Chromotherapy: how color affects your life

Chromotherapy (Greek: chrom (color) + therapei (care, treatment)) is a direction in psychotherapy, which is based on an exclusive method of affecting color on the human psyche. After conducting a series of studies, scientists have been able to prove that colors have their own individual characteristics that have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, the internal workings of the body and the human psyche. In particular, chromotherapy successfully fights anxiety, depression, improves hormonal background and helps solve many other psychological problems.

Chromotherapy – a technique aimed at treating the human body not only with color but also with light solutions (different degrees of brightness). The main method of chromotherapy is as follows: color radiation has an effect on the person and psychotherapeutic stimulates or suppresses activity, thereby calming the nervous system and changing the internal state of the patient.


There are four main methods of chromotherapy:

  • Fluorescent chromotherapy – in this approach, a white ray of light passes through various color filters. This method relieves phantom pain, reduces stress and anxiety and creates inner harmony
  • Visualization or color creation of visual-motor images . In this technique, a person is presented with certain color solutions – in visual-motor images used imagination or memories of man
  • Molecular therapy – in this case the effect on the body is carried out using an ointment, gel or any other drug with color characteristics
  • Water therapy – baths or showers with light effects not only wash the body, but also have a positive effect on the psyche, helping to fight various nervous conditions.

Chromotherapy is based on four spectra of color, and each of them has a different effect on humans:


It stimulates the brain and nervous system – it is used as an activator. It is also indicated for low blood pressure, asthenic fatigue, loss of strength and even anemia. Red color is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, because its aggressive effects can worsen the patient’s condition in this case.


The color of integrity and rules, calm, relaxation and confidence. It is used when you want to organize your thoughts and put everything on the shelves. The blue color builds confidence and positive mood, has a beneficial effect on communication skills, and is able to solve problems associated with childhood hyperactivity.


Color success, development of memory and intelligence. Associated with sun color, and the sun is known to be a natural antidepressant. It is important to remember that yellow should not be abused if you have trouble sleeping and increased activity.


It is the color of harmony, growth and serenity. It is green that allows a person to “rise” over their problems and stress, and calmly bring order to thoughts and feelings. In addition, this color also gives a sense of inner satisfaction without haste and unnecessary fuss.

However in chromotherapy other shades which turn out as a result of a combination of the basic colors can be used also:

  • Orange – the color of creativity, which forms a non-standard approach to everything a person touches
  • Blue is the color of lightness. For example, if you need a difficult interview, a blue shirt will reduce tension and give peace of mind
  • Purple is a color that affects not only the nervous system, but also the right hemisphere of the brain, which is responsible for imaginative thinking. That is why purple is considered the color of creativity and new ideas, and is also associated with mysticism and magical thinking (see also: Drawing God: what is magical thinking, and how dangerous it is).

It is noteworthy that not only the shades themselves are important, but also the format of perception – so, a smooth change of color, called chromodynamics, allows you to fill the body with the necessary energy and harmonize the central nervous system. Exceptions are patients with epilepsy, because they are contraindicated to look at the intermittent color.

With all the obvious advantages of chromotherapy, it is important to remember that this is only an ancillary treatment, and it can not completely replace standard psychotherapeutic techniques and practices.

Ganna Sukhova

Ganna Sukhova

Ganna Sukhova

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