Chromotherapy is a noninvasive alternative healing practice dealing with exposing the body to various colors to aid in the healing process. It works off of the spectrum of visible light. Objects don’t have color but instead, give off light that is perceived by us as color. This opens up a lot of questions and a whole area of study that’s kept us intrigued for centuries.
Everything is made of energy. Light, color, and your body alike are all various forms of energy. When ailments occur, it’s because that part of the body has fallen out of alignment and balance with the vibrational frequency it’s supposed to be in. Using light colors to the balanced, healthy vibration of the body part in question helps bring it back into harmony.
Chromotherapy Throughout History
We can date this practice all the way back to the Egyptians, who accredited the god Thoth for the knowledge in discovering it. They used not so much colored light as we do these days but instead colored salves, garments, dyes, crystals, and more to heal themselves and restore balance.
Avicenna, a Persian philosopher, and physician in AD 980, did much to advance chromotherapy. He created a chart relating colors to temperatures (associating colors with temperatures is still widely used today) and which could be used to treat specific problems.
Chromotherapy has many big names tied to it throughout the times, such as Aristotle, Plato, Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Leonardo Di Vici, Sir Isaac Newton, and many, many more, who were all fascinated with the healing properties of color. The association between color and healing capabilities has grabbed the attention of scholars throughout the ages.
Color and Our Emotions
If nothing else, we know color does indeed affect our mood. It’s been used in marketing for decades to influence customers’ thoughts and feelings toward a product. The art of Feng Shui has long recommended painting certain rooms in certain colors for the energy the color brings to that room and the activities that take place within it.
Since our emotions have a direct impact on our health and self-healing capabilities, and color affects our emotions, which are at their bare bones base simply chemicals coursing within our veins, chromotherapy can certainly help with certain problems. Most notably in the mental health category.
Chromotherapy falls into the category of energy healing. Much older than chromotherapy, we find the first mention of the chakras in the Vedic texts, our oldest written manuscripts. The chakras are energy centers in the body that help us navigate life efficiently. They’re also each connected to a certain color and have been used to heal ailments of both the body and the mind.
There’s still much we don’t know about this world and the bodies that carry us around it. The potential healing capabilities of the visible spectrum of light give us an area of study that peaks our interest and holds our awe. Current conclusion: won’t hurt, might help.