In chromotherapy, sometimes called colour therapy, the chromatherapist uses the sedative or stimulant properties of colour waves in a therapeutic manner. A coloured light source can be projected on to the human body or onto a wall, screen or ceiling in a room. So how does this natural colour therapy work? And what are the benefits of the various colours?
Chromotherapy: how does it work?
Danish doctor Niels Ryberg Finsen was the inventor of chromotherapy. He received the Nobel Prize for physiology for inventing colour therapy, using white light in the treatment of brain pathologies.
Colours play a role in our emotions and moods, and in our general state of health. Light is broken down into seven fundamental colours, which emit various vibrations:
Each colour has its own wavelength, speed and specific rhythm. These seven vibrations correspond with the seven main chakras in the human body, considered doors into the body’s energy. Each of the 7 chakras corresponds to an organ and a colour.
During a chromotherapy session, you will generally be immersed in a bath of hot water, which is often fragranced with essential oils. The colour of the water may change in order to provide you with all its benefits.
Which properties go with which colours?
Here are the benefits provided by each colour, or the problems treated by each:
- red: a stimulant, notably for the liver, promotes blood circulation, eases bronchitis and rheumatism and stimulates the mind
- orange: fights fatigue, stimulates the respiratory system and helps absorb calcium, increases oxygen and sexual prowess
- yellow: treats problems in the digestive system and the lack of muscle tone, is a natural laxative, soothes eczema, stimulates the brain, fights mental fatigue and melancholy
- green: sedative, rests and strengthens eyes, moderates sexual arousal and lowers blood pressure. Also eases ulcers, insomnia and calms anxiety and anger
- blue: good for sleep problems, stress and migraines
- violet: effective for nerve problems