Chromotheraphy: the use of color to cure disease

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Chromotherapy is a centuries-old method of treating disease.  In its original form, it was based on the theory that each of the body’s organs and limbs has its own distinct color. Disease was said to be the result of one or more of these parts not vibrating in harmony with its color.

Medical practitioners in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India used chromotherapy. They prescribed both direct exposure to sunlight and, indirect exposure through stones, dyes, ointments and plasters.  In the Ayurvedic tradition, colors are held to correspond to the body’s seven major energy centers, known as “chakras.”  Chakras are also believed to correspond  to particular states of consciousness, personality types and endocrine secretions.

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