Light is basic to life. It’s also a source of healing through light therapy.

The connection between light and health is not new. Ancient cultures in China, Greece, India and Egypt used colour and light in their traditional practices for health, healing and wellness.

Today, there is increasing interest in complementary and alternative approaches to treat illness and disease; to promote health and wellbeing. We all want to live a healthier life, and light – with both positives and negative impacts – is part of this.

Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is a treatment in which you’re exposed to an artificial light source. The therapy can treat major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns (or SAD). Light is also used to treat sleep disorders and other types of depression with potential for much more.

There are a growing number of light devices on the market and many websites devoted to various light therapy treatments. They explore a wide range of health-related topics.

‘Light as therapy’ is increasingly becoming part of the conversation about health & well-being.