"The purpose of her study was to determine what effects the presence of certain colors, directly projected upon the body, might have on the experience of pain.
Data was collected from 60 female volunteers between the ages of 40-60 years who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The variables between the volunteers were the filter types, colors of red, blue and a control color, the presence of a visual barrier, and the duration of exposure.
Three conclusions at the end of the study seemed to be relevant to future health care interventions;
- Blue light-waves (colors) are related to a reduction in the experience of pain in middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis
- The longer the exposure to the blue light-waves (colors), the more likely there will be a reduction in the experience of pain
- It is not necessary to see the light-waves in order to be influenced by them.
The patients were randomly selected from an outpatient rheumatology clinic and who also reported pain in their left hands at the time of the study.
The colored plastic filters used in the study were manufactured by Edmund Scientific Company. The filters were placed in the front of a standard light bulb held by a metal shade positioned on top of the light-wave exposure box.
The auditory sensory matching method was the primary technique used to measure pain in the study. The technique uses a method of simultaneously comparing the loudness of a tone from a standard clinical audiometer to the current pain in the study hand."
My own experience with the use of color, for a variety of health challenges, has proved that it also works for men, animals and plants.
At the time of the study, Sharon McDonald, Ph.D., was in the School of Nursing, College of Human Services, at San Diego State University.
The study was published in the International Journal Biosocial Research, Vol.3. No.2, 49-54 1982.
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