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 Clinic 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 take Acupressure a (huge) step up
- For beginners to start using their Perlux with confidence
- If you don’t have a 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 Foot 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 ofter signals danger with some poisonous berries as an example. Translated into human life a red traffic light meaning STOP is a prime example.
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’ 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 Colourpuncure in June last year on our week long holidays.
The sea was indeed 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 needles…. A quick 4 needles magic 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 precaution. And he happily swam for the rest of the week in the same cold sea with no further problems.
Colour Red for Colourpuncture at Home
Red is a strong colour. It powerfully moves the Qi and the Blood in Acupuncture 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.
If you use LI4 and Yin Tang in Red for Colds you will immediately feel a relief from Cold symptoms.
However, 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).
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 this little fragment into a full treatment sequence for treatment of Colds, Flus, and Sinusitis/Rhinitis and also learn how to successfully manage Ear and Throat pain join us for a Colourpuncture Short Workshop coming soon!
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