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Colour is everywhere! We are fortunate to live on a planet where the colours of Nature are so varied and vibrant. Think, for instance, of the diversity of colours in flowers, trees, birds, the sky, the sea, a sunrise or sunset. The range is spectacular. 

Add to this our own contribution of inks, paints, dyes and coloured lights, and we can appreciate that our visual sense is bombarded by colour every day. 
Many believe that it is possible to use colour to treat a variety of conditions, and this has given rise to the practice of Chromotherapy, also known as Colour Therapy.
tropical paradise
Colour is important to us all in many ways, for example as guides or warning signs and signals. Where would we be without our traffic lights? 

But colour also plays a large part in fashion, home decor, advertising, ... the list is endless! However, is our individual choice of colour purely a matter of personal taste or is there a greater significance to our preferences?
We often feel better surrounded by the greenery of plants and open spaces. The warm summer sun lifts our mood, and the blue of the sky is very calming. We decide on a certain colour of dress or shirt on a particular day. Can colour be having a deeper effect on our mind, body and spirit?
Theory of colour therapy
Colour therapists certainly think so! They believe that light can be used to correct an imbalance in any of the seven chakras or energy points of the body, which if left untreated would lead to ill-health.  The theory is that different colours vibrate at different rates and when the right colour of light is applied to the 'out of kilter' chakra it helps restore the balance and so bring about healing. It is thought, however, that colours can have both a positive and a negative effect on the body, so it is important to get the right amount of exposure during treatment to encourage healing.

Using colour therapy to bring balance and harmony into our everyday life need not be limited to coloured light treatment. Practitioners believe that wearing certain colours can have a positive effect on our mood as well as relieving many everyday ailments (see Colour Therapy Guide). Very often we are instinctively drawn to a particular colour, which turns out to be beneficial to us in some way, or else can be used as an indication of an underlying problem. Interestingly, the renowned romance novelist Barbara Cartland was always seen wearing pink chiffon outfits. In colour therapy terms, 'Pink' is the colour of love, romance and nurturing!      
Its history
Using colour for health benefits is not a new idea. Evidence has shown its practice in the Ancient Worlds of China, Egypt and Greece. This generally took the form of using naturally coloured minerals and dyes. Treatment also used coloured glass, which the sun would shine through onto the patient. It was believed that colour restored the balance to the four main organs of the body - the heart, liver, brain and spleen, thereby improving health.
sails in the sunset
Since then physicians through the ages have been experimenting with colour therapy, many achieving apparent success. More recently, Max Lüscher's investigations led him to believe that our colour choices reflect our physical and psychological state. He devised a test, using eight colours, now known as 'Lüscher's Theory', which is widely used in the diagnosis of stress-related illnesses. 
parrots Modern research has found that red light increases blood pressure and that flashing red lights can relieve migraine attacks. Blue light has the effect of lowering blood pressure and has also proved effective in pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis.  With results like these, along with much positive anecdotal evidence, there is obviously the need for more scientific research.

Colour therapy is rapidly increasing in popularity and many would wish to see it added to the list of complementary treatments, alongside reflexology and acupuncture. 
Is colour therapy another example of Mother Nature pointing the way to a happier, healthier life?
Try it for yourself with our Colour Therapy Guide

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