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Color Therapy for Anxiety and Pain Control

Certified Hypnotherapist, Meditation Instructor, and Reiki Master. I live in Arizona with my husband and two sons.

Vibration of Color

What Is Color Therapy?

Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is an alternative style of therapeutic practice that utilizes the vibration and frequency of color to aid in healing. This can be done externally by applying lights of a particular color to different areas of the body, or by wearing clothes of a particular color. It can also be done through guided visualization where the individual inhales or "drinks" a particular color to gain a desired effect.

How does it work?

Colors carry certain vibrations and frequency that are utilized to break up a particular disturbing energy in the body. Although there are standard colors utilized amongst the general population, for some individuals one particular color may not work in the way it would for other people. In those cases the individual receiving the therapy would then discover which color tends to work best for them.

For instance, the color violet vibrates at a very high frequency and vibration. The wavelength for violet measured in nanometers (1,000,000,000 nanometers equal one meter) is 425-400 nm and the frequency is measured at 700 to 790 Terahertz (one trillion cycles per second). In color therapy it would be utilized to lift the Spirit, calming the body and enhancing the ability to fall asleep, a useful therapy for those with insomnia.

Okay, understanding the utilization of light and color therapy on the outside of the body is more acceptable to our minds than using our imagination to create the color and utilize it for healing. Why? Most human beings consider their inner feelings to be the direct result of outward circumstances. "I am a very angry person because people in my life have treated me badly." While it is true that people have been treated badly by other people, some of the vibrational frequency of the emotion is directly tied to a particular perception of persecution and not always entirely factual. The mind is much more powerful than we realize and most internal issues are directly related to the actual perception of a circumstance.

For example:

Your boss tells you that you are getting a substantial increase in wages because you are an exemplary employee and he wants to reward you. You feel elated! Before meeting with the boss you were feeling low, kind of had a headache and were overall feeling lethargic and now the rest of the day sails by and it seems you have endless energy. You can reverse this story and you were feeling on top of the world, the boss pulls you in and advises you that you are doing work that is sub-par. The rest of your day is riddled with mishaps and irritations and you feel like you want to go to bed and stay there for days. The body responds to external stimuli but it is the perception of that stimuli that creates the vibrational uplift or decline of the body. If you get the raise and the reward but you’re in the process of seeking other employment and have been for a while due to your dissatisfaction with the company, you would not experience the same elation. Instead the headache worsens and you end up leaving early feeling ill.

Get the picture? Same situation but with a different perception creates a different vibrational response.

Our bodies carry a particular vibration and frequency that is unique to us. That is our vibrational blueprint however certain emotions and experiences themselves also carry vibration and frequency. The emotions of anger, sadness, and anxiety carry a lower vibrational frequency; that being the case, using a color to counteract that vibrational frequency can be very healing.

How does it help anxiety or pain?

For someone with generalized anxiety, there is a two-fold trigger. One is the original thought that triggered the "fight or flight" mechanism in the body and anxiety is part of this process. Then the feeling of anxiety creates even more anxiety and the ball can really get going. At times, the ‘trigger’ thought is barely noticeable but if this individual is prone to chronic anxiety the body reacts much quicker and the anxiety response can reach its peak much more quickly. By this time it is difficult to get a hold of their thought processes and panic will then ensue making it next to impossible to manage the whole anxiety/panic response.

Some people have much quicker anxiety responses than others. We are all different so when someone who has not experienced chronic anxiety witnesses a severe anxiety attack in another individual it may be difficult for them to be of assistance as they cannot relate to how problematic it is for some to manage their anxiety. Color therapy can assist those with anxiety disorders in that using a particular color to calm the body will bring them to a place where they can actually function enough to process through the attack. It can also be useful for another individual to assist the victim of the anxiety by coaching them through using the color therapy technique.

The same can be said for pain control. This can be helpful for both those with chronic pain and those with an acute injury. One woman utilized color therapy for migraine headaches. Oftentimes those with chronic severe headaches and migraines have to medicate the headache when it begins otherwise the pain will escalate to a point where even with medication it is difficult to manage. This woman was in a place where she could not get to her medication and a headache began. She knew if it wasn’t managed quickly she would be in a position of extreme pain and unable to function until she could get to her medication. She used the color Blue combined with a mental image of ice-cycles covering the inflamed vessels in her brain to get them to contract. In about 10 – 20 minutes her headache subsided substantially allowing her to function until she could get home to her medications, which was about two hours later.

One way to use color in pain control is to determine whether heat or cool helps minimize the pain. If heat helps then imagining a fiery color like red or orange or even yellow could be applied. You could even mix orange and yellow to create a heat response then mentally apply this color to the area of the body where the pain exists. If cool feels better then blue, purple or indigo may be appropriate.

The key is practice. Repetition is what trains the brain and the more color therapy techniques are utilized the more effective they will be. The brain records every experience and acts accordingly. Over time using these techniques will come naturally to the body with little or no effort.

NOT a replacement for appropriate medical care.

The thing to remember is that color therapy is a tool that can be used in conjunction with your own medical treatments it is not a replacement for necessary medical treatments. Use your own wisdom when utilizing this technique for anxiety and pain control. If you have a chronic medical condition it is important to seek those trained in medicine to treat you—and utilize the color therapy to assist in the process.

Try this exercise

Here is one exercise that can be used in order to establish a color therapy protocol on your own.

To begin with….sit with your eyes closed so you can tap into creative visualization

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Think of your situation – are you anxious? Fearful?

Now think of a color that soothes your feeling. Don’t worry if it takes a couple different examples, it is important to listen to your body and discover the color that works best for you.

Do you see that color?

Now take a deep breath and imagine pulling this color into your body like a vapor. When you exhale, imagine the (anxiety, pain, fear, anger) leaving your body. Do this a few times until you begin to feel the shift in your body and you begin to feel better.

Now imagine a glass or cup with liquid in your chosen color. Imagine drinking it down and feel how your body responds.

Now imagine that color is filling up your body… you begin to feel (calm, safe, happy, the pain minimizing)

Invite that color to come into your body whenever you need it.


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.


Sreejith k from Kerala, India on July 19, 2012:

ohh it controls pain greatt. good hub

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 19, 2012:

Colors are indispensable part of our lives. Colors are joys,colors are sadness, colors are celebration, colors are mourning. Thanks for this wonderful article on color therapy. I'm so much interested in alternative healing.

PS: Thanks for reading and commenting on my article about hypnosis.

Lorri Woodmansee (author) from Mesa, Arizona on May 29, 2012:

Thank you, Sandra.

I too use it frequently.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on May 29, 2012:

I'm a fan of color therapy myself. Thanks for sharing this information.

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