What is Chromotherapy? A Guide to Color Therapy
Chromotherapy, also known as color therapy is a type of complementary medicine that uses colors in order to heal the body. Chromotherapy typically involves the use of light-emitting devices placed in front of or on top of a person in order to emit colored lights onto them.
The belief is that certain colors can influence the body towards healthy or unhealthy states.
The color spectrum has been studied extensively by scientists who have found that different wavelengths of light can have an effect on the endocrine system, cognitive function, mood, and pain perception.
What is Chromotherapy Used to Treat?
Chromotherapy is used to treat a variety of conditions including cancer, pain, diabetes, sleep disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), circadian rhythm dysfunction, vascular disorders, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Chromotherapy has been shown to have a positive effect on overall health, although more research needs to be done before we can say what exactly changes are brought on by color therapy.
⚠ Placing colored lights directly onto your skin can be harmful if you’re exposed for too long, so always follow the recommendations of your doctor or therapist before beginning chromotherapy.
Chromotherapy Color Benefits
Yellow light is known to cure depression and improve mood, so this coloring can be helpful if you’ve had a hard day or just want to feel more positive. It has also been shown to boost energy levels for people who need help winding down at night after work, making it perfect for insomniacs.
Green light can help relieve pain and stress, but it also has a long-term effect of improving memory that makes it especially useful for students cramming for exams or trying to learn new things.
Blue light is known for helping people relax and fight sleep issues, so this color therapy is good for anyone who needs some extra shuteye. It can also help with ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity.
Orange light can help stimulate the appetite and can help people gain weight if that’s a problem. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is great for reducing pain and swelling associated with injuries, making it perfect for athletes or those who work out often.
Red light is known to ease depression and anxiety symptoms, so this color therapy works well for social phobics or anyone who has trouble staying calm in certain situations. It also can help relieve pain and improve the immune system, making it good for people suffering from psoriasis or other serious conditions.
Purple light is known to boost alertness and mental energy levels, so this coloring works well for anyone struggling with fatigue at work or at home. It’s also great for people who suffer from ADHD, making it perfect for children struggling in school.
Brown light is known to boost the immune system and help with weight loss by increasing metabolism rates, so this coloring can be helpful if you’re looking to lose a few pounds. It also helps fight inflammation, which makes it great for people suffering from joint injuries.
Black light is known to relieve pain and reduce swelling, making it perfect for athletes or people who are constantly active. It also works well on skin conditions like eczema because the coloring helps with the circulation that promotes healing in the body.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Chromotherapy has been used by numerous cultures for thousands of years, so there is some evidence that the treatment works.
There are no major side effects for this type of therapy, but it has not been extensively studied enough for us to know its long-term side effects.
However, there are some situations in which you should not try chromotherapy on yourself or others without medical supervision. These include pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding, people with epilepsy or taking anticoagulant medications, patients with a pacemaker inserted into their chest, and those who have had organ transplants.
In some cases, if the color is too harsh or if treatment is prolonged, it can lead to increased irritation. Chromotherapy has not been found to be effective in treating retinal disease, so patients who have this condition should avoid trying this type of therapy on their eyes.
What are Chromotherapy Glasses?
You’re probably wondering what the best options for at-home chromotherapy are.
Both full-spectrum and “free-spectrum” chromotherapy glasses can be used in the comfort of your own home to treat a wide range of ailments.
Free Spectrums Glasses: These glasses contain all the colors of the rainbow and provide visibility assistance. They also help to relax and calm someone’s eye muscles for those with eyestrain issues.
Full Spectrum Glasses: This type of glasses has special filters that allow you to view just one color, such as red or purple.
How to do Chromotherapy at Home
1. Find a quiet place
You will be needing this to meditate. There are two options here: either you go somewhere where there is no noise at all, or you use headphones and listen to white noise while doing the procedure below. I recommend the latter because it’s much easier to find white noise online rather than finding a completely quiet place.
The next step after finding a quiet place is to meditate, meaning clearing your mind and thinking about nothing in particular. If you do not know how to meditate, you can either research it on Google or do this: focus on your breathing. Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds and exhale through your mouth for 10 seconds. Do this 15 times before going to the next step.
This is an important step which many people ignore because they think it is not required. You need to relax your body and make sure you do the following:
(a) Close your eyes and imagine yourself floating in a black space with nothing around you and no sound at all;
(b) Focus on the center of your head;
(c) Count backward from 15 to 1, imagining the colors flying away from you.
This is very important, as it will help your body detach itself from its surroundings and focus on the light that you are about to see.
4. Light selection
Now that your mind is clear, open your eyes and stare at the light you have selected during step one. Close your eyes and imagine the color of your choice flying out of the light. If you are feeling down, think about something happy. If you are feeling fearful or anxious, picture yourself in nature or go somewhere where you feel calm and at peace. Keep this image in your head for a few minutes before opening your eyes again.
5. Daily routine
The last thing that you want to do is to repeat the same procedure every day for a week. Then, go back to step three and pick a different color from the one you picked the previous time. The reason why this works is that it builds up your connection with colors which allows you to feel better.
As you can see, chromotherapy is a great way to improve your health and quality of life. I hope that this blog post has been helpful in answering any questions about what chromotherapy is used for or how it works.
If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comment section.