Chromotherapy, also called colour light therapy, is the process of restoring balance to the body by applying colour. Chromo, comes from the Greek word ‘chroma’ and it means colour and therapy comes from the Greek terapia, and it means treatment.
Cultures of ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India where chromotherapy was originally practiced. The Egyptians used the sunlight through tinted windows and the Greeks used colours by minerals, stones, crystals as resources for treatment. In India colours appear in the theories of the chakras and in China believe in the use of colour to create vibration and interactivity with “elements”. They knew that colours have the ability to calm, inspire, excite, balance or change our perceptions, which led to consider them as therapeutic tools for themselves.
Our bodies need the sun’s light to live. And that light can actually be broken down into a seven-colour spectrum. An imbalance of any of those colours can manifest itself in physical and mental symptoms.
Colour therapy works on various energy points to help balance your body via the full spectrum of visible light, each colour addressing a distinct need. For example, red is typically associated with stimulation, while blue is considered a mentally relaxing colour.
Colours typically used in Chromotherapy
The colour red is used to support circulatory and nerve functions as it is thought to increase pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate.
Red helps restore younger looking skin. Reduces the signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production. Red light can also be used to treat energy disorders and physical apathy, bronchitis, cold, chills, rheumatism, haemoglobin deficiency, frigidity, sterility, hypotension, neurasthenia, and tuberculosis. It stimulates and facilitates extraversion. Increases sexual desire and activity. Abuse can cause aggression, irritation and fatigue.
It symbolizes spirituality and intuition. Violet has meditative properties.
Increases cell regeneration, which helps to cleanse the skin and reduce inflammation. It is used to calm the nervous system, to treat insomnia and mental disorders; stimulates the formation of white blood cells, eliminates toxins, helps to cure inflammation. It can be used as an adjunct treatment for emotional anxiety, jealousy, envy, nervousness, unreasonable fear, asthma, insomnia, indigestion, skin irritation, lumbago, meningitis, pneumonia, rheumatic problems, tumours.
Blue symbolizes peace and tranquillity. Promotes relaxation and calm.
It reduces the bacteria that cause acne. Soothing, calming, healing treatment that helps irritated and inflamed skin. It also helps teeth whiten. It is believed that blue has a positive effect on all kinds of pain. Blue has sedative properties for headaches and migraines, colds, stress, nervous tension, rheumatism, stomach aches, sore throats, neck stiffness, insomnia, fever relief, detox, cough, mental fatigue, stress, fear, insomnia, burns, acute spinal pain, insect bites, muscle cramps and liver disorders.
Orange has a warm, joyful, liberating effect on the body and mind, relieving oppression. Orange shows new possibilities and paths in life. It stimulates creative thinking and enthusiasm and helps to generate new ideas.
Orange revitalises your skin for a brighter glow. Adds radiance and vitality to dull skin. It is a symbol of feminine energy, creation, friendship, life, joy and happiness. It affects physical vitality and intellect. Psychologically, it is recommended for dealing with the problems of sadness, loss, relationship difficulties, introversion, supporting change, and giving courage to face life. At the physical level, it is used as an additional treatment for asthma, bronchitis, epilepsy, muscular disorders, cramps, rheumatism, sore in ligaments, bone fractures, kidney stones, prevention of tumours, constipation and menstrual difficulties. The orange clothes help to restore balance, increases optimism and sexual tone and removes inhibitions and psychological paralysis.
The colour of the sun, life-force, vividity, vitality and energy. The color of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation, flexibility, progress, amusement, contact through traveling and communication, learning and practical knowledge. A feeling for writing and speaking.
Yellow, the brightest colour used in chromotherapy, has been used to purify the skin, help with indigestion, strengthen the body, nervous system and assist metabolism. Reduces Redness – Alleviates Inflammation, sunburn, rosacea or other skin conditions and enjoy healthier skin.
Promotes losing weight because activates and eliminates localized fat. Helps relieve asthma and bronchitis, stimulates brain, nervous system, facilitates concentration, improves reflexes, muscular rheumatism, relieves headaches, pessimism, depression, bipolar disorder, skin problems, helps achieve goals and overcomes fears, helps digestion and rest. It is an effective antidepressant recommended to look at, drink, eat and wear.
Indigo is a dynamic healing colour on both a physical and mental level. It strengthens the lymphatic system, glands and immune system. It is an excellent blood purifier and also helps detoxify the body.
Indigo is used to treat diseases of the eyes, ears and nose. Soothing, calming effect. Indigo symbolizes spirituality, wisdom, devotion, creativity, justice, impartiality and dignity.
Can only be produced by a combination of other colours. Indigo links with and stimulates the brow chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland.
At the bioenergetic level, it affects imbalances that can lead to serious illness at the emotional level and encourages the abandonment of old problematic relationships and habits. It helps eliminate clutter in our lives. It is a spiritual colour that repels bad, harmful thoughts.
Green is the colour of Nature and the earth, a colour associated with harmony, provides a neutral, positive calming effect. Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. Green links with and stimulates the heart chakra.
Green provides anti-infectious, anti-septic and regenerative stimulation. Balances out redness and blotches for naturally beautiful skin. Effective in treating physical fatigue and injuries, produces cellular regeneration, is used in the treatment of malignant tumours, to increase the defences of the immune system, heart disease, the circulatory system problems, headaches, neuralgia, sleep disorders, emotional instability, power adaptability, promotes physical relaxation and detoxifies. The use of green tones, relieves stress, fatigue and headaches, helps with liver problems and is beneficial in cases of claustrophobia. Green foods detoxify, increase stamina and endurance, and tone up the body. It cures hormonal imbalances. Stimulates growth hormone and rejuvenation. Cleans and purifies from germs, bacteria and rotting material. Increases immunity. Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing, calmness and harmony. Longing for a safe home and family-life. A dislike of conflicts.
Today, the medical benefits of colour light therapy are being researched and implemented in major hospitals and medical research centres around the world.
“You realize you are part of the hologram of life, surrounded by an aura or energy field that radiates distinct colour and vibrations. The aura fingertips your soul and reflects your goodness, wellness, mental stability, maturity, emotional/inner turmoil or peaceful fulfilment. More of each of these qualities, peace, wellness, stability, maturity and fulfilment may become your ever-present precious possession by the application of colour's power in our daily living.”
M Walker: Power of Colours. NY
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A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution by Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Dec, Publisher: Oxford University Press
Light Years Ahead: The Illustrated Guide to Full Spectrum and Colored Light in Mindbody Healing by Brian Brailing