All colors have a unique frequency and wavelength, and many believe that colors are powerful healing tools that hold promise in medical applications. Yet, today, it is uncommon to find people who embrace the healing potential of colored light, and it’s unlikely that your mainstream medical doctor would even acknowledge the potential of color therapy. This was not always the case, however.
The technology for color-therapy, the Spectro-Chrome, was developed in 1923 and used for over 20 years in the United States. It may have predicated advancements in color therapy, but we shall never know for sure, as it was it deemed pseudoscience and wiped out by the US federal government who outlawed it and confiscated and destroyed all privately-owned machines were confiscated and under the supervision of US Federal Marshalls. Its creator, Dinshah P. Gadiali was issued a federal indictment and ordered to destroy all of his research materials, thus putting an end to his life’s work and the future of light therapy research.
Light Therapy in Today’s World
There is, in fact, an established medical treatment, known as phototherapy, that utilizes lightwaves to improve patient wellness. The treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is one example, and patients who suffer from this type of depression are exposed to bright light while comfortably seated. Another example of the use of phototherapy is the treatment of newborns with prolonged signs of jaundice. The baby is placed under a halogen or fluorescent lamp (with their eyes covered to prevent damage) to help to lower the bilirubin levels in the baby’s blood (which gives the jaundiced baby’s skin its yellowish/orange hue). Phototheraphy is also used in the treatment of other skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
If phototherapy is effective, at least in these cases, is there potential in color light therapy?
The Hidden History of the Spectro-Chrome
The Spectro-Chrome reached the height of its popularity in the 1940’s and 50’s when many mainstream physicians used them in thousands of clinics in the U.S. The machine was designed with the premise that light fuels all life on planet Earth, and thus could also serve as “food” for the human body.
The Spectro-Chrome was simple. It had 5 strictly tinted glass plates and an incandescent bulb behind them. A patient would be exposed to colored light using a specific combination of the 5 colored plates while lying in a dark room for a one-hour session. The light could be cast over the entire body or over a specific area that was matched up almost precisely with the meridian lines and points used by in Traditional Chinese Medicine such as acupuncture.
On July 14, 1951, a full-bore FBI raid on Danishah’s clinic removed every one of his machines and destroyed them with sledge hammers. After a long court battle, Danishah was sentenced to three years in prison and the Spectro-Chrome machine continues to be an illegal device under a permanent federal injunction.