Although colour psychology is an uncommon and new area of scientific research, there is proof of ancient civilizations subscribing to the influence of colour on people. For instance, the Chinese and Egyptians believed in Chromotherapy (Colour Therapy), the use of colours to heal. Avicenna (980-1037) regarded colour to be of vital importance in diagnosis and treatment in his book, ‘The Canon of Medicine’. He wrote that "Colour is an observable symptom of disease" and developed a chart that related colour to temperature and physical conditions of the body. Chinese traditional medicine links every organ to a colour and ancient Egyptians built themselves glass rooms that would fill with colour when light shone in.
Chromotherapy is an alternative method of healing, which claims to use colour and light to balance a person’s physical, emotional, spiritual or mental energy. Chromotherapists claim that colours bring about emotional reactions in people, but like all other studies on colour, this has no solid scientific proof and is based on observations. Currently, chromotherapists use the Luscher’s colour test, a standard method of diagnosis developed by Max Luscher in the early 1900s. During Chromotherapy, colour and light are applied to specific areas and acupoints on the body, similar to the Chinese acupuncture. Used to apply the colours and lights are items like gemstones, candles, prisms, baths, coloured lenses and so on. The treatment is often combined with hydrotherapy and aromatherapy for boosted effects.
Nevertheless, Chromotherapy seems to be on the rise in common Western medicine! Premature babies suffering from jaundice (Yellowed skin) are exposed to BLUE light for a few days as treatment. The BLUE light triggers chemical reactions in the babies’ skin and this relation between BLUE light and jaundice is steadily gaining scientific recognition.