Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Colorpuncture:Is it pseudoscience?

Colorpuncture was developed by a German natropath and acupuncturist Peter Mandel in the 1980s. Using the principles of acupuncture, focused light is placed on points on the body to balance the internal energy of the individual to alleviate aliments. According to Mandel there are certain colors that resonate with adding energy to the body and other colors that correspond to removing energy from certain areas. The right combination and placement of the colors leads to the better well being of the individual that is seeking treatment.

Colorpuncture fits most if not all of the qualifications of a pseudoscience. The description of what colorpuncture is and how it works uses illogical terms that have no connection to reality such as “holistic healing” and “energy bodies”. Apart from the recent connections with Kirilan photography, colorpuncture has made little progress since it was first thought up and is based on the “ancient wisdom” of TCM. On the official colorpuncture website there are several example of personal experiences and several places where other factors could be the explanation for the improvement of the patients.

There is an assumption of a false authority of the founder of colorpuncture Peter Mandel. There is a quote on the webpage of a known biophysicist Dr. Fritz A. Popp "Peter Mandel is distinguished by an explosive mixture of imagination and realism. This is clearly revealed by his tireless investigation into the mysteries of therapy, by the development of models for understanding the organization of living structures and, last but not least, by his compassion for others and his strong commitment to helping those who are ill." Dr. Popp talks of Mandel’s determination and creativity but makes no mention of the actual success or effectiveness of his techniques.

The ideas and methods of colorpuncture also violate the key principles of science. The methods of colorpuncture are not verifiable by any means except by testimony and assumption. Additionally many of the cases are only referenced that correlate with the claims of the treatments and none that refute them. So before you consider going for the treatment, look into the details and question it for yourself. The main website for colorpuncture is and there is information about further references to colorpuncture including the translation of Peter Mandel’s book Colorpuncture Compendium volume 1.


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