Colors around us, are possible only with our eyes. Our eyes can differentiate a million combinations of color and every color can be varied with its intensity, brightness, contrast, and wavelength.
Colour therapy or Chromotherapy deals with curing and healing our mental problems with the help of colors. It is a natural and instant form of relieving emotions and stress.
Types of Chromotherapy
There are many types of Chromotherapy process. But, only two are the most common, the first one is Color Therapy which consists of several colored lights and the other one is Red Light therapy which consists of only one color light, and that is red.
Color therapy helps in relaxing, restoring the body balance, and improves overall mental health by applying several colors in an infrared sauna like the ones above in the picture.
The colored lights used in the chambers depends on Chromotherapy clinics. These colors are utilized as healers which are broken into several color spectrums.
The science behind Color Therapy
Color therapy is a form of neurocognitive therapy based on common reactions to colors. Some are very relaxing to most people and some are agitating. In pre-communist China, it was a common practice to put a suspect in a red room (the bright red that is so common in Chinese art) for three days. Usually, by then that person is ready to talk. The technique, minus the room can also be used to heal. Find the color that the client resonates with the most, and use it to help modify thoughts and behavior.
Let’s look at the animal kingdom as well. While in the case of humans, the importance of colors may be culturally picked up, but the response to color among animals is essentially hardwired. Animals also react cautiously to particular colors, including red, blue, black, and yellow.
Bright colors especially red is vivacious and constantly blows fire in the eyes of the beholder. It triggers a feeling of fear and caution in the adversary. These “protective” colors serve as warning signs to potential predators. The radiantly colored organism is either perilous or inedible and might possess poisonous chemicals that could harm the predator if it disregards the warning. The most ferocious animals don the colors red or yellow like lions, leopards, etc.
Things to consider in Color Therapy
An awareness of the color theory can help us balance our lives better. We should be able to use these colors to our advantage and stabilize our lifestyles much better e.g. a person who tends to low BP can use brighter colors to improve the blood pressure and vice versa. A lethargic and depressed person can use more vivid colors to come out of such feelings.
Two kinds of diseases can affect a human body, the diseases born of cold and diseases born of heat. Someone suffering from diseases born of cold-like diabetes, sinus, depression, etc. should consume and wear fire colors like yellow, red, or black e.g. black pepper is commonly used for cold and cough and turmeric are highly recommended for diabetes. On the other hand, people with heat- born diseases like acidity, insomnia, and high BP should consume and wear light colors like light blue, white, etc. e.g., cold milk is recommended for acidity and people with insomnia are asked to paint there room white or light blue.
To summarize one should analyze the needs of one’s routine and body and then make a calculated choice of colors to wear or consume in his/her life especially at the turmoil periods i.e. the age of 40. Many may consider it a belief rather than a therapy.
But then is medicine not a matter of “belief”. Medicine is a matter of testing and retesting and finding what works. The human system is so complex that medicine is rarely an exact science but we’re working on it.