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All About Color Therapy

Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.


An Introduction to Color Therapy

Color therapy (also known as chromotherapy) is a kind of non-invasive and holistic healing which uses the visible spectrum of light and color to affect a person’s mood and physical/mental health. It uses colors to treat ailments. Each color has a specific frequency and vibration, which contribute to specific properties that can be used to influence the energy and frequencies within our bodies.

Colour therapy is a complementary therapy and is not an alternative to medical care. The results of the therapy may vary from person to person.

Color is simply energy, energy made visible. Colors stimulate or inhibit the functioning of different parts of our body. Treatment with the appropriate color can restore balance and normal functioning.

— Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Color therapy is based on association of each planet with a specific color of its own in its purest and concentrated form. Our ancient sages discovered that the unique vibrations of each color can help in curing ailments.

Each color has seven aspects and it vitalizes, animates, heals, enlightens, supplies, inspires and fulfills. Application of colors is:

  • Healing aspect: In which both colors and stones are used.
  • Psychological aspect: This shows the influence of colors on the mind and the emotions.
  • Esoteric aspect: This is manifested in the symbols and attributes of the colors & the color aspect of the aura.

The basic idea of color therapy

Colors are made up of reflected light rays that hit our retinas as the wavelengths vibrate. The brain interprets these wavelengths, which ultimately results in our perception of color as a physical and sensory experience.

Color therapy is based on the premise that colors create an electrical impulse in the brain, which stimulates hormonal and biochemical processes in the body. These processes either stimulate or calm us.

Different colors treat different ailments

The colors used in color therapy session will depend upon the type of ailment one is trying to correct. For example, blue or purple colors are anti-inflammatory and calming. Green color helps to purify and cleanse. White and yellow color stimulates the lymphatic system. Red color is invigorating but it may cause agitation if one is already stressed or tense.


How Color Therapy Works?

Colors can be used to propitiating the planets. Colors have a remarkable effect on the environment, mood and health of the native. Selection of favorable colors of clothes, bed sheets, curtains, colors of the walls in home and office etc. should be done with careful consideration of one’s primary colors. One should avoid colors of Lords of 6th and 8th houses to ward off planetary affliction.

Ayurveda links certain colors with the three doshas: Vata is associated with blue, Pitta with fiery red and Kapha with light & luminous shades of yellow. Ayurveda also recognizes the colors associated with the five elements of the body- ether with light blue, fire with red, air with green, water with deep blue and Earth with yellow. Any disturbance in these elements leads to an imbalance in physical, mental and spiritual plane which can be corrected by boosting the concerned color.

Using colors for treatment of diseases or physical ailments has been very common since ages. Color affected water can also be used for mitigating ill effects of planets. Suppose Mars is malefic for a person. Then take a red colored glass bottle and fill it up 3/4th with water and keep it in Sun for 7-8 days. This water when consumed by the native will help in absorbing good qualities of Mars. Similarly for Moon, use a white or colorless bottle, for Mercury green, for Jupiter golden yellow and so on.

Beneficial and harmful colors for various ascendants are based on the colors of the good houses 1, 5, 9 and that of bad houses 6,8,12 which are listed in the table below:




Beneficial Color

Harmful Color


Red, Yellow

Green, Blue


Green, Violet

Red, Yellow, Blue


Yellow, Green

Orange, Deep Blue, Black


Blue, Red, Yellow

Violet, Deep Blue, Black


Red, Orange, Yellow

Violet, Deep Blue, Black


Green, Blue

Yellow, Blue


Orange, Violet, Green

Yellow, Blue


Red, Orange, Blue

Green, Deep Blue


Red, Orange, Blue

Black, Deep Blue, Chocolate


Violet, Green, White

Yellow, Blue, Red


Violet, Green, White

Red, Blue


Green, Yellow, Blue

Deep Blue, Black, Orange

Color Therapy 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Science of Color

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 07, 2020:

My pleasure, Thelma.

manatita44 from london on March 06, 2020:

Colour Therapy has most certainly come a long way. I used to see therapist at Mind, Body and Spirit festivals, telling you your aura for a fee and using colour therapy. Now they are used by naturopaths to detect weaknesses or to balance the chakras in miniature sized coloured bottled essences.

You have done a great job here. I like your colourful Yogis. Sri Krishna's favourite colour is blue as is my Teacher.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 06, 2020:

Very informative. It seems that, according to your chart, I love my harmful colors. What's up with that?

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 06, 2020:

I have heard about color therapy but your article gives me a lot of information about it. Thanks for sharing this interesting article.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 06, 2020:

My pleasure, Eric.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 05, 2020:

So much to learn. Thank you.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 05, 2020:

@Eric The color chart is based on ascendant in horoscope. That is different from zodiac sign.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 05, 2020:

This is a really neat article. I love differing colors. I like yellow and blue also. Is that OK for a Libra. Thank you for this, I will pay closer attention.

I wonder about all the wood and earth tones that bring me pleasure.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 04, 2020:

Thank you Melissa.

Melissa Meadow from United States on March 04, 2020:

Very interesting article, Shaloo!

The concept of color therapy is so intriguing. This article makes me want to study this further.

Thank you for sharing this.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 04, 2020:

Thank you JC.

JC Scull on March 04, 2020:

Shaloo...Very interesting article!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 04, 2020:

Thank you Bill. So now you have yet another reason to wear green

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 04, 2020:

Once again an interesting article. I probably wear green more than any other color. I had no idea I was doing myself a favor by doing so. :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on March 04, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. Color therapy is not only used in curing ailments but it can also be used as an astrological remedy.

Lorna Lamon on March 04, 2020:

Excellent article Shaloo and I have a friend who uses colour therapy as part of her holistic approach to healing. I like to use adult colouring book's as a way to relax and have just started using a 'Colour Yourself Calm' book of Mandalas which is quite beautiful and very relaxing. I'm glad that green is a beneficial colour for my star sign as it is my favourite colour. Another enjoyable and enlightening read Shaloo.

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