What is Color Therapy?

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By Elaine E.

When you think about colors, what comes to mind? I sometimes think about how certain colors can help my mood, just like aromatherapy can help my mood, too. Color therapy can do just that and more. Color therapy, or chromotherapy, “is a type of holistic healing that uses the visible spectrum of light and color to affect a person’s mood and physical or mental health” (Art & ArtX Online). It’s important to note that different colors may affect other people in different ways because we may have memories and feelings associated with different colors.

From past to the present, chromotherapy has been used in various cultures around the world. Around 2,500 years, the aspect of ‘color halls’ was used therapeutically in ancient Egypt, China, and India. Now, chromotherapy can be used to treat illnesses and disorders because of growing technological and medical advancements we have today. Because of the importance of colors on helping the mind, we know that other areas of history have also used color therapy.
They include:
• Using colors in Ayurveda, an ancient form of alternative medicine used in India
• Used in the Hermetic tradition by ancient Greece and Egypt
• Used by Traditional Chinese Medicine in assigning colors to each organ and elemental system
• Used by Sir Isaac Newton, who gave music notes different colors
• Used by Johann Wolfgang Goethe to study the psychological effects of colors

Is Chromotherapy Effective?

There are many studies done to show the effects of colors on the mind and body, and here is just one of them. Chromotherapy can be used to treat disorders, and the American Research Journal of Psychology talks about if the alternative medicine of chromotherapy is effective or not. The study found that chromotherapy is effective, but it not as recognized by doctors and their patients. This study refers to another study about the psychological affects of colors, and it uses “Auriculochromotherapy” along with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing technique for treatment. The process of auriculochromotherapy uses a yellow laser at sensitive parts of the ear, and as a result, the mind lessens painful memories. This is just one example of how chromotherapy can help, and of course, there are many more. Now, let’s talk about what various colors represent and can help with.

What Colors Represent and How They Can Help

I have certain associations with colors because of my childhood. When I think about the colors pink and green together, I associate it with eating watermelon on the back porch of my grandmother’s house in Florida. It’s important to think of those memories you might associate with certain colors.

Now, I’m going to give you 5 colors and what they primarily help with and represent. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it affect others in the same way or not.

• Stimulate the mind
• Use for diabetes in some cases
• Decrease blood pressure
• Helps with human metabolism
• Represent danger in some aspects

• Can help increase positive energy
• Can help with depression and mood swings
• Associated with joy and sunshine
• Represents qualities such as happiness and enthusiasm

• Can calm you
• Can help with asthma and fatigue
• Can be used as a sign for sympathy
• Associated with water

• Associated with joy and intellect
• Produces a warming affect
• Generates muscle energy

• Symbolizes growth and freshness
• Has a healing power
• Shows stability and endurance


We now know the various way that chromotherapy can help in many healing processes. Whether medical or for mindfulness, color is important in our lives. When I look at certain colors, I feel a particular way, and because we see the word in colors, there are different effects that we experience with colors.

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