Healing With Colours   

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 psychological.

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 effects.

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 painted blue?Indigo

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 the study!).

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?

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