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Alternative and Complementary Therapies



Colour Theraphy


Colour theraphy is also called as Chromotheraphy and it is a method of treatment of diseases by colour.Colour therapy is a technique of restoring imbalance by means of applying coloured light to the body. Colour theraphy is more effective if it is done along with correct diet, adequate rest and relaxation, exercise, yogic asanas and so on. It has been found that the cause of any disease can be traced to the lack of a particular colour in the human system.It is beleived that this method is used some 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras applied colour light therapeutically and ‘colour halls’were used for healing in ancient Egypt, China and India.

The pioneer of modern colour therapy was Niels Finsen of Denmark.He studied healing of wounds with the action of solar ultra-violet energy.He used red light to inhibit the formation of smallpox scars.It has been established that blue light had a calming effect and red a stimulating power on human beings.

The two extreme colours are Blue and Red with Yellow representing the midpoint.These are also the three principal colours in a rainbow.First the patient is examined to ascertain which colour he lacks and this can be determined by observing the colour of the eyeballs, nails, urine and excrement.If there is a red deficiency then the nails will be bluish, and the urine and excrement white or bluish.If its a blue colour deficiency,the eyes and nails will be reddish and urine and excrement yellowish or red.

Every substance on earth contains colour. Even the rays cast on earth by celestial bodies contain colour in the form of white light. The rays of the sun contain seven different colours - violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. These are natural colours which are highly beneficial to the maintenance of health and for healing diseases.

"sunlight is the principal curative agent in nature’s laboratory and where light cannot enter, disease does".Sunlight has an important role in the recovery from chronic diseases. Judicious use of sunlight can be part of the curing process in almost every affliction. If we exclude the beneficial effects of sunlight, the result is
  • Chlorosis
  • anaemia
  • leukaemia
  • emaciation
  • muscular debility
  • degeneration of heart and liver*dropsical effusion
  • softening of bones
  • nervous excitability
  • physical deformity
  • stunted growth and consumption .
Sunlight helps to improve,
  • digestion and nutrition
  • quicken blood and lymph circulation
  • increase the elimination of impurities through the skin.

The Action of Colors

The action of colours and its effects on the body are as follows:


It is the symbolic representation of heat, fire and anger and it is known as the stimulating and energising colour.It helps stimulates arterial blood and brings warmth to cool extremities.It is used to treat diseases like, low blood pressure, rheumatism, paralysis, anaemia, advanced cases of tuber- culosis.


This colour represents prosperity and pride.Orange is used to treat, stimulation of blood supply, energising the nerves, to treat kidney and gall stones, to treat hernia, to treat appendicitis used to stimulate the milk producing action of breasts after childbirth.


Voilet is used to treat treat nervous and emotional disturbances, to treat arthritis, to treat acute cases of consumption and insomnia.


This colour is for joy and happiness.Yellow is laxative and diuretic. It is used as, a stimulant to the brain, stimulant to the liver stimulant to the spleen treatment of diabetes to treat indigestion, to treat kidney problems to treat liver disorders to treat constipation to treat eye and throat infections to treat syphillis and impotence.


Purple or indigo combines the blood-warming red and the cooling antiseptic blue. It is an excellent stimulant without being an irritant. It is beneficial in the treatment of advanced stages of constipation, hydrocle , leucorrhoea, many disorders of the stomach and womb , cataract , migraine skin disorders exerts a soothing effect on the eyes, ears and the nervous system.


This colour is regarded as the colour of harmony which is made up of the blue and yellow. It is used to treat:
  • nervous conditions,
  • hay fever,
  • ulcers,
  • influenza,
  • malaria ,
  • colds,
  • sexual disorders,
  • cancer,
  • preserves and strengthens eyesight
  • in the treatment of inflammatory conditions.


This is a cool,soothing and sedative colour.In a study at the New England State Hospital in the United States, 25 members of staff with normal blood pressure were bathed in blue light for half an hour. It resulted in universal fall in blood pressure. The blood pressure rose when red light was applied. blue alleviates pain, reduces bleeding heals burns treatment of dysentery, colic, asthma, respiratory disorders, high blood pressure skin aberrations.

Methods of Treatment

There are two methods.

1. Application of light through different coloured glasses.
2. External or internal use of colour-charged water.

For the first method, sheets of glass of sizes 30 cms. X 36 cms. of the required colours are needed. These are placed at the window frames or any other convenient place in such a way that the sun’s rays can pass through them and fall directly on the patient’s body.The duration is about 30 minutes.A pane of glass can be placed in front of the diseased part so that the light passing through the glass falls on the afflicted area. At night lanterns can be used for the purpose. A single lantern can have glass panes of four different colours and the required colour can be focussed on the patient or the affected parts.

For the second method, coloured bottles are used.The bottles should be cleaned and filled up to three-fourths level with fresh well water, distilled water or rain water. The bottles should be corked and then placed in bright sunlight for three to four hours. After this exposure, the water is said to acquire medicinal properties and this colour-charged water can be used both internally and for external applications. Wounds and ulcers can be washed with this water and it can also be used to massage the affected parts or applied as compress on them. For internal use, an adult can take 30 ml. of colour-charged water as a single dose. The dose can be repeated as required.


For the chromotheraphy to be effective, a correct and balanced diet is essential during the treatment of diseases.The patients should take food items with analogous colouring.

The various colours contained in different food items are :

Red : Beets, radish, red cabbage, tomatoes, watercress, most red-skinned fruits,red berries and water melon.

Orange : Orange-skinned vegetables and fruits such as carrot, orange, apricot, mango, peach and pappaya.

Violet : Egg plant, berries, black carrot and purple grapes.

Yellow : Lime and lemon, sweet lime, grapes, pumpkin, melon, banana, mango, yellow apple and guava.

Purple : Foods having both blue and violet colouring.

Green : Most of the green vegetables and fruits such as gourds, spinach, plantain, lettuce, pea, green mango, gooseberry, pears, beans , etc.

Blue : Blue plum, blue beans, blue grapes, etc.

Contraindications of colour theraphy

There are some important contraindications to colour treatment which are borne in mind while adopting this mode of cure. For instance, the red colour would be injurious in a naturally inflammatory condition of the system, and in case of persons with feverish and excitable temperament. If the red light is employed for too long and frequently, it may produce dangerous fevers. The danger can be obviated by using the red light for a few minutes at a time or by placing a wet bandage over the head.

Similarly, yellow should not be used when the nerves are very active or irritable. Yellow or orange reddish tones may prove injurious in fevers, acute inflammations, delirium, diarrhoea, neuralgia, palpitation of the heart and any condition of over- excitement.

In cases of paralysis, chronic rheumatism, gout, consumption and in all cold, pale and dormant conditions of the system, blue, indigo and violet may prove too cooling and constricting and should be avoided.


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