Could colours heal us?

All colours have a unique frequency and wavelength, and many believe that colours are powerful healing tools that hold promise in medical applications. Yet, today, it is uncommon to find people who embrace the healing potential of coloured light, and it’s unlikely that your mainstream medical doctor would even acknowledge the potential of colour therapy. This was not always the case, however.

The technology for colour-therapy, the Spectro-Chrome, was developed in 1923 and used for over 20 years in the United States. It may have predicated advancements in colour 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 colour 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 coloured light using a specific combination of the 5 coloured 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.

The Spectro-Chrome was easy to reproduce, and could be built and used without a high monetary investment or advanced scientific knowledge. With proper training it was easy to understand and use which is why some believe it was considered a threat to the American Medical Association (AMA) and its financial backers, the Rockefellers.

It is believed by some that the AMA and the Rockefellers, who developed strong alliances with drug companies in the early 1900’s, suppressed Dinshah’s Spectro-Chrome machine and several other medical inventions of the early 20th century the tecnology posed a threat to Rockefeller’s interests in pharmaceuticals. Other similar cases of suppressed medical technologies and persecution of their inventors by the Rockefeller cartel include the Rife machine, developed by Royal Raymond Rife as a treatment for cancer, and the orgone accumulator, created by Wilhelm Reich and allegedly capable of harnessing the health benefits of cosmic energy.

You can learn more about the Spectro-Chrome and how it functions in the book, Let There Be Light, written by Ghadiali Dinshah’s son Darius Dinshah.

Modern Color Therapy

Colour and light, when magnified and concentrated, can have a significant effect on the human body. Recent research into light and colour therapy proves that Dinshah Gadiali may have been way ahead of his time. Educated by Hindu and Vedic teachers, Dinshah believed in the aetheric body, or aura, and the entangled connection it has with the physical body. He understood that restoring balance to one’s aura using light and colour can heal the physical body and spirit.

Since the turn of the millennium, numerous studies have been conducted by respected medical organizations that give validity Dinshah’s theories and to the potential healing power of light and colour. Here are some examples:

How light impacts Parkinson’s disease

Study on how pulsed light can be used to treat migraines and PMS

Study on the ability to activate opioid receptors with light instead of pain-killing drugs

Study on the impact of blue-light therapy on a number of pre-cancers and skin cancer

Most modern medical doctors would still consider colour therapy to be quackery or pseudoscience, although it is becoming more commonly available in holistic centers, used by hypnotherapists, and incorporated into other alternative healing modalities.

One of the most outspoken practitioners of colour therapy and user of a modern version of the Spectro-Chrome Machine, Dr. Kate Baldwin, believed that colour therapy is capable of providing marvelous healing results.

“For centuries scientists have devoted untiring effort to discover a means for the relief or cure of human ills and restoration of the normal functions. Yet in neglected light and colour there is a potency far beyond that of drugs and serums. Colour is the simplest and most accurate therapeutic measure yet developed. I can produce quicker and more accurate results with colours than with any or all other methods combined—and with less strain on the patient.” ~ Kate Baldwin MD and member of the AMA.

About the Author

Buck Rogers is the earth bound incarnation of that familiar part of our timeless cosmic selves, the rebel within. He is a surfer of ideals and meditates often on the promise of happiness in a world battered by the angry seas of human thoughtlessness. He is a staff writer for


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2 thoughts on “Could colours heal us?

  1. That is very interesting Mike. Wearing certain colours also helps lift the spirits. There are lots of things we do not understand, or maybe are not willing to embrace. The more alternative therapies the better, as far as I am concerned

  2. I enjoyed the read Mike, it got me thinking of Lesley when she was a little girl.
    When she was unwell she described pain in colour , , any colour it maybe blue up there, green over there red just here , we never really new how bad her pain was, unless she screwed her little face up..we have some weird things happen ,in our little family.might find out why one day, and it could be on here , who knows. X

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