Treat it with a tint

Colour therapy solutions for common ailments


Can colours really heal us? Can they create harmony and calm the nerves? Absolutely. Colours heal in more ways than one. They have the ability to create perfect harmony in our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

They affect us in both subtle and obvious ways throughout our lives. We react differently to various colours. Colours around us affect everything—from our mood to our energy levels. You can feel the impact of colours almost everywhere; the clothes you wear, the food you eat and the décor you live in.

A lot of people suffer from medical conditions such as arthritis, depression, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, migraines, digestive disorders, skin ailments and allergies.

While colour therapy is not a substitute for urgent medical treatment, many have experienced visible improvement in behaviour and attitude on account of this therapy.

A study conducted by scientist Robert Gerard in 1958 found that exposure to red light can increase your blood pressure while that to a blue light can reduce it. Years later other studies too endorsed this theory.

Dyslexia and autism sufferers are advised to wear tinted glasses because normal or dark glasses are uncomfortable. Similarly, sunlight is highly recommended for people suffering from vitamin D deficiency.

The rays of light emit powerful vibrations, which are essential for these individuals. Ultraviolet rays, which emit red light, are used in treating back and leg pain. Basically, irrespective of the form, colours help maintain equilibrium in health and wellbeing.

Colours have a connection with the seven chakras in our body. Every colour in the rainbow has a specific energy, which relates to the energy represented by a chakra.

Each chakra is related to a specific gland. To treat a specific ailment, you need to identify the chakra it represents and use the colour accordingly. For instance, red is used to treat liver disorders, blue for the pineal gland.

To maintain complete wellbeing, it is essential that all the energies are in balance. By using the right colour, you can stimulate these energies and create a balance.


The colour red enhances warmth. It increases stimulation, removes negativity, enhances aggression and improves your confidence levels. It helps increase low blood pressure and is useful in haemoglobin deficiencies such as anaemia.

If you are passive by nature but seek to be an extrovert, using red will help increase your vibrations and therefore energy. This will, in turn, be reflected in your nature.

You can also use red to up your energy levels; sip a glass of water stored in a red bottle in the morning to feel energised through the day and avoid sluggishness.


Orange stimulates creative thinking and helps in generating new ideas. The colour is also useful in combating melancholy and depression. It creates a sense of confidence if used in limits. An overdose of the colour, however, can lead to complications such as developing addictions.


Yellow is highly effective in treating the nerves and mind. It increases your concentration span and alertness. It is also helpful in battling anxieties such as fear and restlessness. In addition, using this colour instils a sense of confidence and empowerment.


The colour green has a calming and soothing effect on the mind and body. It is the colour that creates balance and harmony. It strengthens the immune system and stimulates inner peace. It helps reduce stress and relax the nerves. Using green in excess, however, makes a person lazy and lethargic.


Blue has an astringent-like cooling effect. It reduces inflammation in conditions such as arthritis, brings relief in back and throat pain, fever, high blood pressure, and headaches. Sleeping on a blue bed sheet or lighting a blue lamp at night induces sleep and hence is a good cure for insomnia.

For curing inflammation, drink water stored in a blue coloured bottle. Going overboard with blue however, makes a person cold-hearted.


Indigo has a purifying effect. It calms and tranquillises. It is often associated with spirituality. It helps treat ailments of the eyes and ears. It is a balancing colour and helps reduce irritation and restlessness. Overusing indigo, though, leads to developing depression and feelings of insecurity.


Violet heals melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction. It leads to spiritual insight. This colour slows down an over-active heart and stimulates sleep. It can help those suffering from migraines. By concentrating on violet colour for about three minutes just before putting out the lights at night, sleep comes easier than usual.

Colours and numbers

As a colour therapist and numerologist, my belief is that if you use correct colours in combination with your numbers [drawn from your date of birth and name], you will achieve better results.

Numbers form the blueprint of your life; they can also reveal, to some extent, aspects about your personality. For example, people born on the 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th are usually ambitious, hardworking and have leadership skills. The colours recommended for people of these numbers are orange, red, yellow and gold.

Using the right colours based on your numbers helps restore the missing balance in life. To gain an accurate assessment of the most suitable colours, consult a trained specialist. Once you are aware of the right colours for you based on your number, use them everywhere: clothes, logos, business cards, brochures and vehicles.

Sangita Anand is a colour therapist and numerologist based in New Zealand. She is also a journalist and management consultant.


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