Chromotherapy might be a new word to you but the art is not new to humanity. This is simply the art of healing using colors. It is also known as color therapy or light therapy.
The use of colors to heal started in ancient times. Our ancestors knew that just by staring at colors, a lot of biochemical activities go on in the body.
Each color triggers an activity, they control mood and induce a kind of feeling. They knew colors control our physical bodies and mental state.
History of Chromotherapy
Colors have been used since ancient times. Even the bible has a record of how Jacob used color to influence the color of his sheep.
In the 1770s, the papyrus sheets that date back to 1550BC were discovered. This is an Egyptian sheet that contains color cures for different ailments.
Even the textbook of Chinese Traditional Medicine called “Nei ching” talks extensively on color diagnosis. Note that this book was written more than 2000 years ago.
In ancient Egypt, they built their houses in a way that mimicked nature. They hung blue crystals on their windows to give their roof a blue color. Their floors were painted green and all that.
In ancient Greece, sick people were kept in a colored room to promote healing. Many scientists and people of old have written a lot about colors.
An Arabian called Avicenna (980 – 1037) wrote extensively on color therapy in the “canon of medicine”. He believed that there was a link between colors and disease symptoms.
He went as far as developing a chart to show the relationship between color and temperature and diseases. There are many others like him which you will learn at the end of this article.
Is Colour Therapy Accepted Today?
Even though some health practitioners try to dismiss this and call it “pseudoscience”, it still doesn’t change the fact that colors have an effect on people.
The reason they don’t agree to use it is that they can’t profit from this. No one can claim colors as their personal invention, hence the wrong label.
Colors are actively used in the food industry to control appetite. Children’s toys are intentionally colored brightly to make them happy.
A lot of studies have been done on colors and right now, schools, metal homes, and care homes are painted intentionally just to achieve a common aim.
I wonder why someone will still call color therapy “pseudoscience”. Well, that’s what happens when greed is the order of the day. Anything that doesn’t bring much money and goes through a complicated process is “pseudoscience”.
The first thing I learned when I started interacting with Nature is that she is so simple. Simple things bring healing and maintain health.
Despite all opposition, light therapy is becoming popular these days. It is more popular in Asia and the rest of the world is catching up.
How Can I Make Use of Light Therapy?
There are many methods people make use of light therapy. Light therapists also have different methods used. But the most common method I have seen is exposing a patient to a color of light that can help your condition.
Another method is to keep you in a dark room with a particular color shown on the screen. If you don’t have access to a light therapist or don’t want to pass through this process, there are other options for practicing chromotherapy.
You can choose to stare at a particular color. You can wear a particular (based on what you want to achieve). You can paint your nails or hold a colored handkerchief.
You can make your wallpaper colorful since we touch our phones every three minutes. You can also look for your own unique ways to practice color therapy.
Top 7 Colours and How They Affect You
This is the color of life and Mother Nature. Green has a soothing effect on the mind and body. This awesome color is a definition of harmony and balance.
Green is used to heal all conditions. It cures hormonal imbalances and emotional problems. This is one of the reasons why it is the dominant color in nature.
Green rejuvenates and boosts the production of growth hormone. It heals all conditions of the heart and blood pressure. Green purifies the air, it cleans the atmosphere.
It boosts your immune system and promotes healthy organs. Green gives inner peace, it promotes growth and development, and strengthens your nervous system. It is also used to treat fertility.
This is the most commonly used color in chromotherapy because it heals all pains. It is also known as the “greatest antiseptic in the world’.
Blue color relieves all kinds of pains, inflammation, fever, and high blood pressure. It stops itching, irritations, headaches, bleedings, and relieves stress. It also relieves negative emotions.
It promotes learning and assimilation. Blue light is also used to treat problems related to speech, throat, or communication. In short, blue relieve sufferings.
This beautiful color promotes the health of your central nervous system and strengthens it. It promotes communication between your brain, nerves, and body.
This is why emojis are yellow. Yellow stimulates higher mentality and mental inspiration. People with nerve problems are treated with yellow color. It energizes your muscles and your entire body.
Yellow promotes assimilation. It hastens digestion and thereby makes you hungry. It is used in treating problems of the liver, stomach, and intestines. It is also used in healing wounds and scars.
Dark yellow is used to heal nerve pains.
This is the “color of transformation” because it transforms a whole person’s life. It heals behavioral problems, for example addicti,ons, hysteria, melancholy, alcohol, and delusion.
Purple helps people behave well. Little wonder it is the color for royalty. This color stimulates the activities of your spleen and white blood cells. It slows down the fast heart rate and relieves insomnia.
It relieves mental stress and fatigue. It reduces sensitivity to pains and detoxifies the body. It also reduces sexual activity. Purple is linked with spirituality because it aids meditation and helps people ascend higher.
It brings renewal and spiritual insight. Little wonder you see church windows emitting purple rays. The ancient people knew that meditating under a purple color is powerful.
This is an energizing color because it increases the production of energy. It also boosts stimulations. It increases adrenaline and this will strengthen you to run or fight.
Red also promotes growth and development. It reduces blood pressure, it boosts circulation, and the production of oxytocin, the love hormone. Hence, the reason why red is the color of love.
Red increases sexual desires and energizes your senses. It also stimulates ovulation and menstruation. Chromotherapists warn that cancer patients should not be exposed to red color because of its ability to trigger cell growth.
Orange is the color of creativity. It stimulates critical thinking and new ideas. It also relieves negative energy and excess sexual desires. It cheers you and relieves pains and cramps.
It energizes also because it is a warm and non-constricting color. Orange color increases enthusiasm, it helps you assimilate new ideas. It helps you see other options and even new possibilities in life.
Depressed people are treated with orange color. It also relieves digestive and respiratory problems.
This color is a purifying and freeing agent. It purifies the blood and boosts mental health.
This is regarded as the “perfect color” because it contains all colors in a perfect balance. It is used in healing all kinds of ailments.
This amazing color heals grief and sadness. It weakens angry and aggressive people. Violence can’t happen in a pink environment. It brings you in contact with your feelings and restores youthfulness.
This color stimulates adrenaline and the activities of your heart.
In chromotherapy, this color is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It tones your body and boosts your immune system. It relieves stress and builds your skin.
It also increases intuition and sensitivity.
These are the top colors used in light therapy and the effects they have on you. Now, you will be intentional when using colors because you know their healing properties.