Chromotherapy: find out how to heal thanks to colors
Spend the night in white, see everything black, be broke, have a blue fright... there are many expressions that refer to colors.
The blue of the sea, the fiery red of a sunset, the green of the meadows, the gray of the cities, the black of the storm ... each color evokes more or less pleasant emotions in us, linked to different colors.
Leonardo da Vinci stated that the intensity of meditation is multiplied by ten under the effect of violet, often used in church windows.
Colors stimulate us, calm us, promote vital energy and, according to the proponents of chromotherapy, they heal various types of ailments: from fatigue, to acne, to anxiety, to depression.
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A bit of history
Chromotherapy has very ancient origins, traditional medicines have in fact always attached great importance to the influence of colors on human health and mood.
Egyptians, Romans and Greeks practiced heliotherapy (exposure to direct sunlight) for the treatment of various ailments, in India Ayurvedic medicine has always taken into account how colors affect the balance of the chakras, and even the Chinese entrusted their own well-being to the action of the various colors.
Chromotherapy: how does it work?
Chromotherapy uses colors to help the body and mind find their natural balance.
Like a musical instrument, which must be tuned to have the right intonation and so that the resulting sound is harmonious, in the same way chromotherapy uses chromatic vibrations to restore energy balance.
When a part of the body is exposed to colored irradiation, it absorbs electromagnetic waves characterized by a certain oscillatory frequency. The cells of the body, made up of atoms, enter into vibratory resonance with the frequencies of light waves and rediscover the lost harmony.
The therapeutic effect of color on the human body is therefore linked to the oscillatory nature of colors and our cells: malaise or illness are nothing more than a disharmony of the cellular vibratory rhythm on which the colors have a harmonizing power.
Chromotherapy: the effects of colors
Chronotherapy essentially uses eight colors: the three primary colors and their combinations. Each of them has very specific effects on the body and mind.
This color has a "very hot" energy and its effects on the body are: it increases the number of beats and therefore blood circulation, raises blood pressure, increases respiratory rate, stimulates nervous and glandular activity, activates the liver and the sensitive nerves.
For its decongestant power it is useful in chronic painful forms, while its effects on the psyche are of physical energy, evocation of fire, danger, destruction.
It is a "cold" type of energy and is the color of calm, infinity, peace and serenity. From a physiological point of view, it stimulates the parasympathetic system, decreases blood pressure, respiratory rhythm and heartbeat, while on the psyche it acts by fighting both physical and mental agitation and is therefore used to promote relaxation and relaxation.
From a physiological point of view, it is the most suitable color for athletes because it increases neuromuscular tone and gives greater alertness, it also helps digestion and purifies the intestine, reducing abdominal swelling. Effects on the psyche: constituent of the nervous system, it is a strong stimulator of happiness, a sense of well-being and lucidity.
It is a "warm" color and is the result of the combination of red and yellow rays. This color has a liberating action on physical and mental functions, has a strong thyroid stimulating property, is antispasmodic and optimizes the activity of the spleen. On the psyche, on the other hand, it induces serenity, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, increases optimism, and physical and mental synergy.
"Neutral" energy, green is placed in the center between cold and warm colors, it represents their synthesis and from a physiological point of view it increases the general well-being of the organism and restores the balance of its functions. On a psychic level it generates calm and is a sedative of the nervous system: it helps fight irritability, insomnia, anxiety and exhaustion.
"Cold" type energy that has the ability to broaden our understanding and to cure ailments affecting the sensory organs such as eyes, nose and ears. Indigo has a refreshing, astringent, blood purifying effect, muscle tonic and capable of promoting intuition.
"Cold" energy capable of stimulating the production of white blood cells and skeletal development. Violet is useful against sciatica and neuralgia, it is active against eczema, psoriasis, acne and on a mental level it promotes spirituality, inspiration and imagination.
Composed of blue and green, turquoise calms and attenuates inflammation and infections, stimulating the immune system. It also stimulates intellectual abilities and improves concentration.
Chromotherapy: how does it happen?
- Colors can be absorbed by our body in different ways:
- through light irradiation made with special equipment and filters;
- through food, i.e. by eating foods with their natural color;
- through sunlight which includes all colors in its spectrum;
- through solarized water;
- through the clothes,
- through the bathroom, then with waters colored with natural essences or special lights;
- through meditation, following precise techniques;
- through visualization and breathing;
- through massage with special products and colored pigments.
In recent years, chromotherapy has made a comeback and has had a notable development thanks to scientific studies that have highlighted the influence of colors on the nervous, immune and metabolic systems. It must also be said that the efficacy of chromotherapy is contested by a part of the scientific community, as no chromotherapy practice has ever been able to pass a controlled clinical study, and even the assumptions of the theory are considered scientifically inconsistent. Physics mix, art, psychology and medicine, chromotherapy is considered a "gentle therapy" as it is not invasive and unable to create addiction. Alternative medicine, chromotherapy must integrate (and not replace) with other therapies or treatments, in order to enhance the result .See Also: Antidepressant Foods: What to Eat to Fight Depression
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