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The Healing Effects Of Color

By: Sally Ryan

Color can be defined as particular wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy. The color that we see is the part of the visible spectrum that is reflected back by an object. The psychological effect of color has been widely researched during the past century. It is acknowledged that humans exhibit common responses to individual colors. Colors affect us in different ways, affecting our mood and emotions and impacting our sense of well-being. They influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies. Colors can have an impact on the body's energies. They can help restore energy and balance or clear negative emotions. Each individual color is associated with a specific energy center in the body. These energy centers are also known as chakras.

Red: Vibrancy and stimulation are the two main characteristics of the red chakra. Overuse of red in the immediate environment can cause some individuals to become over excited or even angry. In a health care facility people with high blood pressure or anxiety can be adversely affected by the color red. However, for those suffering from conditions of low blood pressure, inactivity or impotence the color red can have a therapeutic advantage.

Yellow: The solar plexus chakra is associated with the color yellow. An imbalance in this chakra can result in fear, apprehension, introversion or power issues. Due to its positive vibrational link to calcium, this color can have a positive therapeutic affect on people with rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. The solar plexus also affects the digestive system and is related to the eyes, the intellect and mental processes.

Orange: This color is associated with the sacral chakra. It can be beneficial to the kidneys and urinary system. Because it is also related to the adrenal glands, the color orange can help combat adrenal depletion caused from chronic stress or overwork. It is also helpful in cases of depression as it can stimulate the respiratory and nervous systems and bring joy.

Green: The heart chakra is associated with the color green. This color can aid in bringing balance to the body as well as helping to purify and cleanse, as well as helping in instances of low self-esteem.

Turquoise: Turquoise is affiliated with the throat chakra. It is responsible for strengthening the immune system and improving communication by strengthening the voice and improving verbal expression. It can also have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Blue: The brow chakra is related to the color blue. It is a calming and potentially sedating color, helping relieve symptoms of headache, high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety and skin irritations. Blue is a protective color providing insight that can help during challenging times.

Purple: Purple is associated with the crown chakra and related to spirituality, helping to promote inner wisdom and self-respect, especially when personal transformation is desired.

The 1980's saw a change in health care facilities. Nursing uniforms no longer were required to be white. Uniform scrubs became the nursing uniform of choice. Uniform scrubs pants and scrub tops were available in a variety of styles and a rainbow of colors. Nursing uniform manufacturers such as Cherokee Scrubs and Dickies Scrubs expanded their uniform scrubs lines by adding new, more flattering and comfortable styles.

The addition of color into nursing uniforms filled the health care institution with patient pleasing hues and subsequently aided in Vibrational Healing. In a move away from institutional white, some hospitals encouraged individual nursing units to adopt a specific uniform scrubs colors to designate their work areas. Subsequent Vibrational Healing studies have shown that the introduction of colored uniform scrubs into the health care facility has had a beneficial effect on patient comfort and recuperation times.

The human body is designed to be self-renewing and self-healing. However, it is necessary that the body be maintained. If a particular body organ is overtaxed or stressed, the body can run out of replenishing material and has difficulty coping with the system overload. The term Vibrational Healing refers to using the different frequencies of light emitted by colors to infuse energy into the body's particular energy centers or chakras.

This infusion of energy through the addition of color into the health care facility environment on walls and in uniform scrubs acts as a system booster and can speed healing and promote general physical and emotional well-being in the body.

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