History: Color Healing

additive wheelChromo-therapy: a system of alternative medicine in which colors and their energy frequencies are used to correct psychological or physical imbalances; also called chromopathy, chromotherapy, color healing

chakrasColor therapy is rooted in Ayurveda, an ancient from of medicine practiced in India for thousands of years. This tradition is based on the idea that every individual contains five basic elements: earth, water, air, fire and ether (space). If the elements become unbalanced due to unhealthy living or bad habits, illness or injury results. Aryuveda uses the energies of color to help restore the balance between the elements. Color therapy was also used in ancient Egypt and China. Ancient Egyptian mythology credits the god Thoth with founding the art of healing with color. The Chinese associate a color with each organ, and in yoga each chakra, or energy center on the body, is associated with a color.


During the Middle Ages and the coming of Christianity, all pagan practices were exorcised, including the healing arts of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Thus, the art of healing with color became an occult, practiced only in secret. In the Renaissance, color healing like other arts experienced a revival. Light and color became recognized as essential for good health. In the late nineteenth century, scientists began to publish research on the effects of colored light on humans, plants, and animals. Recently, color is becoming a widely accepted from of therapy, with various other medical applications.


3300 BCE Evidence shows that people in India at this time had knowledge of medicine and even dentistry.
2675 BCE Egyptian myths identify Thoth as the creator of healing with color
313 CE Edict of Milan: Constantine adopts Christianity as the official religion of Rome
1876 CE Augustus Pleasanton publishes Blue and Sun-lights in which he reports his findings on the effects of color in plants, animals and humans.

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