Maybe your favorite color is a calming blue, or an energizing orange, or perhaps even a fiery red that pumps you up for the day—all of which are excellent choices and could play a significant role in developing your personal color therapy.
Color therapy, or chromotherapy, puts into practice the idea that showing people different colors—or specific colors—can help treat both mental distress and even physical pain.
A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution, explains, “Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases.”
The following is an excerpt from the journal:
“Phototherapy (light therapy) was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India. The Egyptians utilized sunlight as well as color for healing (4). Color has been investigated as medicine since 2000 BC (5). People of that era were certainly unaware of the scientific facts of colors as medicine, but they certainly had faith in healing with colors. They used primary colors (i.e. red, blue and yellow) for healing as they were unaware of the mixing up of two colors. The science seems to have been silent at those times.
According to ancient Egyptian mythology, the art of chromotherapy was discovered by the god Thoth. In the hermetic traditions, the ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves and dyes as remedies and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of colors (6). The ancient Ayurvedic physician Charaka, who lived in the sixth century BC, recommended sunlight to treat a variety of diseases (7). In ancient Greece the physical nature of color was dominant. Color was intrinsic to healing, which involved restoring balance. Garments, oils, plasters, ointments and salves were used to treat disease. The Greeks were unaware of biological changes in the body as a result of color treatment; nevertheless, they had blind faith in the healing properties of colors. It is also interesting to know that they used both forms of treatment with colors: direct exposure to sunlight and indirect healing. In the indirect method, they used such materials as stones, dyes, ointments and plasters as the medium. What was missing in their medicinal use of color was water as a medium for the absorption of color, which later proved to be the best remedy for removing toxins from the body. This concept is common among all researchers working on hydrochromopathy (3).”
Color therapy a science that, though in its infancy, is gaining a lot more traction, especially when tied to light and light therapy (which is its own type of therapeutic practice).
How Does Color Therapy Work?
Imagine how you would feel when you enter a beautiful garden with different-colored flowers surrounding you from all sides. This sight will definitely promote your health and make you feel happy and peaceful.
Color therapy works on a similar principle. We all have certain chemicals that are released into our mind to control the pain and anxiety that we feel. By inducing color therapy, these chemicals are increased and in this way we get relieved from pain and stress.
Also, this therapy helps you organize your thoughts by exposing you to certain colors that work wonders on your health. The whole procedure aims at soothing your mind and senses so that you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
In color therapy, what basically is done is that you are exposed to a color with a certain frequency that tends to release the tension from your mind. This therapy restores your psychological and physiological balance and helps you get on with life in a better way.
Benefits of Color Therapy
- Color therapy is a very safe procedure without any side effects and therefore, it can be used for children as well as adults.
- works at relaxing the mind and energizing the body in such a manner that you get rid of any physical or mental illness.
- It makes you more positive in life and helps you get over things in a better way.
- It helps in clearing off any emotional blockages for the free flow of energy in your body.
- It transforms you as an individual and guides you to the path of enlightenment.