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Colour is everywhere and forms a significant part of our lives. We can see colour because it bends, refracts, and reflects through particles, objects, and molecules. The colour spectrum contains different wavelengths of light which becomes visible to the eye when it falls between the 390 – 750-nanometer range. Colour is light and energy that have a definite effect on our bodies, minds, and emotions. One example of the effect of light on humans is a condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a mild form of depression suffered by many people during long cold periods of winter without sunshine.
What is Colour Therapy?
SNHS gives us a guide on Colour Therapy. Colour therapy, also called chromotherapy, is a method that makes use of colour to treat and heal certain ailments. Colour enters the body through the eyes or the skin and some therapies are done by shining an appropriate coloured light on an area of the body that needs healing. It can also be applied through the eyes by having the person look at a coloured light. Apart from the physical benefits, colour therapy is also used to enhance spiritual healing for harmony and well-being.
Colour therapy treatments use the visible spectrum of colour and light to affect a person’s physical and mental health. The most potent colours are the primary colours which relate to the chakras that include the seven basic colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and indigo. Each colour has a specific vibration or frequency which is believed to contribute specific wavelengths that can alter the frequencies and energies of the body. Certain colour frequencies have the ability to activate chemical reactions in the body that cause hormones to be released and influence emotions that enhance healing.
In alternative therapies, it is believed that the different layers of light in a person’s aura can be balanced and cleansed. Knowing the position and colours of your aura and the effect of the colours that surround you in your environment can help you understand how your body and spirit can be healed. An imbalance in the colours of the aura can manifest in mental and physical disorders. Light and colour have been used for thousands of years by healers to balance the aura of the body and to address distinct needs.
The Benefits of Colour Therapy
Everyone knows that we need sunlight to live and that light can be broken down into a 7-colour spectrum. Chromotherapy uses colour to adjust the vibrations of the body that are unbalanced to frequencies that will result in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. Each colour possesses a specific frequency and each one is related to a physical symptom and a specific body part. When all the colours are in harmony the body is energised and the cells are healthy.
Colours Used In Chromotherapy
The vibrant colour of red increases the pulse rate raises blood pressure and increases the rate of breathing. Red has a positive effect on nervous function and supports the circulatory system.
– Deep Pink
Pink is the colour of love. A strong dark pink colour strengthens the arteries and veins and acts as a blood cleanser.
A lighter pink eliminates impurities in the blood and activates healthy blood flow to keep the heart healthy.
The colour orange comes from a mixture of red and yellow. It assists with lung problems like asthma and bronchitis. It also eliminates localised fat in the body.
– Dark Yellow
A strong colour of yellow activates the internal tissues of the body and strengthens the entire body.
Yellow is the brightest colour on the spectrum and is used to strengthen the nervous system, helps with indigestion, purifies the skin, and treats glandular disease, lymphatic disorders, and hepatitis.
Green brings harmony to the system and provides the body with a neutral, calming effect. A stronger green colour is anti-septic, fights infection, and provides regenerative stimulation.
– Dark Blue
A strong colour of blue helps heal nervous tension and addresses stress. It lubricates joints and fights inflammation and infection. A lighter blue colour is used for relaxation and to calm the body. Its tranquilising effects relieve headaches, nervous tension, migraines, colds, rheumatism, muscle cramps, liver disorders, and stomach problems. Blue also has a positive effect on all kinds of pain.
Indigo has a calm, sedative effect and is used to treat conditions of the ears, eyes, and nose.
The meditative qualities of violet calm the nervous system, relaxes muscles, soothes organs, and treats psychosis. It is used to treat conditions of the spleen, lymphatic system, and urinary disorders.