Chromothereapy is one of the easy and natural way of treatment of diseases by colours. Chromotherapy is used as a best supportive therapy along with natural treatment like correct diet, adequate rest and relaxation, exercise, yoga asanas, mudra and acupressure.
Chromotherapy is based on a belief that the cause of any disease can be traced to the lack of particular colour in the human system. Chromotherapy or colour therapy is a technique of restoring the balance by means of applying coloured light to the body. Choromotherapy is a popular treatment of cure even in the ancient times. Around 2500 years ago, Pythagoras applied colour light therapeutically and ‘ colour halls’ were used for healing in ancient Egypt, China and India.
Two Californian psychologists Gerrard and Hessay scientifically established that blue light had a calming effect and red a stimulating power on human beings.
Red and blue colours have the extreme effect but orange has a mid-point effect.A patient is first subjected to an examination to ascertain which colour he lacks. The deficiency is determined by observing the colour of the eyeballs, nails, urine and excrement. In cases of the lack of red the eyes and nails will be bluish, and the urine and excrement white or bluish. It there is a deficiency of the blue colour, the eyes and nails will be reddish, and urine and excrement yellowish or red.
All the substance on the earth contains colour. Also the rays cast on earth by celestial bodies contain colour in the form of natural light. Sun rays contains seven natural colours. Violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.This natural colours are highly beneficial in the treatment of diseases and to maintain health.
One of the we-known authority of Chromotherapy Mr. Dr. Babbit said” Sunlight is the principal curative agent in nature’s laboratory and where light cannot enter, disease does. Anaemia, Chlorosis, leukaemia, emaciation, degradation of heart and liver, muscular debility, dropsical effusion, softening of bones, nervous excitability, physical deformity, stunted growth and consumption are the result of excluding oneself from the beneficial effects of Sunlight.”
Sun light plays very important role in the recovery from chronic diseases. Judicious use of sunlight can be part of the curing process in almost every affliction. Sun light improves digestion and nutrition, fasten blood and lymph circulation and helps to increase the elimination process through skin.
Important effects and healing properties of different colour:
Red colour is a symbol of heat,fire and anger. It has a stimulating and energizing effect. It stimulates arterial blood and brings warmth to cool extremities. This can used as a tonic, Very effective in the treatment of low blood pressure, rheumatism, paralysis, anaemia, and tuberculosis.
Orange is a symbol of prosperity and pride. Orange is beneficial in stimulating blood supply and energizing the nerves. Orange is useful in the treatment of kidney and gall stones, hernia and appendicitis. Orange is one of the best colour that stimulate the milk producing action of breasts after child birth.
Violet is useful in the treatment of emotional disturbance, nervous disorders, arthritis, acute problems of consumption and insomnia.
Yellow is a symbol of joy and happiness. It is a laxative and diuretic. Yellow stimulates brain,liver and spleen. Yellow is also useful in the treatment of indigestion,diabetes,kidney disorders, liver disorders, constipation, eye and throat infections, syphilis and impotence.
Purple or indigo combines the blood warming red and the cooling antiseptic blue. Purple is one of the best stimulant with out being an irritant. It is useful in the treatment of constipation, hydrocele,leucorrhoea, many disorders of the stomach and womb,cataract,migraine and skin disorders. It exerts a soothing effect on the eyes,ears and the nervous system.
Green is a colour of harmony . It is a combination of yellow and blue. It is a mild sedative. It is beneficial in the treatment of nervous conditions, hay fever, ulcers, influenza, malaria, colds, sexual disorders and cancer. It help you to preserve and strengthen the eyesight. Being highly medicinal and depressive, it is of great help in the treatment of inflammatory conditions.
Blue colour have an cooling effect and sedative, it alleviates pain, reduces bleeding and heals burns. It is useful in the treatment of dysentery, asthma,colic,respiratory disorders, skin aberrations and high blood pressure.
Chromotherapy ( Method of colour treatment)
There are two types of healing practices through colour.
- One is by applying light through different coloured glasses.
- Another is by using colour-charged water internal or external.
In the first method, sheets of glass, 30 cms * 36 cms, of the required colours are needed. These may be placed at window or any other place in such a way that the sun’s rays can pass through it and directly fall on the patient’s body. 30 minutes of duration is enough to get results. In case of local application, a pane of glass can be placed in front of the diseased part so that the light passing through the glass falls on the afflicted area. At night lanterns can be used for the purpose. A single lantern can have glass panes of four different colours and the required colour can be focused on the patient or the affected parts.
In the second method coloured bottles and used. The bottles are cleaned and filled with rain water, well water or distilled water up to 3/4 th level. The bottle is corked and placed in bright sun light up to three to four hours. After this exposure, the water is said to acquire medicinal properties and this colourscharged water can be used to massage the affected parts or applied as compress on them. For internal use, an adult can take 30 ml of colour- charged water as a single dose. The dose can be repeated as required.
A balanced diet is essential in the period of chromtherapy treatment. The patient should follow food items with analogous colouring.
The various colours contained in different food items are:
Red:Radish, red cabbage, beets, watercress,tomatoes, red skinned fruits, water melon and red berries.
Blue:Blue grapes, blue plum and blue beans.
Green:Most of the green vegetables and fruits like beans, pea, lettuce, green mango, gooseberry, plantain, gourds, spinach and pears, etc.
Yellow: Sweet lime, lime, lemon, grape, yellow apple, guava, mango, banana, pumpkin and melon.
Violet: Berries, black carrot, purple grapes, and egg plant.
Purple: Foods having both violet and blue.
Orange: Orange skinned vegetables and fruits like papaya, peach, mango, apricot and orange.`
Some very important contain indication to remember in the treatment of chromotherapy. Red colour should not be used when there is inflammatory, feverish and excitable temperament. Using red light frequently and log period of time may causes dangerous fevers. The danger can be obviated by using the red light for few minutes at a time or by placing a wet bandage over the head.
Using yellow when the patient’s nerves are very active or irritable. Yellow or orange reddish tones may prove injurious in fevers, acute inflammations, delirium, diarrhoea, neuralgia, palpitation of the heart and any condition of over-excitement.
In the treatment of paralysis, chronic rheumatism, gout, and in all cold, pale and dormant conditions of the system, blue, indigo and violet may prove too cooling and constricting and should be avoided.