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What is Color Therapy?
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Color therapy is an area of holistic healing which uses color in an attempt to affect our mood, emotions and possibly even our health. There are different ways to incorporate color therapy into your life. You can sit under a lamp which emits different colored light. You can point colored light at a specific part of your body using a Penlight Set. There are also lamps available which light up the whole room or are directed to your body. You can use color therapy oils or baths, wear certain colored clothes or paint walls a specific color. Probably the easiest and most popular way is to wear color therapy glasses where you can see the world through "rose colored glasses," if you will (or green colored or yellow colored or violet colored, etc). The color of the light entering your body is concentrated in one spectrum. The mood or emotions associated with that color are enhanced, which can cause a shift in that direction.
How Does Color Therapy Work?
Although we would live, we would probably not be healthy if we lived in total darkness without any light. Light can affect our mood. Most of us feel better and more cheerful on a sunny day than on a gloomy, sunless day. Some people living in areas which do not get many sunny days in the winter develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Studies have indicated that working the grave yard shift may be detrimental to your health. We need light to be healthy.
Even though we don't see it, the light around us contains the full spectrum of colors. Each color has its own frequency and vibration. In some natural healing schools of thought, different colors are believed to relate to different parts of our body. You may want to read more about these energy centers, or chakras.
It is thought by some that our tissues and organs need the same energies as light. When disease or injury disturbs the vibration and energy of an organ or area of our body, applying the associated color frequency can restore the body to health. Eastern medical practice teaches that we have meridians which carry energy through the body and connect to each organ. This is the theory behind acupuncture which attempts to remove blockages to the energy flow.
Color is thought to do the same thing. Each color's vibration is associated with different attributes and qualities. Light entering through our eyes may trigger the production of hormones which control the biochemical system of the body. It also can influence our emotions and well-being by supplying the frequency we need to keep our mind and body in balance. Color does not heal. Rather, it enables the body to heal itself.
Possible Medical Benefits of Different Colors
More research needs to be conducted, but there are indications that different colors may have medical benefits. Read about possible medical benefits of color therapy.
Migraine Headaches and Color Therapy
Jie Huang of Michigan State University's Department of Radiology has conducted research using color therapy for migraine headaches. Precision tinted lenses were found to normalize brain activity in patients with migraine headaches, preventing those attacks from occurring.
History of Color Therapy
Color therapy has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese studied and used color to treat ailments. Read a more thorough history of color therapy from the ancients until now.
Inger Naess has a great little booklet called An Introduction the Colour Energy which gives an overview of each color. She also has a beautiful, 192 page hardbound book called Colour Energy which goes into each color in great depth.
Buy Color Therapy Glasses
If you are interested in purchasing color therapy glasses, please go to ColorGlasses.com.
Red is hot. It can stimulate and excite. It connects to our physical self.
Orange is warm and joyful. It connects to our emotional self.
Yellow is warm to hot. It connects to our mental self.
Green is the master color. It is refreshing and cool. It connects us to unconditional love.
Aqua (turquoise) is cooling. It connects us to our expression.
Blue is cold and acidic. It connects us to holistic thoughts.
Indigo is cool and calming to the nervous system. It connects us to our unconscious self.
Violet is cool. It connects us to our spiritual self.
Magenta is balancing. It connects us to devotional love.
Baker-Miller Pink is relaxing. Read more about Baker-Miller pink
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The information published here is for entertainment purposes only and is in no way intended to dispense medical advice or to be a substitute for professional medical care, whether advice, diagnosis or treatment, by a medical professional. If you feel ill or have a medical issue, you should consult a health care professional.