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Heal With Color Therapy

Updated on March 9, 2020
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The Theory of Color Therapy

Research has shown that color affects our mood. Some colors make us uneasy, while other colors give out a warm, comfortable feeling. Orange can be a stressful color, while blue is a calm color. This type of therapy used for the healing abilities in treating emotional and physical disturbances. A therapist can use various colors and light to heal the energy of the patient. This energy can be emotional, physical, or spiritual.

The theory of color therapy dates back to a physician and scholar, Avicenna (c. 980 - 1037), who viewed colors to be an effective treatment. Avicenna discussed color therapy (also known as chemotherapy) in his book "The Canon of Medicine. He wrote that "Color is an observable symptom of a disease." In his view, he believed yellow reduced muscular pain and inflammation; red moved the blood, and blue or white cooled it. He also discussed how subjects became responsive to colors for healing.

Following in the 19th century, healers claimed colored glass filters could treat many diseases. In 1942, Russian scientists found that red light stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, while white and blue light stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.

Color therapy has not been a proven science. More studies need to apply for this therapy. But we are all aware that colors have a psychological power over our moods and impulses. Businesses know this and take advantage of it. Therapists have suggested that color can help us gain that balance in life.

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What do the Different Colors Mean?


The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. Fast food restaurants often use red in some form within the interior to speed up the person eating the food. This color has two purposes to either hurry them along or not allow enough time to digest their food, so they might want to order more. It is also the color to prompt a person to spend more on a product. Red makes a person look heavier in clothing. Red clothing might not help people in negotiations. Owning red cars targets thieves more than any other color. This color is used in furniture and decorating, for it attracts attention.


The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Bright pink in sports suggests that it takes away the opposing team’s energy.


Stimulates the digestive system and useful for patients who have lost their appetite. Stimulation of the sexual organs is also proven. It strengthens the immune system. It can also heal the lungs and increase energy levels. Orange can have a negative effect; walls painted in bright orange can make a person nervous.


An earthy color is brown, and it allows a person to feel at home. Brown is a solid color and gives balance with nature. Light brown implies genuineness Brown can also be sad and wistful. Brown is more of a favorite color among men than women.


Yellow is bright, happy, cheerful, sunny, and gets someone’s attention. We consider it an optimistic color, though it is a color where people lose their tempers more often. Babies in yellow rooms will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration and speeds metabolism.


The color of blue in therapy gives out a peaceful and tranquil feeling. Blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals. The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing dark blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. People are more likely to stay longer in a gym while exercising in a blue room, and weightlifters can handle heavier weights.


It is the most comfortable color on the eye and can improve vision. Green symbolizes nature and springtime; it is a calm, refreshing color. People sit in green rooms to relax. Hospitals often use the color green in rooms to calm a patient. Dark green implies wealth. In the middle ages, brides wore green to symbolize fertility. Green is a therapeutic color.


The color of royalty, luxury, wealth, and sophistication, Kings are associated with purple. It is a romantic color. It is a rare color in nature and can appear artificial. Purple suppress hunger and balances the body metabolism. Lighter shades of purple give out a soothing effect.


White is known as innocence and purity, as in an angel or a bride. White is a summer color because it reflects light. White is a color that is neutral and used with everything. Medical staff often wears white to imply sterility.


Black symbolizes authority and power. For people, it gives a thinning appearance in fashion, and black is the color that is timeless and stylish. Black can mean submission in religion. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Black can mean evil and overpowering. Villains wear black.

Color Wheel

This wheel shows some of the meaning behind colors.
This wheel shows some of the meaning behind colors.

Color Therapy and What Colors Mean

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© 2010 Sandy Mertens

What is You View on Color Therapy

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I too believe color has a lot to do with how we feel and helps us heal. It is fun to learn meanings of colors and such too.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Patty Inglish, MS glad to know that it helped you heal.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Yes and yes again! While recovering from a leg injury, violet colored lenses in glasses helped to relax the muscles and stopped all the cramping. Those glasses reduced my recovery time!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      pattyinglishms colors do matter.

      vocalcoach Blue is a peaceful color.

      D.Virtual.Doctor New hub for the visitors that is.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      6 years ago from Europe

      This is such a wonderful and a new hub entirely. Great share and thank you so much for it

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Very interesting. I've not thought much about color except for buying clothing and such. I'm attracted to light blue, yet I only have 1 shirt in this color. Videos were enjoyable.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I don't know about the personality traits, but colors do make a difference. Red walls give me a headache. Bright yellow tile walls in my city's McDonald's kitchens were replaced by neutral shades in the mid-1980s and production seemed to increase. - When McD did away with the lime green uniforms, one crew was ecstatic about it! In GED classes, one group refused to accept red notebooks, even though they were free - students said it made them look like "GED dummies" on the bus and they were bullied. Colors matter.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I agree Tony.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful - I love colours and they do affect me, no doubt about that.

      Love and peace


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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      You are so right images99.

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      9 years ago

      Cool. Colors do wonders to your soul and spirit.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for your comment, mulberry1.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      10 years ago

      I have no idea if it would heal me, but the colors in that first image are divine. I had something similar in a very dark, cave like office I once had. I must have intuitively known it would help.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      fucsia, though mine is purple...I do have other colors to fit my mood at the time too.

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      10 years ago

      Great Hub! Very interesting... I do not have a favorite color, it depends of my mood... Or is my mood that depends on the colours?? ;)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Polly.

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      10 years ago from US

      Good hub.You know I have always been for subtle colors, pale and brownish creamy colors but I think am ready for more cheer, but still pale. I studied this years ago and it did make sense.

    • Sunnyglitter profile image


      10 years ago from Cyberspace

      I agree, Sandy. People should really give them a chance.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Sunnyglitter, there is a lot to be said about natural therapies.

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      10 years ago from Cyberspace

      I use color therapy to heal headaches. People used to make fun of me until they tried it.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks everyone for your comments.

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      Amelia Griggs 

      10 years ago from U.S.


      I love this hub! I have always been interested in colors, their meaning and how they effect our moods. I will definitely bookmark this one!



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      10 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great hub Sandy, my color is green.

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Westerville

      Great Hub, I'm now happier about my favorite color blue being a calming color. I agree with this theory and it has proven itself true often. I'm amazed that some folks still paint their homes red...hummmm do they know. My friend painted her kitchen red and well you know what heppened. Thanks for the great heal with colors hub. Peace :)

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      Polly C 

      10 years ago from UK

      This is an interesting hub. I believe people are definitely affected by colour. My son has a yellow bedroom though, maybe I ought to repaint it! Don't know if you believe in it, but i've read a bit on the chakras in the body and how a certain colour correlates to each one - I think it is green for the heart and blue for the throat, for example. Anyway, I enjoyed reading!

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      Beth Arch 

      10 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Interesting! I love black.

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      Fierce Manson 

      10 years ago from Atlanta

      Interesting read, informative.I dont think I agree with the theory, but very interesting hub.

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      Cathi Sutton 

      10 years ago

      VERY interesting Hub. Well written. Thanks!

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      10 years ago from Utah

      When we finished building our home in 2004 the painter advised us that the color of the model home we duplicated is used by hospitals in waiting rooms to give people a sense of calm. It is like a sea foam green that we have going throughout the home. Mixed with earthy brown tones it gives off a feeling of cooziness and warmth. Great Hub and very informative.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      wavegirl22, I can just see you rebelling with pink. My favorite is purple and my mother made me limit wearing that color. Now that I have no one telling me what to wear, I have very few purple clothes.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      prettydarkhorse, you know what they say, "Great minds think alike!"

    • wavegirl22 profile image


      10 years ago from New York, NY

      Very enjoyable read - pink is my very favorite color. Probably because when I was little my mom never let me wear it! So of course when my daughter was born I filled our world with nothing but pink! Thumbs up- thanks for sharing this one.

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      10 years ago from US

      wow, I think we are on the same wavelength, sandy, very nice, Maita

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had write about "color philosophy in life". I think every color have different energy. When we ca use it well, we can felt better. My favorite color is dark blue. Thank you very much.

    • nancy_30 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia

      This was a very interesting hub. I enjoyed reading it and learning from it.

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      Annette Thomas 

      10 years ago from Northeast Texas

      You are so right about this! In the mental health field, green is considered a calming color. I believe it. Great information.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, I quite agree with you about colour. I take ages in the morning deciding what colour to wear. If I put on the wrong one, I have to go change! thanks nell

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      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting Hub on colour therapy Sandyspider. Colour definitely has an effect on us and can influence our moods - who isn't happier on a sunny day when the sky is blue.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      10 years ago from Holly, MI

      Great Hub and so very true! I even FEEL different when I wear certain colors!

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I always knew there was a reason that blue is my favorite color.

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      Dr Francis 

      10 years ago from NEW YORK

      This is good.I've learned so much from your hub.My favorite color is turquiose.Keep enjoying your journey.Peace.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      10 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. I love that picture!

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      Christine Mulberry 

      10 years ago

      Interesting topic. I'm definitely more comfortable with some colors than others. I like them all but for different purposes.

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      10 years ago

      wow Ms Sandy. You go girl, nice hub.

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      10 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting article, haven't given much thought on how colors affect humans; thanks for sharing.

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      10 years ago from Camano Island, WA

      Beautiful! Color is more important than people realize. Thanks for letting us know what each one does. I was wondering about some of them.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Yes, another great hub, color is powerful, and a great topic. Thank you for sharing, thumbs up


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