders.

HOW LIGHT THERAPY IS USED?


Light therapy consists of exposing patient to artificial therapeutic lightning brighter about 5-20 times brighter than in door lightning. Patient usually sit with eyes open about 3 feet away from eye level with set of broad-spectrum fluorescent bulbs designed to produce the intensity of color composition of outdoor day light, they then can engage in their usual activities such as reading, writing or eating. The most recently developed light therapy device is the light visor.

CONTD
A device shaped like baseball contained in cap and worn on head, with the light contained in visor portion suspended above and in front of the eyes. It allows the person to move while receiving treatment. The timing and dosage vary from person to person. Most literature indicates that light treatment administered in the morning is most effective, the treatment per unit of time. For example: 2hrs of treatment with 2500Lux /day appears to have an antidepressant effect equal to that of 30 min/day at 1000lux.

INDICATIONS

PSORIASIS

ACNE VULGARIS

OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS LIKE ECZEMA

TANNING

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Non-seasonal depression

NEONATAL JAUNDICE

Delayed phase sleep disorders (DPSD), Advanced phase sleep disorders (APSD)

FATIGUE MANAGEMENT

FOR POST PARTUM DEPRESSION

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

MAHARISHI LIGHT THERAPY WITH GEMS

Profound selfhealing Relief from chronic disorders Promotes higher states of consciousness

Preparation
Patients should consult their health care provider before mainstream phototherapy Holistic and alternative practitioners usually ask patients to bath or shower before chromatherapy, and to wear loosely fitting white or neutral-colored clothing. Washing is considered necessary to remove any negative energies that the patient has picked up from other people or from the environment.

CONTD
Wearing light-colored loose clothing is thought to minimize interference with the vibrations from the colored light The final step in preparation is a brief period of medication or creative visualization for the practitioner as well as the patient. This step helps to create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation for the treatment.

HOW LIGHT THERAPY WORKS?


Waves of light enter the eye.

A nerve that connects the retina to a key point in the Hypothalamus region of the brain is activated. Once activated the Hypothalamus sends a signal to the Pineal gland.

The pineal gland immediately suppresses the withdrawal hormone Melatonin and stimulates the production of the active hormone serotonin.

DISADVANTAGES OF LIGHT THERAPY

Daily commitment of time and investment in the equipment.

Relapse of symptoms is usually quite rapid after cassation of treatment.

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR LIGHT THERAPY

Older patients with history of eye problems (cataract, diabetes with retinopathy). Corrective laser eye surgery in past 30 days. Currently taking Treatment with photosensitivity profileUV triggers reaction. Glaucoma

ADVERSE EFFECTS

EYESTRAIN

HEADACHE

IRRITABILITY

INSOMNIA

FATIGUE

NAUSEA

DRYNESS OF EYES

CONTRAINDICATION

Use of photosensitizing medications.

NURSES ROLE
The patient is instructed to sit in front of the light at a distance of about 3 feet, engaging in a variety of other activities, but glancing directly into the light every minutes. The duration of administration is 1-2 hrs daily.

AFTERCARE
No aftercare is necessary for mainstream light treatments. Practitioners of alternative light therapies recommend that patients sit or rest quietly for a few minutes after the treatment rather than returning abruptly to their daily routines. This brief rest is thought to maximize the benefits of the treatment

ABSTRACT Many reports of the efficacy of light therapy are not based on rigorous study designs. This analysis of randomized, controlled trials suggests that bright light treatment and dawn simulation for seasonal affective disorder and bright light for non seasonal depression are efficacious, with effect sizes equivalent to those in most antidepressant pharmacotherapy trials. Adopting standard approaches to light therapys specific issues (e.g., defining parameters of active versus placebo conditions) and incorporating rigorous designs (e.g., adequate group sizes, randomized assignment) are necessary to evaluate light therapy for mood disorders.

REFERENCES
BIBLIOGRAPHY BOOKS: Gupta Kumar Ram. A text book of Mental Health Nursing. Pee Vee publication. 1st Edition. 223-228. Townsend C Mary. Human Rights Of Mentally Ill. Philadelphia publishers. 4th Edition. 442-446. Rebraca Shives. Louise. A Text book of Basic Concepts Of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 6th Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2005. 198-200. JOURNALS: Journal of Psychology volume 132 ? 5: 561. Amber, R. B. (1964). Color Therapy. Calcutta, India: Firna K. L. Mukhopadhyay. Birren, F. (1961). Color Psychology Color Therapy Fall, M., Balvananz, J., Johnson, L., & Nelson, L. A Light therapy influence on breast cancer treatment. (1999). Professional school counseling, 121-125.

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