Colour Therapy is an ancient technique of restoring imbalances in the body by applying coloured light to the body.
The idea can be traced back to the Healing Temples of Light and Colour in ancient Egypt.
There is little doubt that colour affects us emotionally. Blue, for example, is renowned for having a calming effect on the psyche. Other studies have shown that when bathed in blue light for 30 minutes blood pressure falls, whereas if subjected to red light blood pressure rises.
Although we have always used colours to describe our moods, few people are aware that colours can affect our well-being. Even though most people think of colours as something tangible, e.g. pigments or dyes, colour is reflected light.
Each colour that makes up the light spectrum actually vibrates at a different level. The faster the vibration the warmer the colour and the slower the vibration the cooler the colour. To take the red-and-blue example again, red can make us active, passionate and when taken to the extreme, rebellious. Blue can make us calm, reflective and too much blue can make us emotionally chilly.
Recent research into the effect of colour on people has shown that people who are blind from birth can learn to differentiate colours through their fingertips by picking up on the colours vibration. Have you ever wondered why most fast food companies use red and orange as their colours? Red and orange both stimulate the appetite, which makes you feel hungrier, which means you buy more. Simple!
Colour Therapy can involve the use of a lamp which beams the required colour around you or you can do it yourself by surrounding yourself with the colour that you need. You can also cover a glass bottle with coloured cellophane and fill the bottle with water. When you drink the water, you will be receiving the vibrations of that colour.
Another simple method is to wear the colour that you need. If you are serious about colour therapy, there are many trained people who can carry out the required treatments.
There are several colour therapy techniques, of which some include:
* Shining light on the body through coloured glass
* Drinking water irradiated by different colours.
* Drinking liquids from coloured containers.
* Eating foods of a certain pigment.
* Wear white clothing and have colour radiated over the body.
* Breathing exercises during which one visualises the colour with the opposite meaning from the colour of the thought one wishes to expel.
Symbolic of heat, fire and anger and also the circulation of the blood. Used by some therapists to cure paralysis and any blood ailments.
Symbolic of prosperity and sometimes pride. Used to increase the pulse rate, stimulate the milk-producing action of the breast after child-birth, dispel kidney and gall-stones and treat hernias and appendicitis.
Associated with joy and happiness, and also the intellect. This colour provides energy for the lymphatic system and is used to treat diabetes, indigestion, kidney and liver ailments, constipation and some eye and throat infections.
Usually applied in the emerald hue, this colour is used to treat nervous conditions, hay fever, ulcers, influenza, syphilis, malaria and colds. Therapists regard green as the colour of harmony.
A cool colour, associated in some mystical systems with the throat chakra. Used to alleviate pain, reduce bleeding, heal burns and treat dysentery, colic, respiratory problems and rheumatism.
A purifying colour associated with the pituitary gland and the energy centre in the forehead. It is used to heal cataracts, migraines, deafness and skin disorders. It exerts a soothing effect on the eyes, ears and nervous system.
Associated with psychic and spiritual power. It is applied in treating nervous and emotional disturbances, arthritis and in easing child-birth. With green and yellow it may be used to treat incipient skin cancer.