Healing With Color: Chromatherapy

Healing With Color: Chromatherapy

Chromotherapy, sometimes called color therapy or colorology, is an alternative medicine method. It is claimed that a therapist trained in chromotherapy can use color and light to balance energy wherever a person's body be lacking, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental. Not to be confused with Light Therapy, which has been proven to relieve things like major depressive disorder. Healing With Color: Chromotherapy

Chromotherapists claim that colors bring about emotional reactions in people. A standard method of diagnosis is the use of "Luscher’s color test", developed by Max Luscher in the early 1923. When performing chromotherapy, color and light is applied to specific areas and acupoints on the body. Because colors get associated with both positive and negative effects in color therapy, specific colors and accurate amounts of color are deemed to be critical in healing. Some of the tools used for applying colors are gemstones, candles, wands, prisms, colored fabrics, bath treatments, and colored glasses or lenses.

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Color therapy is possibly rooted in Ayurveda, an ancient form of medicine practiced in India for thousands of years. Other historic roots are attributed to Chinese and ancient Egyptian culture. In the nineteenth century, European smallpox victims and their sickrooms were draped with red cloth to draw the disease away from the body.

Color Meanings

Health is contingent upon balancing not only our physical needs, but our emotional needs as well. In India, a group of healers versed in Ayurvedic medicine describe colors associated with the seven main chakras, which are, according to their system, spiritual centers in our bodies located along the spine.

There are seven of these chakras and each is associated with a particular organ or system in the body. Each chakra has a dominant color, but these colors may become imbalanced. If this happens it can cause disease and other physical ramifications. By introducing the appropriate color, these maladies can be fixed. Below is a description of each chakra and its corresponding color.

Sahasrara is represented by the colour violet and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body. Sahasrara's inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with "beingness".
Ajna is symbolised by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colour white, indigo or deep blue. Ajna's key issues involve balancing the higher & lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Ajna's inner aspect relates to the access of intuition. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level.
Symbolised by a lotus with sixteen petals. Vishudda is characterized by the color light or pale blue, or turquoise. It governs such issues as self-expression and communication, as discussed above. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security.
Anahata is related to the colours green or pink. Key issues involving Anahata involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well being. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.
The colour that corresponds to Manipura is yellow. Key issues governed by Manipura are issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.
The Sacral Chakra is symbolized by a lotus with six petals, and corresponds to the colour orange. The key issues involving Svadisthana are relationships, violence, addictions, basic emotional needs, and pleasure. Physically, Svadisthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm.
Muladhara is symbolised by a lotus with four petals and the colour red. Key issues involve sexuality, lust and obsession. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

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This is so interesting! ^__^ I think the color theraphy is very useful to all aspects in life. Like... If I'm sick (or I'm having a cold) I like to use red clothes, it kinda helps me, 'cause red is a strong, vivid color. XD

Thanks for posting it! :3
A recent attempt to cure an upset tummy:
very cool!
yay :)
Most interesting. I've always known color was more than just visually beautiful. As a designer, I'm keenly aware of what colors can do to emotions. I should look into some color therapy for what ails me!
Its amazing what colours can do for healing!
very interesting and informative, i'm now scurrying off to google Ayurvedic colour therapy, thanks.
Great Post!
Great info and a wonderful "thoughts" I'll try to post one from my Ayurvedic files, cheers & more "thoughts"
Mind blowing blog! I enjoy being creative especially with photography and knowing these facts about colors was a great experience for me. Thanks a lot Evad!

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