A Simple Guide To Healing With Color Therapy Or Chromo Therapy
Color is a part of our everyday life. It's in the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the soda we drink, the television we watch, the house we live in, in nature, etc. We see it everywhere, all the time. In fact, it has become so much a part of our life that we probably are not even aware of it. Can we imagine life or the surroundings in black and white? The answer would be a big NO.
How many times have we found ourselves attracted to or having a liking to a particular color. And on occasions, even disliking a particular color. Similarly, we find some colors lift our spirits while other colors make us depressed. Ever wondered why it is so? Why different colors affect us the way they do? It is because color is nature's very own powerful signalling system.
About Color Therapy
White light is made up of 7 different colors having different frequencies (vibrations) and wavelengths of electromagnetic energy. Each color has its own properties which are determined by its wavelength. For instance, the color blue is cooling, green is healing, orange creates stress and red is energetic.
Since ancient times this property of colors to effect a change in the physical, mental and spiritual condition of a human body, has been used to heal it. This system of healing is called color therapy, chromotherapy colorology or chromatherapy. Mention of this therapy has been made in ancient texts of India, China, Greece and Egypt. Color therapy is a complementary system of treatment which uses the healing energy of light through its basic colors, to balance the body's energy centers or chakras. It has been in existence for more than 4000 years.
Ayurvedic practitioners believe that the human body has 7 energy centers or chakras located along the spine. Each color is associated with a specific energy center and a specific location in the body. Also each chakra is associated with specific organ systems and organs. In effect meaning that, each color is organ and organ system specific.
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Healing With Color Therapy Tools
A color therapist uses color to heal the body using a variety of different tools. I will mention some of them briefly here.
- Gemstones & Crystals
The healing properties of various precious stones and crystals are used to balance the energy centers. An infusion of a particular gemstone, as indicated by the affliction, is made by dipping the washed gemstone in water and placing it in the sun for a period of 2 hours. The gemstone is then removed and this charged water is drunk. Use only glass vessel to make the infusion.
- Colored Fabrics
In this case specific colored clothes are worn and one is supposed to remain in the sun for an hour or more.
- Colored Bath
Different colors are mentally visualised moving around the energy centers to heal them.
- Colored Eye Lenses & Glasses
The wearer of the colored glasses or lens allows the color to enter the eyes. The color reaches the endocrinal glands and causes changes at the hormonal and cellular level.
- Colored Candles
These have healing properties. When the candle is lit, the vibrations associated with that color are activated and thrown in the surrounding area, magnifed manifold. These vibrations affect those who are in the vicinity. The energy levels of the healer and patient are raised.
- Colored Food
Colored foods also heal.Orange foods are stimulating, red foods give energy, green foods detoxify, yellow foods enhance weight loss while blue and purple foods soothe.
- Colored Light
Specific body areas are targetted by specific colored lights. The primary color is used followed by its complementary color.
- Solarised Water
This is the water that has been energised by keeping it in different colored bottles for a definite period of time. Consumption of this water heals the body.
The 7 Primary Colors And Their Association to the Chakras And Health
The following are the primary colors, their chakra locations, their functions and the associated body systems.
- RED Color
Relates to : Root Chakra
Location : Base Of The Spine
Red color affects the kidneys, bladder, spine, hips and legs. The related endocrine gland is the adrenal glands.
Some health issues associated with the Base chakra are :
Constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, coldness of extremities, frequent urination, high BP, kidney stones legs, hip and feet problems.
Do not use this color in anyone with hypertension or high BP. Instead, Pink can be used instead.
It is a warming, stimulating and energy giving color. It gives courage, strength, stability, security and awareness of self.
- ORANGE Color
Relates to : Sacral Chakra
Chakra location : Lower Abdomen
Orange color affects the genital organs, testes ovaries, prostrate, uterus and the large intestine. The related endocrine glands are testes and ovaries.
Some health issues associated with the sacral chakra are :
Menstrual irregularities, diseases of the prostrate and testes, ovarian cysta, fibroids in the uterus.
Orange is a warm color, a color of creativity and fun. Use it in activity areas. Not ideal for bedrooms or areas of stress because of its tendency to stimulate the brain.
- Yellow color
Relates to : Solar Plexus chakra
Chakra location : Solar Plexus
Yellow color affects the liver, spleen, small intestine and stomach. The endocrine gland stimulated with yellow color is the pancreas.
Some health issues associated with the solar plexus chakra are :
Diabetes, pancreas inflammation, liver disease, ulcers, gall bladder stones.
Yellow is a warm color and affects the ego, personality and confidence. It stimulates the intellect, increases concentration and is beneficial to students.
- Green Color
Relates to : Heart Chakra
Chakra location : Heart
Green color affects the heart, lungs, thymus, and breast. The related endocrine gland is the thymus gland.
Some health issues associated with this chakra are :
Heart diseases, immune system diseases like AIDS, breast cancer, allergies.
Green is a soothing color. It is associated with love, calmness, forgiveness, trust, compassion and purity.
- Blue Color
Relates to : Throat Chakra
Chakra location : Throat
Blue color affects the throat, ears, hands and mouth. The related endocrine gland is the thyroid gland.
Some health issues associated with this color are:
Thyroid diseases, nervous weakness, asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, diseases of the ears and oesophagus, ulcers in mouth, sore throat, tonsils.
Blue color is cooling and calming, relaxes and sedates. It gives voice to expressing oneself. Use it in any room except those meant for physical activities.
- Indigo Color
Relates to : Brow Chakra
Chakra location : Middle of the forehead, just above the eyebrows. Also the location of the third eye.
Indigo color affects the eyes, sinuses and lower head. The related endocrine gland is the pitituary gland. This color is purifying, purifies the blood and helps in mental affections.
Some health issues associated with this color & chakra are :
Headaches, migraine, tensions, visual problems, ear problems, sinus, catarrah.
Indigo color helps in developing responsibility towards self and trusting one's intution.
Indigo color can be used in quiet areas like bedroom or a treatment area. Also in the study or library.
- Violet color
Relates to : Crown Chakra
Chakra location : Crown of The Head
Violet color affects the central nervous system, pitituary gland and brain.The related endocrine gland is the pineal gland.
Some associated health issues related to this chakra are :
Depression, Parkinson's, schizophrenia, epilepsy, senile dementia, Alzheimer's, mental disorders, dizziness and fuzzy thoughts.
It is a cool color with a calming effect. Useful for people with sleep problems or under stress. But do not use this color in people with depression.
It is useful and should be used in places used for meditation, spiritual encounters and deliberations.
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They are the colors that stand opposite to one another on the color wheel. When placed next to the main color appear brighter.
To effect a full color therapy, the main color is used first and then the complementary color is used.
The main colors and their complementary colors are :
Violet & Yellow
Indigo & Orange
Blue & Red
Green & Magenta
Yellow & Violet
Orange & Indigo
Red & Blue
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.
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This Hub was last updated on February 5, 2013
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