Therapy with colors and colored light is centuries old; it was used in all corners of the world and in all cultures.
The first references to phototherapy go back to ancient Egypt. There was light therapy as support other forms of therapy used.The light of the sun was shining from above in specially equipped rooms. It was working with 8 different colors: dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, orange, bright red, dark red and gold, which one paid much attention to the purity of the color in the treatment room.
In ancient Greece it was a center for light therapy: Heliopolis. There, sick people were exposed to filtered sunlight. The Greeks then all research into the use of colored light for treating tuberculosis.
At the end of the 17th century, the English philosopher and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, which formed the basis of modern ideas about color. He experimented with prisms and he demonstrated, that daylight is a mixture of the colors of the visible spectrum.
150 years after Newton, Johann Wolfgang Goethe defined the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and how the other colors of the rainbow here could be drawn. He also knew, that some colors are warm and active (red, orange, yellow) and other passive and cool (green, blue, violet). Today this is still the starting point in education, mode, kunst Psychology. In the century after doctors made use of colors for all sorts of ailments, ranging from psychological ailments to treat smallpox. In 1878 published Dr.. Edwin D. Babbitt zijn boek “Principles of Light and Color”. He described treatments for various ailments, including burns, nervousness and coldness in arms and legs . He called his work chromatotherapy: healing with colored light.
In the early 20th century it was Dinshah Ghadiali, a naturalized American Indian, the spectrum-chrome therapy developed, building on the work of Babbitt. It was worked with light through colored filters on parts of the body. He then reached spectacular results disorders (o.a. diabetes and tuberculosis), which were normally untreatable. His groundbreaking but controversial approach brought a lot of trigger and led, that Ghadiali spent much time in courtrooms to defend his work.
In the year 1903 Professor Niels Finsen received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his research into the application of light therapy. Finsen proved, that colors are independent energies and that specific color vibrations cause different reactions in the human body and psyche.
Dr. Harry Riley Spitler, doctor en optometrist ontwikkelde in 1927 the first instrument for light therapy through the eyes. He was also the founder of ‘ The Syntonic Principle – balancing '. Light is used therapeutically through the eyes, the shortest and most direct route to the brain centers and has an important influence on the functioning of the endocrine- and nervous system.
At the same time John Nash Ott experimented with photography, where he produced new artificial light sources, that light almost identical brought forth as the full spectrum sunlight. He showed that the different wavelengths of the lich have specific effects on the cellular level in plants and animals. He introduced the term "mal-illumination" or "under the lights" and suggested that we risked our thereto by spending so much time in artificial light.
In 1947 introduced the Swiss psychologist Dr.. Max Luscher the Luscher color test named after him, a form of color therapy, which is still used by many psychologists. The test consists of choosing the 43 color out of a total of 73. By analyzing which colors a person chooses or rejects the therapist will understand the psychological status of that person. Choose one example especially dark colors then this indicates a need for rest and reducing stress. The Russian researcher S.V. Krakov did at the same time, research on the effect of colors on the nervous system. He observed, that red stimulated the adrenal glands, increased blood pressure and heart rate accelerated and that blue and white light had a calming effect.
R Jacob Liberman (1947– .. ) an American optometrist, continued the work of Riley Spitler and made the “ocular phototherapy”. This made him one of the pioneers in curing light. He treated the person in a holistic manner taking into account both the mental, emotional and physical condition of the person.
Late 70s brought Peter Mandel, a German acupuncturist and color visionary, the diagnostic topography of the hands and feet into the card by subtle differences in electrical charge due to pathological (disease) processes to make visible Improved versions of this camera are used today by many therapists to support their diagnosis. In recent years, the interest in light therapy increased dramatically: there are successful treatments for depression, sleep and hormone-related diseases developed. The remarkable results have also aroused the curiosity of modern science. She finds increasing evidence for the fundamental law, that for all small and large organisms in the universe (including us humans) applies: has all communications and all interaction between organisms to do with, or is effected by the energy of light!