What is chromotherapy, and how does it work?
Color therapy has a long history of being associated with ancient eastern mysticism and new age beliefs. Over the centuries, physicians and scientists have written on the subject of the therapeutic value of colors.
Could color help in the process of healing?
In recent years, there has been some critical analysis of chromotherapy. Chromotherapy and its scientific basis have been called into question.
While there are proven therapies using full-spectrum light to treat patients with seasonal affective disorder, this is different from chromotherapy.
Chromotherapy is about different forms of color and their effect on our nervous system and our emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
When we seek medical care for medical problems, it is essential to start at a point of evidence-based, scientifically proven medical therapies.
Unfortunately, when it comes to scientific research and studies, we sometimes have doubts. When doctors support a specific form of “proven” treatment, we may think that there is a conspiracy to profit from our suffering.
It may sometimes appear that pharmaceutical companies are paying and influencing doctors to promote dangerous drugs so that these corporations can increase their profits. Occasionally, we can even point to evidence that there are corporate conspiracies relating to pharmaceutical products.
These doubts that we harbor about the established medical community sometimes lead us to seek out answers elsewhere. Some healing arts are considered by many to be on the fringes of medical science. Yet, we find alternative therapies to be intriguing in that they are distinct from the pharma industry where we fear fraud and corruption.
Is it possible that alternative healing therapies can be helpful even when not supported by scientific study?
In the addiction treatment community, we have accepted the 12 step philosophy as the cornerstone of addiction treatment for nearly a century. Yet, 12-step programs do not stand up well to the scrutiny of rigorous scientific studies. While some studies do support positive effects, experts have questioned their validity.
Regardless of science and double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, countless people swear by the power of the spiritual pathway of the 12-steps. Are they wrong? Is this a case of survivorship bias? Is it possible that there are alternatives to medical science that are useful for some people, yet they are not easily studied?
The healing vibration of color and light can improve our mood and outlook.
How do you feel about the color yellow? If you were to wear all yellow clothing or paint your bedroom yellow, would it help you be more positive and cheerful?
Some chromotherapy practitioners believe that the color yellow has powerful properties that promote an improved, cheerful mood, promoting health and harmony. Do we need scientific proof that this is true?
If you are curious about the therapeutic benefits of the color yellow, why not paint your bedroom yellow? If you are not up for painting the walls, you might buy a set of yellow sheets and pillowcases for your bed.
There is believed to be a connection between chromotherapy and the chakras.
You may have heard of the seven chakras of the human body. These centers of energy are involved in many alternative healing arts. Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture, yoga, sound therapy, and many more include the chakras’ energy properties.
Chromotherapy also has connections to the chakras. Some practitioners believe that each chakra is associated with a specific color.
First, we must do no harm.
When it comes to alternative therapies, such as chromotherapy, we must not engage in its practice so that it might be harmful. For example, some people use colored medical-grade LED lights close to their eyes to experience the frequencies of specific colors.
They may use yellow light or red light or other light from the color spectrum close to their eyes. Yet, close up, prolonged exposure to LED light therapy may not be ideal for retinal health.
We must not let alternative therapies interfere with scientifically proven medical treatment. Oncologists often tell their patients that they may take various supplements as long as they do not interfere with chemotherapy.
While there is nothing wrong with painting a bedroom yellow or changing color schemes in the home to improve mental health, it does not mean that people with mental health conditions can avoid medical treatment and psychotherapy.
Similarly, while 12-step programs can provide valuable peer support in recovering from addiction, they should not replace proven medical treatment for addiction. These fellowship groups are not licensed medical treatment facilities.
Chromotherapy lighting reimagined in your own home.
In recent years, tech companies have introduced lighting products that produce colored LED light across the spectrum of visible light. Smart light bulbs have color adjustments that we can set to any color combination that we can imagine.
If you want to fill your room with a soft yellow or blue light, all you have to do is change your smart bulbs settings with an app. You can try various colors and shades to see what works best for you.
Having control of your environment in this way can be helpful to your emotional state. With a sense of agency, you will likely experience less anxiety. You will also find that expressing your creativity in customizing your environment is a positive experience.
There is value in ceremonial activities.
Humans find value in celebrating milestones in specific ways. From graduations to weddings, we follow formal guidelines for these events, and they stay in our memories as critical moments in our lives.
On a smaller scale, we can practice ceremonies in our home lives. While changing the color of the paint of a room may not have scientifically proven value, it may signify something personal.
For example, if you have committed to quit using drugs and move forward with your life, you may find personal value in making a ceremonial change to signify your commitment.
Chromotherapy can help you to stay clean.
Imagine painting the walls of your bedroom to your favorite color during the first weeks of your medical addiction treatment. When you go to sleep, a new color surrounds you that you find personally pleasing. Seeing the walls reminds you that this new color represents your recovery and living a new life.
Whether or not the vibration and energy of the light reflecting from the walls have any therapeutic significance is not a question for science. If a color has emotional and spiritual meaning to you, then you can creatively apply chromotherapy in your life to help you stay on your path of recovery.