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Color Therapy – Healing with Hues

May, 2019

Color therapy or Chromo therapy is a form of holistic healing based on the principle that colors are infused with healing powers. It is believed that each color releases a particular vibration imparting energy, and when a diseased body is exposed to the right color, it speeds up the body’s natural healing process. Exposureto the right color is important and the below VIBGYOR illustration may be considered a guide towards the correct use of ‘color therapy’.

Color Therapy – Healing with Hues

The Seven zones of the human body represented by a color of VIBGYOR

Color Application for Health:

Each hue with its unique energy and characteristics influences our body, emotions and behavior differently. It is also believed that we are drawn to the colors that we need to create a balance in our lives which ultimately is the goal of healing. The choice of hues should be aimed at restoring health and maintaining the essential balance between our body, emotions and mind. Bright and vivid warm colors such as red, orange and yellow are believed to activate our sympathetic nervous system, thereby increasing the temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. This produces an outward response by directing attention outward. Conversely, light and soft cool colors such as blue and green activate our parasympathetic nervous system resulting in opposite effects; hence creating an inward response of tranquility and repose.

Colors play a vital role in the design of a holistic therapeutic environment within a healthcare facility. Because of our natural affinity with nature, it is believed that patients in a natural environment heal more rapidly – which explains the widespread use of green and blue in hospitals. Architects also believe that the selection of color should depend on the duration of stay of its occupants. A neutral or pastel color scheme may be suitable for hospital rooms which are likely to be occupied by patients for a few days. On the other hand, in long- term care facilities, a balanced color scheme with contrasting tones can enliven such space and characterize comfort and functionality.

Despite numerous controversies, it has been widely accepted that color can be used as a powerful tool to generate positive emotional responses that aid in a speedy recovery. Colors are known to have mood- altering effects that provoke an emotional reaction as it connects with us on a sensory level.



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