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Eyes as the Windows to Health: Syntonic Phototherapy

Better sleep. Improved digestion. Heightened productivity and motivation.

Would you believe it’s possible to achieve these things and more – by staring at colored lights?

Understanding Syntonic Phototherapy (Light Therapy)

Syntonizer - Syntonic Phototherapy

Omni Vision Center’s Syntonizer, being used for Syntonic Phototherapy Treatment

While this all may sound like the vague promises of a newfound “miracle” pill, syntonic phototherapy – or light therapy – has been used clinically for more than 70 years. Dr. Harry Riley Spitler discovered in the early 1920s that colored light delivered through the eyes helps control biological development and function. Spitler coined the term syntonics from the word syntony, “the state of being normally responsive to and in harmony with the environment,” because the practice helps restore a balanced, unified nervous system. What Spitler found was that as different colors of light enter the eyes, they trigger the biochemistry of the brain, affecting far more than just vision.

Spitler’s study suggested that red light activates the sympathetic nervous system (“fight-or-flight” responses such as heart rate and blood pressure) and blue/indigo stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest” responses like salivation, urination, and even arousal). After several years of putting his theories to practice, Spitler published a study showing that 90% of 3,000 treated individuals responded positively to syntonics.

Syntonic Phototherapy Treatment

Syntonic phototherapy consists of patients focusing their eyes at a dot of color at the end of a 50cm tube. Patients view specific, safe light frequencies for approximately 20 minutes at a time over a prescribed number of sessions (usually around 20, done over the course of four to five weeks). As light enters the eyes, it travels from nerves connected to the retina to brain centers that influence chemical, hormonal, and electrical balances. These centers control the balance of all body functions, and years of study have proven that selected light frequencies delivered through the retina can create favorable results that benefit the entire body.

As Spitler theorized, the colors of light will vary depending on the type of treatment sought. In addition to red and blue lights and their systemic healing of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, green lights promote physiological balance. Once this balance is achieved, the effect is long lasting for most individuals.

Because the practice affects the entire nervous system, the potential benefits of syntonic therapy are numerous and varied. Syntonics can enhance visual acuity by improving blurred vision, contrast, night vision issues, and light and allergy sensitivity. This therapy is also used to help alleviate pain, headaches, eyestrain, and mental and emotional stress levels.

Syntonic Therapy: A Safe Alternative to Traditional Care

Syntonic therapy is a safe, non-invasive alternative to traditional care in treating many issues with the eyes and nervous system. While each person’s body may have slightly different reactions, many patients are pleasantly surprised at the positive results they see over the course of just a few weeks. Find out more about this practice and see if your symptoms may make you a candidate for syntonics here.

Chantelle’s Story:

Listen as Chantelle shares her experience overcoming a concussion and brain injury with Syntonic Phototherapy treatment at Omni Vision & Learning Center.