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A Simple Guide to Healing With Color Therapy or Chromo Therapy

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Colour is a part of our everyday life. It's in the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the soda we drink, the television we watch, the house we live in, in nature, etc. We see it everywhere, all the time. In fact, it has become so much a part of our life that we probably are not even aware of it. Can we imagine life or the surroundings in black and white? The answer would be a big NO.

How many times have we found ourselves attracted to or have a liking to a particular colour. And on occasions, even disliking a particular colour. Similarly, we find some colours lift our spirits while other colours make us depressed. Ever wondered why it is so? Why different colours affect us the way they do? It is because the colour is nature's very own powerful signalling system.

About Color Therapy

White light is made up of 7 different colours having different frequencies (vibrations) and wavelengths of electromagnetic energy. Each color has its own properties which are determined by its wavelength. For instance, the colour blue is cooling, green is healing, orange creates stress and red is energetic.

Since ancient times this property of colours to effect a change in the physical, mental and spiritual condition of a human body, has been used to heal it. This system of healing is called colour therapy, chromotherapy colorology or chromatherapy. Mention of this therapy has been made in ancient texts of India, China, Greece and Egypt. Colour therapy is a complementary system of treatment which uses the healing energy of light through its basic colours, to balance the body's energy centres or chakras. It has been in existence for more than 4000 years.

Ayurvedic practitioners believe that the human body has 7 energy centres or chakras located along the spine. Each colour is associated with a specific energy centre and a specific location in the body. Also, each chakra is associated with specific organ systems and organs. In effect meaning that each colour is organ and organ system-specific.

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Healing With Color Therapy Tools

A colour therapist uses colour to heal the body using a variety of different tools. I will mention some of them briefly here.

  • Gemstones & Crystals

The healing properties of various precious stones and crystals are used to balance the energy centres. An infusion of a particular gemstone, as indicated by the affliction, is made by dipping the washed gemstone in water and placing it in the sun for a period of 2 hours. The gemstone is then removed and this charged water is drunk. Use only glass vessel to make the infusion.

  • Coloured Fabrics

In this case, specific coloured clothes are worn and one is supposed to remain in the sun for an hour or more.

  • Coloured Bath

Different colours are mentally visualised moving around the energy centres to heal them.

  • Colored Eye Lenses & Glasses

The wearer of the coloured glasses or lens allows the colour to enter the eyes. The colour reaches the endocrinal glands and causes changes at the hormonal and cellular level.

  • Coloured Candles

These have healing properties. When the candle is lit, the vibrations associated with that colour are activated and thrown in the surrounding area, magnified manifold. These vibrations affect those who are in the vicinity. The energy levels of the healer and patient are raised.

  • Coloured Food
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Coloured foods also heal. Orange foods are stimulating, red foods give energy, green foods detoxify, yellow foods enhance weight loss while blue and purple foods soothe.

  • Coloured Light

Specific body areas are targetted by specific colored lights. The primary colour is used, followed by its complementary colour.

  • Solarised Water

This is the water that has been energised by keeping it in different coloured bottles for a definite period of time. Consumption of this water heals the body.

The 7 Primary Colors And Their Association to the Chakras And Health

The following are the primary colours, their chakra locations, their functions and the associated body systems.

  • RED Color
    Relates to: Root Chakra
    Location: Base Of The Spine

Red colour affects the kidneys, bladder, spine, hips and legs. The related endocrine gland is the adrenal glands.

Some health issues associated with the Base chakra are :

Constipation, diarrhoea, piles, colitis, the coldness of extremities, frequent urination, high BP, kidney stones legs, hip and feet problems.

Do not use this colour in anyone with hypertension or high BP. Instead, Pink can be used instead.

It is a warming, stimulating and energy-giving colour. It gives courage, strength, stability, security and awareness of self.

  • ORANGE Color
    Relates to : Sacral Chakra
    Chakra location : Lower Abdomen

Orange color affects the genital organs, testes ovaries, prostrate, uterus and the large intestine. The related endocrine glands are testes and ovaries.

Some health issues associated with the sacral chakra are :

Menstrual irregularities, diseases of the prostrate and testes, ovarian cysta, fibroids in the uterus.

Orange is a warm color, a color of creativity and fun. Use it in activity areas. Not ideal for bedrooms or areas of stress because of its tendency to stimulate the brain.

  • Yellow colour
    Relates to: Solar Plexus chakra
    Chakra Location: Solar Plexus

Yellow colour affects the liver, spleen, small intestine and stomach. The endocrine gland stimulated with yellow colour is the pancreas.

Some health issues associated with the solar plexus chakra are :

Diabetes, pancreas inflammation, liver disease, ulcers, gall bladder stones.

Yellow is a warm colour and affects the ego, personality and confidence. It stimulates the intellect, increases concentration and is beneficial to students.

  • Green Color
    Relates to: Heart Chakra
    Chakra Location: Heart

Green colour affects the heart, lungs, thymus, and breast. The related endocrine gland is the thymus gland.

Some health issues associated with this chakra are :

Heart diseases, immune system diseases like AIDS, breast cancer, allergies.

Green is a soothing colour. It is associated with love, calmness, forgiveness, trust, compassion and purity.

  • Blue Color
    Relates to: Throat Chakra
    Chakra Location: Throat

Blue colour affects the throat, ears, hands and mouth. The related endocrine gland is the thyroid gland.

Some health issues associated with this colour are:

Thyroid diseases, nervous weakness, asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, diseases of the ears and oesophagus, ulcers in the mouth, sore throat, tonsils.

The blue colour is cooling and calming, relaxes and sedates. It gives voice to expressing oneself. Use it in any room except those meant for physical activities.

  • Indigo Color
    Relates to: Brow Chakra
    Chakra Location: Middle of the forehead, just above the eyebrows. Also the location of the third eye.

Indigo colour affects the eyes, sinuses and lower head. The related endocrine gland is the pituitary gland. This colour is purifying, purifies the blood and helps in mental affections.

Some health issues associated with this colour & chakra are :

Headaches, migraine, tensions, visual problems, ear problems, sinus, catarrh.

Indigo colour helps in developing responsibility towards self and trusting one's intuition.

Indigo colour can be used in quiet areas like a bedroom or a treatment area. Also in the study or library.

  • Violet colour
    Relates to: Crown Chakra
    Chakra Location: Crown of The Head

Violet colour affects the central nervous system, pituitary gland and brain. The related endocrine gland is the pineal gland.

Some associated health issues related to this chakra are :

Depression, Parkinson's, schizophrenia, epilepsy, senile dementia, Alzheimer's, mental disorders, dizziness and fuzzy thoughts.

It is a cool colour with a calming effect. Useful for people with sleep problems or under stress. But do not use this colour in people with depression.
It is useful and should be used in places used for meditation, spiritual encounters and deliberations.

Complementary Colors

They are the colours that stand opposite one another on the colour wheel. When placed next to the main colour appear brighter.

To effect a full-colour therapy, the main colour is used first and then the complementary colour is used.

The main colours and their complementary colours are :

Violet & Yellow

Indigo & Orange

Blue & Red

Green & Magenta

Yellow & Violet

Orange & Indigo

Red & Blue


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

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About Color Therapy

The Healing Power of colors

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2016:

This is interesting. Goes to show this alternative therapy indeed benefits. I appreciate your read and tweet. Thanks Shaloo.,

Shaloo Walia from India on April 03, 2016:

We use color therapy as a remedial measure in astrology. Very informative hub. Tweeted this!

dr. harshad on July 06, 2015:

Its beautiful info.thanks information is needed how one should apply this to body ..a correct method and time 'can you pl. Share ...thanks

Tasneem on May 08, 2015:

Its really very intresting i wants to learn it officaly

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 14, 2014:

You can get them from anyone who sells glass bottles. Try in Mohammed Ali road, Murtaza hussain.

murtazza husaaiin on May 11, 2014:

hey bro rajan jolly, bro can u tell me where can i get coloured bottles in mumbai for coloured water therapy. u can also sms me on 09764483786 or

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 18, 2013:

Thanks sweetie. Glad this helped in informing you.

sweetie1 from India on April 17, 2013:

Very interesting rajan... Didn't know each colour can effect different organs.. very good voting it up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 02, 2013:

Patricia, we know how colors affects us in daily life. Color therapy is a very interesting subject and useful therapy too. Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 01, 2013:

rajan jolly

this is so intriguing. I know so little about this topic. There is so much to learn about color and therapy. I am bookmarking this to refer to.

thanks for sharing

Sending you Angels this evening. :) ps

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 25, 2012:

Thanks Ishwaryaa for the read and wishes. Thanks for sharing too.

Wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on December 25, 2012:

An informative hub! I have heard about therapeutic properties of colors and I learnt more from this detailed hub of yours. Well-done!

Merry Christmas to you & your family!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 24, 2012:

Glad you found this useful Naresh. Thanks for visiting.

Naresh Michael from California on December 23, 2012:

Hi Rajan, thanks for sharing your knowledge. I never knew about the other ways of using color therapy or chromatherapy. I use healing crystals of different colors. Also, cool to hear you mention "the different frequencies (vibrations) and wavelengths of electromagnetic energy", I'm a musician and this applies to audio waves and sound healing as well. Anyway, cheers and I'm in the process of building my own website to feel free to drop by and leave a comment at

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 22, 2012:

Nice to know you have an idea how color affect mood. Colors do go far beyond mood affecting one deeper by way of healing the emotional and physical and spiritual aspects of our body.

Thanks for stopping by.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 22, 2012:

Very interesting. I've studied the affects color has on mood, but I never went beyond that previously. While it's possible that color may affect the physical body, the mind that is affected by color will in turn certainly affect the physical body. Good introduction to this subject. Now I will have to learn more . . .

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 18, 2012:

Thanks KJ.

K J Page from Pacific Northwest on December 17, 2012:

Very interesting and one I must read again and study

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 29, 2012:

Thanks Peggy. Glad you liked this presentation. Thanks for the visit and tweet.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2012:

What an interesting hub! Never thought of using color in all of these colored water, etc. Up, interesting and tweeted.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 03, 2012:

@ Michael, thanks for linking this hub to your DSPS hub and sharing as well. Always good to hear from you. Thanks for visiting.

@ Greg, glad this hub topic makes sense. There is a rationale behind color therapy and I appreciate your understanding this. thanks for coming by.

Greg Johnson from Indianapolis on November 02, 2012:

Super interesting! Voted Up! I've done lots of reading lately on quantum physics and the effects of vibration on...well everything. It was interesting that colors also have frequency and it makes sense that color would affect us, and the rest of the world because each has a specific frequency.

Micheal from United Kingdom on November 02, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

I have added a link on my hub on DSPS, to this excellent hub.

They do compliment each other very well.

Nice to see these great ideas in action. Thank you my friend.

Shared socially

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 30, 2012:

Hi Kris,

Glad you find this interesting. Not only do the main colors but the complementary colors too have their benefits.

Thanks for the read and vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 30, 2012:

Hi Michael,

Thanks for this information. I'll be checking out your hub on DSPS. I have no idea about the light box. Once I'm through reading the hub I'll be linking your to mine.

I'm sure hub linking of hubs that complement one another will benefit the reader too.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on October 29, 2012:

Very interesting. I never really thought about complementary colors like that. Voted up!

Micheal from United Kingdom on October 29, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

Very interesting and useful hub. I had heard a little about colour therapy many years ago and this very detailed and well research hub has filled in all the gaps in my understanding of this often overlooked topic.

As you know my friend I have delayed sleep phase syndrome and use light therapy to 'wake' me up in the morning. It really does work for me.

I have a special light box that I use to get the right frequency of light.

A reference to it would be a good addition to this hub. I am sure you know the one I am referring too. If not check out my hub on DSPS for the eBay details.

In fact we should exchange hub links as they compliment each other. Let me know what you think.


Voted up and and tweeting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 24, 2012:

Glad you liked the info MT. Thanks for stopping by.

Shasta Matova from USA on October 23, 2012:

This is really interesting - I hadn't heard about color therapy before, but knowing how different colors affect me differently, I can see how it could be helpful. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 21, 2012:

healthylife, blue is a calming and cooling color. This could have been the reason behind the putting of blue color on your inflammation.

The simple fact that colors affect our mood and mind, instantly in some cases, is also a proof that they work deep down to heal us if the right colors/combinations are used.

Thanks for sparing time to read and leave your feedback.

healthylife2 on September 21, 2012:

Great job explaining the benefit of color therapy. When I went in for a facial at a wellness center I was told my skin was inflamed so they would put the blue light on me. I ended up paying quite a bit for this and wonder if I derived any benefit. At least with this therapy there is no risk whatsoever so it's worth a try. Voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 17, 2012:

Hi Martie,

Good to know you like the information.

Thanks for reading, sharing and pinning it. So glad to see you.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 17, 2012:

Very interesting hub about color therapy! Thank you rajan! Voted up, shared and pinned in my personal library :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 17, 2012:

Hi Maria,

I'm overwhelmed by your appreciation. I'm glad you found the hub appealing and interesting. I'm glad to meet a lover & teacher of Holistic healing. Natural foods, natural therapies are my first love and so am glad to connect with you.

Thanks for stopping by. Your visit will always be appreciated.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 16, 2012:

Dear Rajan,

As an instructor of Holistic Nursing, your articles are so appealing.

I enjoyed your interesting and comprehensive writing style. I found the two videos to be informational, beautiful and soothing.

Voted UP and UABI. Wonderful to meet you. Thank you, Maria

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 16, 2012:

Dear Rajan,

What an interesting and comprehensive study of colors... In scanning your hubs, they all seem so interesting, due to my love/ teaching of Holistic Nursing.

The two videos were beautiful, educational and soothing...a wonderful adjunct to the information you organized. I will enjoy visiting this again.

Voted UP and UABI. Excellent job, Maria

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

KK gals, red color stimulates and excites. Using more of pink will definitely help in reducing your problem. Thanks for stopping by to read and leave comments and appreciation.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on March 24, 2012:

Terrific hub. I had no idea that there was so many different color therapy tools. My favorite color is red, I wear it a lot. I also have high blood pressure. Maybe I should switch to pink. Up, useful and interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

Lisa, there are so many alternative healing systems and they complement each other most of the time.

Great to learn that you use one of these systems in your healing practice. Thanks for reading, bookmarking and sharing your thoughts.

I appreciate this from the bottom of my heart.


Liz Rayen from California on March 24, 2012:

I do a lot of healing work with my crystals and stones, but I need to learn more on the colors. I know that they are very significant in the chakras, but I haven't studied them enough to understand. I will definitely bookmark this hub to go over it more. Thank you for this important information rajan. Voted up. Lisa

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 07, 2012:

@ KT Banks.Thanks for being here & sharing your views. I'm glad you liked.

@ Ruchira. There are an amazing number of ways color can be used to heal. No wonder it is getting noticed.

Thanks for your visit and the kind words. Appreciated as always.

@ anglnvu. It is heartening to know that the hub provided some useful info. Thanks for the appreciation and visit.

anglnwu on March 06, 2012:

Very interesting information. I didn't know that about colored food. Glad you mention blue is soothing and calming--it's my favorite color. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

Ruchira from United States on March 06, 2012:

Color therapy is becoming famous 'cause of its various potential. You have portrayed it beautifully, rajan.

Voted up indeed as useful.

KT Banks from Texas on March 06, 2012:

I Love this hub, this information. I have always been such a lover of color. I don't think a day goes by that I don't feel thankful for color. I even collect bottles of different hues and place them in windows and places where the sun can shine through them. Now I know that I need to direct these colors in a meaningful way.

Thank you so much for sharing this, rajan jolly.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 05, 2012:

Realhousewife, I agree these alternative and complementary medical therapies do work and are devoid of the side effects, life threatening in some cases, of modern medicine. True, modern day medicine has been a boon in terms of scientific findings behind many of the diseases and a lot of modern day tests were not available to the ancient healing practitioners. But inspite of all the advances in modern medicine, it has not been able to CURE the so called life threatening diseases.

And these drug companies sure do not want us to know about these ancient yet effective healing systems.

Thanks for giving it a read and the support. Thanks again for sharing.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 05, 2012:

Very interesting! I'm sharing this - I've heard of color therapy before and I do think it can be very helpful. I really like most things that are drug free approaches i stead of some more modern medicine...I think some of the older techniques are really better but if the medical world can't sell a pill...I don't think they want us to know much about it.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 05, 2012:

@ iamaudraleigh. Thanks for stopping by.

@AudreyHowitt. How interesting. Your attraction to blue color and your singing are so interrelated. Thanks for reading and sharing this information.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 05, 2012:

What a fascinating hub! My favorite color is blue and I sing and teach classical music for a living--I am so drawn to that color--

iamaudraleigh on March 05, 2012:

It is interesting to read this! Thank you!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 05, 2012:

Thanks for the read, Lady_E. Much appreciated.

Elena from London, UK on March 05, 2012:

Very interesting read, particularly coloured food. This is a Hub, I have to read again. There is a lot of info.


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