We’ve talked here before about the effect that chromotherapy (or color therapy) can have on a person’s emotional state. There have been some positive findings regarding the regular and targeted use of colored light to balance emotional and physical energy.
Now, it looks like color therapy might be useful in the fight against diabetes as well. According to a study out of Zurich, Switzerland, burst of blue light may be helpful to trigger a genetic response to make more insulin.
People with type 2 diabetes do not respond properly to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels. Many diabetics are insulin injection-dependent.
The scientists in Switzerland believe they have developed a way of turning on individual genes with bursts of light. Blue light in particular sets of a chemical chain reaction in the bodies of test mice switches on the GLP-1 gene. The pancreas responds by making more insulin, the body’s cells are more insulin-sensitive and the diabetic person feels full.
The researchers added the protein melanopsin to the subject’s kidneys. When hit by blue light, it triggers a surge of calcium. Scientists adapted the kidney cells so that the calcium surge activates the NFAT gene called NFAT.
The mice cells were engineered to allow the NFAT to switch on the GLP-1 gene. The cells were implanted just under the skin of the diabetic mice, which were then placed in a blue-lit chamber. Within a few hours, insulin levels were up and blood sugar levels were down.
While the genetic component of this study goes beyond the chromotherapy currently offered by Sunlighten as an accessory to your infrared sauna, it is extremely exciting to watch modern science begin to investigate popular and useful Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices. We are confident that the scientific community will continue to see substantial benefits from color therapy in a variety of areas.
To learn more about chromotherapy from Sunlighten:
- What are the Benefits of Light and Color Therapy?
- Can Colors Help with Depression and Emotional Issues?
Reference: Ye, baba, Peng & Fussenegger. 2011. A Synthetic Optogenetic Transcription Device Enhances Blood-Glucose Homeostasis in Mice. Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1203535