The concept that colors have an effect on the human mind and body has been around for ages. In fact, the use of colors for healing processes has been given a name- Chromotherapy. Lets’ explore how much Chromotherapy really works and the reason behind its working.
The concept that colors have an effect on the human mind and body has been around for ages.
What causes colors to have an effect?
There have been many successful studies on the application of color for healing. But the studies have no quantitative proof, just some assumptions. When light falls on an object and is reflected back, the human eye perceives the color of the object depending upon the light absorbing and emission properties of the object. Because light is a form of energy, color is formed by the interaction between energy and matter. Our bodies are also made of energy and matter. The energy patterns in color try to balance out the problematic energy pattern of the body thus helping in the healing process.
Colors healing the body
The most popular and effective use of colors has been in treating neonatal jaundice. Babies are given phototherapy that helps in curing them of jaundice. Blue light has been shown to help people manage pain in arthritis. It also helps in treating tissue injuries and burns. Studies are even being conducted on the successful use of colors (especially red) in destroying cancer cells.
Colors healing the mind
Different wavelength colors are responsible for the release of different hormones. Melatonin hormone output increases in the body during the night. This hormone is responsible for regulating emotions. During the winter season when daylight is very less, people generally suffer from depression which is also called SAD (seasonal affective disorder). By using Chromotherapy people can be cured without the use of any medication.
With the right knowledge of colors and their relevance, appropriate color schemes can be designed for hospitals and working places to increase the general well-being.