what is chromotherapy

What is Chromotherapy?

Chromotherapy, also known as Color therapy, is a holistic healing approach that enhances mental, emotional, and physical health by utilizing color. Using visible wavelengths, chromotherapy treats a wide range of illnesses and ailments by influencing molecules, cells, tissues, and enzymes as well as several facets of psychological functioning in humans (Azeemi et al., 2019). Chromotherapy is predicated on the idea that various hues have unique frequencies and vibrations that have the power to influence both the body and the mind. 

Proponents of chromotherapy assert that exposure to specific colors can help heal and balance energy flow in a variety of illnesses. Chromotherapy has many benefits for both psychological and physiological aspects of an individual. Chromotherapy reduces swelling, inflammation, pain, accelerates healing, increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension, improves circulation, regulates mood, improves sleeping patterns, relieves SAD, and offers anti-aging benefits. Additionally Chromotherapy has been shown through empirical evidence to increase cognitive ability scores (Paragas et al., 2019). 

A study by Kishan et al., (2022) revealed that Chromotherapy plays a pivotal role in anxiety reduction. It has also been revealed that Chromotherapy also reduces blood pressure (Mahoklory & Hoda, 2022). Each hue or color, has its own unique benefits and uses to enhance various aspects of life. Kriticka (2023) explained the numerous different functionalities of the hues in chromotherapy. Red is a strong color that energizes the body, stimulates it, and boosts heart rate and circulation. Orange evokes happiness and optimism, inspiring passion and creativity. Yellow, connected to the sun and light, improves mood and focus. Green is known for its restorative properties, improving focus, productivity, and creativity. Blue is calming, easing anxiety and promoting relaxation. White is associated with clarity and purity, bringing harmony to emotions and body equilibrium.

Azeemi, S. T., Rafiq, H. M., Ismail, I., Kazmi, S. R., & Azeemi, A. (2019). The mechanistic basis of chromotherapy: Current knowledge and future perspectives. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 46, 217–222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2019.08.025

Kishan, K., Saklecha, P., & Savaliya, K. (2022). Effect of chromotherapy on the anxiety level in the patients undergoing endodontic treatment: A randomized clinical study. Journal of Conservative Dentistry, 25(4), 398. https://doi.org/10.4103/jcd.jcd_381_21

Kriticka, A. (2023). The effectiveness of chromotherapy on Youth. Journal of Forensic Science and Research, 7(1), 049–054. https://doi.org/10.29328/journal.jfsr.1001049

Mahoklory, S. S., & Hoda, F. S. (2022). The effects of chromotherapy on the stress level of patients with hypertension. Jurnal Berita Ilmu Keperawatan, 15(1), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.23917/bik.v15i1.14812

Paragas, E. D., Ng, A. T., Reyes, D. V., & Reyes, G. A. (2019). Effects of chromotherapy on the cognitive ability of older adults: A quasi-experimental study. EXPLORE, 15(3), 191–197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2019.01.002

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