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Have you ever changed into a brightly colored outfit and got an instant mood lift? Or maybe change up the color of your bedroom and feel more relaxed? Well, that’s chromotherapy to the rescue!

And in this post, we’re talking about how different colors affect our psychological and emotional well-being.

But first, a brief history.

How Chromotherapy Started

Several countries such as Greece, Egypt, India, and China have been practicing color therapy since ancient times. Colors were utilized as a medicine in these nations. They painted treatment sanctuaries with various colors to help people heal.

Moreover, Indigenous people have intuitively employed light and heat as healing agents to treat chronic pain, wounds, and illnesses like the flu or pneumonia since 2000 BC. 

Fast forward to the 1920s, Dinshah Ghadiali, MD Ph.D. found that specific colors or energy vibrations may either calm down or increase energy flow via a particular organ, resulting in a natural biological reaction. Knowing how different hues affect the body’s many organs and systems can help people apply the right color to balance the action of any organ or system that has started acting abnormally.

Research shows that when color gets through, it can stimulate the release of enzymes that influence how we feel. Since the body is made up of many colors in the visible spectrum, exposure to colors is necessary for maintaining the body’s health and well-being.

Types of Chromotherapy

Chromotherapy is also called color therapy, color healing, or colorology.  It uses various colors that affect the body and mind in different ways. 

  • Red 

A bold color for the root chakra, red may help you eliminate muscle stiffness, soreness, or tension. You can also use some red light to wind down before bed. Red light therapy has awesome benefits such as anti-aging, acne, and even scar removal.

  • Blue

Similarly, blue, the color for the throat chakra, has also been used to treat skin issues such as acne, sun damage, and pre-cancerous skin growths. Besides the cosmetic benefits, research showed that it’s an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

  • Green

For chronic pain relief, consider using green light. A 2021 study concluded that 1 to 2 hours of green light effectively treated fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes pain and tenderness in multiple body parts. 

In the same year, another study noted that green light therapy helped reduce the frequency of headaches in 22 people with chronic migraines. 

  • Yellow

Yellow light has been used to treat skin swelling, irritation, and flushing. It also encourages lymphatic flow, which may help detoxify a specific area.

  • Orange

Orange wavelengths may help bring back your skin’s natural glow, increase your appetite, and uplift your mood.

Getting Started with Color Therapy

If you want to take advantage of colors, there are a lot of simple ways to do it:

  • Immerse yourself in nature

Sometimes, just staring at the trees, flowers, and the sky can do wonders. A 2019 study showed that returning to nature can help relax our body and brain, specifically our prefrontal cortex and autonomic nervous system.

immersion in nature for a regulated nervous system

Research has shown that immersion in nature helps regulate our nervous systems.

  • Get under the sun

Aside from a healthy dose of Vitamin D, sun exposure can help you get into a good mood and make you sleep better at night. 

  • Be mindful of your color choices

Consider how various colors affect you, whether it’s your clothes or the paint in your room. Bright and warm colors stimulate, while cool colors can have a calming effect.

  • Consider color therapy glasses

There are a variety of tinted glasses online that can help change your mood such as red glasses for power and confidence and yellow ones for cheerfulness.

  • Try using crystals

You’d probably appreciate colors more through crystals. Speaking of which, you might want to try Crystal Bed Therapy for mindfulness and stress relief. 

Chromotherapy using the Quantum Resonance Crystal Bed

Chromotherapy using the Quantum Resonance Crystal Bed

  • Somadome at Everybody in Mind Wellness Center in Sudbury, MA

With the dome immersing you in light specific to the selected session, Somadome provides an environment conducive to the gentle and positive health benefits of color light therapy. Contemporary research shows that light helps regulate and control the autonomic nervous system and the production of melatonin and cortisol, two hormones critical to health and wellness.

Chromotherapy in the Somadome meditation pod

Chromotherapy in the Somadome meditation pod

Light Therapy can be used as part of a healthy lifestyle, to temporarily reduce swelling, relieve pain, decrease inflammation, accelerate open wound healing and greatly reduce overall recovery after medical/surgical procedures. Patients have demonstrated increased range of motion, decreased muscle tension and spasm, and improved circulation.

infrared sauna with chromotherapy

Red Light Therapy provides the most proven and effective therapeutic wavelengths to the entire body reducing oxidative stress and stimulating the production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate).

Red Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy

So, ready to color your way to wellness?