Color therapy

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Origins, Benefits, Efficacy, Methodology
Psychological studies have proven that colors can affect our mood. Yellow and red have been found to be the most stimulating colors. Interior designers and paint manufacturing companies use this knowledge when giving advice about the colors to be used for particular environments.1

What Is Color Therapy? Where Did It Originate?
Color therapy is based on the premise that the human body is composed of fields of energy. The body remains healthy when energy is distributed properly to all the parts and circulates freely. When there is an imbalance in the energy distribution or presence of abnormal amounts of energy, the body suffers illness.1

  • The most important source of energy for humans is sunlight. It consists of the energies of seven colors – red, orange, green, blue, yellow, indigo, and violet. Each of these colors, present in the visible spectrum of light, has its own wavelength and frequency. Thus, each color produces a particular form of energy.1
  • Ancient Egyptians used color to encourage the body’s innate healing ability. It is said that Egyptians used different colors in different rooms in individual places to indicate the purpose of the room.
  • A papyrus was found that gave a description of various color cures for different disorders.
  • Hippocrates also described colors and their unique properties.
  • The Chinese also documented their thoughts on color diagnosis.2
  • Paracelsus described healing with colors along with herbs and music. However, the majority of his work was lost after it got burnt.
  • Sir Isaac Newton documented his experiments with color in his book “Opticks.” He noticed that the light passed through a prism and then split into different and identifiable rays of color. He also observed that white light broke down into various colors after passing through a prism and then blended to become white light again.2

How Is Color Therapy Beneficial?
Different colors are used to treat various disorders since each color affects us in a different way. If we are aware of how each color influences us, we can utilize their power to give ourselves extra energy when required.

  • A mix of blue, green, and orange colors is used to treat arthritis.
  • A mix of green and yellow colors is used to treat diabetes.
  • A mix of violet and blue colors is used to treat migraine.
  • A mix of red, blue, and green is used to treat female infertility.
  • Indigo color is used to treat dandruff.
  • Blue color is used to treat cough.
  • Yellow color is used to treat constipation.
  • A mix of indigo and green colors is used to treat cancer.1

Other benefits of color therapy are:

  • Lowers a fever
  • Stimulates thyroid
  • Increases the hemoglobin levels in the blood
  • Increases blood platelet count
  • Improves circulation and activates digestion
  • Reduces  possibilities of contracting infections
  • Encourages reduced scarring
  • Helps in wound healing2

The seven major chakras of our body are associated with distinct colors –

  • Root – red
  • Sacral – orange
  • Solar plexus – yellow
  • Heart – green
  • Throat – blue
  • Brow – indigo
  • Crown – violet2

Studies/Research On Its Efficacy

  • In the 1970s, a research study observed that exposure to red light for 30 minutes increased heart rate and blood pressure, whereas exposure to blue light reduced it.
  • Pink shades have been shown to have a calming effect on prisoners.
  • Symptoms of acute eruptive disorders such as chicken pox and measles were alleviated when the sufferers were put in a room with red windows.
  • Pain, anxiety and depression are adequately treated using colored lights and flashing bright lights.
  • Scientists noted that problems with sleep can be treated within a day of using color therapy.
  • Alteration of mood takes around 1-2 weeks to be cured by color therapy.1

How Is Color Therapy Done?
When the energy of color enters the human body, the pituitary glands and the pineal glands are stimulated.

  • This has an effect on the production of hormones, which influence many a physiological processes.
  • This is the reason color directly affects our moods, thoughts, and behavior. Color even has an effect on blind people, who can sense it through the energy vibrations created within the body.1
  • Red light stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, whereas blue and white light excite the parasympathetic nervous system. Certain colors increase the production of hormones, whereas other colors inhibit it.1

How Can You Get Started With Color Therapy?
Color therapy can be incorporated in our lives in the following ways:

  • Painting favorable colors on the walls of our rooms
  • Keeping specific colored objects in our homes and offices
  • Hanging a painting with distinct colors that we need to encourage healing by looking at it
  • Wearing specific colors when required
  • Keeping plants in our rooms with particular colors
  • Using bedspreads that contain the required color
  • Spreading a rug that contains the required color
  • Using light bulbs of the required color
  • Using colored crystals and gemstones2

Any Precautions, Contraindications And Interactions
Color therapy is painless, gentle, and has no side effects.


  1. Babey-Brooke A.M., Amber R.B. Color Therapy: Healing with Color. BestHowToBooks; 1979. 271 p.
  2. Milford F. Color Therapy for Energy Workers.; 2010. 52 p.
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