Simply put this therapy uses colors to treat certain mental and physical health conditions. The idea is that they subtly change mood and biology. Color therapy comes from a long history that originated hundreds of years ago in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and India.
“Color as the manifestation of light held divine status to many. Egyptian healers wore breastplates of blue to mark their sacredness. In Greece, Athena wore a golden robe to signify her wisdom and holiness,” says Al Muhaiteeb.1
A study in 2005 describes color: “Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases.”2
Color therapy is simple and doesn’t require any effort. It helps balance the physical and emotional by putting the color of glasses and looking through them.
How does it work?
Chromotherapy and chakras go hand in hand. 7 chakras correspond to different organs and colors. Each color has different photons with its wavelength and frequency. The way we see these colors is because of the vibration that it holds and our body reacts and responds to them. The human body is composed of all the visible light colors and each color affects the mind, body, and emotions differently.
Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi gives the summary:
“Light is responsible for turning on the brain and the body. Light enters the body through the eyes and skin. When even a single photon of light enters the eye, it lights up the entire brain. This light triggers the hypothalamus, which regulates all life-sustaining bodily functions, the autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, and the pituitary (the body’s master gland). The hypothalamus is also responsible for our body’s biological clock. It also sends a message, by way of light, to the pineal organ, which is responsible for releasing one of our most important hormones, melatonin. The release of melatonin is directly related to light, darkness, colors, and the Earth’s electromagnetic field. This necessary hormone affects every cell in the body. It turns on each cell’s internal activities, allowing them to harmonize with each other and nature. The pineal gland is believed to be responsible for our feeling of oneness with the universe and sets the stage for the relationship between our inner being and the environment. If that relationship is harmonious, we are healthy, happy, and feel a sense of well-being. An imbalance in this relationship makes itself known in the form of disorders or diseases in our physical, mental, or emotional states. The pineal is our “light meter”, and receives information from the heavens above, to give us that sense of oneness with the universe, and from the Earth’s electromagnetic field below to keep us grounded. A perfect balance is necessary to maintain our health and to keep us in harmony with the environment.3
A study was done in 2019 and found the results that chromotherapy reduced anxiety and provided relaxation among students who had anxiety taking tests.4
More research from the National Institutes of Health states:
“Several studies have elaborated on the relationship between the human body and colors. We also show the possibility of carrying out diverse research into chromotherapy that is pertinent to deciphering the quantum mechanical dipole moment of water molecules. The quantum mechanical dipole moment as a result of the absorption of different colors, we conjecture, produces charge quantization phenomena.”5