Color therapy or Chromotherapy
“The future development of medicine lies with treatments based on light and colour.” - Stephen Hawking, Quantum Physicist and author of
A Brief History of Time, Bantam Books. 1988.
Color therapy, otherwise known as chromotherapy, is one of the family of forgotten healing arts. As the name implies, this therapy involves the use of light and color, with its antecedents lost in the mists of time and closely aligned with alchemy, mysticism and metaphysics.
The concept of using color and light dates back thousands of years wherein the sun was worshipped as the provider of light and sustainer of life itself on earth. Pythagoras, the Greek scientist and mathematician was using color therapy 500 years before the birth of Christ according to author F. Birren in his book Color Psychology and Color Healing. Avicenna, the Arab philosopher of the early middle ages developed a chart that related color to temperature and the physical condition of the body . He believed the body healed itself by using whatever color was needed. Paracelsus, renowned healer of the Renaissance period, viewed color and light as essential for good health and used them extensively. More