Religions teach us that light was God’s first creation. Even if you don’t believe it, we have all learned that light stimulates life. To have life on Earth, it is necessary to be exposed continuously to the life-giving rays of the sun.

If we aren’t exposed to Sun, soon the Earth would be transformed into solid block of ice, where life will cease to exist.

It is a Sun or better to say the solar energy which enables life to exist; grass to grow, stimulates herbs and vegetables to flourish, the fruits to ripen, so that man as well as animals may have food to live on.

Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. It is a centuries-old concept used successfully over the years to cure various diseases.

Solar ray’s spectrum consists at one end of deep infra-red radiations, and on the other ends of deep ultra-violet radiation.

Rainbow is a great example of solar spectrum. It is caused by the passing of white sunlight through mist or raindrops and broken up into the seven visible colors of the solar spectrum, which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The same solar spectrum can be obtained by passing a ray of white sunlight through the refracting surfaces of a glass prism, where it is split up into its components and can be seen as a beautiful band of seven colors if allowed to fall upon a white screen. White sunlight is a combination of seven visible colors as well as other kind of rays which are invisible to the human eye.

Each color of the spectrum has a wavelength of its own named the "Angstrom Unit".

Sunlight is the total sum of the visible spectrum, and every color vibration is only a part of solar energy.

Let us look around, and we will find different colored fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

The solar spectrum influences all living beings and foods and receives certain solar rays’ spectrum and influence, which in turn will have a similar effect or influence upon the human system if absorbed as food.

Certain fruits, vegetables, and herbs are charged with the rays that they are most capable of absorbing. As it is the nature of grass to absorb only the yellow and green rays, it is not only green to look at, but it also transmits the qualities of the respective rays to the animal that uses grass as its food.

Therefore, we will find that every food that we eat represents an original color that has been absorbed by the sun, of which it is a part. To exist, we must breathe, eat, and drink so that our body can transform the various color rays of the sun into blood, which is then transformed into other vibratory forces that build bone, flesh, tissue, hair, etc., as well as into a series of electrical vibratory forces that enable us to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.

The vibratory rate of a substance determines its density or its form as matter. A slowly vibrating substance is referred to as physical matter, whereas subatomic matter, which vibrates at or above the speed of light, is pure light energy.

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 product of the interaction of energy and matter. The wavelength, frequency, and quantity of energy of every colorful ray are fixed for each color; that is, a specific wavelength, a certain frequency, and a particular amount of energy in that wave have been denominated as a distinct color. The human eye is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation only at wavelengths roughly between 380 and 780 nm. This small segment is called the visible spectrum, or visible light. Visible light can be broken down into numerous electromagnetic frequencies, and frequency relates to a color of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, and all the vibrations thereof.

According to Eastern teaching, man is composed of seven different series of vibrations and the three main forces of body, mind, and spirit.

Firstly, the body directly or indirectly absorbs the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. The energy thus absorbed from the air and sunlight is direct, but from food and water it is indirect.

The second is the mind. If its vibrations are out of tune and are discordant, as is the case in a weak or diseased body, then the mind does not feel at home or at rest, and worry, fear, and constant anxiety are the results. The nervous system simply cannot stand it very long without being shattered, and likewise, the dynamic forces of the mind can only operate peacefully in a body whose vibrations are harmonious and warring smoothly. Only then can the mind take charge of the body and assist and guide it safely and peacefully through life.

The third series of vibrations is obtained if mind and body work in perfect harmonious co-operation, and then he will be given full conscious awareness of the spiritual forces within him and, through it, gain wisdom and understanding.

To keep the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forces within us properly balanced, we should endeavor to follow our natural instincts by surrounding ourselves, as well as clothing ourselves, with the colors that appeal to us most now.

History of light therapy

Many ancient civilizations of the past had a thorough understanding of the healing powers of sunlight and color and established special places where patients were exposed to the required color rays under capable supervision.

Light therapy was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and India. The Egyptians utilized sunlight as well as color for healing. Color has been investigated as medicine since 2000 BC.

In Egyptian mythology, light therapy was discovered by the god Thoth. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes as remedies and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of color.

In Ayurveda, sunlight was recommended as a treatment for a variety of diseases from at least the sixth century BC. In ancient Greece, both direct exposure to sunlight and indirect healing were used. In the indirect method, they used such materials as stones, dyes, ointments, and plasters as the medium.

In ancient China, the Five Color Healing Therapy was developed as a healing method derived from traditional Chinese medicine. At its core, it is based on the theory of Yin-Yang, the Five Elements and Eight Trigrams of Chinese medicine.

Avicenna (AD 980) was certain of the vital importance of color in both diagnosis and treatment. He developed a chart of diseases and syndromes with associated colors and believed that ‘color is an observable symptom of disease.’

Pioneer of modern chromotherapy The 19th-century American doctor Edwin Babbitt researched the effects of the reflection, absorption, transmission, and polarization of light. He used color-healing devices created by him.

Ghadiali (1927) discovered the scientific principles that explain why and how different color rays have various therapeutic effects on the body and published his first Spectro-Chrome Encyclopaedia.

In 1951, Takkata discovered that different lights affect different enzymatic reactions for healing purposes.

Color therapy

Unlike phototherapy-light therapy, color therapy isn’t scientifically approved, but because of its great history and health usage, it is widely studied.

Every creature is engulfed in light that affects its health conditions. All organs, cells, and atoms exist as energy, and each form has its own frequency or vibrational energy. When various parts of the body deviate from these expected normal vibrations, the body is not functioning properly.

For every organ, there is an energetic level at which the organ functions best. Restoring the appropriate energy levels to the physical organs results in a healed body.

Scientist Klotsche in the 20th century correlated colors with chakras, where each chakra energizes and sustains certain organs. The body has seven major energy centers known as chakras; each center is responsive to a different color. Chakra, located at the sites of the major endocrine glands, corresponds to states of consciousness, personality types, and endocrine secretions.

  • Red: root chakra
  • Orange: sacral chakra
  • Green: heart chakra
  • Blue: throat chakra
  • Indigo: brow chakra
  • Violet: crown chakra
  • White: perfect color blend

Color therapy properties

Red color

The red color has a rousing and stimulating effect on the body, especially vital and metabolic functions. The red ray increases the temperature, quickens the action of the heart, and speeds up the circulation, especially of the arterial blood that is brought to the surface of the skin. Red is a very valuable color to use in all chronic conditions, such as paralysis, chronic rheumatism, consumption, even up to the third stage, or complete physical exhaustion, as well as anemia.

Red has also been found most beneficial for the treatment of anemic people, who will obtain more blood and vitality from 10 to 15 minutes' exposure to the vitalizing rays of red.

Red is a stimulant for the male sex glands. Red can only be used for the male sex glands, whereas violet must be used for the stimulation of the female sex glands.

The stimulating effect of red light is also a very valuable factor in the treatment of cataracts, paralysis of the external eye muscles, and detachment of the retina, where it can be used to rouse the blood and lymph currents to increased activity.

Never use red alone for longer than about 10 minutes per treatment, as the use of too much red may cause an over-excited nervous system and can produce dangerous fevers.

Orange color

The orange ray is nerve-animating as well as warming to cold, negative, and dormant conditions; it will be the proper force to use for the treatment of all paralyzed conditions. Orange is also a wonderful stimulant for the emotions, as it increases the pulse rate, strengthens the etheric body, and promotes a general sense of cheerfulness and well-being.

Orange is prohibited for use in all overactive and nervous conditions, such as delirium, fever, sleeplessness, inflammations, and palpitations of the heart.

Yellow color

Yellow, in its mystic meaning, according to the teachings of the ancient sages, is the color of wisdom, whose attributes are moderation in all things, attention to detail, which includes the gaining of understanding concerning the laws of life and nature, and self-control, which is probably the greatest and most needed attribute in our world today.

The yellow ray is the most powerful light-ray of the solar spectrum. As yellow is a great nerve stimulant and very exciting to the brain, it is most beneficial in cases of melancholia and can be used for the treatment of all lethargic mental as well as physical conditions.

Yellow is also very beneficial for the treatment of inert tumors and stagnation of the liver, bowel, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, etc., as it increases metabolic action and acts as a very gentle yet powerful purgative and laxative.

The yellow color enhances functional recovery, and it is found beneficial for the treatment of bad hearing.

Yellow is contraindicated in all nervous and exciting conditions, such as insomnia, sciatica, neuritis, etc.

Green color

Green is the color of nature, the color of strength and progress in the body and mind. Green is the color vibration that loosens and relaxes the etheric body. As it affects mainly the nervous system, it acts as a sedative and is of great value as a healing force in cases of nervous irritability, nervous exhaustion, nervous breakdowns, and sleeplessness. It has a wonderfully calming effect on the mind and the nervous and physiological functions generally.

As green is very soothing, it is a very useful color to apply for the treatment of inflamed stomachs, livers, etc. It also has the power to reduce blood pressure and decrease vitality and metabolic action and is therefore used in all cases of nervous disorders, neuralgia, and headaches associated with blood pressure. It is one of the best color rays to use for the treatment of shock and hysteria.

A day in the country is an actual tonic to our body, mind, and spirit, and because of this action upon the three constituents of the human being, the green color ray is of such vital importance to us as a medicine.

Blue color

Blue rays have a wonderful power to cleanse, calm, and bring peace to the mind and body.

The blue, indigo, and violet ends of the solar spectrum are refrigerant, astringent, nervine, and very soothing to any system in which inflammatory and nervous conditions predominate. The blue ray is the harmonizing and balancing principle in all cases where the red arterial blood has become very active or has caused inflamed conditions.

When nervous conditions prevail, blue is the most suitable color to use, as it is a nerve tonic and acts very favorably on the nervous system by calming and steadying the nerves. It remedies all nerve disorders and reduces hypersensitivity, tension, nervousness, and insomnia.

Blue has a pain-relieving property. The blue ray should never be used for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time, as its action will otherwise result in a feeling of tiredness and utter depression.

Violet color

Violet is the most suitable color to use for the treatment of all pulmonary troubles.

Violet, being even more powerful than blue, is the most suitable color to use to put people to sleep, but as it also produces melancholia if used too freely, it should only be applied in very small doses. Violet has also been found to be a most suitable color for the treatment of dyspepsia, inflamed or ulcerated stomach and bowel, inflamed kidneys, and so forth.

Violet and purple are even more powerful than blue if used for the prevention of falling hair and the destruction of dandruff.

Violet is not recommended for use in all cases of melancholia, depression, sleepy sickness, gout, or general low vitality.