C hromotherapy is the therapeutic science of using color to adjust the bodies vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Light is electromagnetic radiation, which is the fluctuation of electric and magnetic fields in nature. Light is energy and the phenomenon of color is a direct product of the interaction of energy and matter. The human eye is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation only at wavelengths roughly between 380 and 780 nm. This small segment is what we call the visible spectrum or visible light. Visible light can be broken down into various electromagnetic frequencies relating each to a color of the rainbow.
Since ancient times, cultures all over the globe have understood the power of color. The ancient Egyptians used specifically built solarium rooms with different colored glasses. The sun would shine through the colored glass onto the patient to achieve specific therapeutic benefits. Others used different colored silk clothing to lter varying shades of light onto their bodies. There is also evidence of other cultures using colored waters and colored gels to achieve similar aims. The Earth, our continents, oceans, every living thing depends on light to be able to exist. Recent scienti c evidence even suggests that light is in fact emitted by every cell in our bodies. We live in a sea of energy where color is working within us. Research and observation has shown that speci c colors bring balance to our physical and emotional systems. An imbalance of one of the colors on the visible spectrum can manifest itself in physical or mental systems. It is through color therapy that a healer can work on various energy points to help restore balance to your system. Alternative medicine practitioners who use chromo- therapy often relate the seven colors of the spectrum to speci c areas of the body. For example violet is used to calm the nervous system, soothe organs and relax muscles. It has meditative qualities and is often used to treat conditions of the lymphatic system. Swiss psychologist Dr. Max Luscher launched his groundbreaking Color Test in the 1940s to measure a patients psychological states, and today, color therapy is frequently employed in public spaces. Though we may not even be consciously aware of it, we are living among it everyday. Restaurants frequently incorporate reds and oranges to stimulate hunger, while spas use soft greens and violets to induce relaxation. So next time you nd yourself in a home improvement store staring at the paint sample you may look at your color choices just a touch more closely! Try the Luscher Color Test online and see what it reveals about you!