Healing With Colours
The use of colour in healing has become more popular
in recent years, but the concept can actually be
traced as far back as ancient Chinese, Egyptian,
Greek and Indian civilisations.
What is colour therapy?
Colour therapy, or chromotherapy, refers to the use
of colour to promote healing.
Every colour has its own wave-length and energy, and
the seven spectrum colours (red, orange, yellow,
green, blue, indigo and violet) correspond with the
seven main energy centres (called chakras in
Ayurvedic medicine) of the body.
Colour therapists believe that establishing and
maintaining a balance of these colour energies helps
ensure good health and overall wellbeing.
The following are the seven spectrum colours and
their corresponding energy centres:
• Red - base chakra.
• Orange -sacral chakra.
• Yellow - solar plexus chakra.
• Green - heart chakra.
• Blue - throat chakra.
• Indigo - brow chakra.
• Violet - crown chakra.
Use of colour therapy
Colour has been incorporated as complementary
therapy for many medical conditions, including
asthma, depression, skin ailments, cardiovascular
problem and pain.
Its use is based on the belief that each colour has
healing properties for specific ailments or parts of
the body. Proponents of colour therapy believe that
surrounding yourself with the right colours can
promote overall health- both physical and
When you look at the colour red, what do you
associate it with? Energy, excitement? In colour
therapy, red promotes energy and stimulation.
Health-wise, it is thought to improve blood
circulation, particularly to the brain, as well as
stimulate red blood cell formation. It is also said
to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Related to the sacral chakra, orange is thought to
boost enthusiasm and pleasure. Health-wise, it is
said to help reduce digestive problems like
abdominal cramps and flatulence, as well as
menstrual cramps. For breastfeeding mothers, the
colour orange is said to stimulate the mammary
glands, leading to increased milk production.
Yellow is considered a sensory stimulant that
encourages clarity. As a therapy, yellow is used to
promote the health of the digestive and nervous
systems. It also supposedly increases appetite, so
it may not be a good choice for your dining room
walls if you are trying to lose weight!
Green is said to encourage overall balance.
Colour therapists use green for brain stimulation,
making it a great choice for the walls of the study
or library. It is also well known for its calming
Blue is also a great colour for the study or library
as it is thought to encourage knowledge. It may also
be a good choice for a family room as it is linked
to effective communication. Unlike yellow, which
increases appetite, blue is said to suppress it.
Does this explain why you hardly see restaurants
Like green, indigo is thought to have a calming
effect. Therefore, it may be a great colour for the
bedroom as it promotes deep sleep, leading to a
refreshed feeling on waking (a definite no-no for
As violet is associated with the crown of the head,
the impact of this colour is more spiritual; it is
said to encourage enlightenment. Painting your
bedroom violet may be a good idea as it also
promotes restful sleep. Overall, violet is said to
encourage calmness and relaxation.
How effective is colour therapy?
It must be noted that scientific evidence on the
effectiveness of colour as a therapeutic option is
scarce. Nonetheless, it has been used for centuries,
so who's to say it does not have a psychological or
emotional impact on healing?