Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chromotherapy: Can Color Really Heal?

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. Of course it should not be confused with Light Therapy, which has been proven to relieve things like major depressive disorders.

Just like we learned in color theory, Chromotherapists claim a scientific basis for their practice, proposing that colors bring about emotional reactions in people. 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.

Here are some explanations of what each color targets to heal and an image (not the greatest image, thanks to Wikipedia) to display the areas the color is applied.
  • Red: Used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
  • Orange: Used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
  • Yellow: Used to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
  • Green: Targets the heart.
  • Blue: Used to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
  • Indigo: Used to alleviate skin problems.
  • Violet: Targets the top of the head.

  • There has been much criticism of the practice, just as anything this far out usually receives. Does it really work? Can color heal parts of your body or mind? What are your thoughts on color and the healing process? Would you pay to have a Chromotherapist attempt to heal you?

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    1. Sounds like another ridiculous ruse to scam idiots out of money. Kudos Chromotherapists!

    2. Certain colors do create reactions in us (blue/green soothing, red stimulating, orange hunger, etc), while others are because of memories we associate with them, but as far as healing goes?? Not so sure about that.
      I do believe about the light therapy because of the Vit. D deficiency caused from lack of sunlight (affects mood).

    3. BTW, an old wives tale is that wearing red wont let you heal when you are sick! Last time I went to Venezuela I was chastised by one of my husbands older relatives for letting him wear a red T-shirt while he had a cold! Naturally, I didn't refute, but had a good inward laugh!

    4. Jason, it would sound that way wouldn't it? You never know until you try it! Haha! So, get back to me with your conclusion. ;)

      April, good point(s)! I have heard a bit about light thereapy and it seems to have a better backing, but I'm still curious to know if this has worked or not.

      Nice story by the way.

    5. I agree with the notion that colors can have emotional effects on people as April stated, but that is only based on vision which is our only means of sensing color. I can't see how this would have any effect on any other part of the body other than a placebo effect.

    6. Reds, yellows, and browns also make you eat faster. Hence McDonald's, Wendy's, Arby's, Hardees, etc.

    7. Good point with the placebo effect Jason. That's definitely a major factor with this treatment I'd assume.

      Zeb, I was unaware that those colors made you eat "faster!" I just thought they made you feel hungry. Nice information.

    8. Simply Great informative blog. Yes! Each color has certain power to heal health problem. But, we need to believe this kind of therapy first. If we have lack of confidence, we never get any single benefit from this chromotherapy.