Red, blue, green, yellow, orange – could colors really influence your health? That is the question to be asking yourself when considering color therapy.
When most people think about healing treatments, they tend to think about conventional medicine, physiotherapy and chiropractic care, possibly even acupuncture or pressure – never colors.
But, as more research is coming out on color therapy, we are finding that color can make a difference in your life. Each and every day you encounter millions of different shades of color and these do have an impact on your life.
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Color therapy, which is also referred to as chromotherapy, is actually a long-standing form of therapy that can date back thousands of years to very early times. Originating in Egypt, China, and India, color therapy involves using light of various wavelengths and energy patterns.
Each of these colors vibrates with a certain amount of energy that is directed towards the main chakras or energy centers of the body.
In order to achieve optimal health, you need to maintain a nice balance of energy from these chakras, so that’s what color therapy is all about. By using various colors, you can rebalance any of your chakras that may be out of proper alignment, restoring health and well-being.
But what can color therapy really do for you? How can it help you achieve better health?
Let’s give you an overview of how color therapy works, the benefits it brings, and then give you a primer on how each color impacts you.
How Color Therapy Works
When you are exposed to a color, this color is going to be absorbed into your eyes, skin, and skull, where it then impacts you on a number of levels.
The vibrational energy from that color will impact your physical well-being, your spiritual well-being, as well as your emotional well-being as well. Since every single cell in your body needs a certain level of light energy, the vibrational pattern of various colors can have a big impact on how your cells function and behave.
As each color is related to a different chakra in the body, if you are having issues related to any one particular chakra, harnessing the power of color therapy and utilizing the color associated with that chakra may help to clear up the problems.
In a moment we’ll look at the various colors and the chakras they are related to so you can see for yourself which color you would want to apply given a variety of different conditions or issues.
Now, while this vibration pattern will have an influence on the physical health of your body, don’t overlook the psychological benefits that color therapy can bring. For most individuals, this is where color therapy is noted to be the strongest.
For instance, when you were first developing as a baby, you were wrapped in the womb, which would give off a pink color. This would have evoked comforting feelings in you and now as an adult, you may find that upon viewing pink tones you are greeted with that same feeling once again.
Likewise, let’s say that during your college years, you had a bedroom that was painted a dark blue color. Every time you went into that room, you forced yourself to study for hours on end. It wasn’t a pleasant experience, but it was something you had to do. Over time, you came to dread being in that dark blue room because you knew exactly what it meant.
Now later on, even though you are years out of college, you may still get that same feeling coming whenever you view that dark blue color. You may feel some anxiety or dread in your stomach coming on, even if on a subconscious level. This is because your brain has come to associate that dark blue color with that feeling of dread over studying.
The older you get, the more the chances grow that you attach certain feelings of colors. Perhaps there was a dress or shirt that you wore the night you got engaged. You remember that night so clearly and now whenever you wear that color, it feels as though your entire mood is uplifted. You’re more positive, happy, and excited about all that life has to offer.
Both of these are examples of what happens when you use color therapy. While you may not recognize this effect is taking place on a conscious level, you can rest assured it is.
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A practitioner who is utilizing color therapy can apply color in a number of different manners.
This may include:
- Using light boxes or lamps that radiate a certain color when giving therapy/treatment sessions
- Prescribing a color based diet where the individual focuses on eating more foods of a certain color on a
- Providing color aromatherapy or reflexology during treatment sessions
- Utilizing colored crystals or gemstones in order to achieve the proper chakra stimulation using color
- Using visualization and meditation combined with color therapy
When you go see a specialist who is trained in color therapy, they will also help to provide suggestions on how you can incorporate color therapy into your every day life.
This may mean making adjustments to how you are dressing on a daily basis in order to evoke certain feelings in yourself or changing the nature of how your home is decorated in effort to help give you a certain psychological benefit.
Overall, there are a number of great benefits to using color therapy. These include:
- It’s a completely safe and pain-free treatment method
- It’s a great compliment to any holistic program where you are focusing on looking at the body and your
health as a whole
- It’s a great way to address the non-physical origins of physical symptoms that may be currently taking
place in the body
- It’s a relatively cost effective treatment method and may even be used on your own for free
- It helps you reflect on your own beliefs/emotions and learn how subtle events in your life have played a role
in where you are today (great for introspection!)
- It can often improve your nutritional standing (eating all those colorful vegetables will pay off!)
- It can be used for adults, teenagers, and children equally
Color therapy is best used in conjunction with other more traditional forms of treatment in a holistic setting. By looking at color therapy along with other treatments, you will help ensure that you are not forgetting or neglecting any element of your health and well-being.
So now that you have a deeper understanding of how color therapy works and how it may be applied in a practical setting, let’s take a closer look at the colors and go over how those will influence you.
A Primer On Colors
When assessing the colors utilized in color therapy, you need to look at them from many different angles. First, you want to know the meaning of the color and the psychology behind it.
From there, you also want to know benefits that the color can bring when used in a therapeutic setting.
Let’s go over each color and give you this information.
Red is the color that has the longest length in the visible spectrum of light and also offers the lowest overall rates of vibration. It’s associated with your root chakra, otherwise known as Muladhara.
The meaning behind love is typically love and romance, which is one reason why we associated red roses as a romantic gift or its often said that red is the color of seduction. Women also often paint their lips a bright red to attract men, once again for this reason.
Red is also often associated with energy and excitement, however at the same time may also be associated with warmth and comfort.
The Benefits Of Red
Using the color red in a therapeutic setting, you can possibly achieve:
- Relief from migraine headaches
- Lower severity of chronic pain related conditions
- Stimulation of the liver, nervous system, and circulatory system
- Assistance with menstrual related disorders
- Improved strength and circulation
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Improved blood flow to the brain
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The next color to look at is orange. Orange is often used for stimulation reasons and can also brew up excitement and energy in the body. This is one reason you will often see restaurants painted in this color. It puts you in a happier mood, which can increase the positive feelings you experience while eating there. The more you feel these positive feeling, the more you will relate that back to being in the restaurant.
Orange is associated with the second chakra, placed just below the navel called the sacral chakra. This chakra is one of vitality and strength and in the physical realm, is connected to the colon, bladder, and gallbladder. For this reason, it’s often the color associated with digestion and assimilation, which once again explains why it is so often utilized in the restaurant setting.
The Benefits Of Orange
What benefits can you stand to gain from orange? Orange offers:
- Decreased activity of the parathyroid gland
- Stimulation of the lungs and thyroid gland, which can boost oxygen delivery to the body and improve
- Decreased level of cramping in the body, both regular cramps as well as those associated with
- Decreased occurrence of digestive gas, bloating, and bowel related issues
- Relief from re-occurrence of hiccups
Yellow is another color that is typically associated with happiness and also tends to bring on feelings of laughter, joy, optimism, and cheerfulness.
On another note however, it can also lead to feelings of hunger, so is another color you’ll often see used in the food industry. Yellow may also signify anger as well, so some people will want to treat with caution when using this color.
Yellow is associated with the solar plexus charka, which is at the center of your being. This is the overall energy center of the body and is often the color that represents new beginnings and birth (or re-birth).
On a physical level, this chakra is related to the stomach, digestive organs, mid back, pancreas, and the liver in particular, so it’s main benefits often have to do with these areas.
The Benefits Of Yellow:
The benefits of yellow that you can experience from including it in your color therapy include:
- Assisting with night blindness (as it filters out blue light that can interfere with night vision)
- Increased appetite – it’s often associated with improved food consumption (and not a good color to use if
you are looking to lose weight!)
- Help with dealing with sluggish organs
- Assistance with the stimulation of the lymphatic glands, which can help with the elimination of toxins from
- Improved circulation
Moving along, the next color to discuss is green. Green is one of the best calming colors as it tends to help promote harmony, tranquility, and calmness in the body. It’s also associated with high levels of fertility, health, and can also be associated with money as well.
It’s a natural and cool color and is often used in interior decorating for this reason. By painting your rooms in this color, you may evoke a greater sense of calm in your own home.
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The color green is associated with your heart chakra, and is at the center of healing. As such, it can also be considered a strong healing color as well. As green is most often found in nature, this too yields feelings of calmness and tranquility. You’ll also find that many massage therapy centers are painted in this color as well as it’s a good color for providing relief from stress and anxiety.
On a physical level, green is related to the heart, lungs, chest, shoulders, arms, breasts, as well as the heart, so if you are dealing with any issues related to these areas, you may be prescribed green as part of your color therapy program.
The Benefits Of Green
When you use green on a regular basis, you can find relief from:
- Improved overall sense of well-being
- Pain and symptom relief from chronic issues
- Stimulation of the brain and cognition
- Improved digestive response
- Promoting the release of mucus and phlegm in the body
Blue is yet another color that is considered to be one of the calming colors in the body. It’s going to promote serenity, wisdom, and loyalty, and also tends to bring out truthfulness in some people.
The color blue tends to be un-appetizing, so you will rarely see restaurants painted this color. For those seeking weight loss, getting more blue in your life could be beneficial.
Blue is associated with the throat chakra, and is the color that is used to sooth your soul. As noted, it’s one of the most soothing, healing and calming colors out there, so again, one often used in interior design. Combining blue with green make for two excellent colors to use in your home or any other area where you want to achieve a state of relaxation.
On a physical level, blue is going to impact your throat, esophagus, thyroid gland, cervical spine, as well as your mouth, teeth, and jaw.
The Benefits Of Blue
When you immerse yourself in a blue surrounding, there are a number of benefits you stand to gain. These include:
- Improved function of the thyroid and parathyroid gland
- Enhanced lung function
- Improvement from any issues related to the mouth and jaw
- A sense of relaxation and calm
- Improved weight loss results
- Greater sleep quality/duration
- Relief from skin irritations or inflammation
Purple, a favorite color by many often represents wealth, sophistication, prosperity, respect, and wisdom. It also has psychological meanings of mystery and exoticism as well.
This is considered to be your ‘third eye’ chakra and is associated with the opening of your consciously and bringing awareness to a higher level. It is often associated with the night time and improved sensual experiences.
On a physical level, indigo is related to the brain, forehead, eyebrow, eyes, nose, carotid nerve plexus as well as your pituitary gland. If you are suffering from any issues related to these areas, this is what you will want to use for your color therapy.
The Benefits Of Indigo
When using indigo as part of your program, you will experience the benefits of:
- The clearing of ear, eye, sinus, and throat related problems.
- Reduced swelling and pain
- Decreased frequency and severity of nose bleeds
- Sedative effect upon the body
- Improved sleep quality
Finally, the last color to note, pink, is one that also tends to represent romance and love. It’s associated with gentleness and is also considered to be a calming color.
Pink is associated with the crown charka system, which has to deal with the level of awareness and consciousness. On a physical level, it deals with the brain, skull, and your cerebral cortex.
The Benefits Of Pink
By using pink in your color therapy, you can reap a number of great benefits.
- Assistance with reducing feelings of aggression
- Providing excellent stress reduction properties
- Promoting deep relaxation
- Decreasing your appetite levels
There you have a closer look at how you can harness color therapy in your own program. Whether you choose to primarily focus on this through nutrition by including a rainbow salad every day, repaint some of the walls in your house, dress in a certain color, or seek treatment from a trainer color therapy practitioner, consider putting colors to use in your world.
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