How Does Chromotherapy Promote Healing?

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Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is often facilitated in the healing rooms of alternative health practitioners. Color therapy is classified as a vibrational healing modality. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and sound.

Color is simply a form of visible light, a form of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties. The sun alone is a wonderful healer! Just imagine what life would be like without sunshine. It has been proven that lack of sunlight contributes to depression in some people.

A therapist trained in color therapy applies light and color in the form of tools, visualization, or verbal suggestion to balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrancy — be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.

Tools Used in Color Therapy

Color is introduced to us early in life. People often use pastel pinks and blues in nursery decor to welcome newborn babies into a gentle and restful atmosphere. How often have you been asked, "what is your favorite color?" You probably cannot remember the first time you were asked this question, either. On your first day of kindergarten? When you were given your first box of crayons?

Scientific Color Studies

Applying the famous Luscher's Color Test can be quite revealing. Scientists who have studied color and light extensively recognize that colors bring about emotional reactions in individuals. Our reactions and attitudes toward colors differ from person to person, which makes an interesting study in itself. Our attraction to certain colors may very well signal areas where we are imbalanced. Understanding why certain colors affect us favorably while others bring about negative feelings helps us along our healing journeys.

The Colors You Wear

Have you taken inventory of your closet lately? You may be in a fashion rut and need to introduce some new articles of clothing into your wardrobe with different colors that will best reflect your mood swings. Wearing the wrong color can make you feel out of sorts with yourself.


Clayton, Greg. "Luscher Color Test." Harding University, 2017.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.