What is Color Therapy?
COLOR THERAPY IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT
PHYSIOLOGIC FUNCTION RESPONDS TO SPECIFIC COLORS.
The next time you’re at a fast food restaurant look around at the décor. The colors are bright, cheery and fun. Do you think the designer picked those colors so that you would be “happy” while you were there? Think again! Not that they don’t want you happy, but bright colors such as red, orange and yellow have been proven to stimulate the nervous system and increase your appetite.
Color therapy is based on the fact that physiologic function responds to specific colors. Exactly how does this happen? Attached to the brain are pineal glands, which control daily rhythms of life. When light enters through the eyes (or the skin) it travels neurological pathways to these pineal glands. Different colors give off different wavelengths frequencies and these different frequencies have different effects on physical and psychological functions. the example given above with yellow, red and orange in the fast food restaurant is just one way the principle works. Let’s look at specific colors and their proven effects.
BLUE: Calming, Lowers Blood Pressure, Decreases Respiration, Induces Sleep
GREEN: Soothing, Relaxing, Helps Depression, Anxiety and Nervousness
VIOLET: Suppresses Appetite, Reduces Migraines, Creates A Peaceful Environment
PINK: Relaxes Muscles, Relieves Tension, Soothing
YELLOW: Energizes, Relieves Depression, Improves Memory, Stimulates Appetite
ORANGE: Energizes, Stimulates Appetite and Digestive System
RED: Stimulates Appetite, Stimulates Brain Wave Activity, Excites Sexual Glands
Using colored light for therapy has been in practice a very long time and we see it happening every day, whether we realize it or not.
“Quantus Airways Ltd, and Australian airline, recently outfitted its first class cabin with LED lighting that shines a deep blue when it is time to sleep.” Associated Press 4/05.