This is an article originally posted in 2020 now updated with simple DIY treatment suggestions which will help you to experience ‘solo’ Red Colourpuncture to treat colds, low energy, Soul toxins, Kidneys/Bladder problems and support a fresh start in life.

Having learnt, experienced, given and taught Colourpuncture since 2013 I long thought about simple short cuts to explain Colourpuncture for somebody who is new to it. A video ‘Active Red’ opens our video series on introduction to Colourpuncture: Simple Use of Colours in Colourpuncture. You can consider this video series to be an Alphabet of Colourpuncture.


Simple use of Colours in Colourpuncture

I know Colourpuncture from different angles and I much hope to convey my knowledge and love for the subject though simple, short, straightforward and effective use. We will guide you through properties, indications and applications of colours in Colourpuncture and I will give you my perspective on how a specific colour works based on my clinical experience.

The simple Use of Colours in Colourpuncture is indeed as simple as it can get: we will take a couple of highly effective Acupuncture points with a diverse range of benefits – LI4 and Yin Tang – and you will learn how to use Colourpuncture on these points. 

The aim of this series is to 

  • introduce you to Colourpuncture 
  • use colours for common complains 
  • show how the different colours applied to the same Acupuncture points will have a different affect on the body health. 


Who A Simple Use of Colours in Colourpuncture is for?

  • Colourpuncture Perlux light pen users as a summary of using the colours regardless of level of Colourpuncture education
  • Acupressure fans who want to update their Acupressure practice with Colorpuncture
  • For beginners to start using their Perlux with confidence 
  • If you don’t have a Perlux set but interested to find out more it will provide a good introduction into Colourpuncture


Colourpuncture is a spin off Acupuncture

In Colourpuncture we use coloured light on Acupuncture points, meridians, and other reflex zones on the skin: 

  • A lot of the points we use in Colourpuncture are classic Acupuncture points situated on Acupuncture meridians 
  • Some Zones (Zone is bigger skin surface area than a point) we use in Colourpuncture are traditional Reflex Zones such as in Foot or Hand Reflexology Zones
  • Some Zones and points are specific for Colourpuncture and were first described by Peter Mandel, the founder. Dream Zones such as a Zone of Memory is a good example of specific Colourpuncture zones.


Red is an Active colour

Few colours have an unmistakable sense of dynamism of Red. A bold movement and vitality is almost the best description when we think of a fire and blood, ultimate carriers of Red colour. Red boldly stands first in the spectral colours sequence and symbolises the beginning of a new cycle of life and pure uninhibited life force. Red stands out and attracts attention. In nature red often signals danger (some poisonous berries is a good example). Translated into human life a red traffic light means the same: STOP. 

According to Peter Mandel, Red is the colour of “life, of the glowing sun and of fire. Both love and rage, joy and  anger are associated with colour red.” From a therapeutic perspective, Red is the colour with “ the greatest power of penetration through the skin and will strongly stimulate the flow of blood. It is indicated in all cases of poor circulation.”

In fact many treatments in Colourpuncture is designed to increase peripheral blood circulation near the source of the problem or directly on affected meridian or Acupuncture point. Stroking the beginning of the Large Intestine (LI) Acupuncture meridian in a Red Colour as a part of treatments for Colds or Cold Invasions is a good example. So is using the Red colour on facial Acupuncture points in the area of nose for Sinusitis and Rhynitis. 

On a different note, Red is also traditionally associated with power and sexual functions and the First Chakra in Eastern spiritual traditions. 

Interestingly, Peter Mandel recommends that “phlegmatic children may be helped by having them do their homework under red light”. Red colour will make you “more active in every sense if you are naturally lazy!” Colour Red makes people “talkative, excited and joyful, hurried, eager and passionate, and even aggressive”. 


Red Colour in Colourpuncture Colours system

Red is one of three Basic Colours alongside with Yellow and Blue. Colour Red we use here belongs to Spectral Colourpuncture and is ‘Number 1’ Colourpuncture colour. A complementary colour to spectral Red is Green. We often use complementary colours application on meridian system and on symmetrical pairs of Acupuncture points. We use Red to increase a flow of Qi and Blood and Green to calm, detoxify and reduce pain. In case of Colds we use Red in majority of situations but switch to Blue on the same points if there is fever (Wind Heat Invasion). Blue is a colour opposite to Red in its effects: Red colour stimulates, and Blue sedates. 

To the left on the traditional colour spectrum from Red there is an Infra Red which we use in Infra Red Colourpuncture, primarily in pain therapies. A related colour to spectral Red is Crimson, a Soul Spirit colour associated to an ‘elevated masculine principle’.


Application of Red in Colourpuncture

The simplest use of Colour Red in Colourpuncture will be to treat Yin Tang and LI4 (Large Intestine 4) with Red. Usually we apply Colourpuncture for 30 sec reducing this to 10-20 sec for children, older or fragile people. If somebody tends to react slowly we use up to 60 sec or 1 min application of light. When we treat symmetrical Acupuncture points such as in case of paired points LI4 we treat Left side first and then the Right side of the body. 

Treatment of both Yin Tang and LI4 Acupuncture points makes a fragment of a bigger treatment which is a highly effective Colourpuncture classic both for acute Colds and chronic Sinusitis and Rhinitis. Colourpuncture ‘Colds treatment’ has a reliable and sustainable affect. 

In a dilemma on colds and viral infections: ‘to treat or not to treat’ I certainly side with the ‘to treat’ option as somebody who experienced first hand just how painful and demoralising long term recurrent colds could be. Waiting for the cold ‘to go away’ in a time and form it pleases makes for utter misery and powerlessness. 

Even if I had to learn the entire Colourpuncture system only to learn how to successfully manage my severe recurrent Colds it would still have been a totally worthwhile investment. 

And for children Colourpucture can really make a huge difference as kids are not exactly keen on needles 🙁  Plus, wonderful and fast and pain relieving as it is in acute diseases Acupuncture is not nearly as sustainable as Colourpuncture.  


Colourpuncture in Red for Colds or Wind Cold Invasion

We filmed the Video 1 on Simple Use of Colours in Colourpuncture in June 2019 on our week’s long holidays. The sea was yet cold and our son overdid the swimming and developed a cold. On short holidays….This was a perfect illustration of Acupuncture ‘Cold Invasion’. In TCM you can quickly develop Cold symptoms (sore throat, blocked/running nose, headache) after any Cold exposure. 

We offered (Acupuncture) needles…. A quick 4 needles magic Acupuncture treatment can totally reverse cold symptoms in 9 cases out of 10. Well, he doesn’t like needles and he refused. He is well used to Colourpuncture though and was also fine to self treat. Colourpuncture Perlux always travels with us for any trips more than a day long just in case somebody needs a treatment for little things which can spoil the whole trip such as headache, cold, stomach upsets, stress and so on.

So we taught him some very simple Colourpuncture treatment protocol for Colds/Sinusitis/Rhinitis and every 4 hours he would repeat the treatment. Each treatment would take about 5-7 minutes. The results: we missed a day or two of swimming with the day two being more out of a precaution. And he happily swam for the rest of the week in the same cold sea with no further problems. 


Experience Colour Red with Colourpuncture at Home

Red is a strong colour. It powerfully moves the Qi and the Blood in an Acupuncture’s sense of these terms. It increases peripheral circulation of blood in the area you use it over and generally raised your strength and resilience. If you use Red to strengthen your Qi (to increase energy) you will feel energetic and motivated. 

The best way to study Colourpuncture is undoubtedly by personal experience; with one of less common ways of experiencing Colorpuncture being: by the colour. If you decide to experience Colorpuncture by colour – one mono colour at a time  – this will make for a very good start in Colourpuncture; equally, if you practice Colourpuncture for a while and have mainly received treatments composed of point treated in various colours, it is a good idea at any point to get to know your colours deeper – on a 1:1 basis so to speak – as a solitary colour mini treatments. Here are some ideas on how you can experience Colourpuncture Red in Red-only treatments:

  • Red to clear ColdsLu7, LI4 +Yin Tang (example in the video) and LI20 in Red for Colds – often you will immediately feel a relief from Cold symptoms; you can repeat every 4 hours until cold symptoms subside and if you have Flu with high temperature you will need to use Blue instead 
  • Red for energy increase: upper back cross, ‘Cross of Support’ or either of two lower belly Red triangles from the Basic Degenerative treatment
  • Red to clear toxic energies: ‘Soul toxins’ (from ‘7 points Detox’)
  • Red for new beginnings – any treatment in Red colour will support a new start as a nice ‘side effect’; here you need to ‘tune in’ paying attention to your body felt senses, observing your thoughts, emotions and feelings, memories and associations as you are experiencing Red colour points
  • Red as Kidney/Bladder support (Kidney Poles; Ki3; Ki1 – you may want to try Red solo or to combine Red with its complementary Green on bilateral points)

If you are a total novice to experiencing Colourpuncture I would encourage you to start with less time in the beginning to feel the effect of it on you personally. While Colourpuncture won’t give you side effects an overdose of Colour Red can make you too active for example if done close to bedtime and might affect your sleep (this does happen when you use Red for treating Colds though).

Here is the video transcript:

“Hello! I am Irina from Colourpuncture Academy. This is a first video from our series on simple use of colours in Colourpuncture. This video is for you if you have a Perlux, Colourpuncture tool or simply want to learn more about Colourpuncture. Colourpuncture is a spin-off Acupuncture. In Colourpuncture we use application of colored light on Acupuncture points, meridians and other Reflex Zones on the skin. In this series we are going to use two very well-known and widely used Acupuncture points, both with a great range of benefits: this is Yin Tang or mid-brow point and Large Intestine 4 or ‘Hegu’ points. 

Now, for the colour Red. Now for the application of Colour Red. We are going to apply Colour Red on Yin Tang or mid-brow point. We use 10 to 20 seconds for children, for older people, fragile people; about 30 seconds for everyone else and up to 1 minute for people who tend to be rather slow to react. Next, I’m going to use Red on Large Intestine 4 points: same timing; left hand first then right hand.

This is a very simple application of colour Red. This is a fragment of a bigger treatment for treating both acute Colds and chronic Sinusitis. This treatment has a reliable and sustainable effect. In case you are wondering why this video is made on a beach the reason is simple: now it’s June; the sea is cold; the temptation to swim is great! This combination often leads to developing Colds and so you can practice using your colour Red… Please read my blog post for more details; we are wishing you a very happy application of colour Red at home or anywhere you take your Perlux with you. Thank you very much!”

I’m wishing you a happy simple use of a dynamic Colour Red with Colourpuncture at home or on the road. May cases of poor circulation and low energy avoid you from now on, may you miss entire ‘flu seasons’ and may you welcome vibrant and supportive energy of a balanced Root chakra bringing abundant energy, passion, courage and will into your life!

If you would like to build a little fragment from the video into a full treatment sequence for treatment of Colds, Flus, and Sinusitis/Rhinitis (also learning how to successfully manage Ear and Throat pain), join us for a ‘Colds, Flus, Ear and Throat pain’ Colourpuncture Short Workshop. Please contact us for dates of the next workshop or any questions using the form below. 

If you are only starting with Colourpuncture or brushing up your Colorpuncture knowledge and skills and not sure which treatments I’m referring to here, please get in touch using the form below. I’m happy to connect and guide you through a mini ‘Red Colour Colourpuncture meditation’ in a free, no obligation online session (we will need around 20 min). I’m grateful to have Colourpuncture in my life and it brings me true joy to support people sharing what I have learnt about Colourpuncture.



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