Briefing of Color Therapy:
Color therapy is a method of treating ailments through the use of colors. Color therapy is also known as chromotherapy / chromatherapy / colorology. Color therapy can be done by shining an appropriate color on the effected area of the body. It can also be done through the eyes by looking at a particular color, though this should be done with the utmost care to avoid any strain on the eyes. It is a complementary therapy, and should not be used as an alternative to professional medical care. Chromotherapists claim to use light in the form of color to balance “energy” lacking from a person’s body, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental levels.
Practitioners of ayurvedic medicine believe the body has seven “chakras” which some claim are ‘spiritual centers’, which are held to be located along the spine. They associate each of the chakras with a single color of the visible light spectrum, along with a function and organ or body system. According to this view, the chakras can become imbalanced which result’s in physical diseases, but application of the appropriate color can possibly correct such imbalances. A brief classification of colors and chakras is as follows:
|Color||Chakra Level||Chakra location||Chakra Functions in Body|
|Red||First||Base of the Spine||Ground Base & Survival|
|Orange||Second||Lower abdomen and the Genitals||Emotions & Sexuality|
|Yellow||Third||Solar Plexus||Power & Ego|
|Blue||Fifth||Throat||Physical & Spiritual Communication|
|Indigo||Sixth||Forehead Centre, Middle of Eyebrows||Forgiveness, Compassion, Concern|
|Violet||Seventh||Top of the Head, Crown||Universal connectivity with energies|
It has been known that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color does affect one’s feelings, moods and emotions. Colors are certain wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy seen through our eyes. The color we see is the part of the visible spectrum that is reflected back by a certain object. Before examining color and its healing implications, we must address cause and effect of the imbalance.
Usage of Food for Color Therapy:
Food in India has always been the primary medicine for health and wellness of an individual. Indian Cuisines in all the regions have varied colors in their spread which are the base for the color therapy concept. The concept of Thali refers to the combination of many dishes served in a single meal. Here in Thali we can see all the varieties of colors due to presence of varieties like dal (lentil), roti, sabzi (curry), chutney, raita, paapad, achaar which have different colors and textures. These colors play a vital role as a visual treat and color therapy for a human mind and health. The infusion of these colors on the plate makes one feel fulfilled and flourished with his meal, leading to ultimate goal of being self satisfied. This could be one strong reason why the ancient India has been practicing the concept of Thali and still is very popular in all the regions. Also this concept of Thali has a benefit that in a single meal, the person consuming the food gets all sorts of vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients, all in required doses to keep their health and wellness in tact.