The use of Colour to heal.

The physiological effect.

Do you know that colours can influence our mood, and can be used in magic and dream interpretations?

Each of us could see colours in slightly different ways, even though call it by the same name.  Despite this fact, two people may disagree as to whether a colour is, say, blue or lilac.

"Let be the light," said God! in the primal cry of his creation.

For without the action of the "Sun God" life would never have manifest as it did.  Life has an important effect on all existences, through the process of the photosynthesis and all living creatures including the human being, on whose reproductive processes it has a significant effect.  One of the most important forms in the process of vitamin "C" in our body.  When we over-expose to certain types of fluorescent lights it creates deficiencies.

"Luscher Test" seems to be a correlation between colour and personality.  Although psychologists disagree among themselves about this influence of colour in the human personality.

"In short, we are ironic and most of the times dramatically influenced by colour all the time". 

For example, a bright orange or red can make us excited - while the soft colour green appears to convey back and lead us on.

We can, therefore, understand that colour and light affect the entire life.  So how effective or accurate is the assertion for healing by colour then?

Niels R. Finsen of Denmark was the pioneer of light research.  He believed that red light would prevent scar formation in cases of smallpox and in 1896 he wrote of the "Actinic (chemical reaction)
 Properties of Sunlight" and founded a "Light Instituted for the cure of Tuberculosis".

Many scientists are convinced that colour, as well as light, has a powerful impact on health and behaviour, and the colour is used nowadays as the treatment for many diseases.  

Many years ago, blue light was replacing blood transfusions in premature babies born with potentially fatal neonatal jaundice.  But blue lights irritated nurses working in these wards, so many hospitals opted to change and add gold lamps to create a soothing and calming environment.  In addition, it has been determined that blue light is great to help to decrease crying and over-activity when working with babies.


Fluorescent light, in combination with photosensitizing drugs, is generally used to heal herpes sores. 

According to some investigations, red colour increases muscular activities, blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.  Red appears to be a very distressing colour for anxious persons. In contrast, blue has the adverse effect, reducing blood pressure and eyeblink frequency and subsequently any eye irritation, and is speculated to be conducive to sleep.  The blue colour is useful in anxious and agitated persons troubled with reactive depression or "Neurasthenia(/ˌnjʊərəsˈθiːnɪə/ a pattern of fatigue, sleep disturbances, and long-lasting aches, often linked with depression). Also, causes a decrease in blood sugar and have been recommended for some cases of eczema. 

Colour affects how we behave and think, muscular tension, cortisol activation (brain waves), heart rate, respiration, and functions of the autonomic nervous system. 

Sources:  Betty Wood, The healing power of colour (1984)