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Color Therapy - What the Colors Heal

Updated on March 6, 2010


Color therapy is used to help balance the mind, body and soul. The colors are used to help balance physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Each color can aid a different problem or concern. as each color affects a different chakra of the body.

The color therapist many use one or more objects or factors to emit color into the body to heal it. Some use gemstones, candles, lamps. crystals, prisms, fabric, colored eye lenses, or colored lasers. How the color is administered isn't as important as the color that is used. For example, a person with anger problems, a color therapist wouldn't used red as the main healing color, but blue or another calming color.

Colors are very important in life, and we use them all around us even when we don't realize it, such as when we paint nurseries in calming pastel colors. Chromotherapy is used to enhance the color in our life to balance emotions and physical illnesses.

Heal with Colors

  • Red- Symbolic of fire, anger, and passion; stimulates the root chakra at the base of the spine

Red is a very strong color that stimulates blood flow to the extremities. It can be useful in illnesses such as low blood pressure, rheumatism, paralysis, anemia, and advanced tuberculosis. The color red can also help relieve stiffness, stimulate ovulation and menstruation, loosen blockages, and stimulate cell growth.

  • Orange- Symbolic of pride and prosperity; stimulates the sacral chakra

Orange is an energizing color that stimulates the nerves and blood supply. It can be useful in treating kidney stones, gallstones, hernia, appendicitis, and milk production after childbirth. The color orange can stimulate creativity, relieve excess sexual expression, stimulate the lungs, aid in digestion and respiration, relieve muscle cramps, and increases thyroid activity.

  • Yellow- Symbolic of happiness; stimulates the solar plexus

Yellow is a stimulating color that is beneficial for the brain, stomach, intestines, spleen, and liver. It can help treat diabetes, indigestion, constipation, syphilis, impotence, eye infections, throat infections, liver problems, and kidney problems. The color yellow can act as a laxative and diuretic, strengthen nerves, soothe nerve pain, increase skin health, and heal scarred tissue.

  • Green- Symbolic of harmony and nature; stimulates the heart chakra

Green is a mild sedative that can be useful for nervous conditions, hay fever, ulcers, influenza and the common cold, malaria, sexual disorders, cancer, and inflammatory conditions. Green can be beneficial to strengthen the eyes and eyesight. The color green threats emotional imbalances, purifies the body from germs and bacteria, heals the kidneys, strengthens the immune system, and builds muscle, bone, and tissue.

  • Blue- Symbolic of peaces and melancholy; stimulates the throat chakra

Blue is a calming color. It can be useful to alleviate pain, reduce bleeding, heal burns, treat asthma, colic, high blood pressure, skin conditions, and respiratory disorders. The color blue aids inflammation, stops bleeding, relieves fever, aids stress relief, relieves itching, and calms aggression and hysteria.

  • Indigo- Stimulates the brow chakra (the third eye)

Indigo is a stabilizing colors as it is a blend of red and blue. The color purifies the bloodstream, aids mental conditions, stimulates devotion, and heals illness of the eyes and ears.

  • Purple/Violet- Symbolic of relaxation and religion

Purple is a stimulant that combines red and blue traits. It can be useful for advanced constipation, cataracts, migraines, skin disorders, hydrocle, leucorrhoea, stomach disorders, womb disorders, and it can help aid the eyes, ears, and nervous system. The color purple can treat emotional disturbances, arthritis, acute consumption, insomnia, stress, decrease sexual desire, decrease pain sensitivity, aid detox, and slow an over-active heart.

  • White- Symbolic of purity

White is the true color of healing. The color is to be directed into the place that needs healing and treatment in order to help heal the area. White is commonly used as spiritual healing.

  • Magenta

Magenta is a dilute color that helps to stimulate adrenaline and heart activity. The color can help determine and strengthen your view of your purpose in life.

  • Pink

Pink is another diluted color that is useful to aid emotional stress. The color pink is used to help aid grief and sadness, restore youth, and help bring you closer to your feelings.

  • Turquoise

Turquoise is a mixed color of white, green, and yellow, which is a healing mixture. The color can increase intuition and sensitivity, act as an antiseptic, relieve stress, aid in skin health, and help tone the organ systems.


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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks - I've heard of color therapy, but never knew which colors did what. Now I have a sense of it.

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      organiseyourspace 6 years ago

      Great hub! I'm really getting into colour therapy. I read this book and discovered that I am yellow and violet but days prior to reading this book I was guided to meditate on those colours and imagine breathing them in and I did not know why but I am truly connected to them. My solar plexus chakra became strong almost like a refreshed feeling bringing more clarity. What are your thoughts on this ?

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      sugz 7 years ago from Quakeville... Christchurch, New Zealand

      very interesting.. i know about the chakra associations, but healing association i wasn't aware of..

      heck, i live in red, blue, pink, purple an black lol

      no wonder i have a stress free life these days

      the rest of the colours.. are pretty debateable LOL

      since you know about colour, can you tell me what a large vibrant, dark purple aura with a very soft turquoiae centre and a fine outer line of bright yellow means? coa apparently.. that's what i have

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      rwelton 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks for the post. I know of companies that repaint the break room for employees every six months to keep energy high and cause positive effect on "moods" of staff. Colorful clothes seem to have an interesting impact on those around the wearer as well as the person wearing them. Had not thought about it before. I think I will go change my shirt.


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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Beautiful colors and nice to know the effect they have. bood hub.

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      Julie A. Johnson 7 years ago from Duluth, MN

      I'm so glad we live in a colorful world, and we can see it. Can you imagine a black-and-white world? Interesting and informative hub. Julie