Colors mesmerize with their beauty and have a magnetic attraction. The effect they leave on the body-mind system of the viewer is deep and profound. Different colors have their unique attributes and effects. On this basis, experiments to determine their therapeutic value are being designed and tested for mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual purposes.
Therapeutic use of colors is a very ancient practice and this science has developed with the time. The earliest experiments of this therapy are considered to have been conducted in India and China. Evidence of such experiments is also found in ancient Egypt and Greece. In the middle of the 19th century researches were made in Europe and America to find out the linkage between colors and healing. In those days color therapy was known as 'syntonics'. Dr. Harry Riley Spitler of USA is regarded as the pioneer of this science. He found that when different colors were passed one by one before a patient's eyes they induced certain mental and physical changes in him. Such experiments gradually led to a better perception about the therapeutic value of colors and they began to be used as alternative or complementary medicine.
Although the primary colors are only three; traditionally there have been seven main colors which also form the constituent colors of sunlight - violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Upanishads have related these colors to seven Chakras
(subtle energy centers) in our body. A change in these colors has a corresponding effect upon the body-mind system. If the magnitude of this change exceeds a certain quantum, it produces ailments.
color is associated with mooladhar chakra
(supposed to be located between genitals and anus). It symbolizes vital force, determination and alertness. Its medicinal use is in the conditions of cough and cold, anemia and low blood pressure. It is also employed in management of stress. Red produces courage, revenge and hatred too. This color represents the fire element. Hence it generates heat and energy in the body. It excites the nervous system and thus cures the weaknesses connected with the faculties of touch, smell, taste, vision and hearing. It keeps the blood constitution robust and active and hence is beneficial for cerebro-spinal fluid and sympathetic nervous system. Red color is friendly to muscles, haemoglobin and liver too. At mental plane, red color generates over-sensitiveness and is also known for anger, violent disposition and irritability. In certain conditions its use is prohibited as in emotional instability, anger, fever, hypertension, etc.