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Heliotherapy or sun therapy is an aid to healing by exposure to direct sunlight, without removing or altering any part of the light spectrum.
All life on earth depends upon the sun, our source of light and warmth, and the origin of most of the energy we use. The electromagnetic waves transmitted by the sun sustain the earth’s biosphere by providing energy for photosynthesis in plants and trees. It is this primary solar energy, stored and concentrated over many millennia, which is released when we burn fossil fuels.
Humans have been exposed to natural sunlight since time immemorial. It is only in the last two hundred years or so, since the industrial revolution, that this whole pattern has drastically changed. Today, vast numbers of people spend most of their lives indoors, away from the sun. Dependence on artificial sources of light has sharply increased. The light filtered through glass does not allow the full spectrum of the sun’s rays to be transmitted.
The loss is entirely ours! Even plants or animals raised in the sun have better health and more food value!Milk from ‘sun-fed’ animals is found to contain more vitamins.
Heliotherapy discusses the importance of the sun in our lives and issues a wake-up call to get out there and bask in the glory of the sun. As the saying goes, “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows!”