"The Truth about Color Therapy" was the title of a small book my father (Robert Moore 1919- 2011) wrote in the 1950s about how color can be used to heal the sick in mind, body and spirit. Robert, known to his friends as Bob, spent a lifetime healing the sick using the natural therapies holistic approach and was a pioneer in the healing art of color therapy.
Color Therapy is treatment by the use of color. It has sometimes been called Chromo therapy or rarely, colorology or cromatherapy. It is more popularly known as Color Therapy however as that is easier to understand.
Color therapy has been applied in various ways and according to a number of different theories. But all agree that colour can have an effect on the mind, body and spirit. The old saying that red is for anger, green for envy and blue for sadness etc, do have a germ of truth hidden away. Color can affect ones mood and emotion and even how one thinks to some degree. Architects take great care when designing buildings, on the color used to 'set the mood' of the structure. Color is taken seriously in retail stores to influence consumer choice and of course color plays a major part in advertising.
Color therapy origins and history
According to Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza of the Department of Physics, University of Baluchistan, Quetta, Pakistan, in their work, 'A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution', "Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases".
Avicenna (980-1037) also discusses chromotherapy in The Canon of Medicine. And wrote that "Color is an observable symptom of disease." He developed a chart that relates color to the temperature and physical condition of the body He discussed the properties of colors for healing and was known person to establish that the wrong color suggested for therapy would elicit no response in specific diseases. As an example, "... he observed that a person with a nose bleed should not gaze at things of a brilliant red color and should not be exposed to red light because this would stimulate the sanguineous humour, whereas blue would soothe it and reduce blood flow."
Others have indicated the healing properties of color including Robert Hunt a scientist from the United Kingdom, who wrote "Researches on Light in its chemical relations" in 1844 and described the influences on plant growth of selected applications of light.
The American Civil War General, Augustus Pleasonton, conducted his own experiments and published them in his book The Influence Of The Blue Ray Of The Sunlight And Of The Blue Color Of The Sky, published in 1876. This demonstrated how the color blue can improve the growth of crops and livestock and also assist to heal diseases in humans.
From this originated chromotherapy or color therapy with other scientists such as Dr. S. Pancoast and Edwin Dwight Babbitt taking up the banner and conducting experiments and publishing books such as "Blue and Red Light; or, Light and Its Rays as Medicine" by Dr. S. Pancoast in 1877 and "The Principles of Light and Color" in 1878 by Edwin Dwight Babbitt.
According to Mary Anderson, "Colour Therapy", The Aquarian Press, 1986, Dinshah P. Ghadiali, a Hindu scientis,t discovered the scientific principles which explain why and how the different colored rays have various therapeutic effects on organisms. In 1933, after years of research, Ghadiali published "The Spectro Chromemetry Encyclopaedia", a master work on color therapy. He stated that colors represent chemical potencies in higher octaves of vibration. And for each organism and system of the body there is a particular color that stimulates and another that inhibits the work of that organ or system. By knowing the action of the different colors upon the different organs and systems of the body, one can apply the correct color that will tend to balance the action of any organ or system that has become abnormal in its functioning or condition."
Color Therapy Treatment
Sometimes this was combined with homeopathic remedies to enhance the healing process and Radiesthesia and sometimes Radionics were used very successfully in the diagnosis and treatment.
Radiesthesia is the study of rays or radiation emitted by any animated or inanimate body. is used to refer to the study of rays. The idea is that all beings emit a fine radiation which can be measured with the appropriate equipment. Dowsing and the use of the pendulum and even single handed rods are employed to detect the radiation. Dowsing was once popular for the divination of water underground. Prior to modern techniques of oil discovery dowsing was often used to locate oil underground.
Radionics, however, is a more active approach as the use of blood, hair, a signature, or other substances obtained from the individual is used as a focus to heal a patient at a distance. Radionics was originated by Albert Abrams (1864-1924), in the early 1900. As with alternative healing practices, modern science does not recognise Radiesthesia or Radionics.
Modern day color therapy tends to be more concerned with influencing the 'chakras' of the body through the use of color on the basis that this will correct any energy imbalance causing the disease or problem the patient has.
The Chakras are considered to be several points of physical or spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy. The original meaning is Sanskrit cakra, literally, wheel.
Color therapy is used these days to influence the energy balance of these chakras and specific colours are used for this purpose. Whereas some years ago a larger range of colors were used to influence the mind, body and spirit, nowadays a specific set of colours is used. This is primarily a spiritual activity rather than physical and colours are related to the various chakras.
Each of the spectrum colours is simply light of varying wavelengths, thus each colour has its own particular energy.
The energy relating to each of these spectrum colours resonates with the energy of each of the seven main chakras of the body.
If you can imagine the chakras/energy centres as a set of cogs/wheels, they are rather like the workings of a clock or an engine; each cog /wheel needs to move smoothly and at a similar speed for the clock/engine to work properly. Thus good health and well being is achieved by a balance of all these energies (or the smooth running of the cogs/wheels).
Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance the body's energy centres/chakras by using the seven colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body's own healing process.
Each of the seven main colours of the spectrum resonates with one of the main seven chakras.
Colour therapy is used to assist re-balancing these 'wheels' by applying the appropriate colour to the body and therefore re-balance our chakras. Listed below is each of the spectrum colours and the chakra which it relates to. Violet has the shortest wavelength and red the longest wavelength.
Red to base chakra
Colour therapy is a holistic approach to healing. It is non invasive and has no measurable after effects. It is safe to use for adults, children and animals.
Of course one should be aware that that no complementary therapy should be considered as an alternative to professional medical advice where necessary one should always consult one's professional health consultant or advisor before embarking upon any course of treatment. If you are taking medication you should consult the prescribing professional before you stop taking it
It is quite possible to treat a wide range of health problems with Colour Therapy and the beauty of this treatment is its ease of use and efficiency for many minor health problems and how it can even be used in self-help situations. Here are some examples:
A 31 year old personnel administrator suffered badly from jet lag. She was booked in for a treatment following a long-haul flight back from the Far East. She had a combination of three treatments designed for jet lag and was able to go to work as normal for the rest of the week with none of her usual problems - and her colleagues commented on how well she looked!
A 42-year-old accounts assistant had a bad case of conjunctivitis and thought a trip to her GP would be needed. She received a Colour Light eye treatment (Creation Impulse) and a cellular detox treatment (Anti-Toxin Rescue Remedy) and woke up the next day with her eyes completely cleared - no prescription needed.
A baby only a few weeks old, was screaming and crying with colic. Her frazzled parents called upon a friend who had a Colour Light torch desperate for help. Twenty minutes after a simple 3-point colic treatment in green in and around Sophie's navel she was 'sleeping like a baby' and never had colic again.
A 36, musician and composer, suffered from insomnia. He came on a Colour Light Therapy introductory course for three days of learning and receiving treatments. He came back after the first day and told of his relief at being able to sleep all night for the first time in two years. A retired nurse in her sixties had bad asthma and low self-confidence. She was also fearful about the coming winter as she suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and would get quite down and depressed during the dark winter season. She visited a Colour Light Therapist regularly and although she didn't have any particular in-depth series she had various different treatments every few weeks. A year later she is quite transformed; she has been able to stand up for herself in difficult family relationships and now has much more support from her mother. She reports that she feels happy, well and contented and can't believe she's already got through the winter without getting down at all and no sign of the SAD.
Colour is used more and more these days in the commercial world to manipulate emotions and moods and encourage more consumer spending but, sadly, colour therapy has not been greeting with as much enthusiasm as it should be by health practitioners, despite the success it has in the treatment of everyday diseases and health problems. There is definitely some scope for an increase in healing by colour therapy
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