Colour therapy helps balance and enhance the body’s workings by using the seven colours of the light spectrum, stimulating the body’s own healing.
What is colour therapy?
Colour is all around us, be it in nature, in our wardrobes or as a part of our homes and cars. Also called chromotherapy, chromatherapy or colourlogy, colour therapy is an alternative medicine method that helps achieve health and well-being through the correct use of colour. It helps achieve balance in terms of physical, emotional, spiritual and mental planes of our existence.
Colour therapy has been around for long. Sages of ancient India were among the first to discover that every colour had a unique vibration and could help the healing process. This knowledge is shared in the ‘Atharva Veda’ under the title ‘Surya Kiran Chikitsa’ or healing with the sun’s rays.
In ancient Egypt, it is said that temples had special healing rooms where the sun dispersed the seven colours of the rainbow.
Here’s what each colour of the rainbow represents:
- Violet: Increases spirituality and psychic ability and decreases aggression and insomnia
- Indigo: Increases rational thought and stability, and helps lessen impulsiveness and blood pressure
- Blue: Increases patience and tranquillity and decreases stress and negativity
- Green: Improves finances, luck and energy and decreases indecision, anxiety and claustrophobia
- Yellow: Increases memory, charm and persuasiveness and reduces the desire to criticise
- Orange: Increases joy and confidence and reduces loneliness and fatigue
- Red: Increases alertness, self-confidence and blood circulation and decreases depression and lethargy
Colour therapy in Ayurveda:
Ayurveda also talks about the seven energy centres or chakras of the body, where each chakra is associated with a certain colour. If these chakras become imbalanced due to disease, colour therapy can help regain balance and treat the physical ailment.
Colour therapy in interior design:
Students of interior design are taught the value of colours in their course. The rarer the colour, the more significant it is. Hence gold is used to demonstrate opulence and divinity. Purple was a royal colour and at one point could only be worn by people of a royal family.
- Using reds in the bedroom will certainly recharge your sex life but may be a hindrance to getting a peaceful night’s sleep. Bedrooms are best done up in relaxing pale shades.
- Reds and other bold colours are favourites in restaurants and living rooms as they stimulate conversation.
- Children’s rooms can be done up in vibrant hues but avoid too many colours as it will create a clash and consequently disharmony.
- A study or library can benefit from sober colours like beiges and browns to encourage concentration while using bright colours like orange in these areas may lead to distraction.
Personal colour therapy:
This science advises us to include all the colours in our wardrobes to benefit from the unique advantages of each colour. If in case you do not like to wear a certain colour, the colour therapy advises you to wear a paler shade of the same colour to obtain at least some of its benefits.
How to introduce colour therapy in your life:
A simple way of applying colour to the body is to use solarized water. When exposed to sunlight, water in a coloured container absorbs the vibrational energy of that particular colour. This can then be drunk by sipping the water or used for bathing a particular part of the body.
Solarised water can be drunk or used to bathe. It can also be used to heal animals.
Naturopaths harness the five elements of the body — ether, air, fire, water and earth in coloured bottles and use them as medicine to treat individuals.
Sceptic’s take on colour therapy:
Sceptics criticise colour therapy due to absence of absolute proof and claim its effectiveness to the placebo effect (a placebo tricks you into believing you have taken the medicine and so will be cured).
Disclaimer: Colour therapy has its share of followers but remember it cannot replace orthodox medicine.
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